January 30, 2018

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs (Keto, Paleo, Whole30)

These Paleo buffalo chicken meatballs are perfect for a game day party or a fun weeknight dinner. They are made with a few simple ingredients, baked, and so easy to make. This recipe is Whole30 compliant, low carb, and keto friendly. 

The Best Baked Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

If you have never tried buffalo chicken meatballs, here is your invitation to try the best baked buffalo chicken meatballs out there. Yes, I know that is a bold claim and I am probably a bit biased but hey, I am claiming it. There is no turning back now.

These buffalo chicken meatballs are packed with so much flavor, thanks to plenty of herbs and spices, and then coated in tangy buffalo sauce. One of the best sauces/condiments out there. 

You might think buffalo chicken meatballs have to be saved for a special occasion like game day or a party but let me tell you, they work just as well for a quick lunch or dinner.

These juicy meatballs only take twenty minutes to make and pair perfectly with your favorite dipping sauce and fresh veggies. 

The best part? This recipe is Whole30 compliant (just use a compliant buffalo sauce), Paleo friendly, low carb, gluten free, and keto friendly. They check all the boxes, taste great, and I know you’ll love them!

The Tools You’ll Need to Make This Recipe

This recipe is not complicated and there are a few simple kitchen tools that you will need to successfully make it. Here is what you need: 


Ingredients For the Most Flavorful Meatballs

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs (Keto, Paleo, Whole30)

These meatballs are made with just a few simple ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry or fridge.

The key to getting really flavorful meatballs is to use a variety of dried herbs and spices.

You want the meatballs to be well seasoned before they are coated in buffalo sauce for the best results. 

Ground Chicken: Ground chicken is lean, cooks quickly, and works perfectly in these meatballs. It also has a neutral flavor so the spices and seasonings can really shine through. 

Herbs and Spices: The majority of the ingredients in this recipe are dried spices and herbs. Using a variety of spices helps to add extra flavor to the meatballs. 

Buffalo Sauce: Use your favorite buffalo sauce but be sure to pick one that is Whole30 compliant if you are concerned about keeping this recipe Whole30 compliant. 

How to Make Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs (Keto, Paleo, Whole30)

Step One: The first step is to make the chicken meatball mixture. To do this, add the ground chicken, herbs, spices, salt and pepper to a mixing bowl. Use a spoon to stir the mixture until well combined. 

Step Two: Next, it’s time to form the meatballs. The easiest way to do this is by using a cookie dough scoop or a tablespoon measure to scoop the ground chicken into meatballs. Scoop the ground chicken and then use your hands to gently roll into balls. 

Step Three: Place the meatballs on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. The parchment paper will ensure that the meatballs do not stick the sheet pan and make clean up easier. 

To help the meatballs get cooking, drizzle a little avocado oil over the meatballs before placing them in the oven. 

Step Four: Bake the meatballs at 425 degrees for 20-25 minutes until they cooked fully and browned.

While the meatballs are cooking, heat your buffalo sauce in a small saucepan. You do not want to pour cold buffalo sauce over hot meatballs so warming the buffalo sauce pan helps prevent that. 

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs (Keto, Paleo, Whole30)

Step Five: Once the meatballs are done cooking, remove them from the oven and transfer them to a mixing bowl or dish.

Drizzle the warm buffalo sauce over the meatballs and gently toss them until they are well coated in the sauce. 

You can garnish the meatballs with green onion, feta cheese, or blue cheese and then serve with your favorite dipping sauce and sliced veggies. 

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs (Keto, Paleo, Whole30)

Can I Make These Meatballs in the Air Fryer? 

Yes! If you have an air fryer, you can whip these meatballs up even more quickly. Instead of baking them in the oven, you’ll just let cook your meatballs in your air fryer. 

Just place them in your air fryer basket and cook at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes until fully cooked and browned.

You can give them a shake halfway through if you would like to ensure that they cook evenly. 

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs (Keto, Paleo, Whole30)


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Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Servings: 6-8

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes



  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

  2. Add the ground chicken to a mixing bowl and add the salt, pepper, herbs, and spices. Stir until well combined. 

  3. Use a cookie dough scoop to scoop the ground chicken and then use your hands to roll the chicken into small meatballs.

  4. Place the meatballs on a parchment lined baking sheet and drizzle them with a half a tablespoon of avocado oil. 

  5. Bake the meatballs for 20-25 minutes until fully cooked through. While the meatballs are cooking, heat the buffalo sauce in a small saucepan until warm. 

  6. Transfer the meatballs to a bowl and pour the buffalo sauce over the meatballs. Gently toss the meatballs until they are completely coated in the sauce. Garnish with green onions, blue cheese, or feta cheese, and enjoy!

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs (Keto, Paleo, Whole30)Buffalo Chicken Meatballs (Keto, Paleo, Whole30)

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  1. These are delicious! I made them for dinner and we ate them along with salad. So easy, and I will definitely be making them again!

    • I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe, Sarah! Thanks for taking the time to leave a review!

  2. These sound amazing!
    Do they freeze well after being cooked? I’m looking for a good thaw & heat option.

  3. These meatballs are seriously the best! I was so happy to find them when I did my first round of whole 30 and have become a permanent addition to my family’s favorites!

  4. Every Sunday when I ask my fiancé what he’d like for lunches and dinners for the upcoming week, this is one of the recipes he almost always brings up. These are so good to eat over greens and with shredded carrots. They’re very easy to make and so good!

  5. I made these with ground turkey and they came out really dry. Good flavor but not great texture. The only departure from the recipe was I did not drizzle with avocado oil. There was a lot of liquid that came out in the oven onto the pan. Do you think it was the meat swap or lack of oil or something else that could explain this?

  6. God forbid I ever have these in front of me at a party because I swear I’d eat half of the full recipe just on my own. These meatballs were to die for, so delicious, a very clean eat, and so easy to make — completely satisfied my buffalo chicken dip craving!! Topped with some green onions, a little blue cheese crumble, and primal kitchen ranch on the side to dip into. Thank you Ashlea!!!

  7. Made these for dinner and they were so delicious! We served them over some rice, spinach, and other veggies! Thanks for this great recipe! Looking forward to cooking more from your site! 🙂

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