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Cheddar Bacon Ranch Chicken Meatballs

My entire family begs for these CHICKEN MEATBALLS stuffed with cheddar, bacon, and ranch! They’re so flavorful and the best part is that they bake in a hot oven in about 10 minutes! So quick and perfect for a busy weeknight or as an appetizer at your next get-together.

chicken meatball with a little bit of ranch on the bottom of it

I’ve always been a huge fan of the meatball.

Well, that’s not exactly true…I never even tried a meatball until I was a full blown adult, married with children of my own. My mama hates meatballs, so she never made them for us and I was never brave enough to try them on my own.

But that first meatball? Love at first bite.

I have a few fun variations I make, including these buffalo chicken meatballs, mozzarella stuffed meatballs, and keto meatballs with the simplest bbq sauce ever. 

chicken meatballs in bowl.

I’m working on a jalapeno popper version and I’ll share that as soon as it’s perfected. 

Today, though, we’ve got these juicy cheddar bacon and ranch chicken meatballs. I LOVE all the flavors going on in here – reminds me a bit of my chicken bacon ranch pizza that’s such a hit!

How to make low carb chicken meatballs:

ingredients for chicken meatballs in bowl.

You’ll need ground chicken, fried and crumbled bacon, cheddar cheese, egg, garlic, and ranch seasoning. 

For the binder, we’ll be using almond flour. I like this brand (affiliate link) , but whatever you have on hand will work fine.

Combine all of those ingredients and then scoop out the meatballs into equal sized portions. I use a medium cookie scoop for this. This is the one I use (affiliate link), and it’s one of my favorite kitchen tools. Gets a lot of use in my house! 

ice cream scoop scooping up raw meatball mixture

I like using a cookie scoop because it means that all of your meatballs will be the same size so they’ll all cook evenly. 

Pop the meatballs on a baking sheet and put them in a 500 degree oven – no that’s not a typo. 500 degrees means they’ll cook quickly and the outsides get browned a bit, similar to if you’d fried them. 

We like to serve these cheddar bacon ranch chicken meatballs with an extra side of my keto ranch dressing. It’s way better than the stuff you buy in a bottle and it’s easy to prepare too! Check the reviews on that recipe!

meatball on a toothpick being dipped into ranch dressing

How to serve these low carb meatballs:

We like to serve these up as an easy and fun dinner with the kiddos. A side of ranch dressing, a pile o’ meatballs, steamed veggies or a side salad, and some of my cauliflower mac and cheese is always a hit with the kids. 

They also make a great appetizer or snack! Serve with toothpicks and a little bowl of ranch or sugar free BBQ sauce for dunking! 

No matter how you serve them, I think you’re going to love the flavors in these chicken meatballs!

chicken meatballs in a white bowl

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A plate of food on a table, with Chicken and Meatball

Cheddar Bacon Ranch Chicken Meatballs

These baked chicken meatballs are loaded with cheddar, bacon, and ranch seasoning. Serve them up with a side of ranch dressing or sugar free BBQ sauce for dipping.

Yield 12 meatballs
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 4 slices bacon, fried and crumbled
  • 1/3 cup almond flour
  • ¼ cup grated cheddar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons ranch dip powder

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Spray a large baking sheet with non-stick spray.
  2. Add the ground chicken, bacon, almond flour, cheddar, garlic, egg, and ranch seasoning to a mixing bowl and mix with your hands until combined.
  3. Use a large cookie scoop to scoop out 12 evenly sized meatballs and place on the prepared baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 13 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
  5. Serve meatballs with homemade ranch dressing or sugar free BBQ sauce for dipping.

Notes

We prefer to purchase the leanest ground chicken we can find. Ground turkey also works just fine in this recipe.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield: 4 Serving Size: 3 meatballs
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 401Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 188mgSodium: 410mgCarbohydrates: 3gNet Carbohydrates: 2gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 36g

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29 thoughts on “Cheddar Bacon Ranch Chicken Meatballs”

  1. Kera Penney

    Can you make it with ground beef? Husband is allergic to poultry but otherwise sounds awesome.

  2. Kristine Anderson

    Could you use ground turkey instead? If so would you need to change cook temp and time?

  3. I can’t find ranch dip powder can I use something else like parm cheese that is grated.

    1. Karly Campbell

      Hi Jan! I would recommend using the spice mix from my ranch dressing recipe. Parm won’t have the same flavor as ranch. You can find my recipe here.

  4. Blossom Smith

    These are absolutely delicious! So good that my husband requests them for his lunch everyday. I make a batch on Sunday, package them up in 5 containers and he is one happy guy. Love all of your recipes!

    1. Karly Campbell

      That’s awesome! Glad to hear he loves them and thanks for sharing how you make them ahead for lunches. Really smart! πŸ™‚

  5. Could I make that into meatloaf and if so how long would I cook it for and still on 500 degrees?

    1. Karly Campbell

      Hi there! I’m sure you could make this into a meatloaf, but you’d want to reduce the heat to 350 and cook for longer. Not sure how long it will take…close to an hour maybe?

    1. Karly Campbell

      You could likely use crushed pork rinds as the binder. It may require more/less than the almond flour, but just add it until it holds together well enough for you.

  6. Lanace Davis

    Do you have to use Almond Flour or can you use breadcrumbs as a binder? I know that would add carbs but I’m ok with that

    1. Karly Campbell

      You could use breadcrumbs, but you’ll just have to estimate the right amount. Might be a bit more or less than the almond flour.

    2. Yvonne Huff

      How are these so high in calories? They sound delicious but 400 calories for 3 meatballs? Any suggestions on how to make them lower in calories?

  7. Love these! They are easy to prepare and very tasty – especially with your Ranch dressing!! Thanks for the recpies.

    1. Hi Karly!
      Yes to more meatballs! It’s always great to have a variety of meatballs bc they’re great to bring to potlucks, family outings and for kids it’s a fun finger food!
      Have a fun filled weekend Karly!

  8. This might be a dumb question but, can I use parchment paper to line the baking sheet instead of spraying the sheet with nonstick spray? Or will that make the texture come out differently?

    1. Karly Campbell

      Parchment should be fine if it’s rated up to 500 degrees, but be sure to not have any overhang at all or it could catch fire. Ask me how I know. πŸ˜‰

  9. Hi there, I love your website. I’ve been doing keto for the past 6 months now and lost quite a bit of weight. I decided to make it a lifestyle change. I was wondering if the almond flour is a must? Could finely ground pork rinds suffice? I used in them for my ground beef meatballs and they worked perfectly…

    1. Karly Campbell

      You can use pork rinds! You might need to adjust the amount – just enough to help it all hold together. πŸ™‚

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