Buffalo Chicken Meatballs (Instant Pot, AIP)

What's good Sweat Nation?! Everyone loves buffalo sauce-flavored anything, right? Or is that just me? I can still remember the very first time I had buffalo wings in high school. My life changed for the better after that day at the Denny's in Coral Gables, Florida. Wings are still one of my favorite things. I get excited anytime I make buffalo sauce anything. It really is popular finger food. It's a staple at gatherings and sporting events, and because for those of us that love a spicy kick, it delivers. These meatballs, because give you the same delicious flavors as wings but it’s less messy and you don’t have to deal with the bones.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Servings: 8 servings

Here's What You Need...


  • 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 the hot sauce and 4 tbsp of butter or ghee and heat them in the microwave or the stovetop 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!

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