Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham
Hands-on Time
30 Mins
Total Time
1 Hour 45 Mins
Makes 32 servings

For a cool, crunchy slider topping, toss thinly sliced celery and fresh parsley leaves with a splash of Champagne vinegar and drizzle of olive oil. Season with table salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

How to Make It

Step 1

Place first 3 ingredients in a mortar bowl or spice grinder; grind to a fine powder, using a pestle or spice grinder. Place chicken, next 6 ingredients, and crushed spices in a large bowl. Combine mixture with hands until blended and smooth (2 minutes). Cover and chill 1 hour.

Step 2

Preheat oven to 400°. Drop mixture by rounded spoonfuls 1 1/2 inches apart onto a lightly greased aluminum foil-lined jelly-roll pan, using a medium-size cookie scoop (about 1 1/2 inches).

Step 3

Bake at 400° for 10 to 12 minutes or until done. Toss meatballs with hot sauce. Serve on split rolls with Blue Cheese Sauce.

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Ratings & Reviews

mary0201's Review

December 20, 2013
Made these for a party and they were a huge hit. Definately make the celery side and the blue cheese sauce as they elevate the meatballs from great to outstanding. I cannot believe someone gave it one star and didn't even make the recipe. That throws the average ratings off. It is an excellent recipe. Preground fennel, pepper and regular salt would have been fine substitutes. Geesh!

dennisreynolds's Review

December 16, 2013
Made this for a party last weekend and everyone loved the sliders. The freshly ground spices, cheese and parsley elevated the meatballs from bar food to something good enough for a party. I used little square ciabatta rolls and Frank's wing sauce.

faithhicks's Review

November 04, 2013
I almost didn't make this because someone only gave it one star, but it looks like they never made this recipe! I made this for a Clemson tailgate. Big hit! Will make it for my husband's poker buds. (Shame on the other grumpy reviewer to give a bad review for something they didn't make! They could have used a coffee grinder.)

BBanyas's Review

August 28, 2013
I think this would be a great recipe that my family would love but why make it difficult for those of us who don't own a mortar or spice grinder?? I guess I won't be making this after all!:(