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whole30 buffalo chicken meatballs in the air fryer

air fryer buffalo chicken meatballs

Made in the air fryer, these Whole30 Buffalo Chicken Meatballs are juicy and flavorful; Perfect for any party, but easy enough for a weeknight dinner with leftovers for lunch!
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Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Servings: 5
Calories: 192kcal


  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 1/4 cup crushed pork rinds (can also sub in 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese or almond meal) - do not use Parmesan cheese if whole30 or dairy-free
  • 1 large egg, whisked
  • 1/3 cup celery, finely minced - about 2 ribs
  • 1/3 cup shallot, finely minced - 1 small shallot
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • cooking spray - make sure soy-free if on a whole30
  • 1/3 cup hot sauce - Frank's RedHot is my preferred
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • diced scallions (green onions), for garnish - optional
  • ranch or blue cheese dressing - optional


  • In a large bowl, combine the ground chicken with pork rinds, egg, minced celery, shallot, garlic, salt and pepper.
  • Gently fold until combined. Do not overmix. Chicken mixture will be sticky, so I recommend lightly wetting your hands with water or coating with olive oil. If mixture gets too sticky, you can refrigerate for 10 minutes and continue to roll.
  • Form mixture into approx 1-inch balls.
  • Spray air fryer basket with nonstick cooking spray. Cook 7-9 minutes at 350F. Using tongs, flip and cook 2-3 more minutes. Make sure temperature of chicken is 165F. Repeat if making in batches (depending on basket size).
  • In a mixing bowl, combine hot sauce and vinegar. Using tongs or a large spoon, toss cooked chicken meatballs into hot sauce mixture. Garnish with chopped scallions and homemade ranch, if desired. Serve immediately.


  1. If you don't have an air fryer, you can still enjoy a batch of Buffalo Chicken Meatballs! You will still follow the ingredients and instructions above, but instead you will bake at 400 F degrees for 20-minutes. You can follow the instructions from this recipe if you need a reference.
  2. recipe should make 20 meatballs. serving size is 4 meatballs/person.
  3. nutrition info is for meatball recipe using pork rinds.
  4. nutrition info does not include additional garnishes such as ranch or blue cheese dressing, or chopped green onions.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 192kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 11g | Fiber: 1g
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