Blue Cheese Stuffed Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

I made these over the weekend for the Mr. He’s a big fan of buffalo chicken, so I’ve been having fun experimenting on him with new buffalo chicken creations. I actually meant to get to several other recipes but it just wasn’t in the cards. Saturday was errand and chore day, which left Sunday for recipe testing. But you see… I just couldn’t resist snuggle time with my lil man SO I only got to making these meatballs. Thankfully they didn’t disappoint.

These require a bit more time than the average baked meatball, but it’s all in the prep. You could make the mixing even quicker by tossing the ingredients into a food processor or stand mixer and blending away, but there’s just something fun about mixing this by hand. Maybe it’s the child in me still wanting to squish and mash play-doh and slime? The up side to this, it is delicious after baked. I’m willing to bet play-doh and slime wouldn’t have the same result after being rolled and baked.

Did I mention that there’s a super secret and awesome filling? There are chunks of blue cheese stuffed into each meatball that begin to melt and ooze while baking.

Eat them as is, dip in blue cheese dressing or create a buffalo meatball sub! You’ll enjoy this any way you decide to eat them.

Yield: Yields roughly 2 dozen meatballs.

Blue Cheese Stuffed Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Ingredients:

1lb ground chicken
3/4C seasoned breadcrumbs
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground pepper
1/4C onion, minced
1/4C celery, minced
1 egg
1/4C buffalo sauce
Blue cheese crumbles

Optional additions:
Blue cheese dressing, for dipping
Celery sticks
Additional buffalo sauce
Sub rolls
Mozzarella cheese slices

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mince onion and celery.

In a large bowl combine: ground chicken, breadcrumbs, egg, salt, pepper, celery, onion and buffalo sauce. Mix by hand until ingredients are combined well.

Grab a portion of meatball mixture. Create a well to place a few crumbles of blue cheese. Shape into a 1 1/2" ball. Transfer to a parchment lined baking sheet or glass baking pan.

Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes.

Eat warm with optional dipping sauces and celery sticks.

To create a sub: Slice a sub roll length wise. Lay slices of cheese on the inside of your roll, overlapping. Toss meatballs in a small amount of buffalo sauce. Add coated meatballs to sub roll. Add sub to an oven safe container. Broil until cheese is melted. Slice and enjoy warm. *Dip in chunky blue cheese dressing for additional flavor.


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23 Responses to “Blue Cheese Stuffed Buffalo Chicken Meatballs”

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    nicole @ I am a Honey Bee — March 5, 2012 at 10:48 am

    ooo stuffing them with blue cheese in them… awesome.

    That sandwich looks so good.

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    Cassie — March 5, 2012 at 11:01 am

    I think you already know how I feel about these. There are so many levels of awesome in this post. Love it!

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    Krista — March 5, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    You are killing me! These are a great idea and that sandwich!? Irresistible!

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    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — March 5, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    This is painful to read…I WANT SOME!!! Wow that sandwich is crazy-awesome!

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    Tracey — March 5, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    Oooooh, I just made buffalo chicken meatballs recently too! Yours look wonderful, and if I liked blue cheese, I’d be all over this version. I might need to try with a cheddar stuffing…

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — March 5, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    You deserve some sort of award in buffalo chicken cooking. Or maybe you should just write a buffalo chicken cookbook:-)

    • Rachel — March 5th, 2012 @ 2:49 pm

      I’d be lying if I said that has never crossed my mind lol ;) Thanks Lauren

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    amy @ fearless homemaker — March 5, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    yum, these look fantastic! pinning ‘em to try ‘em soon!

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    amanda @ fake ginger — March 5, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    Ooh, we love stuffed meatballs! This is pretty brilliant!

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — March 5, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    You are the Buffalo chicken Queen!! Another amazing one!

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    marla — March 5, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    Such an original idea for meatballs!

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    Megan — March 6, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Oh this looks fantastic! And I love the toasted melt idea too. Yum-oh!

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    Erin — March 6, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Buffalo chicken and stuffed? Awesome.

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    Katie — March 7, 2012 at 8:34 am

    WOW–these sound amazing. I never thought to make a chicken meatball… and then stuff it with cheese. This is totally rocking my world right now… I know my hubby will thank you for introducing me to this recipe! lol.

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    Chris @ TheKeenanCookbook.com — March 7, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    These look amazing. So many of your buffalo creations I have yet to make. My Rachel just can’t get into buffalo so I can only make these creations for myself (not that that’s a bad thing)

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    natalie (the sweets life) — March 7, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    LOVING this idea!!!!

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    Deborah — March 8, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Um, yes – I WANT these !!

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    kirasaurus — March 13, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    yum! im in college so im always looking for easy, delicious, nutritious recipes. thanks!

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    Sabrina — March 17, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    Just made these today. They were okay..didn’t wow me… Think it would be better if you do a quick drop of the balls in buffalo wing sauce right after they come out of the oven. Unfortunately, I’m out of the sauce since I barely had 1/4C for the recipe. Will pick some up tomorrow and see how if works with the leftover meatballs.

    • Rachel — March 18th, 2012 @ 2:09 pm

      That’s what I did for the subs, but left them as is otherwise so they could be dipped as desired and not get soggy.

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    Jill — April 13, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    Umm… yes, please! These look great!

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    Blog is the New Black — June 17, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    Just prepped these into burger form for dinners this week! :)

    • Rachel — June 17th, 2012 @ 6:51 pm

      Nice! I hope you enjoy them. Let me know what you think. :)

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