Friday, February 4, 2011

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken

I made this slow cooker spicy buffalo chicken recently and people seemed really interested in the recipe, so I thought I would share.  I've been stuck in the house quite a bit lately because of all of this snow, so I've been cooking and baking more than usual.  This is a fairly healthy recipe and it is pretty fast for a slow cooker recipe.  It cooks on high for 4 hours in your crock-pot.  Also, I made a few changes.  I used all white meat chicken breasts and I used about a 1/2 cup of Frank's Hot Sauce instead of just 1/4 cup.  Either way, it will be yummy :)

Slow Cooker Spicy Buffalo Chicken
from What's for Dinner


  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1 and 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1 and 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced small
  • 3 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, seeded and diced small
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup hot-pepper sauce, such as Frank's
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon unsulfured molasses
  • 8 hamburger buns

  1. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high. Add chicken thighs, season with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring once, until meat is golden brown, 5 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer to a slow cooker, leaving as much oil behind as possible. Repeat with chicken breasts.
  2. To skillet, add onion, garlic, and bell pepper and cook over medium, stirring constantly, until onion is translucent, 6 minutes. Add 1/4 cup water and cook, stirring and scraping up browned bits from skillet, 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and transfer to slow cooker.
  3. To slow cooker, add crushed tomatoes, hot-pepper sauce, Worcestershire, mustard, and molasses; stir to combine. Cover and cook on high until chicken is very tender, 4 hours.
  4. Shred chicken (Use a potato masher) and season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve on buns (preferably whole wheat)

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