Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken

This is honestly the most ridiculously delicious thing I’ve ever made. I don’t even care, this isn’t even a humble brag. I’m not humble about this. I’m saying, this is the best, easiest buffalo chicken recipe you will ever make.

If you’re like me, and I’m pretty sure you are, we are lovers of all things “buffalo” and all things “takes 5 minutes to put together”. This slow cooker buffalo chicken and you are a match made in heaven.

The easiest buffalo chicken recipe you’ll ever make.

Chicken breasts in the slow cooker are tough because they tend to try out, but the acidity from the buffalo sauce, tenderizes the meat perfectly and what you get is a juicy, spicy [but not too spicy] flavor bomb ready for sandwiches, tacos, pizza, nachos or spooning into mouth. I personally pretty much just spoon this into my mouth. I want to tell you I’m super creative and make tons of cool recipes with this but I literally just eat it with a fork straight out of slow cooker, 90% of the time.


slow cooker buffalo chicken

Most hot sauces are actually really healthy, and don’t have a lot of crap in them. Franks, my top choice for buffalo chicken (honestly, my only choice) contains 5 ingredients: cayenne pepper, vinegar, water, salt and garlic powder. And while you could go either way, I REALLY recommend Frank’s Buffalo Wings Sauce over Frank’s Original. When I first posted this recipe, I didn’t know the magic that was Frank’s Buffalo, but now that I know…I know Frank’s Buffalo is what’s up.

This buffalo chicken + ranch dip = heaven

I also love to pair this with my Herby Yogurt Ranch Dip. Dip the chicken and a side of celery sticks right in – YES, my favorite dinner ever. I’d probably add a side of pretzels, too, because I’m obsessed with pretzels, but it’s not the healthiest option in the entire world (BUT NOT THE UNHEALTHIEST, RIGHT?!) Actually kind of wish I had some now as I sit at the airport during a 4 hour layover [just kidding, I missed my flight, lolz].

I’m headed back to the Midwest this weekend to hang out in the back woods of Wisconsin for a wedding. Literally. And it’s going to be 53 degrees, for an outdoor wedding, so I’m probably going to die. I’m just happy to be going out with a bang with this recipe.

OK, let’s talk nutrition. This recipe is mostly protein, with a good dose of healthy fat from the grass-fed butter. I’d add a little more healthy fat – avocado goes REALLY well on top of this chicken + a good fiber source and you’ve got yourself a PHFF meal.

  • Buffalo chicken + cheddar + baked tortillas + tomatoes + lettuce = nachos

  • Buffalo chicken + Herby Yogurt Ranch Dip + tortillas + side salad = tacos + side salad

  • Buffalo chicken + rice + lettuce + pico + Herby Yogurt Ranch Dip = Buffalo rice bowl

  • Buffalo chicken + baked potato + Greek yogurt + green onion = potato boat

  • Buffalo chicken + romaine leaf + Herby Yogurt Ranch Dip + tomatoes + avocado = wraps + a side of fruit


buffalo chicken in romaine

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken

Author: Megan Kober, RDN, LD

Prep time: 5 mins | Cook time: 5 hours

Serves: 8

Throw these ingredients together in under 5 minutes and be ready for a flavor bomb when you get home – pile on nachos, tacos, sandwiches, over rice, potatoes or eat it by itself for a last-minute meal!

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast

  • 1 1/2 c buffalo sauce [recommended – Franks]

  • 1/2 c water

  • 4 Tbsp grass-fed butter

  • 2 tsp garlic powder

  • 2 tsp onion powder

Instructions

  1. Lay chicken breast as flat as possible in the bottom of a slow cooker.

  2. Add remainder of ingredients.

  3. Cook on low for 5-6 hours.

  4. Shred chicken, then let cook in juice for another 30 minutes (optional).

  5. Serve with Herby Yogurt Ranch Dip.

Serving size: 1/8 recipe | Fat: 9 | Carbohydrates: 0 | Fiber: 0 | Protein: 35

Notes: You can mix 50/50 chicken breasts and chicken thighs for more flavor. I make it this way a lot!

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  1. Muy
    buenos tips!!besos

  2. Alyssa says:

    This recipe is AMAZING. I will eat this for the rest of my life! So good and easy-peasy.

  3. Bonnie Johnson says:

    Do you recommend using fresh or frozen chicken in the slow cooker?

    • Hey Bonnie – definitely fresh. Slow cookers don’t reliably get frozen meat up to a safe temp evenly enough or quickly enough and the meat will likely spend too much time in the “temperature danger zone” which is when bacteria grows. I always thaw my chicken in the microwave on the defrost setting first and get it at least most of the way thawed.

  4. Marie says:

    Can you cut down on the amount of buffalo sauce in the recipe? Will it make it less spicy? My kids wouldn’t eat it the first time because it was too spicy.

  5. Rachael Lawson says:

    What are the nutrition facts and total number of servings? Thanks!

  6. Melanie says:

    This recipe taught me to cook! I was always scared of the slow cooker, but this recipe is the bomb and I make enough to freeze for tons of future meals. If you gave the world only this recipe, your contribution was to society would be complete! That’s how much I love this.

  7. Lynn says:

    I never tried to make buffalo chicken in the slow cooker, I feel everything is better buffaloed, and also with extra garlic. I usually throw a whole chicken in my slow cooker with a small onion and a head of garlic in the cavity to add flavor, I oil the outside and then let it cook. The skin ends up gross and gets tossed but the rest is great. I usually end up taking any of the leftovers and buffaloing them the next day, unless I stay up late then I eat them late at night.

  8. Rose Martine says:

    this was wonderful! Thank you for sharing all these tips and recipes..really helps those of us without the create gene;)