Buffalo Chicken Meatballs
So for day 2 of our cleaning up Pinterest week, I cleaned up this Buffalo Chicken Meatball recipe. This recipe was # 5 on the buzz feed article 20 Recipes the Won Pinterest in 2013. Back in the fall we posted a cleaned up chicken wings recipes, which happens to be our most popular recipe on pinterest. But, it also happens to be delicious! The sauce is soo good. I mean, I could seriously eat those wings everyday. I created these buffalo chicken meatballs, with our sauce recipe. So much cleaner than a sauce from a jar. I also used only fresh herbs, eliminating the chemicals and preservatives from the dried herbs you get from the grocery store. It’s also gluten free.
I started with a pound of ground chicken breast then mixed it with the chopped herbs, 1 egg, minced garlic and a smidge of almond meal to help hold it all together. I put a little bit of high quality blue cheese inside the meatballs when I formed them as well. But that is optional. I popped those suckers in an oven proof skillet and cooked them for about 20 minutes. When they were done, I carefully removed the skillet (leaving the oven mitt on the handle of the skillet because I always forget and then burn myself!) and put it on the stove top. I made the sauce while the meatballs were in the oven and then poured it on top of the meatballs. I flipped them a few times so they were coated in sauce and cooked over medium heat for about 10-15 minutes. The meatballs should be cooked through and nicely covered in sauce.
I served them with some celery and our blue cheese sauce (Find the recipe here) made with coconut milk yogurt instead of traditional greek yogurt. Which was a great alternative! These meatballs were so tasty. I had to stop myself from eating more than a serving size while I was taking the pictures! You’ll see on the nutrition comparison below that ours a a little higher in sugar and carbs but, we are using natural unprocessed sugars with honey and molasses instead of processed cane sugar, which makes a big difference to the glycemic index. Bottom line, don’t go overboard (like I almost did) and eat the whole plate. But, enjoy these as a fun and healthier game time snack. Also, our version is gluten free and Paleo!
Here is a side by side comparison of the nutritional facts for each recipe*:
| My Clean Kitchen
|Calories: 335||Calories: 421|
|Total Fat: 6 g||Total Fat: 25 g|
|Cholesterol: 122 mg||Cholesterol: 116 g|
|Sodium: 368 mg||Sodium: 2446 g|
|Total Carbohydrates: 44 g||Total Carbohydrates: 10 g|
|Dietary Fiber: 1 g||Dietary Fiber: 0 g|
|Sugar: 35 g||Sugar: 1 g|
|Protein: 30 g||Protein: 36 g|
*Disclaimer: Nutritional information estimated using myfitnesspal.com. The totals are based on the recipe serving size and may not be accurate. Data is subject to the availability of specific foods in their database. Not all ingredients are always available and suitable substitution may be made. Nutrition data is provided for reference only.