Recipe Request: Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

FullSizeRender-1There are so many things I absolutely love about living in Boston.  I love the fact that I can walk out my front door and am bombarded with an astronomical amount of choices of restaurants, shops, and shows.  I love that I have my pick of attending an event hosted by one of the various adult leagues, clubs, and interest groups.  I love that my T stop is a three-minute walk from my apartment, and on the way is one of the best cafes in the city (Flour Bakery… Bostonians, this is a MUST), and a four-minute walk to the Public Gardens, my favorite place on earth.  I love that I live in a city that has representation in every professional sport worth watching.  I may not be a fan of those teams, but it’s insanely cool to be part of that energy.

Yes, undoubtably, Boston is awesome.  Buuuuuuut, like anything else, it’s not perfect.  Specifically, there have been two nearly fatal flaws that have turned me into one of the many raving lunatics you see on the sidewalk with too many bags and smelling of fed-the-hell-up.  First, and my most recently recurring Boston nightmare, is parking.  Or, lack thereof.  Now, I have a residential sticker to legally park in specified areas, which only took two visits to City Hall, a day off work, $40 to the parking garage, and selling my soul to Satan to obtain.  Yet, YET, somehow, I have still been TOWED from my designated parking.  Oh, and did you know, that once you finally donate your kidney to the creatures at the tow lot in order to get your beloved car back, it has a TICKET on the car?  My situation (not even the most recent.. that’s right, I was towed twice in one week, folks):  I was ticketed at 7:16am.  I went out to get into my car at 7:30, and it was gone.  Hmmm… Let’s think about this one.  What is the purpose, in our society, of issuing a ticket?  Is it a flag for the towing company to remove your vehicle at once for being an epic violator of the streets?  No.  It is a warning:  your car is in violation, and you need to do something about it, before the city does.  Thanks for the 14-minute warning, Masshole.  The crime?  I was parked in my residential sticker-approved area, but in a catholic-school drop-off area, which needs clearance in the morning.  Welcome to the neighborhood.  I was towed again later that week, but I’ll save that for another time.  Bottom line, leave my car be.  You’re already making a Harvard tuition’s worth off my insurance.  No need for tow money too.  Greedy.

My second bone to pick?  Boneless, I should say.  The price of boneless, skinless chicken breast in this city is so out of hand I could cry.  Chicken is one of my food groups.  When I talk about chicken, I feel like Bubba from Forrest Gump going on about shrimp.  Short story, I do a ton with chicken; however, that changed when I moved to Boston, and I went to the store and realized that plain, store-brand boneless was a whopping $7.19/lb.  Unless these chickens come with a pair of Prada sling-backs, NO THANKS.  I mean, seriously?!  This is Boston, not the Bahamas.  Massachusetts has farms, like 50 miles away.  Getting meat to market is not a difficult task here, so what is up with this absurdity?  Back home in the ‘Cuse, I am used to paying an average of $1.79-$1.99 at Wegman’s.  I cannot waste rent money on these Willy Wonka Golden Chickens. So, when I visit my family (not as much as I would like to), my parents buy as much chicken as they can, freeze it, and pack it in my trunk to take back.  I feel like Boston is forcing me to outsource my chicken-buying.    Ridic.

So, when I am out of chicken, which happens pretty fast, I obviously have to become resourceful.  Like this recipe I have for you today.  My Buffalo Chicken Meatballs, luckily, can VERY EASILY (and cheaply) be made with lean, ground turkey.  I have made it both ways , with turkey (as I did here) and with grinding my own chicken (in the good old days, when chicken was affordable to me), and not even I could tell the difference.  These are perfect for any game day, and are awesome leftovers.  Enjoy!


Materials:

  •  large mixing bowl
  • measuring cups and spoons
  • cooking spray
  • baking sheet
  • aluminum foil

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs ground chicken breast (or ground turkey…no one will know but you)
  • 1-2 T minced garlic
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 c panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 shredded carrots
  • 1/2 c crumbled blue cheese
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 bottle of Frank’s Wing Sauce, divided (see below)
  • 2 T butter
  • microwave-safe bowl
  • slow cooker (optional, for serving)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil, and spray with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except for the hot sauce and the butter.  Mix with your hand until just combined. (Do not over mix.)FullSizeRender
  3. Add 3 tablespoons of the hot sauce to the mixture and blend.
  4. Using a tablespoon to help measure, create your meatballs and place on your cookie sheet.  IMG_2547IMG_2548
  5. Bake meatballs for about 15-18 minutes, or until cooked through.
  6. While meatballs are baking, place the rest of the hot sauce and the butter in a microwave-save bowl.  Heat on medium for about 30-45 seconds, or until hot.  Alternative:  You can pour sauce and butter into a slow cooker on HIGH, and place cooked meatballs in the sauce once they are cooked in the oven.  This is great for Sunday Football, if you want to keep them warm during the game!
  7. Serve in hot sauce.  Enjoy!

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Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

  • Servings: 50 meatballs
  • Difficulty: medium
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Materials:

  •  large mixing bowl
  • measuring cups and spoons
  • cooking spray
  • baking sheet
  • aluminum foil

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs ground chicken breast (or ground turkey…no one will know but you)
  • 1-2 T minced garlic
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 c panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 shredded carrots
  • 1/2 c crumbled blue cheese
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 bottle of Frank’s Wing Sauce, divided (see below)
  • 2 T butter
  • microwave-safe bowl
  • slow cooker (optional, for serving)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil, and spray with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except for the hot sauce and the butter.  Mix with your hand until just combined. (Do not over mix.)
  3. Add 3 tablespoons of the hot sauce to the mixture and blend.
  4. Using a tablespoon to help measure, create your meatballs and place on your cookie sheet.
  5. Bake meatballs for about 15-18 minutes, or until cooked through.
  6. While meatballs are baking, place the rest of the hot sauce and the butter in a microwave-save bowl.  Heat on medium for about 30-45 seconds, or until hot.  Alternative:  You can pour sauce and butter into a slow cooker on HIGH, and place cooked meatballs in the sauce once they are cooked in the oven.  This is great for Sunday Football, if you want to keep them warm during the game!
  7. Serve in hot sauce.  Enjoy!

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