Buffalo Chicken Meatballs (Whole30 Approved)

I seem to have hit a blogging slump.

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs - Whole30 Approved

I’ve sat down to write countless times in the past week, but all I do is stare at the blank sheet of paper, waiting for words that just won’t appear. Last night I finally gave up and instead of blogging I sat in front of the TV with The Husband and watched Battlestar Galactica while eating mango salsa with a spoon.

Well, maybe that’s a slight exaggeration. We ate the mango salsa served with swordfish for dinner, but it was so good that I sat in front of the TV watching Battlestar Galactica and fantasized about eating the leftover mango salsa with a spoon…straight from the tupperware.

This is my life, people.

I’m not entirely sure why I’ve been in such a writing slump lately, although I’d like to blame it on being sick and out of work for a week – it’s been draining trying to catch up on what I missed. I just feel exhausted, both mentally and physically. It could also be because there is a lot going on in my life right now – adjusting to married life, finding a new place to live (more on that later), trying to coordinate schedules so we can try to visit Baby Bear next month…

…OK, maybe now I understand the slump.

Anyway, enough about that. Let’s move on and discuss these Buffalo Chicken Meatballs, mmkay?

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs - Whole30 Approved

These babies came about as a result of the pound of ground chicken in the fridge that was about an hour from spoiling, and my deep love for Franks.

Again, I know. Deal with it.

So I pulled together a mixture of what we had in the fridge and combined it into meatballs while The Husband melted some ghee in a pan to add with the Franks.

buffalo chicken meatballs - whole30 approved

Beautiful, huh? We fried the meatballs first to brown them before tossing them into a baking dish and covering them with sauce. You could easily make these on the stovetop but because the meatball mixture was kind of wet, I was worried they’d fall apart in the pan.

Twenty minutes later we had beautiful brown meatballs with a kick of heat! We served ours with a side of roasted vegetables and a baked sweet potato, and of course plenty of leftover sauce! And a side note? The longer these sit, the more of the Frank’s flavor they retain – my lunch the next day was awesome.



makes approximately 16 medium sized meatballs

prep time: 10 minutes

cook time: 30 minutes


1 lb ground chicken

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 cup diced onion

1 egg

1/4 cup pecan meal

1/2 cup chopped cilantro

1 tsp smoked paprika

salt and pepper to taste

Franks Hot Sauce

2 tbsp ghee

olive oil


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, combine first 8 ingredients and mix well. Using your hands, form meat mixture into uniform sized balls. Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a skillet over medium high heat and brown the meatballs on all sides – you may have to work in batches depending on the size of your skillet. Line the meatballs in a baking dish. Meanwhile, heat 2 tbsp ghee in a saucepan and add the Frank’s – as much as you want, but at least one cup (you want enough to cover the meatballs evenly in the baking dish). Combine until heated through and pour the sauce over the meatballs. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 20-30 minutes, until meatballs are cooked through.

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs - Whole30 Approved

As usual, I’m linking up with Vegetarian Mamma for Gluten Free Fridays! Stop on over to check out other gluten free recipes!

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