Gameday Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Nothing says football like snacks; these bite size buffalo chicken meatballs will bring the HEAT. All you need is a sprinkle of goat cheese and a cold drink!

Quick and simple gameday buffalo chicken appetizers - a favorite football party appetizer! |

This past weekend was the kickoff to football season! And while the Bears surprised everyone with an incredible first half, Jay Cutler threw an (all too well known) interception to start the second and it went downhill from there.

But I’m gonna be honest with you for a hot sec. Is that cool? I feel like we’re at a point in our relationship where I can just tell it like it is and you can nod your head in agreement, send me the fist-bump emoji, or even disagree I guess. It’s up to you.

A quick and easy gameday appetizer for your football loving friends - you only need 6 ingredients and 30 minutes to make these buffalo chicken meatballs! |

Here goes… my favorite part of football season is the snacks. I mean, right?! Not an earth-shattering statement and one that I think many of you can agree with. And to be honest, I do really enjoy watching football; I just enjoy it more when I have a lot of snacks and a cold adult beverage.

I'll happily watch an entire football game if I had a plate of these gameday buffalo chicken meatballs! |

Buffalo wings are a pretty classic football watching food. Why is that? Probably because you can eat them with one hand and have a beer in the other. Well that’s my guess anyway. Personally, I am not a huge wing person. I think they are a lot of work to eat and I’d rather have something I could pick up with a toothpick and eat in one or two bites. Meatballs are the perfect solution.

Appetizers are the most fun when you can eat them in one bite - especially if you're watching football and have a beer in the other! Make these gameday buffalo chicken meatballs for football parties. | Hungry by Nature

How amazing do these look?! Ahhh they were beyond easy to make and were gobbled up in just a few minutes. After some browning on the stovetop in an oven-safe skillet (I adore my cast iron skillet for this), the entire thing went into the oven to finish cooking.

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs bring the HEAT for football season. And get cooled off with a crumble of goat cheese. Touchdown! |

What is your favorite gameday snack?

If you’re looking for other football worthy foods, I highly suggest baked sweet potato fries, everything bagel hummus, or check out this post from Jessica of How Sweet Eats for her epic list of football party food!

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Gameday Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Yield: 24 meatballs 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Oven


Nothing says football like snacks; these bite size buffalo chicken meatballs will bring the HEAT. All you need is a sprinkle of goat cheese and a cold drink!


  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup panko
  • 1/4 cup buffalo sauce
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 2 ounces goat cheese, crumbled


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Begin heating an oven-safe skillet on the stove over medium high. (I like to use my 12 inch cast iron for this.)
  2. Place the chicken, egg, panko, buffalo sauce, and almost all of your green onions in a bowl. Using a spoon, stir to combine all of your ingredients.
  3. Using your hands, form the mixture into 24 meatballs. Tip: keeping your hands wet will help the chicken from sticking.
  4. Once it is hot, add a little oil to the skillet. Then add half of the meatballs. Brown the meatballs on all sides. Remove from the pan.
  5. Brown the rest of the meatballs. Add the first half back into the skillet and bake for 8-10 minutes or until cooked through.
  6. Serve with more buffalo sauce, crumbled goat cheese, and the rest of your green onions.

Keywords: meatball, buffalo, buffalo chicken

That goat cheese though.

Gameday buffalo chicken meatballs bring the HEAT for football season. | Hungry by Nature


The ideal football gameday appetizer - buffalo chicken meatballs. You only need 6 ingredients and 30 minutes. Touchdown! | Hungry by Nature

16 thoughts on “Gameday Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

    1. Ellie | Hungry by Nature Post author

      Right?! I really don’t like blue cheese, at all, but goat cheese is the perfect creaminess to offset the buffalo!

  1. Jenn - a traveling Wife

    Ooh, my husband would love these. I’ve never really been a fan of buffalo sauce (too vinegary) but he requests items like buffalo wings or buffalo dip all the time – especially during football season.

  2. Emily Weir

    Yesss! These look delicious. I agree on the best part of football season being the food, it’s the best excuse to eat wings and snack food.

  3. Theresa @aloveafare

    First off I love my cast iron skillet too! It works on so many levels. These meatballs are going to my next football game. Yes indeed! And a favorite football food in my house is a can of chili with some cream cheese and chips. Go figure. It’s gobbled up faster than halftime.

    1. Ellie Post author

      Yes – I hope you and your family love them! And that chili cheese dip situation sounds perfect for football season!

  4. Betty

    Made these with turkey today (Store didn’t have chicken). Anyhow, these are really tasty, nothing bland about them! I’m eating low fat and low carb so these are perfect. I will make them again and freeze some, for company.
    Thank you!

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