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Air Fryer Buffalo Cauli-Bites (Paleo, Whole30, Keto)

These Paleo and Whole30 Air Fryer Buffalo Cauli-Bites are easy, delicious, and such a spicy and addicting appetizer for game day or get-togethers!

Air Fryer Buffalo Cauli-Bites

Today’s recipe is something I’m so excited to share! My fellow blogger and friend, Dr. Karen Lee from drkarenslee.com recently came out with a brand new cookbook, Paleo Cooking with Your Air Fryer, which is jam-packed with some of the most delicious recipes you can make in your air fryer!

Why the Air Fryer?

If you’ve been living under a rock recently and haven’t heard of the air fryer, it’s pretty amazing. It’s a fun kitchen gadget that “fries” your food without deep frying through hot air rapidly circulating on to the food to make it crispy while cooking it quickly.

When I first purchased my Phillips air fryer, I wasn’t sure if it was worth the hype or the money, but the more I use it, I’m beginning to fall in love with it! Not only does food cook insanely fast (which is important to me), the results are so delicious and crispy without making a huge mess because you only have to use a little bit of oil.

There’s a slight learning curve to figure out the temperature and the length of the cooking time, but having Paleo Cooking with Your Air Fryer made it so much easier and fun because all the recipes were a success every time!

Air Fryer Buffalo Cauli-Bites

Air Fryer Buffalo Cauli-Bites Recipe

One of the first recipes I tried from Dr. Karen’s book were these air fryer buffalo cauli-bites, because I am obsessed with anything with buffalo sauce. Not only are they deliciously crunchy, they take less than 20 minutes to make and the sauce is SO flavorful and on point!

Also, definitely don’t leave out the creamy paleo ranch dressing because it ties the flavors together so well and makes the air fryer buffalo cauli-bites extra delicious. These are so perfect as an appetizer for game days, holidays, or any kind of get-togethers!

Paleo Cooking with Your Air Fryer

Air Fryer Buffalo Cauli-Bites

If you don’t currently have Paleo Cooking with Your Air Fryer, I highly recommend you check it out. You’ll love the recipes, especially if you are a busy mom or a professional who want healthy food on the table quick.

Not only does this book have 80 recipes that are healthy and made with real food ingredients, it contains appetizers, meat dishes, staples, and even desserts! Who knew you could make desserts in the air fryer?

Some other recipes I’m SUPER excited to try out include:

  • Paleo Falafel Platter
  • Crab Cakes
  • Beef Empanadas
  • Healthy Biscuits and Gravy
  • Persimmon Cobbler
  • Simple Chocolate Mud Cake

Don’t Have an Air Fryer?

No problem! You can still adapt these recipes to make in the regular or convection oven. You just have to adjust the cooking time and the oven temperatures but the ingredients still stay the same with delicious results!

Check Out Paleo Cooking With Your Air Fryer

Air Fryer Buffalo Cauli-Bites

Recipe reprinted with permission from Paleo Cooking With Your Air Fryer by Dr. Karen S. Lee, Page Street Publishing Co. 2018. Photo Credit: Donna Crous.

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Air Fryer Buffalo Cauli-Bites (Paleo, Whole30, Keto)

These Paleo and Whole30 Air Fryer Buffalo Cauli-Bites are easy, delicious, and such a spicy and addicting appetizer for game day or get-togethers!
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 2 servings

Ingredients

Ranch Dressing

  • 1 cup Homemade Mayo page 180 of cookbook
  • 1/3 cup full-fat coconut milk yogurt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp dried dill

Instructions

  • Cut and discard the outer leaves and cut the cauliflower into florets. In a medium mixing bowl, mix the florets with EVOO and coat them with the cassava flour.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 360°F (180°C). 
  • When the air fryer is ready, shake off any excess flour from the florets, place them in the basket, and set the timer for 6 minutes. Meanwhile, combine the excess flour, ghee and Frank’s Hot Sauce in the same mixing bowl and set aside. 
  • In a small bowl, make the ranch dressing by mixing all the ingredients, then refrigerate. When the timer goes off, transfer the florets to the mixing bowl and coat them well with sauce. Put the florets back in the basket and cook for 6 more minutes. Take them out when the timer goes off and add more Frank’s Hot Sauce if needed. Serve immediately with the ranch dressing. 

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Instant Pot or Slow Cooker Paleo Buffalo Chicken Chili

This spicy and delicious Paleo Buffalo Chicken Chili is an easy set-it-and-forget-it meal whether you use a slow cooker or the Instant Pot!

Instant Pot or Slow Cooker Paleo Buffalo Chicken Chili

It’s officially soup season and I couldn’t be happier. Ever since I bought myself an Instant Pot, soup and stew-making has been incredibly easy especially on busy weekdays. I love that it also has a slow cooker function so I was able to test out this recipe using both methods and it turned out fabulous each time.

Instant Pot or Slow Cooker Paleo Buffalo Chicken Chili Recipe

This Paleo Buffalo Chicken Chili is the result of combining my 2 loves: buffalo chicken and a good hearty chili. I just love how each spoonful of chili has a chock full of yummy ingredients, and adding the spicy, addicting flavor of buffalo sauce just seemed like a magical combo. And it was!

Instant Pot or Slow Cooker Paleo Buffalo Chicken Chili

The chili itself is really delicious, but the various toppings you can add to it brings out the flavors and textures even more. I really like to load on the toppings as you can see, but my husband kept it simple with just a slice of toast to enjoy this Paleo Buffalo Chicken Chili. The possibilities are endless so top it with whatever your heart desires. I listed some delicious options in the recipe below.

Instant Pot vs Slow Cooker

Between the slow cooker and the Instant Pot method, I do like the Instant Pot better because it literally takes a fraction of the time and the texture is more favorable. I find that slow cooking food makes them a little bit more “mushy,” but I know some people don’t mind this. Nevertheless, both methods yield a delicious and filling chili and you’ll want to eat it all the time during the colder months!

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Instant Pot or Slow Cooker Paleo Buffalo Chicken Chili
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Instant Pot or Slow Cooker Paleo Buffalo Chicken Chili

This spicy and delicious Paleo Buffalo Chicken Chili is an easy set-it-and-forget-it meal whether you use a slow cooker or the Instant Pot!
Course Main Course, Soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 290kcal
Author Jean Choi

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs or breasts
  • 2 cups riced cauliflower
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 2 stalks of celery chopped
  • 2 carrots chopped
  • 5 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 3 cups bone broth can sub with chicken broth or water
  • 1 14-oz can of diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup hot sauce + more, to taste*
  • Optional garnishes: Jalapeño slices, drizzle of coconut milk, nutritional yeast, cilantro, avocado slices, tortilla chips, and/or lime wedges

Instructions

Instant Pot Method

  • Add all ingredients, except garnishes, to the Instant Pot and stir.
  • Close the lid, make sure the pressure valve is set to seal, then set it to manual for 15 minutes.
  • Once it beeps to finish, open the pressure valve to let steam escape.
  • Open the lid, remove the chicken and shred it with 2 forks.
  • Add back in the chicken and stir to combine.
  • Add more hot sauce, if desired.
  • Serve with optional garnishes.

Slow Cooker Method

  • Add all ingredients to the slow cooker and stir.
  • Cover and cook 4 hours on HIGH or 8 hours or LOW.
  • Once finished, remove the chicken and shred it with 2 forks.
  • Add back in the chicken and stir to combine.
  • Add more hot sauce, if desired.
  • Serve with optional garnishes.

Notes

*All hot sauce have different spice levels so start out with 1/4 cup and add more later, if needed!

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 290kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 161mg | Sodium: 1303mg | Potassium: 944mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 110.2% | Vitamin C: 69.3% | Calcium: 6.9% | Iron: 14.5%

Instant Pot or Slow Cooker Paleo Buffalo Chicken Chili

Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Meatballs (Paleo, Whole30, Keto)

Enjoy the taste of buffalo chicken without the mess with these Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Meatballs . Oven-baking option included if you don’t own an Instant Pot!

Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

It’s been 6 months since I purchased my very first Instant Pot, and it’s seriously been the best game changer in my kitchen. I didn’t think I would rely on it almost every day of the week, but it’s abilities are endless and amazing. If you’ve never heard of the Instant Pot before, it’s an electrical pressure cooker that also has a rice cooker, slow cooker, steamer, warmer, and sauté and browning function all in one. The new version, which I don’t have, also has a yogurt maker. It’s just wonderful.

As I got familiar and more comfortable with mine over the past several months, I’ve been thrilled at how I can cook rice in 10 minutes, bone broth that gels in under 2 hours, whole chicken in 20 minutes, and just transforming tough meat into fall-off-the-bone deliciousness in 30 minutes, which would’ve taken hours in the slow cooker.

As more and more people purchase this beautiful appliance, I have been receiving a ton of interest in how to cook with them every time I mention it. Because of this, I decided to start posting more Instant Pot recipes and uses. First up: buffalo chicken meatballs!

Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

I think everyone loves buffalo sauce-flavored anything, right? At least that’s how C feels about it. He gets excited anytime he smells buffalo sauce scent drifting from the kitchen, or when he sees me making oven baked wingsIt’s so popular at gatherings and sporting events, and it’s because of the spicy kick that’s so addicting and yummy for many people. I love these meatballs, because you get the same delicious flavors as wings but it’s less messy and you don’t have to deal with the bones.

Working with ground chicken can be sticky and difficult, so your raw meatballs may not look as round as you like. Don’t worry about it! Grease your hands well before shaping the meat, and even if they don’t look perfect, they’ll firm up and look delicious once they are cooked.

Don’t have an Instant Pot? These can easily be baked! Check out the recipe below to find out how to cook them in the oven.

What’s your favorite way to use your Instant Pot?

Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

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Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Enjoy the taste of buffalo chicken without the mess with these Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Meatballs. Oven-baking option included if you don't own an Instant Pot!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 357kcal
Author Jean Choi

Ingredients

  • 1.5 lb ground chicken
  • 3/4 cup almond meal
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 green onions thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp ghee
  • 6 tbsp hot sauce
  • 4 tbsp ghee or butter
  • Chopped green onions, for garnish

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, combine chicken, almond meal, salt, minced garlic cloves, and green onions.
  • Use your hands to combine everything together, but be careful not to overwork the meat.
  • Grease your hands with ghee or coconut oil, then shape the meat into balls 1-2 inches wide.
  • Set your Instant Pot to sauté setting and add 2 tbsp of ghee.
  • ***Working in batches, gently place the chicken meatballs in the Instant Pot to brown them. Turn them every minute until all sides are brown.
  • While the meatballs are browning, combine hot sauce and 4 tbsp of butter or ghee and heat them in the microwave or the stove top until the butter is completely melted. Use a spoon to stir. This is your buffalo sauce.
  • Place all the browned meatballs in the Instant Pot, then pour the buffalo sauce evenly over the meatballs.
  • Screw on the lid to the Instant Pot, make sure that the pressure valve is set to "sealing," then set it to "Poultry."
  • Once the meatballs are finished cooking (about 15-20 minutes), the Instant Pot will beep. If you are eating right away, hit "Cancel" then release the pressure valve, making sure your hand is away from the opening where the steam escapes. If not, the Instant Pot will automatically switch to the "Warm" setting for the next 10 hours and the pressure will slowly lower on its own.
  • Serve over rice, cauliflower rice, zoodles. or just eat on its own!

Notes

***I've had a few people tell me that their meatballs stuck to the Instant Pot too much when browning. If that's the case for you, brown them in a skillet on the stove instead, then transfer to the Instant Pot to finish cooking. 
To reheat, cook over medium heat on a skillet turning over the meatballs until heated through.
Don't have an Instant Pot? You can sear the meatballs on a skillet, then bake in the 400 degree F oven for 15 minutes!

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 357kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 130mg | Sodium: 867mg | Potassium: 621mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 6% | Vitamin C: 13.1% | Calcium: 4.3% | Iron: 8.8%

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