No party…(whether a noisy game-night or an elegant dinner party)  is complete without these tasty, healthy meatball morsels. This is a crowd favorite and no complaints ever! They are insanely delicious, and  what’s super great is that you get all the buffalo chicken flavor without the sticky wing mess.  And celery, you ask?–The celery is cooked right into the meatballs. 

They are not just limited to an appetizer. They can easily be transformed into a complete meal. My son had the super idea to make meatball subs out of them. Add some precut cabbage slaw to the sub rolls and drizzle them with your favorite blue cheese crumbles or ranch dressing. SO GOOD!! Look out guys, momma may very well eat them all!  

A healthy alternative to the buffalo chicken craving... baked chicken meatballs with Parmesan,  minced celery and a blend of tantalizing spices, topped with Frank's hot sauce, and served with your favorite  dressing. (Blue cheese or Ranch)

Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 1 1/4 lb ground chicken
  • 1/4 cup panko crumbs
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan (extra for garnish if desired)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup onions finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup celery finely minced
  • 1 clove crushed garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery salt
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup Franks Hot sauce*
  • 1/4 cup blue cheese or ranch dressing optional
  • finely chopped celery leaf for garnish optional


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with foil and lightly spray with cooking spray. (Clean up will be a breeze.) 

  3. In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients except the butter, hot sauce and the blue cheese dressing.

  4. Mix until combined. Roll the mixture into 26 round meatballs. ( I use a cookie scoop and then go back and roll each tighter by hand.  The cookie scoop helps to keep about an 1/8 cup even mixture to each meatball.) 

  5. Place meatballs onto prepared baking sheet and bake about 25 to 30 minutes until golden.

  6. Stir the melted butter and hot sauce together. Place the meatballs in a bowl, add the buffalo sauce.  Drizzle with dressing of your choice and garnish with celery leaves.  

Recipe Notes

*For less heat, reduce the Frank's hot sauce to 1/4 cup. 

These are great served as a sandwich with pre-cut cabbage slaw, blue cheese (or ranch) dressing, and topped with fresh grated parmesan or blue cheese crumbles. 



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