BUFFALO CHICKEN MEATBALLS  – classic taste in a finger free meatball.
3/4 pound ground Chicken
Juice of 1 Lemon
2 tablespoons Butter, melted
1/4 cup Panko Bread crumbs
1/3 cup chicken broth
1-3 tablespoons to 1/4 cup Frank’s hot sauce
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
3/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • Heat 2 teaspoons of avocado oil on medium-high until hot.
  • In a large bowl, combine the chicken, breadcrumbs, and spices.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste. Gently mix to combine.
  • Using your hands, tightly form the mixture into 10 equal-sized meatballs. Transfer to a plate.
  • Heat 2 teaspoons of avocado oil on medium-high until hot.
  • Add the meatballs and cook, turning occasionally 8 to 10 minutes, or until browned and cooked through.
  • Whisk together the butter and chicken broth.
  • Add to the pan with the meatballs, cooking 1-2 minutes, frequently spooning the sauce over the meatballs.
  • Turn off the heat and stir in as much of the hot sauce as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve with creamy mashed potatoes, veggies.
  • Enjoy!


Avocado oil
2 stalks celery, thinly sliced
2 large carrots, peeled, halved & sliced
1 small shallot, halved and sliced
FRESH ground salt and pepper, to taste

  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Add avocado oil.
  • Add carrot pieces, season with salt and pepper, cooking 4-5 minutes until lightly browned and soft.
  • Add celery, seasoning again.
  • Transfer to a bowl, cover and keep warm.

Featured at Melt In Your Mouth Monday #392 1-6-2019


I saw this on Damaris Phillip’s show, Southern at Heart and fell in love almost immediately! I made just a few alterations to fit with what I had on hand, but we love it and have had it several times, several ways since.


TOTAL TIME: 1 hr 25 min          COOK TIME: 1 hour          PREP TIME: 25 min

1/3 cup ketchup**
1 tablespoon hot sauce

  • Whisk together the ketchup and hot sauce in a small bowl and set aside.

3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup diced celery (2-3 stalks) + leaves reserved for garnish
1 cup small diced onion or shallot
3 tablespoons Frank’s original hot sauce
1 1/2 pounds ground chicken
1 cup blue cheese crumbles (GORGONZOLA works well too as does sharp cheddar)
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
2 teaspoons FRESH coarse ground black pepper
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups Panko breadcrumbs
1/3 cup grated Parmesan

  • Preheat the oven to 350°.
  • Grease a 9 X 5 inch loaf pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  • Melt the butter in a medium skillet over medium-high heat and saute the celery and onion until softened, 3- 5 minutes.
  • Transfer the mixture, plus the drippings, to a large bowl.
  • Add the hot sauce to the bowl and stir to combine.
  • Add the chicken, blue cheese, salt, pepper, eggs and 1 1/2 cups of the panko and mix until well combined.
  • Press the mixture into the prepared loaf pan, pressing more in the center of the loaf to create a divot. This will allow the meatloaf to bake evenly and not create a mound after it is baked.
  • Spread half of the sauce over the top of the meatloaf.
  • Mix the Parmesan with the Panko and sprinkle the mixture on top of the sauce.
  • Bake until the center is set and the top is golden brown, 45 minutes to an hour.
  • Let rest 10-15 minutes before cutting to serve.
  • Garnish the meatloaf slices with remaining heated sauce and chopped celery leaves.

**NOTE: Use jalapeno ketchup if you want a bit more spice.