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Instant Pot: Honey BBQ Meatballs

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword honey bbq, meatballs
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6


  • 2 # ground chicken
  • 3/4 cup almond meal
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • 2 tbsp grass fed butter (or oil to cook meatballs)
  • coconut oil (to grease hands)


  • 1 cup Sweet Baby Rays BBQ Sauce
  • 1/2 cup honey


  • baby carrots
  • celery sticks
  • green onions, sliced
  • light ranch or blue cheese dressing (like walden farms)
  • 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 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 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, make sauce by mixing bbq sauce and honey in a small bowl.

    honey bbq meatballs make sauce
  6. add sauce to the Instant Pot by pouring honey/bbq sauce over meatballs. gently stir so that all of the meatballs are all coated with the sauce. 

    honey bbq meatballs pour sauce over meatballs
  7. place lid on Instant pot and be sure vent is turned to "sealed". Manually set instant pot on high for 4 minutes. when done, use the quick release method (turn IP off and turn to venting immediately)

    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!)!

    honey bbq meatballs final