The simplest meatball recipe you’ll ever make.
Hey there my peeps! How are things going?! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Now it’s time to get everything ready for the week. At least that’s how my Sunday’s go.
My typical Sunday looks like this: go to 9 am church, come home, update my budget spreadsheet (I know I’m a nerd 🤓), figure out my upcoming classes workout plans. (I teach Insanity on Mondays and HIIT on Tuesdays, so I get the plan and music ready.) Then I eat lunch and make my meals for the week. Can I get a woot woot for meal prep 🙌🏼 Some days I dread it, but it totally pays off. I prep some breakfasts, a whole weeks worth of lunches and snacks and then sometimes I’ll prep Monday’s dinner. Then I have about 30 minutes to an hour to “chill” before I go workout. I workout for an hour or so, come home, eat dinner, then get everything ready for Monday. (I go in early on Monday’s, so I get my coffee all ready and protein filled.) If you can’t tell my day mostly revolves around food. Like most of my life. I pick out my outfits (and workout clothes) for the week and then I just relax for the rest of the night, watch the news or catch up on my shows and work on the blog.
I like my routines. What’s your Sunday look like?
Let’s just jump right into these meatballs. I’m not going to lie, this recipe came about because of Nick’s oddly weird obsession with buffalo sauce. We have some form of buffalo chicken at least once a week and the dude never gets sick of it. I love it because it adds flavor to plain old chicken (which I never have anymore) and it has no calories.
I don’t think this recipe could get any simpler. You literally combine all the ingredients into a bowl and then using a cookie scoop, roll up balls, place them on a baking sheet and throw them in the oven.
You want to know my little trick when I’m cooking things in the oven and I want time to go by quickly? I make the recipe, then I run upstairs and take a fast shower. That way when I’m done, the recipe is about finished cooking and I have enough time to make a side dish or set the table. I’ve got it down now where I only need 15 minutes. 🙂 Now that’s called efficiency lol!
If you love buffalo sauce you’ll love this recipe.
Here are some of my tips!
I use gluten free panko breadcrumbs, but if you’re not gluten free then feel free to use regular.
I use Bolthouse Farm’s Classic Ranch for dipping sauce. Their products have no artificial flavors, no high fructose corn syrup, they’re gluten free and low in calories. If you’re not familiar with the brand, they have a ton of products. Some of my favorite are cilantro avocado (sooo good on tacos), creamy balsamic and creamy caesar. I think my mouth just started watering. 😋
Some sides I’ve served with this dish are cottage cheese (helps tone down the spiciness), a spinach side salad, brown rice or quinoa and/or a green veggie like broccoli or zucchini. I always try to add a green vegetable to dinner, whether it’s in the main dish or side. Really any vegetable.
These meatballs are perfect for meal prep or any dinner throughout the week. They’re also a great appetizer to bring to a party. Give em a try and let me know what you think!
- • 1 lb. ground chicken (95% - 99% lean)
- • ½ cup gluten-free panko bread crumbs
- • 2 tablespoons green onion, finely chopped
- • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
- • ½ cup buffalo sauce
- • ¼ teaspoon salt
- • ¼ teaspoon pepper
- • Optional: extra buffalo sauce and green onion for topping, Bolthouse ranch for dipping
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees and spray baking sheet.
- In a medium size bowl, add 1 lb. ground chicken, ½ cup gluten-free panko bread crumbs, 2 tablespoons finely chopped green onion, 1 tablespoon minced garlic, ¼ cup buffalo sauce, ¼ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon pepper.
- Using a spoon or hands, mix ingredients until combined.
- With a tablespoon cookie scoop, gather ingredients and with hands, roll into a ball.
- Place meatball on baking sheet and repeat until all ingredients are used.
- Place baking sheet in oven for 30 minutes.
- Take meatballs out of oven and drizzle another ¼ cup of buffalo sauce on top, more if desired.