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Instant Pot: Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword buffalo chicken
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 392 kcal


  • 2 lbs ground chicken
  • 2/3 cup almond meal
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • 3/4 cup Frank's Red Hot Buffalo Wing Sauce
  • 4 tbsp grass fed butter, divided (or use grapeseed oil to brown & coconut oil for sauce)
  • coconut oil, melted (to grease hands)


  • baby carrots
  • celery sticks
  • green onions, sliced
  • light ranch or light blue cheese dressing
  • white rice or cauliflower rice


  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper

    buffalo chicken meatballs line baking tray with parchment paper
  2. in a large mixing bowl, combine chicken, almond meal, salt, minced garlic and green onions. put a couple tbsp of melted coconut oil in a tiny bowl. 

    buffalo chicken meatballs mix together meat
  3. lightly grease hands with coconut oil and start to form balls about 2" wide with the meat mixture (makes approx 24 balls)

    buffalo chicken meatballs form meatballs
  4. over medium high heat, in a large saute pan, heat 2 tbsp of butter (or grapeseed oil) and start browning all sides of the meatballs. (depending on the size of your pan you may need to do multiple batches). Transfer to instant pot when done browning. 

    buffalo chicken meatballs brown meatballs
  5. while meatballs are browning, melt remaining 2 tbsp of butter (or coconut oil) in the microwave or on the stovetop. add in 2/3 cup of hot sauce and stir well. 

    buffalo chicken meatballs make sauce 1
  6. pour buffalo/butter sauce over the meatballs and gently stir so that all meatballs are coated. 

    buffalo chicken meatballs place balls in ip and cover evenly with sauce
  7. place lid on Instant pot and be sure vent is turned to "sealed". Manually set instant pot on high for 5 minutes. when done, use 10 minute natural release method (let machine stay in warm mode for 5-7 minutes and then press cancel and release air to venting)

    buffalo chicken meatballs set ip high for 5 min
  8. top with sliced green onions and lite dressing. serve with carrots, celery and white rice or cauliflower rice (click here for how to make!)!

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