Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Summer is winding down, Jordyn is officially a 7th grader and Kaley, a college freshman, crazy how time flies! For the first time in 17 years that my stomach isn’t filled with back-to-school butterflies.  It is a bittersweet feeling knowing that my days of shopping for school supplies, finding the perfect “first-day” outfit, and adjusting to a new class schedule is all apart of my past (or at least until I decide to make the big move to grad school.)  For the first time in four years, I was able to send Jordyn off on her first day of school.  To my demise, this meant waking up a little too early on my day off, but I took the opportunity to get my run in while the weather was cool and of course pose for a few pictures before the baby of the family began her first day at a new middle school.  The post first day dinner was always a big one growing up.  Jordyn has a recent food obsession with anything related to buffalo chicken, from boneless wings, buffalo chips, rice, and pretzels, she loves it all.  I knew anything with a little lick of buffalo would be perfect end to her first day of school.

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Ingredients

  • Meatballs:
  • 2 ribs of celery
  • 1 lb of lean ground chicken breast
  • 1/4 cup of panko bread crumbs
  • 2 egg whites
  • 3 scallions
  • 1 tsp. of garlic powder
  • 3/4 cup of buffalo sauce (I used Archie Moore's), divided
  • Cooking spray
  • Greek Yogurt Blue Cheese:
  • 1/4 cup of reduced fat crumbled blue cheese
  • 1/2 cup of nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup of reduced fat cream cheese
  • 1 tbsp. of lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. of garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. of salt
  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy

Directions

  • Mince the celery and chop the scallions, place in a large mixing bowl
  • Add the chicken, panko, eggs, and 1/4 cup buffalo sauce to the bowl and combine all ingredients
  • Roll the meatball mixture into teaspoon sized balls
  • Place balls on greased cookie sheet
  • Bake at 450 degrees for 15 minutes
  • While the meatballs cook, combine the ingredients for the dip
  • Let meatballs cool  and remove from cookie sheet
  • Toss the meatballs in 1/2 cup of buffalo sauce
  • Serve with Greek Yogurt Blue Cheese and celery

Nutrition:

  • Calories:  220
  • Carbohydrates: 4
  • Fat: 14
  • Protein:21

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