Buffalo Chicken Recipe

Tangy, smoky buffalo chicken made in the slow cooker, this recipe is the perfect start for epic tacos, quesadillas, buffalo chicken dip and more!

See how two ingredients and one slow cooker pull off this dinner feat:

If you’ve been around here for any amount of time then you know my devotion for buffalo sauce. Lucky for you, I’ve been making all sorts of wonderful things with this slow cooker version of my beloved buffalo chicken.

What Is Buffalo Sauce

The vibrant orange sauce is basically hot sauce and butter, it’s no wonder I love it. It has a vinegary flavor that adds a nice kick to any dish and it’s one of my favorite flavors EVER!

I like to add a few drizzles to my salad, lunch bowls, and don’t get me started on the Buffalo sauce packs at Chick-fil-A. The sauce. The chicken. If you haven’t already, do yourself that favor.

But for these buffalo chicken meals, I usually start with my own, homemade buffalo sauce recipe.

As you can see in the video, it’s super easy to make your own sauce for your buffalo chicken, but if you’re pressed for time, just grab a bottle of this version and it will do the trick.

Is Buffalo Sauce Spicy

Buffalo sauce does have a level of heat but it’s milder so I wouldn’t call it spicy, more like tangy.

Still, the heat can be a little too much for some so I’ll pair it with Homemade Ranch or Blue Cheese dressing. The creaminess helps to bring down the level of heat and let’s admit it, the flavors were made for one another.

How to Make Buffalo Chicken

Combine 1 cup buffalo sauce with 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts in a slow cooker. Cover with the lid and cook until tender.

This recipe works on a 1:1 ratio, 1 cup buffalo sauce for each pound of chicken so this can easily be doubled, tripled, or quadrupled- if you’re on that level.

Related: How to defrost chicken quickly & safely

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear buffalo chicken? Most people say Buffalo Wings! But that’s not what we’re making today.
Today it’s all about my slow cooker buffalo chicken a much more simple and healthy version of the classic wing flavor.

While I love a good battered, deep-fried, and sauce-coated chicken wing this Buffalo Chicken is by far my favorite. It has all the flavor and it’s low-carb, keto, and paleo friendly.

With this recipe, there’s no reason you can’t get your buffalo fix while sticking to your health goals.

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How to make buffalo chicken on the stove

In case of emergencies when you don’t have time to prepare this slow cooker style, you can always use shredded rotisserie chicken meat tossed with buffalo sauce and warmed over medium heat in a skillet. It’s a super quick fix and it yields enough tacos one night and buffalo chicken quesadillas the next.

Shredded Buffalo Chicken

Shredded buffalo chicken is a healthy main dish and can be enjoyed multiple ways. My goal is to find them all out and so far we’ve made lettuce cups, put it on top pizza, stuffed into a quesadilla, and of course, tacos! Stayed tuned, because there’s more Buffalo Chicken goodness to come.

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Buffalo Chicken Recipes

Alright, we’re onto the best part, the recipes! This slow cooker recipe yields a lot, so I always plan on at least two meals with one batch. Taco one night, pizza another, you get the picture. With no further ado, I present to you, all things buffalo:

Buffalo Chicken Pizza
Yes, this exists and you need it in your life. Bonus points for extra blue cheese crumbled on top.

Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas
Get a load at those drizzles! It’s almost too pretty to eat. Almost…

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Tacos
I combine two of the world’s best foods and the results keep paying off.

Skillet Buffalo Chicken Tacos
When you want buffalo chicken in 10 minutes, this recipe does the trick. It also includes a homemade Ranch dressing because ranch + buffalo sauce = life.

Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps
All my low carb lovers’, eat your heart out! If you’re keto, paleo, or low carb this is a refreshing way to get that buffalo chicken fix.

Buffalo Chicken Dip

There is always that one party dip everyone fights over and this Buffalo Chicken Dip is it! The recipe is made with hummus, blue cheese, shredded chicken, and buffalo sauce but I don’t see any reason you couldn’t swap the sauce and shredded chicken for this slow cooker buffalo chicken. Add a few dabs of extra buffalo sauce and you’ve struck gold.

Forward your party guests this post link, because they’ll want the recipe.

Buffalo Chicken Dinner Ideas

Set the chicken to cook in the morning and by the time dinner rolls around, you’ve got options with any of the recipes above. Leftovers are another reason to love this dish over any other. It’s meal planning made easy because “too much buffalo chicken” is not possible.

Buffalo Chicken Lunch Recipes

There’s nothing like opening up a lunchbox filled with buffalo chicken goodness, and whether it’s in a quesadilla or salad, you know your day is about to get better.

Of course, if you’re an addict, like me, you could always add this buffalo chicken to grilled cheese. I haven’t tried it yet, but now that I mention it, it’s about to go down.

Also, wraps like the low carb Buffalo Chicken wraps are another lunchbox success. They require no heating and they’re easy to pack. Whatever you do, make sure you pack extra buffalo sauce and Ranch dressing in sauce containers, for drizzling and dipping.

Easy Buffalo Chicken Recipe & How to Use It

Tangy, smoky buffalo chicken made in the slow cooker, this recipe is the perfect start for tacos, quesadillas, buffalo chicken dip and more!

  • Author: Laura Fuentes
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 – 8 hours
  • Total Time: 5 – 8 hours + 5 minutes
  • Yield: 46 servings 1x



  • Place the chicken in the dish of a slow cooker, top with Buffalo sauce and toss to coat. Cover and set on low for 8 hours or high for 5 hours.
  • Once the chicken is cooked through and easy shreds apart between two forks shred the meat and toss into the sauce.


  • Serving Size: 1 cup
  • Calories: 136
  • Fat: 3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 0 g
  • Protein: 25.5 g

One thought on “Buffalo Chicken Recipe”

  1. Kimberly says:

    I looooove buffalo chicken but never knew how to make it! OMG this is so good! I’m so glad I found this recipe!

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