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 Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings: 6 servings
- 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
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!
***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!
Serving: 1serving | Calories: 357kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 130mg | Sodium: 867mg | Potassium: 621mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 300IU | Vitamin C: 10.8mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 1.6mg