Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken

I’m not good at keeping secrets. I’ve never been very good at hiding my emotions. In fact, I’m sure every one of you knows by now that I’m a married woman with an affair. I have a love affair with my slow cooker.

crock pot

When I need a helping hand, the slow cooker is there. While I clean the house, prepare my lunch, or finish up the laundry, I don’t have to worry about dinner. The slow cooker says, “Take a load off Tiff. I’ll cook dinner tonight.”

chicken

When I need to save money, the slow cooker is there. I may worry about cooking a quality meal on a budget. The slow cooker says, “Buy dried beans or a cheaper cut of meat; it’ll come out delicious. Spend the money a pedicure instead.”

shred

This love affair would be scandalous, but Kevin knows about it. In fact, he supports the relationship. Kevin also loves the crock pot because it makes beautiful love children like this.

dinner

I bring you my Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken.

Ingredients:

  • 1 – 1.5 lbs of chicken breasts, trimmed (thighs would be good too)
  • 8 oz Franks Red Hot (usually packaged in 12-oz bottles)
  • 1/3 – 1/2 cup low-sodium broth, light beer or water
  • 5 oz fat-free plain Greek yogurt
  • 4 small-to-medium sandwich buns (I think it would also go well on a baked potato or buffalo chicken pizza.)

Directions:

  1. Pour broth/water in slow cooker and add chicken in a single layer. Pour 2 oz of hot sauce over chicken.
  2. Turn on “low” for about 7-8 hours.  (High for 3-3.5 hours also works but isn’t as tasty.)
  3. After 8 hours, remove chicken, and drain most of the juices. While chicken is out of the slow cooker, shred it with two forks.
  4. Add chicken back to reserved juices, and mix in the yogurt. Add the remaining hot sauce (specific quantity depends on your taste). Keep the mixture in the slow cooker until heated through, which should take only a minute or two.
  5. Serve atop rolls. I clearly had a sandwich thin, but Kevin bought two larger dinner rolls.
leia likes chicken

What’s your favorite use for buffalo? Wings, burger, pizza, something healthier?

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46 Responses to Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken

  1. Such a healthy recipe! I would have never thought to use greek yogurt!! What a great idea!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Just wrote this one down….I have never used my slow cooker….You have motivated me…I will use the slow cooker this week. eek! Thanks for the motivation girlfriend!

    xoxo from Trinidad

  3. That sounds delicious! I really need to invest in a slow cooker…I don’t know why I haven’t yet. It would make preparing meals so much easier while I’m at class all day! And I love the pic of your kitty staring at the food haha :)

  4. ohhh yes, i love my slow cooker too!! easy prep, easy clean up, delicious meal = perfection! i’ve never tried much with buffalo sauce, to be honest! i do like it though, so i need to try this out!

    • Tiff says:

      I hadn’t cooked much with it before due to the sodium content, but I finally gave in. Maybe I’ll start looking around for low-sodium hot sauce. Bring on the heat!

  5. “beautiful love children” <–haha! For all the times I've used my slow cooker, I've never made shredded, pull apart, whatever you want to call it chicken or pork or beef. I really need to change that because everytime I see a recipe for it I start drooling. This looks delicious!

    • Tiff says:

      I only recently tried pulled chicken, and I kicked myself for not trying it sooner. Next time, I think I’ll throw the leftovers on buffalo chicken pizza.

  6. I have slow cooker-envy! Everyone is using them lately.

    • Tiff says:

      Get one after Christmas when they may or may not be on sale. You’ll still have plenty of cold winter left to cook up some hot soups n’ stews.

  7. Dorsa says:

    um thanks for this :) I love buffalo chicken. I also am growing to love my slow cooker :)

  8. I too am madly and wildly in love with my crockpot, aka my sister wife.
    This recipe looks great, I have to try!

  9. I’m not proud, but I fill celery with crumbled blue cheese and drizzle it with buffalo sauce.

  10. I wish I had a slow cooker… : (

  11. I die for buffalo chicken. Slurp. Love love love. I feel like anyone who likes college football has to love buffalo chicken, you??

  12. lindsay says:

    that stuff is addicting, isn’t it? I could spoon it on anything and everything, just like you did. YUM! thanks Tiff.

  13. Great recipe and I completely agree with your passionate love with the crock pot. How it makes chicken so perfectly pulled is a wonderful mystery to me! Love the buffalo idea…def gotta get on this ;)

  14. I love my slow cooker, and I love buffalo chicken! I’ll definitely try this.

  15. I love the concept of a slow cooker-I just never seem to remember I have one!

  16. It’s official….I need to come to your house for some good eats!! Send me your address ;)

    Have a great day doll!

    xxoo

  17. slow cookers are magic! your meal looks great!

  18. I love this!
    First off, crock pots are my favoirte! Second, I love buffalo sauces..this recipe was made for me, or I’ll just pretend it was. ;)

  19. Brittany says:

    I need….NEED a crock pot. I was just looking at some today…

  20. This would be AMAZING with some bleu cheese!

  21. Looks amazing!!! I miss my slow cooker so much. My brother stole mine!

  22. Slow cookers are miracle workers. I also have a love affair with mine. I love a good buffalo chicken sandwich. Yum!

  23. Oh man. You did a WAY healthier version of buffalo chicken than my roommate did this weekend. I ate it anyway. And it was delicious! All hail the crockpot!

  24. All I wanted to say is that your cat is so freaking adorable. Always popping up in posts, makes me giggle. <3

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  28. Do you think this would work with pork? My husband is allergic to chicken. I’m thinking of making over chicken recipes with pork so he can at least try some of these things!

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  30. I just saw your recipe on PBF’s link and my mouth was watering, haha. Really great recipe!

  31. Kris says:

    This looks delicious! I love crock pot cooking and am always looking for new easy recipes!

  32. Julie says:

    Made this over the weekend, SO good! I only used about 2/3rds of the bottle of Frank’s red hot because I’m a bit sensitive to spicy…but man oh man was it delicious :)

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