These mini chicken meatballs from Daniel Holzman and Michael Chernow of The Meatball Shop get their signature spice from a healthy dose of Frank's RedHot, one of the original hot sauces used to make buffalo wings. Serve for a crowd-pleasing appetizer at your next casual gathering.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Evenly coat a large rimmed baking sheet with olive oil and set aside.

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  • Place butter and hot sauce in a small saucepan over low heat. Cook, whisking, until butter is melted and hot sauce is well incorporated. Remove from heat and transfer to a large bowl; let cool to room temperature, about 10 minutes.

  • Add chicken, eggs, celery, breadcrumbs, and salt to bowl with butter mixture; using your hands, mix until well combined. Roll chicken mixture into firm, 1-inch round balls and place on prepared baking sheet; arrange the meatballs in rows so that they are touching on all sides. Transfer to oven and bake until cooked through, about 15 minutes.

  • Take out of oven and let stand 5 minutes before removing from baking sheet. Place on a serving platter and drizzle with hot sauce; serve with dressing and celery sticks.

Reviews (17)

213 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 63
  • 4 star values: 57
  • 3 star values: 64
  • 2 star values: 20
  • 1 star values: 9
Rating: 2 stars
01/02/2016
Made this with ground chicken from the supermarket. I think it was ground white meat. Anyway, they came out terrible. They were pasty, mushy no matter how long I cooked them they didn't get firm inside. I like the idea, but next time I'm going to use shredded cooked chicken, not ground chicken. Also, I like them a bit spicier. I'd add some hotter hot sauce next time.
Rating: Unrated
01/10/2013
Do not use white meat chicken or Turkey! It just isn't the same!!!
Rating: 5 stars
07/29/2011
these were fantastic! really easy to make & great flavor
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03/20/2011
Yum!!!!!!! These were gone in a heart beat. I will use buttermilk instead of milk for the blue cheese sauce.
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03/14/2011
I thought these were great. A spicy wing recipe without the bone. I think it would be OK with 1/2 ground chicken and 1/2 ground chicken breast. a great do ahead recipe.
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03/14/2011
I made these for a party and they were a BIG hit! Lots of complements. I shaared the recipe with other guests.
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02/07/2011
I made these for a Super Bowl party. They were good but not something that I would make again.
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02/03/2011
Without having made these I know they will be good, just by seeing them made on the show. I plan to make for Superbowl Sunday and serve them skewered with both the hot sauce and the blue cheese for dipping. Thanks so much for sharing!
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02/01/2011
Is it possible to freeze these?
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02/01/2011
These are indeed fantastic, and MUCH easier than traditional buffalo wings (no frying!). I'd suggest tasting one of them before pouring on any more hot sauce; they are spicy enough for some folks. I served extra buffalo sauce along with regular bleu cheese salad dressing for those who wanted more heat. They're now part of my regular menu selections!
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02/01/2011
These are fantastic (and I'm from Buffalo, where we are big on authentic chicken wings!). You can see my results here: http://marthaandme.wordpress.com/2011/02/01/buffalo-chicken-meatballs/ Perfect for a party or Superbowl!
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01/31/2011
Delicious!!!! My husband loved these. I will be making these for lots of future events like Super Bowl Sunday, potlucks, etc. Thanks for sharing this one, it is truly a keeper.
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01/29/2011
Lousy.........if you want the chicken wing flavor, make chicken wings. I made the recipe exactly as recited (and I watched the show), shared some with my sister, had some for dinner with a salad and ciabatta bread, and threw the rest in the garbage. C'mon Martha.......these were awful!. The recipe went in the garbage too.
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01/26/2011
I was at this show and was able to try them. They are delicious. Maybe the best I have had.
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01/26/2011
Mmmm sounds great! Going to try it out this weekend for poker night! When making meatballs though, I always use a mini muffin pan instead of a baking sheet. Meatballs keep their shape, brown great and it keeps them from sticking together!
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01/25/2011
These meatballs are absolutely fantastic. I made them for my family tonight along with the blue cheese dressing as suggested. They came out so moist and flavorful. This recipe is an A in this house and I am sure to be making it again soon.
Rating: Unrated
01/25/2011
These meatballs are absolutely fantastic. I made them for my family tonight along with the blue cheese dressing as suggested. They came out so moist and flavorful. This recipe is an A in this house and I am sure to be making it again soon.