Buffalo Chicken Meatball Sandwiches

buffalo chicken meatball recipe

So, the other day I came across these cray-cray Jalapeno Cheddar Chicken Meatball Sandwiches from How Sweet Eats and I thought to myself, “Self! You will make those for dinner!”

Then I remembered that my entire family would up and move across the country to get away from me if I put a bunch of jalapenos in their dinner. They’d probably even take the dog, which would be tragic, because the dog is my favorite of the bunch.

Puppy Love!

I mean, can you blame me? Total fluff ball right there.

Anyway, after I cried about the lack of jalapeno lovers that live in my house, I had a lightbulb moment. Like, literally, I lit up the whole main floor of my house with the idea that I had.

    buffalo chicken meatball recipe

Buffalo Chicken Meatball Sandwiches, baby. Sure, yes, my daughter would be eating another PB&J if I served spicy chicken meatballs for dinner. That’s, like, her trifecta of awful right there. Spicy. Chicken. Meatballs. She’s glaring at me right now just for thinking about those three things in her presence.

The husband is a major sissy when it comes to hot sauce, so I went easy on it. We wouldn’t want the poor wittle baby to cry, would we?

buffalo chicken meatball recipe

Anyway, I morphed Jessica’s sandwiches into a food that I sort of want to marry. Imagine how cute our meatball babies would be in their little bonnets and booties crawling around the house all innocent and sweet.

Ugh. This is ridiculous.

Buffalo Chicken Meatball Sandwiches. I mean…can you even…am I dreaming?

buffalo chicken meatball recipe

These sandwiches are so good you’ll want to punch someone in the face. Preferably not me, but go ahead and try them to find out. The meatballs are so soft and tender, the carrots add a nice bit of texture, and the mixture of the ranch and hot sauce is just simply divine. The meat is flavored so perfectly!

Please, please, please make these for the Superbowl. Then make them again for dinner on Tuesday and eat the leftovers for lunch on Wednesday. Then make them again on Friday. You know, it’s really never a bad time to eat buffalo chicken meatball sandwiches.

A few notes: These were made to accommodate a sissy-la-la 32 year old man and a 12 year old boy. They’re pretty mild, more tangy and bright flavored than overly spicy, so feel free to bump up the amount of hot sauce you use in the meat mixture to 1 cup or more. I’d add in an extra 1/4 cup of oats for each 1/2 cup of hot sauce that you add, just so things don’t get too out of control moist and fall apart-y. Alternately, keep these as is and just load them up with more hot sauce as needed when you make your sandwiches.

buffalo chicken meatball recipe

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Buffalo Chicken Meatball Sandwiches

Tangy, buffalo flavored chicken meatballs bake up in less than 15 minutes for a quick, flavorful dinner!

Yield: 5 sandwiches

Ingredients:

For the meatballs:
1 pound ground chicken
1 egg
4 ounces Mozzarella cheese, grated
1/2 cup grated carrot
1/2 cup panko
1/2 cup rolled or quick oats
1/2 cup bottled Ranch dressing
1/2 cup Frank's Red Hot Sauce
For the sandwiches:
5 bakery style sandwich rolls
4 ounces cheddar cheese, grated
Ranch dressing and Hot Sauce for dipping, if desired

Directions:

Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, combine all of the meatball ingredients and mix until combined using your hands. Alternately, mix everything together in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.
Scoop out chunks of the mixture, about 2 tablespoons each, and shape into balls. Place on the prepared baking sheet.
Bake for 12-15 minutes or until cooked through.
Slice the sandwich rolls in half and top with three to four meatballs, depending on what will fit. Drizzle on extra hot sauce if desired. Top with a small handful of cheddar cheese. Place on a baking sheet, with the top half of the roll laying cut side up next to the bottom portion with the meatballs. Repeat with remaining buns.
Place sandwiches back in the hot oven for about 5 minutes, or until the cheese has melted and the bread is beginning to brown at the edges.
Top the meatballs with the sliced bun tops.
Serve with extra ranch dressing and hot sauce as desired.

Other buffalo chicken recipes you will totally love:

Buffalo Chicken Dip from Buns In My Oven
Buffalo Chicken Macaroni and Cheese from Table For Two
Buffalo Chicken Nachos from Baked By Rachel
Buffalo Chicken Egg Rolls from Taste and Tell
Buffalo Chicken Taquitos from Buns In My Oven

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52 Responses to “Buffalo Chicken Meatball Sandwiches”

  1. megan @ whatmegansmaking February 1, 2013 @ 6:45 am (#
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    I’m pretty sure my dog and your dog would be best friends. And we might lose them in the snow. And also, I want these meatballs.

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    Karly Reply:

    I bet they would! I loved watching your little doggy grow through that weekly series you were doing way back when! That was not too long before we got our doggy!

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  2. Melissa M. February 1, 2013 @ 7:09 am (#
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    Yummy! The food looks delicious, but the bamboo dinner mats have caught my eye. Where did you find them?

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    Karly Reply:

    Thank you!

    I believe I got them at Pier 1, but it’s been a year or two, so I could be wrong. :)

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  3. Cookbook Queen February 1, 2013 @ 8:34 am (#
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    I’ll take ten of these AND the dog. So CUTE!!!

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  4. Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough February 1, 2013 @ 9:04 am (#
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    These are totally face-punch worthy. YUM!

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  5. Lisa @ Snappy Gourmet February 1, 2013 @ 9:10 am (#
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    I can not get enough “buffalo” lately! These look great! And your dog is ADORABLE!!!!

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    Karly Reply:

    Thank you!

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  6. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life February 1, 2013 @ 10:12 am (#
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    Holy cow girl! Forget the chicken meatballs I just made…I WANT yours, but I want mine spicier because I’m not a weenie :-) and your dog is probably the cutest fluffball EVER!!!

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  7. Julia February 1, 2013 @ 10:29 am (#
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    Oh wow these looks amazing! I love meatball sandwiches but with buffalo sauce, sounds even better! Cute dog by the way!

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    Karly Reply:

    Thank you!

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  8. Kim @ Soliloquy Of Food & Such February 1, 2013 @ 11:15 am (#
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    Ha! Meatball babies!

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  9. Annie @ Annie's Noms February 1, 2013 @ 11:56 am (#
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    :O :O :O I think I am dreaming!!! My mouth is watering just looking at these! I’m a complete sissy as well so I’m guessing the fact you didn’t use much hot sauce will be fine for me, I’ll have to ramp them up for my other half though, he likes his food practically on fire :D And if they’re going to make me want to punch someone, then I best eat them all alone so I don’t get into trouble :) Too good for sharing anyway!

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    Karly Reply:

    Oh, you’ll be fine with these. They have that perfect mild buffalo wings flavor. :) Just keep the bottle of Frank’s around for serving. ;)

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  10. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious February 1, 2013 @ 12:10 pm (#
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    Your dog is super cute! Can I take the fluff ball home?!

    Oh and these sandwiches? Screw the super bowl – I need these like every day of the week!

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    Karly Reply:

    “Screw the super bowl.” I’ve said that more times than I can count this week. ;)

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  11. Amber (Sprinkled With Flour) February 1, 2013 @ 1:01 pm (#
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    Look here lady, you have to stop killing me with these recipes! I think I’m officially going on cooking strike…and you’re coming to my house to take over. :) Nevermind your family…they can eat PB&J while I feast on deliciousness like this. lol :)

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  12. kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts February 1, 2013 @ 1:35 pm (#
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    I love all of the mental images that came to mind reading this (meatball babies, Elaine from Seinfeld punching someone, and you happily alone with the dog eating spicy foods . . .) and I will follow almost all of your directions–but I won’t make these for a third time on Friday. Because Friday nights are Pizza Nights here according to the Farm Fresh Feasts family. (Unless there’s a football game or sled hockey tournament, in which case Pizza Night turns into Pizza Monday brunch . . .)

    These look like an excellent, and utterly as cute as your doggie, way to ‘get your Buffalo on’. Thanks!

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    Karly Reply:

    Haha! Well, if you skip them on Friday, you better make up for it on Saturday. :)

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  13. debbie February 1, 2013 @ 2:14 pm (#
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    Wow…this looks delicious. I’m used to eating just a plain meatball sub. I think this would be great…Just pinned it!

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    Karly Reply:

    Thank you!

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  14. Julie @ Table for Two February 1, 2013 @ 2:54 pm (#
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    omg, your dog is SO cute!! what kind is it he/she?? these look SO SO good!!!

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    Karly Reply:

    Thank you! I could just squish your little fluffy face, I love her so much! She’s a shih-tzu bichon mix. :)

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  15. kim-the-girl February 1, 2013 @ 2:55 pm (#
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    These look awesome, but I’m curious if I could use a different variety of hot sauce. We aren’t really a hot sauce family, so one more barely used bottle would be a waste. What I have is Tabasco and Sirachi (something like that…) What do you think?

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    Karly Reply:

    I would definitely not use Sriracha, because it has a lot of other flavors going on and you’ll really stray from the buffalo wing flavor. As for tabasco, you could probably get by with that one. I personally think tabasco is a lot spicier than Frank’s, but that could just be me. My favorite trick for meatloaf/meatballs: season it, scoop out a spoonful, and cook it on the stove to test the flavor, and adjust from there. If I were using Tabasco, I’d probably use 1/4 cup, cook a little chunk on the stove and adjust as needed. :)

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    Karly Reply:

    Okay, so I got curious and did a little googling. It sounds as if Tabasco is much more concentrated that Frank’s so definitely be careful and adjust as needed if that’s what you use. :)

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  16. Sarah February 1, 2013 @ 3:33 pm (#
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    Visiting for the first time – YUM!!! Pinned!

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    Karly Reply:

    Thank you! :)

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  17. Aimee @ ShugarySweets February 1, 2013 @ 4:49 pm (#
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    Holy mother of all things good in this world, what did you do???? This looks amazing, like I wish I can reach through the monitor right now, or bust down your door. That photo on top. Oh that photo….Will you marry me and cook for me every day? or at least cook for me every day?? I haven’t cooked much this week since I am now halfway done with season 2 of Downton Abbey (in under a week’s time….)

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  18. Yvonne February 1, 2013 @ 5:02 pm (#
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    Mmm!! That looks so delicious! I love your dog too, what a cutie!!

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  19. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust February 1, 2013 @ 5:27 pm (#
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    Oh my gosh Karly, you crack me up. And your daughter glaring at you for thinking of them in your presence…hahahaha that is SO my life with my kid. These are going on the list of to-make. My hubs love spicy but not buffalo, but I’ll just call them spicy chicken meatball sandwiches and he’ll never know. Bwahahaha!

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    Karly Reply:

    I love this! That’s exactly how I trick my kids into eating things. “Oh, this? It’s a sweet ketchup glaze.” My daughter hates anything “sauce,” especially bbq. ;)

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  20. Megan @ The Pink Flour February 1, 2013 @ 6:00 pm (#
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    I’m obsessed with anything buffalo chicken, so this look ah-mazing! Your beautiful photos make me want to take a bite right now! Awesome recipe, Karly!

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  21. Joanne February 1, 2013 @ 7:12 pm (#
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    Do you realize how dangerous these are! There are going to be wedding proposals across the country because of you. I just know it. :P

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  22. Jennifer February 3, 2013 @ 1:55 pm (#
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    I don’t have ranch dressing on hand, think it’s OK to make the meatballs with out?

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  23. Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl February 3, 2013 @ 10:56 pm (#
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    Drool.

    Holy cow, girl. These look awesome.

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  24. Kristen February 4, 2013 @ 2:07 pm (#
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    I’m loving these sandwiches – such a great idea.
    And your dog?? Adorable!

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  25. sally @ sallys baking addiction February 4, 2013 @ 3:51 pm (#
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    OMG STOP. Who is that dog? Is that your little fluffball Karly? I WANT HIM/HER SO BADLY!! What a cutie pie! I don’t think I’ve ever been more excited about a non-food item on Buns in my Oven before!!!!! freaking adorable. What a great shot! PS: I want this sandwich x10.

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    Karly Reply:

    Haha, thanks! She’s a little sweetie! :)

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  26. Ashton February 4, 2013 @ 9:55 pm (#
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    I can’t even tell you how crazy we are over anything with buffalo sauce. I could drink the stuff.

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  27. DessertForTwo February 4, 2013 @ 10:01 pm (#
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    I’ve been making How Sweet Eat’s meatball subs for months. It’s time I try a variation! Thanks :)

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  28. Meghan @ The Tasty Fork February 7, 2013 @ 8:19 am (#
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    If you want to sit and around and eat jalapenos, you’re more than welcome to come to my house anytime! But please bring your dog, she’s just too cute to leave at home.

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  29. Juniper February 10, 2013 @ 8:16 pm (#
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    Made these tonight. The photos made me do it! These have the perfect amount of heat. My hubs added more Frank’s to his but he likes his eyes to water when he eats spicy food. My 8 year old was more than fine with these and she’s not a spice-liking girl (yet). I mixed mine in my food processor so they came out with a crab cake consistency which we all loved. Will hand mix or use my Kitchen Aid next time because there will be a next time. These are awesome!!!!

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  30. Beth February 13, 2013 @ 7:04 pm (#
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    Oh my these were wonderful! I used ground turkey because this is what I had and my husband could not eat enough! Thank you

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  31. Dana March 28, 2013 @ 10:14 am (#
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    Genius!! Going to have to be made this weekend.

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  32. Michelle September 14, 2013 @ 6:22 pm (#
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    Wow, these are amazing!! Only added a 1/3 cup of Frank’s Hot Sauce as wasn’t sure how hot it would be but should have added the full amount or more. Adding Ranch and Frank’s hot sauce to the burger before eating definitely makes it – Yum Yum Yum!

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    Karly Reply:

    So glad you enjoyed them!!

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  33. Cristina @ Just My Crazy Kitchen September 24, 2013 @ 10:11 pm (#
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    These are perfect! My boyfriend is a sissy like your husband despite all the buffalo chicken I force him to eat. Definitely trying these!

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  34. Christine November 11, 2013 @ 4:03 pm (#
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    My husband and teenage son gave these two thumbs up and devoured them! Perfect ratio of hot sauce and ranch…you get just the right amount of kick, but for all those that like it super spicy, adding hot sauce after they are cooked does the trick! I love them as an appetizer without the bun!

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    Karly Reply:

    @Christine,

    Glad you liked them! :) These are one of my favorites!

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  35. laly April 14, 2014 @ 11:23 pm (#
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    simple, easy, cheesy!

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  36. Wowguy April 17, 2014 @ 10:28 pm (#
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    What a good idea. Lets put it down for Friday since the kids don;t have school the next day

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