Recipe: Buffalo Chicken Meatballs {Whole30}

by Cate on January 8, 2018

You don’t have to give up ALL your favorite foods when you’re on Whole30, you might just need to tweak a few. Like these Buffalo Chicken Meatballs.

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If you follow me on Instagram (cateomalley), you might have noticed I’m doing another round of Whole30. This is the third time I’m doing it, and it’s a little bit different this time. Because there are about 40 of my friends doing it too, so we’re all in a private facebook group posting recipes, sharing grocery store finds, and cheering each other on. Doing it with others makes such a big difference. We’re all holding each other accountable, supporting each other, and commiserating as we pass up our favorite non-compliant beverages. #teamwork

When I was married, my (then) husband was all about buffalo wings. And me? Well, wings didn’t do anything for me, nor the “buffalo” flavoring either. Flash forward a few years, and, well, I’m all about buffalo anything. This is dip is a favorite time of ours, and I even have two Pinterest boards dedicated to buffalo-themed recipes, one specifically chicken, and one not.

So when I spied a recipe for Buffalo Chicken Meatballs, you know I was going to make it. Sooooo simple to throw together. Mix a few basic ingredients in a bowl, use a mini cookie scooper to form your meatballs, bake, and devour.

And devour I did.

Nick didn’t love them – the texture of ground chicken threw him off a bit. But that just left some for me for lunch the next day. I used coconut flour instead of almond, because I happened to have it on hand (and you can’t taste the coconut), and I used Primal Kitchen’s chipotle lime mayo for dipping (a Whole30 compliant ranch would be good as well (and I used that for the next day). I think the next time I make them, I would mix a little ghee and hot sauce and slather them with it after baking. I did miss my usual bleu cheese, but for now, this will do the trick.

Whether you’re on Whole30, or just want a healthier version of an old favorite, dig into these.

Hungry for more buffalo-flavored recipes? I’ve got you covered.
This Buffalo Aioli is Whole30-approved and one of my favorite dipping sauces.
Buffalo Chicken Salad is one of my all-time favorite recipes.
Buffalo Chicken Bake is teenager-approved.
And this Bleu Cheese Stuffed Crust Buffalo Chicken Pizza I created for Pillsbury is a delicious easy dinner.

Whole30 Baked Buffalo Chicken Meatballs
Recipe from Physical Kitcheness
Serves: 20-22 BALLS

Ingredients
1 pound ground chicken
3 green onions, chopped
¼ cup Frank’s Red Hot sauce
1 egg
2 tablespoons paleo mayonnaise (I use this recipe with safflower oil)
½ teaspoon salt
¼ cup + 2 tablespoons almond flour (I used coconut flour)

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Mix the ground chicken, green onions, hot sauce, egg, mayonnaise, salt, and almond flour into a large bowl.
3. Using a cookie scoop or small spoon, dish out the ground chicken mixture and mold into balls (this will be easiest with a cookie scoop).
4. Place the meatballs on a parchment-lined baking sheet or cast iron skillet.
5. Bake for 20 minutes then drizzle with more hot sauce, and add additional green onions and blue cheese if desired.

*If you’re doing Whole30, skip the bleu cheese!

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