Buffalo Chicken Meatballs in the Instant Pot

Mar 28, 2017 by

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs in the Instant Pot – The Buffalo Chicken Meatballs can be served over rice for an entree, with a skewer/toothpick as an appetizer or as a delicious filling for a sub/sandwich.

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Buffalo Chicken Meatballs Instant Pot



You know when you are in the process of cooking something new and you just know, deep in your gut, that it’s going to be good?

That’s how I felt about these Buffalo Chicken Meatballs.  I just knew it.

And, I wasn’t wrong.

At first, I’ll admit, I was a little scared that I wouldn’t be able to figure out the timing in the Instant Pot.  I’m still new to it and while it’s amazing, I’ve had a few flubs.  I should create a post just dedicated to my flubs, with the funny photos and all, shouldn’t I?  That would actually be fun.  Or sad.  Maybe I should hold off on that.

Anyway, I served up these Buffalo Chicken Meatballs in a sub.  To start, I toasted up a roll.  Next, I placed a slice of mozzarella cheese in the roll and topped it with the meatballs.  If the meatballs aren’t hot, you might want to pop it back in the oven at this point to help the cheese get all melty.  Lastly, just before serving, sprinkle on some blue cheese crumbles and drizzle with blue cheese dressing.  Heavenly!


Buffalo Chicken Meatballs Instant Pot


If you prefer to serve these up as an appetizer, I would suggest, serving them with a toothpick or cute appetizer fork/pick in the top and drizzled with blue cheese.

Wanting to serve these Buffalo Chicken Meatballs up for an entree?  Just pop them on top of some prepared rice and there you go.


Buffalo Chicken Meatballs Instant Pot


Buffalo Chicken Meatballs Instant Pot


Buffalo Chicken Meatballs Instant Pot


Buffalo Chicken Meatballs Instant Pot


Buffalo Chicken Meatballs Instant Pot


Buffalo Chicken Meatballs Instant Pot


Buffalo Chicken Meatballs Instant Pot


4.58 from 7 votes
Buffalo Chicken Meatballs Instant Pot
Buffalo Chicken Meatballs in the Instant Pot

These zesty buffalo chicken meatballs are so versatile, they can be used as an appetizer, entree or sandwich!

  • 1 T butter
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 1/2 C seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 3/4 C red pepper sauce such as Frank's Red Hot
  • 2 T melted butter
Optional Toppings
  • Chopped green onions
  • Blue cheese crumbles
  • Blue cheese dressing
  1. In a bowl, stir together bread crumbs, egg, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper. Add ground chicken to the bowl and mix by hand. Form into small meatballs (note that mixture will be sticky).
  2. Set instant pot to saute. Add oil and butter to instant pot. Once butter is melted, add meatballs in batches, being sure not to crowd. Cook just 2-3 minutes per side, until browned. As each batch is browned, remove with spoon or tongs to a plate and continue with next batch.
  3. Once all meatballs are browned, turn off saute function and add all meatballs back to Instant Pot.
  4. Stir together melted butter and hot sauce. Pour mixture over meatballs.
  5. Lock lid in place and turn valve to sealing. Press the poultry setting and set timer to 5 minutes.
  6. After 5 minutes is up, use quick release. Stir meatballs to be sure they're coated well and serve.
Recipe Notes

To create Buffalo Chicken Meatball Subs, toast a roll in a 400 F oven.  If desired place a slice of mozzarella cheese inside toasted roll.  Place meatballs in roll and top with blue cheese crumbles and blue cheese dressing.


Recipe adapted from Damn Delicious

Cook’s Notes:

  • Be aware if you are using Buffalo Sauce or just the original cayenne pepper sauce.  The buffalo sauce generally already has the butter mixed in, so skip that step if using that product.
  • When creating a sub, I use a slice of mozzarella cheese, this is optional.

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  1. Lisa Collins

    This looks delicious! I love how easy the Instant Pot seems to make everything. I may have to break down and get one myself lol!

  2. This looks so yummy!! I don’t like blue cheese but my hubby does!! I’d still eat this without. I don’t have an instant pot but have heard great things about it so probably need to invest in one!

  3. Neely Moldovan

    So I just got an instant pot and I am so excited to try it out! I keep seeing all these amazing recipes!

  4. The blue cheese dressing was a great touch and really intensified the flavor. by the way what kind of camera did you use for these photos? they look awesome.

    • Thanks so much. I use a Canon Rebel T3. I struggle with my photography because it’s been so dreary out, I don’t have great natural light but I was pretty excited about these pics too 🙂

  5. 5 stars
    Okay, that’s it. I really need to get an instant pot. These look amazing!!!

  6. 5 stars
    Those meatballs look delicious! I’ve tried a meatball sandwich before but haven’t tried buffalo chicken meatballs though. I think this would be another family favorite, with all that cheese? Oh yes. Added it to the list of favorites right now.

  7. Joe

    2 stars
    I love how your site pops up an annoying ad for your stupid email list. REALLY helpful.

  8. İ believe this gonna be hit in my house… thx for sharing this.

  9. 5 stars
    I LOVE meatballs but my husband and I don’t eat red meat. This is a great way to get that meatball taste with chicken! And I LOVE buffalo sauce.

  10. 5 stars
    Clearly I need to get on the instant pot bandwagon! What a great recipe to use it.

  11. CourtneyLynne

    Omg can we say yum?!?! I just bought an instant pot! I will have to give your Meatball recipe a try! Deliciousness

  12. jim

    5 stars
    I know what I am going to try to cook up! What a great looking recipe. Thank you for sharing.

  13. I am crazy for all things buffalo – This looks delicious!

  14. Nickie

    5 stars
    I’ve made these a couple of times and they are fabulous! We use ground turkey, and I actually double the garlic and onion powders and it’s just delicious. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe 🙂

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