Feta-Stuffed Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

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Full of that signature flavor and spice, yet made with low-fat ground chicken and bold seasonings, Feta-Stuffed Buffalo Chicken Meatballs will be the first appetizer to go at your next party or get-together!

Feta-Stuffed Buffalo Chicken Meatballs via @Iowa Girl Eats

Are you ready for some meeeeatballllls??

Who’s excited for the Super Bowl next weekend (or rather, the food and commercials!?) I don’t follow the two teams going head to head, though Ben informed me that the coaches are brothers. Brothers! Can you imagine competing against your sibling for the title of best football team in America?

The biggest thing my brothers compete over is who can drink the most eggnog before waving the white flag, or…worse…every Christmas during their annual Nog-Off. Don’t they feel silly now! (Now?)

Feta-Stuffed Buffalo Chicken Meatballs via @Iowa Girl Eats

Anyways, Super Bowl Sunday is notorious for extravagant, heavy spreads, and while I’m all for an occasional indulgence, it’s nice to have something that tastes naughty, but is actually fairly nice to snack on during the big game, like Feta-Stuffed Buffalo Chicken Meatballs.

Feta-Stuffed Buffalo Chicken Meatballs via @Iowa Girl Eats

Full of that signature flavor and spice, yet made with low-fat ground chicken and bold seasonings, Feta-Stuffed Buffalo Chicken Meatballs will be the first app to go on your Super Bowl spread!

Start by grating 1/4 small red onion into a large bowl, then adding 2 garlic cloves that have been microplaned or minced.

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Next add 1 egg white, and 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs. Panko bread crumbs are light and airy vs regular breadcrumbs which are dense and heavy, and keep these meatballs perfectly light!

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Add 1 tablespoon Ranch Dip Mix, then stir everything together with a fork.

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Finally, add 1lb lean, ground chicken breast then mix everything together with your hands until just combined (don’t over-mix or the meat will become tough.) Divide the chicken mixture into 4 sections, then divide each section in half, to form 8 sections.

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Form 2 meatballs out of each section, then stuff 1/2″ cube feta cheese (could use bleu cheese crumbles – I loathe me some stinky cheese, though!) into the center, then close the chicken around it.

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Place the meatballs onto a nonstick-sprayed cooling rack set on top of a foil-lined baking sheet, then bake for 16-18 minutes, or until cooked all the way through.

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While the meatballs are doin’ their thang, melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium-heat, then add 1 cup Frank’s Buffalo Sauce. The one and only!

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Keep the sauce warm over low heat, then add the meatballs when they’re done, and use a spoon to coat.

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Keep the meatballs warm in the skillet, or transfer to a small crock pot. Serve with toothpicks and dig in!

Feta-Stuffed Buffalo Chicken Meatballs via @Iowa Girl Eats

Feta-Stuffed Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Print this recipe!

Makes 16 meatballs

Ingredients:
1lb ground chicken breast
1/4 small red onion, grated or minced
2 gloves garlic, microplaned or minced
1 egg white
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
1 tablespoon powdered Ranch Dip mix
4oz block feta cheese, cut into 1/2” cubes
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup buffalo wing sauce

Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Stir together red onion, garlic, egg white, bread crumbs, and ranch dip mix in a large bowl. Add ground chicken then mix until just combined. Divide mixture into quarters, then each quarter into 4 balls. Press a cube of feta into the center of each ball then close mixture around cheese to seal. Place meatballs onto a non-stick sprayed cooling rack set on top of a baking sheet, then bake for 16-18 minutes, or until cooked through.
    2. Meanwhile, melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat then add buffalo wing sauce and stir to combine. Add cooked meatballs to skillet then use a spoon to coat in sauce. Place a lid on top and turn heat to low to keep warm.

Feta-Stuffed Buffalo Chicken Meatballs via @Iowa Girl Eats

Moist, spicy, and perfectly poppable, you’ll want to make a double batch of these Feta-Stuffed Buffalo Chicken Meatballs. They’re absolutely addicting!

Feta-Stuffed Buffalo Chicken Meatballs via @Iowa Girl Eats

Try these other Super Bowl-friendly eats next weekend!

Roasted Jalapeno Popper Potato Skins

The Best Fruit Dip. EVER.

Lighter Buffalo Chicken Dip

No-Bake Greek Dip Platter

Almond-Stuffed Bacon-Wrapped Dates

Caprese Skewers with Balsamic Drizzle

Salscamole

Buffalo Chicken Poppers with Avocado Bleu Cheese Dip

Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries

Mini Ham & Cheese Quinoa Cups

Mini Corn Dog Muffins

FYI  - I’ll be on KCCI News Channel 8 tomorrow morning at 6:40am with another Super Bowl app that’s so good it almost made my head explode. I’ll share it tomorrow if you can’t tune in! :) 

 

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Comments

  1. Olivia 01.24.2013

    They look delicious, but a little to spice for my taste! Do you recommend any sauce with just a mild kick?

    • Iowa Girl Eats 01.24.2013

      Hey Olivia! You might see if your store carries a mild buffalo sauce. Otherwise you could replace it with BBQ sauce, and maybe a hunk of cheddar in the center instead of feta.

  2. These look amazzzzing! I sometimes get weird cravings for buffalo sauce and these would be right up my alley :)

  3. Alisha 01.24.2013

    HOLY YUM!!! I looooveeeee buffalo sauce and feta! I am 100% making this for the superbowl party!

  4. YUM!!! Any recipe that includes Frank’s Hot Sauce is is a winner in my book :) I love that these meatballs are made with ground chicken – a slightly healthy Super Bowl treat!

  5. Lauren 01.24.2013

    These look amazing!!! I love this idea so so much.

  6. I’ve stuffed meatballs with mozzarella and burgers with feta but never meatballs with feta. Love it!

  7. I have everything I need to make these!!! Forget football. How about lunch?!

  8. Man, if I ate meat these would be perfect! Always full of good ideas, you are. (that’s my Yoda voice talking)

  9. Susie 01.24.2013

    Kristin, these look amazing! My husband is sure to go bananas for these (he can’t get enough of buffalo-style anything!).

    Go Ravens!!!

  10. Those look so cute and delicious! I will definitely have to make these for a potluck at work!

  11. not only are the coaches brothers, but their sister is married to the indiana university basketball coach. i live in bloomington, IN and go to graduate school at IU so we’re all pretty excited about it here. :) these meatballs sound awesome!

  12. Lainey Stahle 01.24.2013

    These look killer! Can you recommend an alternative cheese perhaps?? My husband is not a feta fan….(I know!!! Right!!)

  13. Lindsay 01.24.2013

    What a cool recipe! Those will be a winner at ANY sports party.

  14. These are perfect! I’ve been on a major Franks Red Hot kick lately… just made tacos with it lastnight. Love your blog!

  15. Julia Jolliff 01.24.2013

    Perfect for the Super Bowl! I love that they are stuffed–you really can’t go wrong with a stuffed meatball!

  16. Katie 01.24.2013

    Would these be good without the cheese do you think?

  17. I love all the little healthy modifications you made! These sound too good.

  18. Buh-bye bleu cheese…helllllo feta! Nice twist on a classic, Kristin :)

  19. jad18 01.24.2013

    The coaches have an Iowa connection. Their dad was an assistant coach at Iowa when they were kids. There was a cute picture in the Iowa City paper recently.

  20. Heidi 01.24.2013

    I’ve made two of your recipes the past 2 nights(Shrimp and asparagus risotto and cheesy taco soup) and have been amazed! Now, I really want to try these too! :) You always have the best recipes!

  21. What a creative appetizer! These would certainly be perfect for the Super Bowl.

  22. Melissa 01.24.2013

    You have the best recipes these look amazing! Go Niners!

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  24. The only meatballs I have ever enjoyed were the Kilmanogue meatballs I made from the Avoca Cafe cookbook. But….these look absolutely amazing! Must try. Maybe my family will get over the Packers not playing if I feed them tasty buffalo chicken meatballs.

  25. adrianne 01.25.2013

    totally making these for the superbowl…

  26. Wow! I love how these are baked. My husband and his friends are going to love these.

  27. Yumdiggity! I love Frank’s, especially since it’s one of the few bottled things that I feel ok about eating. No sassy ingredients in there. In fact, I had some this afternoon and they were great!

    Pinning for sure.

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  29. Meri 01.29.2013

    Holy cow. These look INCREDIBLE and not at all complicated to prepare! I shared with my readers HERE: http://seektobemerry.blogspot.com/2013/01/its-game-time.html Can’t wait to enjoy the tastiness during Super Bowl!!

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  34. Denise 02.03.2013

    HI! I just made these for our party today and i am wondering if i can just skip oven and put in crock pot with the sauce for a few hours?

    • Iowa Girl Eats 02.03.2013

      Hey Denise! I’m not sure as I’ve never put raw meatballs in the crock pot before. If I had to guess I’d say 2-3 hours on high!

  35. Traci 02.03.2013

    totally have these in the oven right now for the superbowl – such a good twist on hot wings!

  36. Terri 02.03.2013

    I’m typing this as I shovel these in my mouth!! Yum!!! Thank you for another amazing recipe.

  37. Sally Starrfield 02.03.2013

    These look yummy. Have you ever used Texas Pete? http://www.texaspete.com/index.php
    It’s a Winston Salem, North Carolina product. Delicious! To me, it has much more flavor than Frank’s without too much heat.
    I keep a bottle in my desk drawer at work.
    Sally in Durham, NC

  38. Denise 02.04.2013

    Holy cannoli! I made these for Super Bowl and I must say, EVERYONE NEEDS TO MAKE THESE! Not only are they easy to make, they are inexpensive to make,and the kicker is, they are flippin amazing! I just ate the rest for breakfast – oops! ;0

  39. Tricia H 02.04.2013

    These were delicious! Thank you for creating them!!

  40. Lindsey B 02.04.2013

    I just had to tell you that these are AMAZING! Made a double batch for a Super Bowl party yesterday and they were gone in a snap. They are super easy to make too. Will be making again ASAP!

  41. Emily S 02.04.2013

    I also made a double batch for our Super Bowl party and they were a BIG hit. So easy and tasty. I will be making these again!!

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  44. Michelle 10.18.2013

    Easy, tasty and fun!

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  46. Kelly 10.30.2013

    Yum! Made these tonight to bring in to work for a potluck tomorrow! I did them without the cheese and made 3x the amount! Super easy to do! I cooled them and threw them in my crock pot with the sauce, and am letting them marinate in the hot sauce all night and then put them on low tomorrow until they get warm! I have a feeling that they’ll be even better tomorrow!

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    This is a delicious and easy recipe. I have put them into buffalo chix meatball sandwiches too with Ranch! So good! Great recipe for a crowd too.

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