Sautéed mushrooms, celery and garlic add flavor and help keep calories in check and portions hearty in this easy Buffalo chicken meatball recipe. Serve these meatballs as an appetizer with carrot and celery sticks and blue cheese or ranch-style dressing for dipping, or make them into a Buffalo chicken sandwich.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 2015


Recipe Summary

50 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • Finely chop mushrooms, onion, celery and garlic in a food processor. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the vegetable mixture and cook, stirring occasionally, until the liquid has evaporated, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and let cool for 10 minutes.

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil and coat with cooking spray.

  • Add breadcrumbs, carrot, cheese, hot sauce, vinegar, salt and pepper to the cooled vegetables; stir until combined. Add chicken and mix gently to combine (do not overmix). Form into 30 meatballs (a scant 2 tablespoons each) and place on the prepared baking sheet.

  • Bake the meatballs until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center registers 165 degrees F, about 15 minutes.


Make Ahead Tip: Freeze baked, cooled meatballs in a single layer on a baking sheet, then transfer to an airtight container. Freeze for up to 3 months. Reheat from frozen in a 350°F oven for about 25 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

207 calories; protein 17.2g; carbohydrates 11.1g; dietary fiber 1.5g; sugars 2.5g; fat 10.8g; saturated fat 3.3g; cholesterol 69.2mg; vitamin a iu 1861.5IU; vitamin c 6.6mg; folate 31mcg; calcium 65.7mg; iron 1.4mg; magnesium 28.7mg; potassium 632.7mg; sodium 509.1mg; thiamin 0.2mg.

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Rating: 5 stars
Used oats instead of breadcrumbs and rice vinegar in place of white just because that's what I had on hand. These are soooo good! So much veggie goodness. Not dry at all. Will make again! Read More
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The Best Meatballs EVER! I made these for the Super bowl party I had. I was trying to fix healthier options! These were a hit! I only added some bulk turkey sausage (for flavor) along with everything else ONLY because I had some in the fridge already. Otherwise no need to adjust the ingredients. Read More
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Followed the recipe exactly although I hate mushrooms. These were FANTABULOUS! Wonderful texture nice heat. Will definitely make these again!! Read More
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My favorite EW recipe ever. I make it exactly as written and even my veggie haters can t help but gobble them up. Perfect anytime! Read More
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Making the recipe as written yielded the best results the vegetables made the meatballs nice and hearty. A great way to sneak more veggies into your dishes without "sacrificing" flavor. Really easy to make my dad loved them and didn't even realize there were veggies in them! He made them into meatball sandwiches. Read More