Days 22-23 and #Whole30 Buffalo Ranch Chicken Meatballs

Buffalo Ranch Meatballs

My team won’t be playing in the Super Bowl :( but don’t worry Peyton will be there next year. When the Super Bowl rolls around I will be two days away from wrapping up my Whole30. That means I need a dish that will be Whole30 approved. One premise of the Whole30 is to not make a bunch of substitutes for your old processed or sugar filled foods. For example, don’t make ice cream even though the ingredients may be Whole30 approved. The thirty days is supposed to help you deal with your issues with food and making replacements for foods that you’re addicted to does not help you build back a healthy relationship with food. That doesn’t mean you can never have homemade ice cream or pizza again, but it means you should be able to enjoy them without becoming addicted. Dallas and Melissa talk in more detail about it in It Starts With Food. That being said, you can’t just crawl under a rock and be anti-social just because you are doing a Whole30. You can enjoy parties, but bring your own dish, like these Buffalo Ranch Chicken Meatballs. Perfect for sharing and all of the ingredients are Whole30 approved.

What dish are you making for your Super Bowl party? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.

Day 22 Meals:
Breakfast: Salmon Cakes with radishes
Lunch: Roasted bone-in chicken breast with mushrooms
Dinner: Buffalo Ranch Chicken Meatballs with carrots, celery, and a side salad

Day 23 Meals:
Breakfast: Salmon Cakes with radishes
Lunch:  Leftover roasted bone-in chicken breast with mushrooms
Dinner:  Leftover Buffalo Ranch Chicken Meatballs with a side salad

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My meal plan for the week is the following (Breakfast will usually consist of leftovers or sausage with veggies and Lunch will definitely be leftovers):

Day 22:
Buffalo Ranch Chicken Meatballs (recipe below) with carrots, celery, and a side salad
Day 23:
Leftovers (I have class this night)
Day 24:
Spiced Pork Tenderloin
Day 25:
Day 26:
Lemon Dill Salmon with zucchini
Day 27:
Spiced Chicken Thighs with yellow squash
Day 28:
Shrimp with Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Mash



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Whole30 Buffalo Ranch Chicken Meatballs



  1. In a medium sauce pot, combine the chicken bone broth, hot sauce, and ranch seasoning (place on the stove for later use)
  2. Mix together the ground chicken and spices until combined
  3. Form into meatballs (approximately 20 small meatballs)
  4. Heat 1-2 Tbsp of oil in a large skillet, over medium-high heat
  5. Sear the meatballs for 6-8 minutes, turning the meatballs for an even sear.
  6. While the meatballs are searing, bring the hot sauce mixture to a boil and allow to cook until it has reduced by half and thickened (about 6-8 minutes)
  7. Add the sauce to the meatballs after they have been seared and cook for another 3-4 minutes or until the meatballs are cooked through.


Net Carb Count*:

Buffalo Ranch Chicken Meatballs: 13 net carbs (for the entire recipe)

*Note carb counts are estimated based on the products I used. Check nutrition labels for accurate carb counts and gluten information.


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  1. Jenny says

    Wow! I made these meatballs for dinner tonight and they were great. However my husband and I both found the sauce to be very hot. I might cut the hot sauce down to 1/3 of cup next time. Thanks for sharing!!!

    • Karen LowCarbOneDay says

      Glad you liked them and I’ll make note to reduce the hot sauce depending on taste. Thanks!

  2. Linda says

    Karen, I’m not able to save your recipes to Pinterest (where I store everything!). Sometimes I see a “partial” Pinterest “P” on your sites, but when you click on them, it doesn’t work. Is there a way I can get these recipes to my low-carb board on my Pinterest acct.? Surely would appreciate your suggestions. Occasionally, I’ve seen a “P” logo on the picture of the recipe, but not often. You have some great recipes, and I’d like to keep them there. Thanks so much.

    • Karen LowCarbOneDay says

      Shannon, I dont think it would work because the sauce needs to reduce, but it’s a great idea and I’ll have to work on a slow cooker version.

  3. Jennifer says

    These were AMAZING!!! We used Shultz Hot Sauce, locally made here in CO and my husband was in heaven when I made these. Since the Hot Sauce had a lot of sodium, I didn’t add any and they didn’t need it at all. Thanks for this awesome recipe!

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