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RITZ Spicy Chicken "Meatballs"

RITZ Spicy Chicken "Meatballs"

Prep time30 min
Total time55min
ServingsMakes 18 servings, 1 meatball, 1 celery stick and 2 tsp. sauce each.
  • 5 stalks celery, divided
  • 1 lb. ground chicken
  • 60 RITZ Crackers, finely crushed, divided
  • ½ cup hot pepper sauce, divided
  • 2 Tbsp. butter or margarine, melted
  • ⅓ cup oil
  • ¾ cup blue cheese dressing
  • Heat oven to 375°F.
  • Chop 1 celery stalk finely; mix with chicken, 1 cup cracker crumbs and 3 Tbsp. hot sauce just until blended. Shape into 18 balls.
  • Mix butter with remaining hot sauce in shallow bowl until blended. Place remaining cracker crumbs in separate shallow bowl.
  • Roll chicken balls, 1 at a time, in hot sauce mixture, then in crumbs until balls are evenly coated on all sides with each ingredient.
  • Heat oil in large nonstick skillet on medium-high heat.
  • Add chicken balls, in batches, to skillet; cook 3 to 4 min. or until lightly browned, turning after 2 min. Drain on paper towels. (Note: Balls will not be done - they will finish cooking in the oven.) Place balls on rimmed baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray.
  • Bake 20 to 25 min. or until chicken balls are done (165°F). Meanwhile, cut remaining celery into 18 sticks.
  • Serve chicken balls with dressing and celery sticks.
Recipe Tips
  • Serving Suggestion
    Prepare and bake chicken balls as directed. Insert a celery stick into each chicken ball to serve.
  • Variation
    Omit oil. Prepare recipe as directed, except omit browning the chicken balls in the hot oil. Coat chicken balls, then bake as directed, increasing the baking time to 30 to 35 min. or until chicken balls are done, turning after 15 min.
  • Substitute
    Prepare using ground turkey.


Nutrition Information

Nutrition Per Serving

 % Daily Value*
Total fat 14g 
   Saturated fat 3.5g 
   Trans fat 0g 
Cholesterol 30mg 
Sodium 310mg 
Carbohydrate 7g 
   Dietary fiber 0g 
   Total sugars 1g 
   Added sugars <1g 
Protein 5g 
Vitamin A2 %DV
Vitamin C0 %DV
Calcium2 %DV
Iron4 %DV
Potassium4 %DV
Vitamin D0 %DV

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