Easy, delicious, and less than 1g net carbs per serving! These Keto Buffalo Chicken Meatballs are a healthy appetizer that’s almost too good to be true! Once you try them you’ll know why they are one of our most popular keto recipes ever!
Buffalo Chicken Keto Meatballs
In the year since we first published this recipe, our keto buffalo chicken meatballs have quickly become one of our most popular keto recipes — if not one of our most popular recipes period!
With only 1g net carbs per serving, they sound too good to be true. But these easy keto meatballs really are tasty and easy to make!
They are perfect for low carb, paleo, and ketogenic diets, but they taste so good that everyone in our family loves them!
UPDATE JANUARY 2020 – I’m updating this recipe with reader questions answered, as well as some of my own questions I’ve had as I navigated the keto diet. (Originally published in June 2018)
Is Hot Sauce Keto?
Believe it or not, many hot sauces are keto-friendly.
Always check the label of course, but for a traditional hot sauce, you’ll likely see that they contain 1g or even 0g of carbs per serving. Score!
Is Almond Flour Low Carb?
Almond flour is substantially lower in carbs than traditional wheat flour, which is why it is a top choice for Keto and Paleo recipes.
It is made from ground up almonds – without the skin – so it produces a finer consistency than almond meal (though you can use either pretty much interchangeably).
A half cup of almond flour contains 12g total carbs and 6g net carbs and is a low-glycemic food. That’s compared to almost 50g of total carbs in the same amount of traditional wheat flour. Definitely a better swap!
What is the Keto Diet?
Essentially, the Keto diet is a low-carb, high-fat eating plan. It only takes about a week or so of this type of diet before your body enters a state known as “ketosis.” This means your body burns more fat for energy because it doesn’t have the carbs that it would normally use.
Following a ketogenic diet can also help shed excess water weight, curb cravings (since fat tends to keep you feeling full longer), and lead to substantial weight loss. To see those benefits, you need to faithfully follow the plan, as eating carbs can kick you right back out of ketosis.
A ketogenic diet is not for everyone, or maybe not on a long-term basis. Though I’ve known people to achieve amazing results with this style of eating! In fact, one of my friends at church lost all her baby weight in just a couple months (and this was kiddo #6!)
Read this next: Want to see our actual results on keto? Read our article “What is Keto” to get our complete beginner’s guide and see my before/after photos!
Want to learn more about the Keto Diet?
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More of our favorite keto recipes:
- No-bake Keto Cookies
- 3-Ingredient Keto Peanut Butter Cookies
- Keto Breakfast Cups
- Zero Carb Keto Mayonnaise
- Keto Blooming Onion
What You Need to Make Buffalo Chicken Keto Meatballs
- Ground chicken — Look for one with higher fat content! On the keto diet, fat is our friend!
- Egg — This binds everything together.
- Almond Flour — A low carb alternative to traditional grains used in meatballs. Full of flavor!
- Green onions
- Salt & pepper
- Minced garlic — Feel free to use powdered garlic if that’s what you have on hand.
- Hot sauce or buffalo sauce — Check the label to make sure it’s keto-friendly without added sugar.
A free printable copy of this recipe, with full ingredient amounts, is available at the bottom of the post.
We rolled out meatballs by hand (about the size of a ping-pong ball), but you can also use a small cookie dough scoop for uniform sizing.
TIP: Mix your buffalo sauce in a large mixing bowl, you can add cooked meatballs directly to this bowl to coat. That way you’re dirtying fewer dishes!
Note: This recipe make approximately 16-18 meatballs. The nutrition information listed below is for one meatball.
PS- If you love all things Buffalo Chicken, be sure to try our Buffalo Chicken Keto Cauliflower Tots too!
Grab a free printable copy of our Keto Buffalo Chicken Meatballs recipe:
Keto Buffalo Chicken Meatballs
- 1 pound ground chicken
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup almond flour
- 2 green onions chopped
- 1 teaspoon garlic minced
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 2/3 cup hot sauce (we used Frank's)
- 1/2 cup butter melted
To make the meatballs:
- Preheat oven to 350°F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Combine ground chicken, egg, almond flour, green onions, garlic, salt & pepper in a large mixing bowl.
- Use a small cookie scoop to form the mixture into meatballs, or roll by hand.
- Bake 18-20 minutes.
To make the buffalo meatballs sauce:
- Whisk together hot sauce and melted butter in a large mixing bowl.
- When meatballs are done baking, allow to cool slightly (just enough to handle) and gently toss in the buffalo sauce.
- Serve with ranch or blue cheese dressing.
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Be sure to try our Korean BBQ Meatballs too! While not keto, they’re a wholesome alternative to the traditional meatball (and contain a serving of hidden fruits and veggies!)