Spicy chicken meatballs

Chicken has a significantly lower calorie and fat content than the traditional beef or pork base for meatballs, that’s why I feel less guilty when I enjoy some spicy chicken meatballs. These balls will definitely get any party started, especially if you or your guests love spicy food; I surely do and spicy chicken meatballs are the perfect solution, seeing as you can prepare loads of them in almost no time. Buffalo’s finest bar food minus the bones is the perfect food to serve for the big game, a surprising appetizer, or even passed as a fancy hors d’oeuvre. How would I describe spicy chicken meatballs? The best part of hot and spicy wings with none of the mess. If you like your meatballs extra spicy, you can always add an extra tablespoon or two of hot sauce to the recipe. Serve with Blue Cheese dressing or any other favorite dressing.

INGREDIENTSspicy chicken meatballs
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/3 cup hot sauce
1 pound ground chicken, preferably thigh meat
1 large egg
1/2 celery stalk, minced
3/4 cup bread crumbs
1 teaspoon salt

DIRECTIONS
Preheat the oven to 450°F. Drizzle the vegetable oil into a 9×13-inch baking dish and use your hand to evenly coat the entire surface. Set aside. Combine the butter and hot sauce in a small saucepan, and cook over low heat, whisking until the butter is melted and fully incorporated. Remove from the heat and allow the mixture to cool for 10 minutes. Combine the hot sauce mixture, ground chicken, egg, celery, bread crumbs, and salt in a large mixing bowl and mix by hand until thoroughly incorporated.

Roll the mixture into round, 3/4 -inch balls, making sure to pack the meat firmly. Place the balls in the prepared baking dish, being careful to line them up snugly and in even rows vertically and horizontally to form a grid. The meatballs should be touching one another. Roast for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the meatballs are firm and cooked through. A meat thermometer inserted into the center of a meatball should read 165°F. Allow spicy chicken meatballs to cool for 5 minutes in the baking dish before serving.

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