Buffalo Chicken and Quinoa Meatballs

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With football season gearing up this weekend, it’s time to start to talk about football food, which I’d venture to say we get all get behind whether or not we are true fans of the game. As a Notre Dame grad and native New Englander, football runs in my veins but I’d be lying if I didn’t admit I get just as excited about all the delicious food. So whether you whip up these tasty slow cooker meatballs for the big game or for a delicious family dinner, they are sure to please. Serve them drizzled with some light ranch or blue cheese dressing and I would be remiss if I didn’t tell you they make a killer taco.

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Buffalo Chicken and Quinoa Meatballs

Buffalo Chicken and Quinoa Meatballs

COOK TIME: 4 Hours
TOTAL TIME: 4 Hours, 30 Min
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  • 2 lbs. 99% lean ground chicken
  • 3/4 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 U carrot, minced
  • 1 U celery rib, minced
  • 1 U large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1.5 cups buffalo sauce (like Frank’s)

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Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.


Mix together all the ingredients except the buffalo sauce until just combined. Be careful not to overmix.


Roll into meatballs, about 1 inch in diameter. You should end up with around 36 meatballs. Place onto a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray.


Bake for 5-7 minutes until just browned on the outside.


Pour 1/2 cup buffalo sauce into the slow cooker. Add the meatballs. Pour into remaining buffalo sauce over the meatballs. Stir lightly to coat all the meatballs.


Cover and cook on low for 4 hours.

Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 6 meatballs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 250
Calories from Fat 84
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g
Saturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 138mg
Sodium 538mg
Total Carbohydrate 7g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 1g
Protein 33g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.


This recipe doesn't work as well in smaller slow cookers. Consider cooking stove-top if you have a smaller slow cooker.
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November 2, 2015 - 09:06
I am sorry to hear the recipe didn't turn out well for you. I have made this multiple times and have never had this problem. Usually the 3/4 cup of cooked quinoa is plenty of binder for the ground chicken and I have even heard from some folks that they leave out the quinoa all together and they still come out great.In terms of the sauce, I am wondering what size slow cooker you used for the recipe? I think that may have impacted how they came out. My slow cooker (the standard size) fits almost half the meatballs on the bottom. It sounds like yours may be much smaller and that could have caused this problem. I will make a note in the recipe that this works best with a standard size slow cooker. Thanks for the feedback.
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