Appetizers are very popular this time of the year.  Between all the of the holiday celebrations, work place pot luck meals, and football parties, we have made several of our favorite appetizers over the past few weeks.

We determine what type of appetizer we will make depending upon the type of event that we will be attending/hosting. For instance, for those game day parties we typically provide chicken wings or chips/dips. Those are days that you can get a little messy while sitting down to eat and watching the big game.

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Meatballs - a quick and easy appetizer recipe!
Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Meatballs – a quick and easy appetizer recipe!

However, during those events where more mingling occurs where the majority of the people are walking around and interacting with various people, simple foods that can be eaten without much of a mess are ideal.  So we have combined a game day favorite with a classic appetizer to make life much more simple.

These buffalo meatballs are much healthier than traditional chicken wings but also much easier to eat while socializing. In fact, these have become an all time favorite for not only parties, but also as a main dish when placed on a sub bun with a little lettuce, celery and blue cheese!

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Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

You can mix the ingredients with a wooden spoon, but I find it easier to use my hands!
You can mix the ingredients with a wooden spoon, but I find it easier to use my hands!

Instructions:

1 pound ground chicken
3/4 cup Panko bread crumbs
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
2 green onions, thinly sliced
Kosher salt and ground black pepper – to taste

3/4 cup buffalo sauce
1/4 cup blue cheese or ranch dressing (optional)

Instructions:

To make meatballs evenly sized, use an medium sized scoop before rolling.
To make meatballs evenly sized, use an medium sized scoop before rolling.

Preheat oven to 400°F

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine ground chicken, Panko bread crumbs, egg, garlic powder, onion powder and green onions.
  3. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  4. Using a wooden spoon or clean hands, stir until well combined.
  5. Roll the mixture into 1 1/4-to-1 1/2-inch meatballs, forming about 24 meatballs. *We use a medium size ice cream scoop to help form consistently sized meatballs.
  6. Place meatballs onto prepared baking sheet and bake for 5-7 minutes, or until all sides are browned.

    Place meatballs on a parchment paper lined baking sheet for easy clean up.
    Place meatballs on a parchment paper lined baking sheet for easy clean up.
  7. Place meatballs in a slow cooker. Pour buffalo sauce on top and gently toss to combine. Cover and cook on low heat for 2 hours – stirring occasionally.

Serve immediately, drizzled with blue cheese or ranch dressing, if desired.

Enjoy!

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Mary and Jim

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 3/4 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 green onions thinly sliced
  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper - to taste
  • 3/4 cup buffalo sauce
  • 1/4 cup blue cheese or ranch dressing optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine ground chicken, Panko bread crumbs, egg, garlic powder, onion powder and green onions.
  4. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  5. Using a wooden spoon or clean hands, stir until well combined.
  6. Roll the mixture into 1 1/4-to-1 1/2-inch meatballs, forming about 24 meatballs. *We use a medium size ice cream scoop to help form consistently sized meatballs.
  7. Place meatballs onto prepared baking sheet and bake for 5-7 minutes, or until all sides are browned.
  8. Place meatballs in a slow cooker. Pour buffalo sauce on top and gently toss to combine. Cover and cook on low heat for 2 hours - stirring occasionally.
  9. Serve immediately, drizzled with blue cheese or ranch dressing, if desired.

Recipe Notes

Recipe courtesy of Old World Garden Farms
oldworldgardenfarms.com

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