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Appetizers

RITZ Spicy Chicken Meatballs

RITZ Spicy Chicken Meatballs recipe
photo by:kraft
Roll ground chicken meatballs in hot pepper sauce and crushed crackers to make these knock-their-socks-off spicy-crunchy appetizers.
time
prep:
30 min
total:
55 min
servings
total:
24 servings
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What You Need

5
stalks  celery, divided
1
lb.  ground chicken
60
 RITZ Crackers, crushed (about 2-1/2 cups), divided
1/2
cup  hot pepper sauce, divided
2
Tbsp.  butter or margarine, melted
1/3
cup  oil
3/4
cup  KRAFT ROKA Blue Cheese Dressing

Make It

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 24 balls.

MIX remaining hot sauce and butter in shallow bowl. Place remaining cracker crumbs in separate shallow bowl. Roll chicken balls, 1 at a time, in hot sauce mixture, then in crumbs until evenly coated.

HEAT oil in large nonstick skillet. Add chicken balls, in batches; cook 3 to 4 min. or until lightly browned, turning after 2 min. Drain on paper towels. (Note: Meatballs will not be done but will finish cooking in the oven.) Place on rimmed baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray.

BAKE 20 to 25 min. or until done (165ºF). Meanwhile, cut remaining celery into thin sticks.

SERVE meatballs with dressing and celery sticks.

Kraft Kitchens Tips

Serving Suggestion
Prepare and bake meatballs as directed. Insert a celery stick into each meatball to serve.
Shortcut
Omit oil. Shape chicken mixture into meatballs; coat with hot sauce mixture, then crumbs as directed. Place on rimmed baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray. Bake in 375°F oven 30 to 35 min. or until done, turning after 15 min.
Substitute
Prepare using ground turkey.
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