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Buffalo Chicken Meatballs (Stuffed with Blue Cheese!)

July 22, 2019

These Buffalo Chicken Meatballs are glazed in a homemade buffalo sauce, stuffed with blue cheese and served with sour cream, chives and celery. What’s not to love!?

meatballs glazed in buffalo sauce on chopping board with sour cream and chives drizzled on top and celery stuck through the top

Ground Chicken Meatballs

Whilst you could use beef for these buffalo meatballs, chicken is a far superior combo. I’ve got a whole post on how to get soft and juicy homemade meatballs, so do check that out if you fancy. But for now, here’s 3 essentials for chicken meatballs:

  • Grated Onion – Onion is of course a must for a nice punch of flavour, but when you grate it, it not only intensifies the flavour, but adds much needed moisture to the chicken.
  • Chicken Thighs – If you get the choice, try and use ground chicken thigh over breast. More fat, more flavour.
  • Parmesan – Parmesan is a must in all meatballs, but especially in chicken meatballs. Adds more salty flavour and gives a subtle crisp to the outside of the meatballs.
Can’t find ground chicken 🤔 – If you live in the UK you might struggle to find chicken mince (I know I often do). As such, I usually add boneless/skinless chicken thighs to a food processor and pulse until ground texture. Sounds odd, but works a charm.

overhead shot of chicken mince and seasoning in a glass bowl

Blue Cheese Stuffed Meatballs

Once you’ve combined your ground chicken with the seasoning, it’s time to grab some blue cheese.

The aim of the game is to choose a firm blue cheese. I often use a Danish Blue cheese as it’s powerful AND firm. Creamy blue cheeses such as Gorgonzola (my favourite 🥺) aren’t suitable for this recipe. The reason being is you don’t want it to melt and leak out the meatballs too quickly.

Once you’ve chosen your cheese, grab a 1/2 tsp measuring spoon and scoop off a chunk from the cheese. Use the palm of your hands to roll into a ball.

Don’t like Blue Cheese? – I highly recommend using blue cheese for this recipe, as it’s such a classic combo with buffalo sauce. BUT, you can use other cheeses. Check out my mozzarella stuffed meatball recipe for reference!

overhead shot of holding a blue cheese ball with more blurred in the background

From there, you want to stuff the meatballs. Here’s the easiest/quickest way to do it:

How to stuff meatballs with blue cheese

  1. Use a 1 tbsp measuring spoon to scoop out the meat and place on an oiled tray (don’t roll yet).
  2. Pop a blue cheese ball on top of each portion of meat.
  3. Roll into a ball, ensuring the blue cheese is completely sealed.

This not only ensures the meatballs are all going to be the same size, but also saves the hassle of rolling them one by one.

Top Tip #1 – Wet your hands before rolling so the mixture doesn’t stick to your hands!

How to make blue cheese stuffed meatballs - 3 step by step photos

Baked Chicken Meatballs

From there you want to give the meatballs a final spray and pop them in the oven to bake. 

I’m usually a huge ambassador of broiling or frying meatballs, however in this case it’s easier to just pop them in the oven. I like broiling/frying because it gives a nice crust to meatballs, however in this case I like the meatballs still quite soft as they’re going to be glazed in sauce. 

The meatballs will be cooked when they’re golden, with the cheese just about to leak out. 15-20mins at 390f/200c should do the trick.

Top Tip #2 – Make ahead by rolling them, then cover and pop in the fridge until time to cook. This will actually help develop the flavour of the meatballs too. Just add another 5mins on to cooking time if baking straight from the fridge.

Baked Chicken Meatballs fresh out the oven on black oven tray

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

When it comes to the buffalo glaze, I actually like to use a little less than a lot of other recipes. Just enough to give the meatballs a light coating, but not too much it over powers the blue cheese and chicken meatballs. I find they also get too messy if there’s a jug of sauce poured over them.

To glaze the meatballs either dip them one by one with a fork into a small pot of sauce, or combine all together in a large pot or saucepan. Either way, pop on a wire rack with a tray underneath so excess sauce can drip off before serving.

Top garnish the meatballs drizzle with sour cream, sprinkle with fresh chives and poke a celery stalk through the top.

I of course recommend using my Homemade Buffalo Sauce, but if you’re going to get store-bought, I recommend Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Sauce.

dipping chicken meatball into small pot of buffalo sauce with chives blurred in background

And there we have it! Buffalo chicken meatballs ready to go. These are PERFECT for a gathering, your guests are going to absolutely love them.

Hey, whilst you’re here why not check out my other recipes?

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Okay, let’s tuck into this buffalo chicken meatball recipe shall we!?

buffalo chicken meatball torn open with blue cheese pouring out

How to make Buffalo Chicken Meatballs (Full Recipe & Video)

meatballs glazed in buffalo sauce on chopping board with sour cream and chives drizzled on top and celery stuck through the top

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

These Buffalo Chicken Meatballs are glazed in a homemade buffalo sauce, stuffed with blue cheese and served with sour cream, chives and celery. What's not to love!? Makes 24 meatballs, suggested serving 6 each.
5 from 5 votes
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Course: Appetizer, Finger Food
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 24 meatballs
Calories: 88kcal
Cost per serving: £2 / $2.50

Equipment

  • Large Bowl (for mixing meat)
  • 1 tbsp Measuring spoon (scooping meatballs)
  • 1/2 tsp measuring spoon (scooping cheese)
  • Small Pot or Saucepan (for combining meatballs and sauce)
  • Large Baking Tray
  • Wire Rack
  • Sharp Knife
  • Chopping Board
  • Box Grater

Ingredients

Meatballs

  • 1lb / 500g Ground Chicken (see notes for sub)
  • 5oz / 150g Firm Blue Cheese (see notes)
  • 1 cup / 250ml Buffalo Sauce, or as needed (see notes for recipe)
  • 3/4 cup / 45g Panko Breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup / 35g Freshly Grated Parmesan
  • 1/4 cup Finely Chopped Fresh Parsley
  • 1 medium White Onion, grated
  • 1 clove of Garlic, grated or minced
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
  • Olive Oil Spray

Toppings

  • 2 ribs of Celery, sliced into thin 2" sticks
  • Fresh Chives, finely diced
  • Sour Cream

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, combine your chicken with 1/2 cup/35g parmesan, 1/4 cup parsley, 3/4cup/45g breadcrumbs, 1 medium grated onion, 1 grated garlic clove, 1 egg, 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce, 1 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp black pepper.
  • Using a 1tbsp measuring spoon, scoop out the mixture and spread out on an oil sprayed baking tray (don't roll yet).
  • Using a 1/2tsp measuring spoon, scoop the blue cheese and roll into a little ball. Place on top of meat. Once each scoop of meat has a blue cheese ball on top, roll each ball into a meatball shape, making sure the blue cheese is completely wrapped.
  • Spray the meatballs and pop in the oven at 390f/200c for 15-20mins or until golden and the cheese just starts to leak out.
  • Using a fork, dip the meatballs in the buffalo sauce or, combine all together in a bowl/saucepan.
  • Rest on wire rack with tray or paper towels underneath (to catch excess sauce). Drizzle with sour cream, sprinkle with chives and pop in a celery stick. Serve right away!

Quick 1 min demo!

Notes

a) Ground Chicken - If you're in the UK, you might struggle to find it (I know I do) so to sub, use 500g chicken thighs and pulse in a food processor until it mimics the texture of ground chicken.
b) Blue Cheese - I usually use Danish Blue Cheese as it's nice and strong and most importantly, nice and firm. Something like Gorgonzola would be too soft and leak too quickly. 
c) Homemade Buffalo Sauce - I of course recommend using my homemade buffalo sauce recipe, but if you're going to get store bought I'd go for Frank's Red Hot Buffalo Sauce.
d) Calories - Per meatball with no sour cream/chives/celery. 

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Buffalo Chicken Meatballs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 88 Calories from Fat 57
% Daily Value*
Fat 6.3g10%
Saturated Fat 3.214g16%
Trans Fat 0.031g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.524g
Monounsaturated Fat 2.072g
Cholesterol 52mg17%
Sodium 264mg11%
Potassium 149mg4%
Carbohydrates 2.03g1%
Fiber 0.2g1%
Sugar 0.4g0%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 276IU6%
Vitamin C 1.5mg2%
Calcium 60mg6%
Iron 0.53mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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10 Comments

  • Reply
    Noelle
    July 24, 2019 at 5:28 pm


    These were incredible!! I love the buffalo flavors in this recipe, such a great twist on a meatball app!

  • Reply
    Claudia Lamascolo
    July 24, 2019 at 5:21 pm


    I am pretty darn sure if these were even on any menu in a Restaurant they would be the first thing ordered everytime. What an awesome idea and appetizer!

  • Reply
    Jessica Formicola
    July 24, 2019 at 5:15 pm


    I made these an an appetizer before dinner last night and they were so incredible! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe!

  • Reply
    Suzy
    July 24, 2019 at 4:54 pm


    These look absolutely delicious! I love that you went with chicken instead of beef!

  • Reply
    Tisha
    July 24, 2019 at 4:29 pm


    I LOVE THIS IDEA! It is such a good idea. So great for entertaining!

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