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Buffalo chicken meatballs with a drizzle of ranch dressing on an appetizer plate.
4.77 from 13 votes

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs are made in the slow cooker or Crock-Pot for a simple, easy, and low-carb appetizer recipe.  These bite-sized snacks are a healthy finger food idea for game days, holiday get-togethers, or Super Bowl parties!

Course Appetizer, Dinner, lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 20 minutes
Servings 16 meatballs
Calories 79 kcal


Buffalo Sauce:

  • ½ cup hot sauce Frank's RedHot, original
  • 6 Tbsp. butter melted
  • 1 clove garlic crushed
  • ¼ tsp. salt to taste

Chicken Meatballs:

  • 1 lb. ground chicken 93/7
  • 1 egg whisked
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper optional
  • ½ cup Panko breadcrumbs gluten-free
  • Ranch or Blue Cheese dressing optional
  • Green onions finely chopped, optional


Buffalo Sauce:

  1. In a medium-sized bowl combine hot sauce, butter, garlic, and ¼ teaspoon salt. Whisk until smooth.

Chicken Meatballs:

  1. Add chicken, egg, ½ teaspoon salt, cayenne pepper, and Panko breadcrumbs to a large bowl. Mix by hand until all ingredients are well incorporated.

  2. Roll chicken mixture into 2-tablespoon sized balls to form meatballs.
  3. Add half of the buffalo sauce into a 6-quart slow cooker.

  4. Next, place meatballs in a single layer on the bottom of the slow cooker.
  5. Lastly, pour remaining buffalo sauce over the meatballs.
  6. Turn slow cooker on High for 3-4 hours or Low for 4-6 hours. Stir meatballs and sauce during the last 30-60 minutes to prevent burning.

  7. Turn off heat and let meatballs and sauce set for at least 20 minutes before serving.*
  8. Serve buffalo chicken meatballs with a sprinkle of green onions, a drizzle of ranch or blue cheese dressing, and these cute bamboo toothpicks. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  • Nutritional information is calculated without dressing and assuming some sauce (2-3 tablespoons) will not be consumed.
  • If you are keto or low-carb you can also use a Pork Panko crumb mixture to lower the carbohydrate count.
  • Sauce will begin to separate when very hot.  If it does not thicken up after letting it sit for 20 minutes, remove meatballs, whisk the sauce until smooth, and return meatballs to the slow cooker.
Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Meatballs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 79 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 43mg14%
Sodium 289mg13%
Potassium 163mg5%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 148IU3%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 8mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.