These Whole30 Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Meatballs are the perfect appetizer to serve on game day! Or turn them into a bowl for dinner with some veggies and ranch! Either way – these are sure to be a crowd pleaser. Gluten free, dairy free, Paleo, Keto!

Buffalo chicken meatballs with ranch

Buffalo anything is my go-to when it comes to game day appetizers, but these meatballs might just be my new favorite! They are so incredibly easy to make and will be a total crowd-pleaser. I’ve included a couple different options for cooking – slow cooker and baking! Whatever makes more sense for you will work.

buffalo chicken meatballs baked

What You Need to Make These Whole30 Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

  • Ground chicken – you can also use ground turkey!
  • Almond flour – you can also sub coconut flour
  • Egg
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Dried parsley
  • Ghee or vegan butter (I liked Miyoko’s vegan butter and it worked out great)
  • Frank’s red hot or hot sauce of choice

You can also use store-bought buffalo sauce. Some of my favorite Whole30 compliant brands are Tessemae’s, The New Primal, and Primal Kitchen.

I love serving these with homemade “dump ranch” dressing or Tessemae’s ranch!

This is the slow cooker I have, and we love it!

slow cooker buffalo chicken meatballs that are gluten free

How to Make These Whole30 Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Mix all of the meatball ingredients together in a bowl using a spoon or clean hands. Form the mixture into 16 balls, about 1 1/4 inch wide. Place them on the baking sheet (if you have a rack to place on top of the pan, great – but if not, it will still work!). Bake for 10 minutes. Transfer the meatballs to the slow cooker. Mix up your buffalo sauce and pour it over the meatballs. Cook on low heat for 2 hours.* Serve with your favorite ranch dressing and enjoy!

Can I Bake These Meatballs Instead?

Yes! If you don’t want to use the slow cooker, you can just bake them for 20 minutes total, and then toss with the buffalo sauce.

gluten free dairy free buffalo chicken meatballs

You can serve these alongside carrots, celery, and your favorite dipping sauce. Or, serve in a bowl with some cauliflower rice, avocado, and other veggies to make it a complete meal!

gluten free buffalo chicken meatballs

If you try these meatballs, make sure to tag me on Instagram @maryswholelife so I can see your creations!

Looking for some other Whole30 appetizer ideas? Check these out:

Whole3o Bacon Wrapped Dates

Whole30 Spinach Artichoke Dip

Whole30 + Keto Ultimate Dry Rub Baked Wings

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Whole30 Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

These Whole30 Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Meatballs are the perfect appetizer to serve on game day! Or turn them into a bowl for dinner with some veggies and ranch! Either way - these are sure to be a crowd pleaser. Gluten free, dairy free, Paleo, Keto!
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Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 1/2 cup almond flour, can also sub 2.5 tbsp coconut flour for nut free
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

Buffalo Sauce*

  • 1/2 cup ghee or vegan butter, I used Miyoko's brand vegan butter and it was delicious
  • 1/2 cup Frank's Red hot

Equipment

  • Slow Cooker

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Mix all of the meatball ingredients together in a bowl using a spoon or clean hands. Form the mixture into 16 balls, about 1 1/4 inch wide.
  • Place them on the baking sheet (if you have a rack to place on top of the pan, great - but if not, it will still work!). Bake for 10 minutes.
  • Transfer the meatballs to the slow cooker.
  • Mix up your buffalo sauce and pour it over the meatballs.
  • Cook on low heat for 2 hours.* Serve with your favorite ranch dressing and enjoy!

Notes

*You can also use store-bought buffalo sauce of choice. Some of my favorite Whole30 compliant brands are Tessemae's, The New Primal, and Primal Kitchen. 
 
*You can also just bake these instead of using the slow cooker. Simply bake for a total of 20 minutes, then toss the meatballs in the buffalo sauce and serve. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1meatball, Calories: 114kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 49mg, Sodium: 324mg, Potassium: 154mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 15IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 11mg, Iron: 1mg