Chicken Ranch Meatballs

My latest obsession lately has been meatballs. Chicken meatballs, turkey meatballs traditional BVP meatballs, you name it. I like them so much because I can make a big batch of them and freeze them very easily. Once frozen I can take 3 or 4 out at a time for a quick dinner, which is ideal for someone living alone. A few Sundays ago I made two different big batches of meatballs and it has really made busy week night dinners much more managable. My favorite ball right now has got to be my chicken ranch meatballs. They are super easy, flavorful and guilt free. Tossed in buffalo sauce you get the same flavors as fried chicken wings without the deep fryer! I will be having this meal often leading up to the holidays as I try to “behave” so I can indulge during the celebrations.

1 lb ground chicken

1/2 packet of Ranch Dressing seasoning

1 egg

1/4 panko bread crumbs

2 cloves minced garlic

1 Tbs olive oil

1 cup frozen cauli rice

1/4 shredded mozzarella cheese

1/4 cup hot sauce

1 tsp of white vinegar

1Tbs ranch dressing

 

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Start by preheating your oven to 400 degrees. In a bowl combine ground chicken, ranch seasoning, egg, panko, garlic and olive oil (since ground chicken is very lean you need to add some fat to the mix to keep the balls together). The best way to combine everything is to just get in there with your hands. You won’t really need to add much salt or pepper since there should be plenty of seasoning in your ranch packet. Once combined grab a chuck on the mixture and roll into golf ball sized balls. Mine are probably a little bit smaller than a golf ball. Lay them on a greased or foil lined baking sheets. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes.

meatball2.jpgOnce the balls are baked allow them to cool completely before putting them in bags for the freezer.

To eat put your hot sauce in a pan with a splash a vinegar and maybe a pad of butter too. Put balls in the sauce, if they are frozen you will want to cover with a lid for a few mintues to steam them to defrost. Add more hot sauce if needed. In a separate pan saute cauli rice in a little bit of olive oil and add the mozzarella cheese. Once cauli rice is cooked through remove from heat and place in serving bowl. Pour the hot sauce and balls over top of the cauli rice and drizzle with ranch! Take a pretty picture and then mix it all together and devour! This would be just as good over regular rice or brown rice or just on their own as a little app.

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