This cheesy baked buffalo chicken meatball skillet is the perfect party food. This easy appetizer recipe comes together in under 30 minutes and it tastes absolutely amazing!
What is Cheesy Baked Buffalo Chicken Meatball Skillet
Get ready to have your taste buds tingling with delight because I've got the perfect recipe for this Cheesy Baked Buffalo Chicken Meatball Skillet!
Just picture this: juicy, tender chicken meatballs, covered in zesty buffalo flavor, nestled in a sizzling hot skillet.
But wait, there's more! These little bundles of joy are generously smothered in a blanket of ooey-gooey melted cheese that'll make your heart skip a beat.
With each bite, you'll experience the perfect balance of tangy buffalo sauce, savory chicken, and melty cheese, ranch dressing, blue cheese crumbles and scallions all harmoniously dancing together in a skillet of pure cheesy bliss.
This Cheesy Baked Buffalo Chicken Meatball Skillet will leave you begging for more!
So grab your forks and dig in, because this flavor-packed dish is about to take your taste buds on a wild and cheesy ride.
Ingredients and Substitutions
- Ground Chicken - You could also use ground turkey or even ground salmon!
- Panko - You could also use pork rind based panko if you're not doing carbs.
- Egg - No real sub on egg for this recipe.
- Buttermilk Blue Cheese - Any sort of blue cheese will work just fine but this is my favorite because it's more mild.
- Red Onions - Feel free to use any onion - they all work!
- Celery - If you don't like celery, you could leave it out and add a pinch of celery salt.
- Buffalo Sauce - I use Frank's Buffalo Sauce but you could make your own or use another brand.
- Dried Dill - Fresh dill will also work.
- Onion Powder - No real sub for onion powder.
- Garlic Powder - Garlic salt would work just don't use any additional salt.
- Olive Oil - Any neutral oil will work just fine! Butter might burn so be cautious with that!
- Fresh Mozzarella - You could easily use low moisture mozzarella, pepperjack, white cheddar, or another good melting cheese!
- Ranch - Blue cheese dressing also works just fine! Or try my fav cottage cheese ranch dip!
- Blue Cheese - No real sub on blue cheese but you could use feta if you had to!
- Scallions - Scallions are optional. You could leave them out or use chopped cilantro or chives.
How to make it
Making this cheesy baked buffalo chicken meatball skillet is so easy and doable!
First, you'll just want to preheat oven to 400F degrees.
Now grab a big bowl and combine all meatball ingredients in a large bowl and mix with your hands until ingredients are thoroughly mixed.
Once it's mixed up, grab a golfball sized meatball amount and roll them into shape.
Place each meatball in a cast iron skillet or a parchment lined baking sheet.
Now bake the meatballs for 25-30 minutes or until cooked through.
Remove them from the oven and add Buffalo sauce and fresh mozzarella directly on top.
Turn on the broiler and stick the skillet back in the oven for 3 minutes.
Pull out the skillet once more and top with ranch, more blue cheese, scallions and flaky salt.
Serve immediately and enjoy!
And if you're not eating them right away, let them cool then place them in an air tight ziplock bag or Tupperware and keep in the fridge for up to 4-5 days.
What goes with Cheesy Baked Buffalo Chicken Meatball Skillet
Frequently asked question
What holds meatballs together?
The two ingredients that help meatballs stay together are eggs and panko (or breadcrumbs) - but they have to be the correct proportions. A lot of meatball recipes add egg to the mince mixture because it helps to bind the balls together. Breadcrumbs, panko or even pork panko also help to bind your meatballs. If the mince mixture is quite wet, breadcrumbs will help soak up excess moisture so that the balls don't fall apart.
What causes meatballs to fall apart?
Too many breadcrumbs can ruin the texture of your meatball though, turning it into something more like stuffing rather than a mini-meatloaf. It can also make the finished mixture loose, and it'll fall apart when cooking. Too few breadcrumbs, on the other hand, won't give you the desired filler effect.
Is it better to bake or pan fry meatballs?
In my opinion, baking meatballs for a recipe like this is the way to go. If you're browning in the oven at a high heat, it is not only neater than frying and but it's also faster and easier than skillet searing. Baking them in a cast iron skillet ensures even cooking, and using your oven's convection setting (if you have one) yields nicely browned surfaces.
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Cheesy Baked Buffalo Chicken Meatball Skillet
FOR THE MEATBALL
FOR THE SKILLET
- 1-2 cups Frank's Buffalo Sauce enough to fully cover meatballs
- ½ cup Fresh Mozzarella torn
- 3 tablespoon Ranch Dressing
- 3 tablespoon Blue Cheese crumbled
- 3 tablespoon Scallions thinly sliced
- flaky salt
- Preheat oven to 400F degrees. Combine all meatball ingredients in a large bowl and mix with your hands until ingredients are thoroughly mixed.
- Roll the seasoned meat into small golfball sized meatballs and place in a cast iron skillet or a parchment lined baking sheet
- Bake the meatballs for 25-30 minutes or until cooked through.
- Remove from oven and add buffalo sauce, and fresh mozzarella and broil for 3-minutes.
- Top with a swirl of ranch, more blue cheese, scallions and flaky salt.