Super Easy Slow Cooker Firecracker Chicken Meatballs. The perfect blend of spicy and sweet! They make a great appetizer or main dish!
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 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.
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.
Love these Italian Meatballs? Here are some more meatball recipes to try:
- Thai Red Curry Chicken Meatballs
- Teriyaki Beef Meatballs
- Turkey Meatballs with Arugula and Mushrooms
- Asian Style Chicken Meatballs
- Slow Cooker Asian Sesame Meatballs
Slow Cooker Firecracker Chicken Meatballs
- 2 pounds ground chicken
- 1 1/2 cups panko breadcrumbs
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup onion chopped
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1 tablespoon parsley chopped
- salt and pepper
- 1/2 cup buffalo sauce
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- chopped parsley for serving if desired
- crushed red pepper flakes for serving if desired
In a large bowl combine chicken, breadcrumbs, eggs, onion, garlic and parsley. Sprinkle with a bit of salt and pepper.
Form into meatballs. I made about 2 dozen meatballs.
Place the meatballs on a baking sheet lined with foil. Spray with a bit of cooking spray.
Brown meatballs under the broiler (I use the high setting) until browned. About 6 minutes on each side. Flip half way through.
Place meatballs in the slow cooker and add in the buffalo sauce, brown sugar and soy sauce.
Cook on low for 2 hours. Serve warm with chopped parsley and crushed red pepper flakes, if desired!
Original recipe from chefsavvy.com. Please do not publish my recipe or pictures without linking back to the original post. Thank you!