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.