May 17, 2011

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs


Is it just me or would you eat just about anything if it were made "buffalo" style???

One night I was at a party hovering over the hot and gooey Buffalo Chicken Dip a friend made with a number of other folks (see...just can NOT stay away!!) when a girlfriend of mine said "you should make some kind of Buffalo Meatball...hmmmmm, game on I thought!!

A couple of days later I tinkered around with making the meatballs and decided a "pub sauce" would be perfect for the sauce. I seriously can not, not, not get enough of these meatballs! I like them on rolls or by themselves and seriously...every time I think of them...even the same night I may have eaten them....my mouth waters! My tummy and tongue owe some serious thanks to the genius who first came up with the whole Buffalo Chicken idea!! Funny though a few friends of mine from Buffalo NY do not even want to hear about any food created this way...they say they are "buffalo-ed out"! Lol...more for me!

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

1 pound boneless chicken breasts
1 small egg
3/4 cup bread crumbs (depending on the size egg you use you may need to add a bit more)
2 TBS wing sauce
1 TBS milk
Couple dashes of salt and pepper
2 TBS crumbled blue cheese (optional)

Pub Sauce
12 oz or 1 1/2 cups of your favorite wing sauce
3/4 cup (more or less to taste) blue cheese dressing

Place chicken in food processor and pulse until chopped up (6-8 pulses should do it). (I am sure ground chicken will do just fine, but I wanted a firmer texture so I grounded it myself). Place ground chicken in a large bowl, add in egg, breadcrumbs, wing sauce, milk, salt and pepper and Blue cheese if using. Mix it all up well with your hands (my kids LOVE to help with this part). Form into balls (not to big) and place on a lightly oiled baking sheet. Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes.

In a large pot combine wing sauce and Blue cheese dressing, heat it through, stirring often. Once meatballs are out of the oven add them gently to the sauce and heat through for a bit. Serve alone or with a roll for a sandwich and enjoy!! Include a small bowl of crumbles blue cheese for folks to sprinkle on their sandwiches.
Note: Feel free to make your own wing sauce and or blue cheese dressing...depending on the time I have...I do or I don't. Also, if you are not a lover of blue cheese (like me) you can substitute ranch dressing for the blue cheese dressing in the pub sauce.

23 comments:

  1. Oh yum! I bet they are so tender and melt in your mouth! I will definitely put this on my to-try list.

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  2. Wow. I love this. Cannot wait to try.

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  3. I can't wait to try these - I just know that we'll love them!

    It was great meeting you this weekend! :)

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  4. Yum! I love anything "buffalo" style. These seem like they would be so good on a pretzel roll.

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  5. It's definitely not just you. Anything buffalo chicken I love! Meatballs are such a good idea...love this! :)

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  6. Just accepted your friend request at Tasty Kitchen ... took a look at these and couldn't believe how Awesome they look! YUM. I never would have thought of Buffalo Meatballs. Have to try.

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  7. That sauce looks so darn creamy. yum!

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  8. Well, *THIS* person from Buffalo, NY disagrees with your friends from Buffalo, NY. BRING IT ON!!!!! lol

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  9. Speaking as another Buffalonian...you can NEVER have too much Buffalo Chicken Wing Dip. I'm pretty sure it's impossible.

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  10. When you puree the chicken is it pre-cooked or is it raw?

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  11. Chicken breast are raw when you grind them in the food processor.

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  12. Do you have a personal favorite wing sauce that you use? Also you said you sometimes make your own wing sauce, any chance you could post that recipe as well?

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  13. Hi Amanda, My favorite brands of sauce are Curly's or Steve & Ed's. When I make it I either go simple with butter and Tabasco (start with half and half of each) in a sucepan and add more hot sauce for hotter flavor if you wish or more butter for milder flavor. Add in a bit of ranch or blue cheese dressing for a yummy pub sauce. For a more complex wing sauce I usually do 4 TBS butter, 1 TBS minced garlic 1/3 c Tabasco, 1/3 c ketchup 2 TBS honey. Boil it down in a saucepan for about 5-8 minutes. Hope that helps :)

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  14. How many people did this recipe serve? I want to make them tonight for a football game!

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  15. How many people did this recipe serve? I want to make them tonight for a football game!

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  16. I made these last week and they were delicious! I'll definitely be making them again. I couldn't stop telling people about this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

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  17. Fantastic Eric! So glad you enjoyed them!!

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  18. Great idea.... I think I would add some quick pickled, thinly sliced red onions to top them on a sandwich!

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  19. I made these today. I followed your recipe using Frank's wing sauce and Ken's blue cheese dressing (store items). I added about 1/4 cup of mayo and 1/4 cup of sour cream to the sauce to cut the heat a little. I am serious, I doubt we will ever go out for wings again. These are scrumptious. We are having them for supper with a salad.

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  20. Can't wait to try!!

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  21. How many people does this recipe serve?

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  22. How many people does this recipe serve?

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  23. I would say this would serve 8 as an appetizer (I make them smaller)as an entree on say a sandwich 4....especially if there are men involved :)

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