Slow Cooker Firecracker Chicken Meatballs

Super Easy Slow Cooker Firecracker Chicken Meatballs. The perfect blend of spicy and sweet! They make a great appetizer or main dish!

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It’s no secret that I post a lot of meatball recipes. As evidence here and here and here. These Slow Cooker Firecracker Chicken Meatballs are one of my favorites. I added a sweet and spicy twist to these meatballs and cooked them low and slow in a slow cooker.

These Firecracker Chicken Meatballs make awesome appetizers at a party or can be served as a main dish.

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These meatballs take very little effort and a little bit of prep time.

Throw everything together and let it work it’s magic. These meatballs take 2 hours to cook in the slow cooker and can be made in advance and kept warm if you are serving them at a party.

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I like to brown the meatballs in a super hot skillet before adding them to the slow cooker. This adds tons of flavor and gives them a nice caramelization on the outside.

These chicken meatballs are simmered in a sweet and spicy firecracker sauce. I use equal parts buffalo sauce and brown sugar with a splash of soy sauce.

This is a perfect make ahead appetizer or dinner. Make the meatballs in advance and freeze any leftovers. You can also toss them in the sauce and throw in a crock pot to keep warm.

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Slow Cooker Firecracker Chicken Meatballs

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Serves: 6
Super Easy Slow Cooker Firecracker Chicken Meatballs. The perfect blend of spicy and sweet! They make a great appetizer or main dish!

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground chicken
  • 1½ cups panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
  • salt and pepper
  • ½ cup buffalo sauce
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • chopped parsley for serving, if desired
  • crushed red pepper flakes for serving, if desired

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl combine chicken, breadcrumbs, eggs, onion, garlic and parsley. Sprinkle with a bit of salt and pepper.
  2. Form into meatballs. I made about 2 dozen meatballs.
  3. Place the meatballs on a baking sheet lined with foil. Spray with a bit of cooking spray.
  4. Brown meatballs under the broiler (I use the high setting) until browned. About 6 minutes on each side. Flip half way through.
  5. Place meatballs in the slow cooker and add in the buffalo sauce, brown sugar and soy sauce.
  6. Cook on low for 2 hours. Serve warm with chopped parsley and crushed red pepper flakes, if desired!

Notes

Original recipe from chefsavvy.com. Please do not publish my recipe or pictures without linking back to the original post. Thank you!

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  • Sarah

    These look amazing but we don’t have buffalo sauce here in Ireland. Do you have any ideas for an alternative sauce that would work with these?

    • Yes you can! I like to use lean ground beef. You can even use a mix of ground beef and pork or even ground turkey!

      Thanks!

      Kelley

  • Jennifer Leonard

    The meatballs are ok at the most. But the sauce is one of the best!!! Will try to reconfigure out a better meat for this receipt.