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Buffalo chicken meatballs

January 27, 2018

Superbowl is on its way and I wanted to bring you a few simple appetizer foods to make sure you can take part in the festivities and stay on track! It is just a given that with any Superbowl party comes a huge amount of food, and it is usually food that makes it pretty hard to stay on track, pizza, wings, cheesy dips…the list goes on! Most of you might know my love for buffalo chicken, and I have another creation coming your way soon too! These buffalo chicken meatballs are easy to make, super filling and I won’t lie they are spicy, but you can always lower the hot sauce to tone them down a bit. Makes 36 meatballs and a serving of 3 is just 1 smart point on WW freestyle! *Note, the seasonings used in these meatballs are the same that are used to make my ranch dipΒ  and this is also what I served for the dipping sauce. If you do not have all those seasonings in the house you could probably just use some packaged ranch dip.

Buffalo chicken meatballs
Recipe type: Appetizer
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Serves: 12
1SP blue & purple, 2SP green/3PP per serving
  • 2 lbs raw fat free ground chicken
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cloves garlic, diced
  • ⅔ cups + 2 Tbsp franks original hot sauce
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp dried parsley
  • 2 tsp dried chives
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp dill weed
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  1. Preheat oven to 400F, line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and spray with some cooking spray.
  2. Mix your ground chicken, breadcrumbs, egg, 2 Tbsp franks sauce (leave the ⅔ cups for after they have cooked) and seasoning in a bowl. Form into balls using approx 1 Tbsp of your chicken mix, place on baking sheet, you should yield 36 meatballs.
  3. Bake for 15 minutes, turning halfway. Remove from oven and let sit for 5 minutes, then toss meatballs in the franks sauce, return to the baking tray and bake 10 more minutes.
  4. Serve immediately, makes 36 meatballs, 1 serving is 3 meatballs
Freestyle Smart points per serving- 3 meatballs (blue & purple) 1 using WW recipe builder
Smart Points- (green) 2 using WW recipe builder
Points Plus- 3 using PP calculator
Nutritional info.. Calories 123...Fat 1.7g..Sat fat 0.1g..Carbs 6.7g...Fiber 0.3g...Sugar 0.7g..Protein 17.2g using My Fitness Pal

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    Reply Loretta January 27, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    These look wonderful! Gonna try and make today! ThNks!

    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle January 31, 2018 at 12:10 pm

      Hope you enjoy them πŸ™‚

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    Reply Donna January 27, 2018 at 4:15 pm

    These look great, Kate. What is the dip? It looks good too.

    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle January 31, 2018 at 12:12 pm

      Hi Donna, it is my zero point ranch dip, there should be a link to it in the opening write up πŸ™‚

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    Reply susan February 10, 2018 at 9:28 am

    Can these be frozen and reheated?

    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle February 11, 2018 at 1:29 pm

      yes absolutely πŸ™‚

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    Reply Ginny February 15, 2018 at 9:52 am

    These were very tasty! Thanks for the recipe.

    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle February 17, 2018 at 3:38 pm

      Glad you enjoyed them πŸ™‚

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    Reply Rebecca February 18, 2018 at 1:01 pm

    What brand bread crumbs , points wise that we should buy to keep these low in points? Thanks

    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle February 21, 2018 at 8:36 pm

      I think most are pretty similar and brands vary depending where you live, just scan a few maybe to compare

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    Reply Sarah March 25, 2018 at 12:16 pm

    These are in the oven right now (making them for the second time). Do you have any other suggestions on what to eat them with??
    Thank you!

    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle March 25, 2018 at 7:58 pm

      You could make a wrap out of them or if you know of a good low point bun you could do a meatball sub, you could cut up and use on pizza, I guess you could really eat them anyway you like, no rules on that one πŸ™‚

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    Reply Julie May 3, 2018 at 12:25 am

    Do you think it’d work to switch out chicken for turkey? Taste and consistency wise. I happen to just have that on hand. Thanks!

    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle May 16, 2018 at 12:57 pm

      Hi Julie, sorry for the late reply I was away, yes I think turkey would work ok

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    Reply Danica May 29, 2018 at 4:06 pm

    Have you tried cooking these in the air fryer?

    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle June 1, 2018 at 3:02 pm

      No but they should work well in the air fryer

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    Reply Jenese November 22, 2018 at 1:17 pm

    Have you made them without the hot sauce? I do not like spicy.

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    Reply Mercedes January 15, 2019 at 9:01 pm

    I made these tonight and they turned out sooo good! Definitely going to be a repeat!

    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle January 16, 2019 at 11:40 am

      Awesome, so glad you enjoyed them πŸ™‚

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    Reply Kristen February 3, 2019 at 1:02 pm

    I made half buffalo, and half teriyaki. They were so good! Great recipe – I am making them for Game day. And I made the. Zero point ranch. Can’t wait for the game!

    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle February 5, 2019 at 3:38 pm

      Awesome, hope they were all a hit πŸ™‚

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    Reply Kristina November 12, 2019 at 9:06 am

    If I’m doing the weight watchers turnaround program what points value for your recipes will I count towards my daily points? Is it the same as points plus?

    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle November 12, 2019 at 12:29 pm

      Sorry I am not sure what you mean by the turnaround program?

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    Reply Jen June 2, 2020 at 7:56 pm

    Hi! Love this site! May i ask what brand of ground chicken you used for these? I’m having trouble finding one that is low enough in points to make it 1 point for 3 meatballs. I’m in Ontario, where abouts are you? πŸ™‚

    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle June 3, 2020 at 11:51 pm

      Hi Jen, so glad you are enjoying the recipes πŸ™‚ Honestly I just buy what I can find, sometimes it’s not 99% but I just go with it, in my head my saying is 95% ground chicken is not why I am on WW haha, for those who want to add points for the ground chicken because they can’t find 99% FF they are more than welcome to build the recipe in the App to calculate the points

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        Reply Jen June 5, 2020 at 3:54 pm

        Thanks for the speedy reply, I like your method, I will go with that πŸ˜€

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