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Buffalo Air Fryer Chicken Meatballs

Buffalo air fryer chicken meatballs are an easy appetizer to make or make as a low carb high protein dinner. Ground chicken meatball recipe.

ground chicken meatballs

Chicken meatballs in air fryer turn out great. Using lean ground chicken, Panko breadcrumbs and a few other ingredients you can make them spicy or mild. Enjoy as a protein rich snack or throw them into a pot of spaghetti for an entire meal. One of many air fryer meals we love. (affiliate links present)

Ninja Foodi Chicken Meatballs

You can use your Foodi with the lid that is attached with the air crisp button, or make it as a Cosori air fryer recipe. Some pots are larger than others which just means you could make more at once that way. You don’t want them to overlap or they will stick together and not get crispy on the outside either.

Yes we have made frozen meatballs in air fryer before. That is by far the easiest and quickest method of all if you are in a hurry. WAY better than just microwaving those babies because they turn out a bit rubbery that way. Instead throw them into your basket and do it like this. OURS here though are homemade.

If you love air fryer recipes too, here are some resources to start with:

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Chicken Meatballs Sauce

Ground Chicken Meatballs

So when making air fryer homemade meatballs with any sort of protein really you are going to need a binder. Panko is lighter and gluten free so we went with that one. I used to add some ketchup for flavor and such but this time buffalo hot sauce sounded better. You can find from mild to very spicy with that.

  • Ground chicken
    • use the same instructions with ground turkey or ground beef instead
  • Onion powder
  • Garlic powder
  • 1 egg
  • Green onions diced, optional
  • Salt and pepper, Italian seasoning works well too
  • Buffalo sauce or really sauce of your choice
  • 1/2 c Panko breadcrumbs
  • You could add 2 tbsp of parmesan cheese too if you wanted an Italian flair instead of buffalo

Chicken Meatballs Sauce

You could choose others if you wanted like teriyaki, marinara sauce, a thai blend to add and beyond that you might want a dip of some sort if you are serving them as an appetizer. For that I like to offer a variety of different ones like we do with our chicken wing sauces or offer a thicker dip like bang bang sauce.

Asian Chicken Meatballs

Chicken Meatball Recipe

In order to get the right texture you’ll want to make sure your machine is at the right temperature right from the start. It takes only 5 minutes to do so and will get you the result you want so don’t skip that part. Same goes for when we make homemade chicken nuggets with ground chicken.

  • Preheat air fryer for 5 minutes at 380 degrees F.
  • In a bowl mix together all ingredients listed above. If you think it is too loose you can add a bit more breadcrumbs.
  • You want them to stick together.
  • Use your hands with 1 heaping tbsp of mixture to roll into balls. Set on a plate or baking sheet until they are all in balls.
  • Spray inside of air fryer basket with olive oil non stick spray and place balls in a single layer with some space between them.
  • Air fry for a total of about 8 minutes (depending on their size), turning over after 4 minutes.

After that check internal temperature to ensure they have reached a safe 165 F. If not add 2 more min and check again. Remove, dip in sauce and enjoy. Timing will vary of course, slightly, depending on how large they are and how browned you want the outsides too.

Chicken Meatball Recipe

Baked Chicken Meatballs in Oven

If you wanted to try another method to see which method you like better try our basic meatball recipe without breadcrumbs. That is a good choice for a mixture too if you want low carb without the fillers. We use oats instead with this one and any meat could be used too.

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl mix together chicken, onion powder, garlic powder, egg, green onions, salt, black pepper, buffalo sauce, and bread crumbs.
  3. Use your hands to form meatballs about the size of golf balls.
  4. Arrange them on an oiled baking tray and brush the meatballs with oil.
  5. Bake for 20 -25 minutes.

Remove from the oven and drizzle with buffalo sauce and gently toss the meatballs or just serve the meatballs as is with toothpicks. Then you can offer a bunch of different options for guests to make a few different types. This is a fun one especially during a big get together like Super Bowl.

Asian Chicken Meatballs

If you want to add this to dishes more like fried rice or chow mein you might like our Panda Express sweet and sour sauce recipe here. Sometimes I will find something similar that is sweet with a little tang. You can always use teriyaki which is always a huge win around here.

Ninja Foodi Chicken Meatballs

How to you store leftover meatballs

If they were frozen meatballs to begin with you won’t want to refreeze them but you could keep in the fridge and reheat within 3 days. However if there were homemade like these you could freeze them once they were at room temperature. It is best if you freeze on a sheet pan, then put them into a freezer bag so they don’t stick together. Not entirely necessary though.

It is best if you use freezer bags or vacuum pack them so you won’t get freezer burn, that is no good. You can also make these, not cook them, and freeze beforehand so they are really fresh. You would need to lay on a baking sheet first for these, then transfer into a bag.

Is it safe to reheat cooked meatballs

As long as they have been stored properly then by all means enjoy them for another meal. If homemade, then frozen lay them on a plate or pan covered to defrost in the fridge first. Cooked and then frozen you can leave in the same bag and thaw in the fridge and then cook. I would air fry them once softened. 380 F for 3-4 minutes is plenty of time to get hot again.

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Air Fryer Chicken Meatballs

Buffalo air fryer chicken meatballs are an easy appetizer to make or make as a low carb high protein dinner. Homemade meatball recipe.
Course Appetizer, Entree
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer, buffalo, chicken, ground chicken, homemade, meatballs, ninja foodi, spicy
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 71kcal
Author The Typical Mom

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Instructions

  • Preheat air fryer for 5 minutes at 380 degrees F. In a bowl mix together all ingredients listed above. If you think it is too loose you can add a bit more breadcrumbs. You want them to stick together.
  • Use your hands with 1 heaping tbsp of mixture to roll into balls. Set on a plate or baking sheet until they are all in balls.
  • Spray inside of basket with non stick spray and place balls in one layer with some space between them.
  • Air fry for a total of about 8 minutes (depending on their size), turning over after 4 minutes. After that check internal temperature to ensure they have reached a safe 165 F. If not add 2 more min and check again.
  • Remove, dip in sauce and enjoy

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Nutrition Facts
Air Fryer Chicken Meatballs
Amount Per Serving (1 oz)
Calories 71 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Trans Fat 0.03g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 46mg15%
Sodium 348mg15%
Potassium 216mg6%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Fiber 0.2g1%
Sugar 0.2g0%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 41IU1%
Vitamin C 0.4mg0%
Calcium 11mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Air Fryer Chicken Meatballs
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