These Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Meatballs are the perfect game day appetizer. They are a healthy alternative to the traditional fried wings.

Who is ready for the Super Bowl?!?  While I am excited for all the excitement, betting, food, and fun it is kind of sad to see football season come to an end.  Watching football is a very popular weekend activity at our household since my husband is a high school football coach, and it’s also always been my favorite sport to watch as well.

Our favorite food to eat while watching football has to be buffalo wings.  We often stay in and watch football at home so cooking wings as crispy and delicious as a restaurant can be a challange.  We’ve cooked wings on the grill a few times and they’ve turned out really good, but sometimes nothing beats the not so healthy fried version.


Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken MeatballsSo to save on calories a few years ago I discovered a Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Meatball recipe and tweaked it a bit based on what I had in my kitchen.  When my husband and I ate them we literally thought they almost tasted just like a fried buffalo chicken wing.  Since then they have become a household favorite for football gatherings or as an easy appetizer.

Prepping these Buffalo Chicken Meatballs is easy, just combine all the ingredients for the meatballs in one bowl then form into about 1 inch meatballs.

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Meatballs baked not fried

Line the meatballs on a greased baking sheet and brown each side in the oven for a few mintues.

Slow cooker Buffalo Chicken Meatballs a healthy alternative

I personally like to make my homemade buffalo wing sauce for the meatballs (recipe included below), but feel free to use a store bought version.  If you do you’ll need about 1 cup of sauce.

Homemade Buffalo Wing Sauce.

Then place the Chicken Meatballs in a slow cooker and cover with Buffalo sauce.  Stir so all the meatballs are covered with sauce and leave on low for about two hours so the meatballs finish cooking.

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Meatballs with homemade buffalo wing sauce

Ta-da!  Save so many calories without frying and they taste delicious!

Game Day Appetizer Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Meatballs
Author: Sweet And Strong
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Serves: 15
These slow cooker buffalo chicken meatballs are the perfect game day appetizer. They are a healthy alternative to the traditional fried wings.
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 3/4 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup minced onion*
  • cooking spray
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup Franks hot sauce
  • 2 tsp lemon pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice (about half a lemon)
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a large baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray. In a large bowl, combine ground chicken, egg, breadcrumbs, celery seed, onion powder, ground pepper, salt, and onion. Mix well, roll into 12-15 meatballs about an inch in diameter. Place on sprayed cooking sheet. Then spray the tops of the meatballs with cooking spray.
  2. Bake meatballs for 5 minutes, flip and bake another five minutes so each side is slightly browned.
  3. As the meatballs bake, in a small saucepan over medium-low heat melt the butter. Then add the hot sauce, lemon pepper, garlic powder, and lemon juice whisking together. Once all the ingredients are combined remove from heat.
  4. Transfer meatballs into a slow-cooker. Cover with buffalo sauce. Cook on low for 2 hours.
  5. You can serve meatballs with carrots and celery and blue cheese or ranch dressing if desired. We usually eat them as is.
*I have used red onion, yellow onion, or green scallions. So use whichever you prefer.
Don’t forget to PIN these Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Meatballs for later!

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13 Comments on Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

  1. Michael Gill
    February 1, 2016 at 2:27 am (7 years ago)

    Sounds delicious. I just might try. Got the Mealenders pretty good. Miss you guys. Tell Tommy I got a coaching job at my High School with the freshman.

    • sweetandstrong
      February 8, 2016 at 11:13 pm (7 years ago)

      Glad you like the Meal Enders. We miss you too! Tom is so excited you’re coaching, that will be an exciting change!

  2. Alexis@That Fit Fam
    August 30, 2016 at 3:09 am (6 years ago)

    I love this! these meatballs looks so good! Plus they seem ten times less messy than wings!

    • sweetandstrong
      August 30, 2016 at 10:55 am (6 years ago)

      Yes less messy and far fewer calories! =)

  3. Julie @ Running in a Skirt
    January 31, 2018 at 1:37 pm (5 years ago)

    I’m cheering for the Eagles– lesser of two evils on our house. 🙂 We’re Steelers fans.
    Hope you enjoy the game!

    • sweetandstrong
      January 31, 2018 at 2:35 pm (5 years ago)

      Haha yes! I typically try to root for the team that hasn’t won recenlty so I’ll most likely be cheering for them too. I also just like seeing a close game.

  4. Barrie
    February 2, 2018 at 3:54 pm (5 years ago)

    I always bake my meatballs, but I have never thought to do this and I love all things Buffalo-sauce- great idea!

    • sweetandstrong
      February 4, 2018 at 2:10 pm (5 years ago)

      They are SO good! Great switch up from traditional meatballs with marinara. Let me know if you give them a try 🙂

  5. Annmarie
    February 2, 2018 at 5:03 pm (5 years ago)

    Definitely just having a low key Super Bowl. These look so good – I am going to add them to my menu 🙂

    • sweetandstrong
      February 4, 2018 at 2:11 pm (5 years ago)

      Low key super bowl get togethers are the best! So excited for all the food and football this afternoon.

  6. Farrah
    February 3, 2018 at 3:11 pm (5 years ago)

    MEATBALLLLSS!! I haven’t made those in the longest time–that’s awesome that you can actually make this in your slow cooker! I’m definitely going to need to try these out!

    • sweetandstrong
      February 4, 2018 at 2:14 pm (5 years ago)

      Yes I love doing them in the slow cooker especially when we have people over. It also doesn’t dry out the chicken. Hope you give them a try Farrah!

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