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Whether you’re entertaining on game day or just want to kick dinner up a few notches, this mouthwatering Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken is a hit.

Serving bowl full of shredded buffalo chicken topped with chopped celery.

Cozying up with the slow cooker.

I’ve decided that I’m going to properly embrace slow cooker meals this season. Ever since I introduced the Instant Pot to my collection of kitchen gizmos and gadgets, the slow cooker has taken a back seat. Pressure cookers are great for weeknights and quick fixes, but when it comes to lazy weekends, let’s be real: it’s all about slow cookin’. And this tender shredded slow cooker Buffalo chicken is a hit. It’s perfect for entertaining on game day, but it also makes for a fun family meal.

All of the flavors of wing night packed onto a bun.

There are nights where we opt for chicken wings for dinner in this house; those are always good nights. But this recipe changes things up in a fantastic way. You get to enjoy tender shredded chicken slathered in tangy, vinegary Buffalo wing sauce without having to work around a bone. And to really pay homage to wing night, we’ve even included celery and blue cheese. Chopped celery offers a nice refreshing crunch to this ‘wich while crumbled blue cheese offers that creamy funk some of us love. You could also keep is easy and drizzle blue cheese dressing over your sandwich.

Fresh buns topped with pulled Buffalo chicken, crumbled blue cheese, and chopped celery.

How to make Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken.

This method is way easier than setting up a stinky and messy deep fryer to fry up chicken wings. Plus, the smell that ends up wafting throughout your home is ah-mazing.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Ranch Dressing mix/powder (I don’t particularly like using flavor packets, but I’ve tried this recipe with homespun Ranch seasoning and it just doesn’t come out the same. So we make an exception here :) )
  • Frank’s Red Hot
  • Butter
  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Celery
  • Blue cheese
  • Buns

Here’s what you’ll do:

  1. Place the chicken breasts into the slow cooker.
  2. Sprinkle the Ranch dressing mix over the chicken; add the Frank’s Red Hot, butter, and vinegar.
  3. Cook on low for 4-6 hours, or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165º F.
  4. Once the chicken is cooked, pull it apart with two forks until all of the chicken is shredded. Give everything a good stir, then cover and let it cook for another 20-30 minutes.
  5. Serve the chicken on buns with diced celery and blue cheese crumbles or dressing.

Raw chicken on parchment with a bowl of cut up butter, hot sauce, seasoning, and vinegar.

Slow cooker full of uncooked chicken, seasoning, and butter, with a hand pouring hot sauce over it.

A cutting board with chopped celery on it, with a small bowl of crumbled blue cheese.

Serving bowl full of shredded buffalo chicken topped with chopped celery.

Hope you enjoy!

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Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken

Whether you're entertaining on game day or just want to kick dinner up a few notches, this mouthwatering Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken is a hit.
Course Appetizers
Cuisine American
Keyword Buffalo Chicken, slow cooker
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Servings 6 servings
Author Dana Sandonato

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 24 oz Frank's Red Hot (original)
  • 1 packet of Ranch Dressing Mix (powder)
  • 1/2 stick of butter

For serving:

  • Diced celery
  • Crumbled blue cheese or Blue Cheese dressing
  • Buns

Instructions

  • Place the chicken breasts into the slow cooker.
  • Sprinkle the Ranch dressing mix over the chicken; add the Frank’s Red Hot, butter, and vinegar.
  • Cook on low for 4-6 hours, or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165º F.
  • Once the chicken is cooked, pull it apart with two forks until all of the chicken is shredded. Give everything a good stir, then cover and let it cook for another 20-30 minutes.
  • Serve the chicken on buns with diced celery and blue cheese crumbles or dressing.

 

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