So remember last Friday I told you how we love our faux “bar food” on Fridays? I was serious.
Last weekend was pretty glorious weather-wise. Friday after work, the husband and I were able to sit out on our patio and enjoy a few drinks. It’s always a nice way to wrap up the work week, in my humble opinion. Then we ate dinner and watched a movie. A perfect, low-key evening. I guess like a calm before the storm, because Saturday was so busy I don’t think I caught my breath until we sat down in a movie theater!
Anyways, I had picked up some ground chicken at the grocery store and I wanted to try something new to share with you. Of course, I take pictures of these things as I create them and only share them if they are successful…allow me to say, these totally were. It’s like fancied up hot wings without the mess! I also took a cue from my ranch fries and threw some ranch seasoning in my mashed potatoes and it was the perfect combination!
So if you’re looking for something delicious and nutritious to make without giving up your craving for hot wings – here you go my friends! Who thought 6 little points could be oh so delicious?
Buffalo Chicken Meatballs (serves 2)
8 oz. ground chicken breast
1 Tbsp. yellow onion, minced
1 1/2 Tbsp. celery, minced
1 Tbsp. parsley
3/4 tsp. paprika
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
3 Tbsp. reduced-fat blue cheese crumbles
1/3 cup Frank’s red-hot sauce (maybe a little less if you can’t handle the heat!)
1 Tbsp. reduced-calorie margarine
1 Tbsp. honey
Add your ground chicken to a medium bowl. Chop your celery and onion very fine – remember it’s going in a meatball, so you don’t want huge chunks!
Throw in spices and mix together well. If you use your hands, I suggest spraying a little cooking spray. The chicken breast is very “wet” so it tends to stick!
Definitely “coat” your hands when forming the meatballs. I made 10 meatballs with mine.
Heat oil in medium skillet. Add meatballs and cook about 2 minutes per side. I even try to stand mine up on the sides so it gets that good coating all the way around.
While meatballs are cooking, melt your margarine in a medium saucepan. Add hot sauce and honey. Whisk until incorporated. You can always play with this – but it will impact the points if you add more honey and/or margarine.
When your meatballs are cooked through, pour sauce into the skillet and stir meatballs around and let cook for 1-2 minutes. Then serve…preferably with some mashed potatoes with a little ranch seasoning thrown in! 😉
You know you want them…
Have a great weekend everybody!