Preheat oven to 400F Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or foil and spray with cooking spray-set aside.
In a large bowl combined the ground chicken, onion, garlic, celery, egg, hot sauce, celery leaves, panko breadcrumbs, salt and pepper.
Using a tablespoon, scoop out chicken mixture and form into meatballs with your hands. Place on prepared baking sheet. This can get a little messy. I came out with 14 meatballs.
Pop meatballs into the oven and bake 10 min, flip meatballs and rotate pan and cook for another 5 min. You aren’t looking at cooking them all the way through, just getting a light brown crust on the outside and firming them up so they don’t fall apart in the slow cooker. **If you are going to me cooking these for the game tomorrow, stop now. Let meatballs cool a bit and store uncovered in the fridge until morning.
Place meatballs in your slow cooker.
Add in the Frank’s and chicken stock. You want the meatballs to be submerged in the sauce, add more chicken stock or water.
Add the butter. Set your slow cooker to low and cook these babies for 8 hours. After about 6 hours check the liquid level, and taste the sauce. Adjust to your preference. I originally made with 1 cup hot sauce and that destroyed our tongues, bumped it down to 1/2 cup hot sauce and was able to taste the chicken this time. If you like super spicy I wouldn’t go over 3/4 cups hot sauce.
While the meatballs are cooking, whip up the blue cheese spread. Mix the ingridients in a med bowl, cover and let chill in the fridge.
Place meatballs on toasted hoagie rolls slathered with the yummy blue cheese spread and crispy lettuce or spinach with a drizzle of the sauce. Serve with a side of chips, some celery sticks and a nice cold beer.
Running low on prep and cooking time? The meatballs can be made a day ahead then put into the slow cooker early in the morning.
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (256g)|
|Recipe Makes: 4 Servings|
|Calories from Fat: 263 (42%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 29.3g||39 %|
|Saturated Fat 13.5g||67 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 9.3g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 4.1g|
|Cholesterol 184.3mg||57 %|
|Sodium 1550.1mg||53 %|
|Potassium 842.8mg||22 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 54.6g||16 %|
|Dietary Fiber 3.7g||15 %|
|Sugars, other 50.9g|
|Protein 34.8g||50 %|
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Calories per serving: 621
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