I’m crazy about all things buffalo – I have a ton of recipes that I”m going to share with you below to prove it – and this Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken recipe is another one that makes my taste buds crazy.
What do I mean by that? It’s super easy to make, helloooo slow cooker! but the chicken that comes out a few hours later is juicy, full of spicy, and I can make all sorts of things with it! Watch this video and check out how easy it is to make!
My love for buffalo sauce has no limits. I want to confess something to you. Sometimes, at the office, when I just have a boring salad with romaine, hard boiled eggs, tomatoes, and cheese; I turn up the heat by drizzling buffalo sauce over the salad. Yes, I’m that obsessed. Olive oil + buffalo sauce = dream salad dressing.
But I digress. These tacos are one of the things I love to make with my slow-cooked buffalo chicken. Whether I use tacos or a green lettuce cup to hold this spicy goodness -making this recipe is always a good idea.
And you know what? there’s really no excuse not to make this recipe. There’s probably half a bottle of buffalo sauce in your fridge (leftover from football season) and you’ve got frozen chicken breasts in the freezer, right? See? Dinner can be ready before you know it.
So you’re out of Buffalo sauce. OH NO. now what?
WHAT CAN YOU MAKE WITH FROZEN CHICKEN BREASTS?
Well, just like you, I want the recipes I make to be simple, fast, and something my family will love to eat. With those frozen chicken breasts, you just took out you can make my Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken if you’re out. It’s the same recipe but with salsa instead of buffalo chicken.
MEAL PREP WITH BUFFALO CHICKEN MADE EASY
If you want to put this recipe to maximum use I recommend making the Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken at the beginning of the week. Use some of it to make these beautiful tacos and then the rest to build salads for a light dinner, wraps for lunch, and even quesadillas!
I recommend doubling the recipe if you’re planning on making a full Buffalo-themed week.
CAN BUFFALO CHICKEN BE FROZEN?
Oh yes. YES. and YES! Double the recipe, or triple it depending on the size of your slow cooker and after shredding the deliciously cooked chicken breasts, and allowing it to cool down, you can freeze this buffalo chicken in 1-serving portions (that tends to be between 4 and 6 ounces each) in a freezer bag. It will keep in the freezer up to 3 months.
Sometimes, I build a salad and bring a single serve of this slow cooker buffalo chicken to the office and it’s thawed by lunch. It’s the perfect protein-rich topping with loads of flavor!
While the rest of my family enjoys a buffalo chicken in the traditional tortilla I take mine in a lettuce cup, high protein and low-carb! I promise with the blue cheese crumbles and a little Ranch drizzle, it’s still EPIC.
Making it a lower carb option is my way of enjoying one of my favorite recipes while doing Keto, which I’m currently on, or while my family and I are doing the Family Kickstart Program.
Once and maybe even twice a year my family and I do a challenge of no processed foods or refined grains for a month. If you want more information on how I live a healthy lifestyle of unrefined sugars and lower in carbs with my family (think Whole30 with a family) Check out this page. I’d love to send you a copy of my guide.
My kids loved some of the recipes from the last challenge that they became regulars around the dinner table, like this Bell Pepper Nachos Recipe It’s becoming a lifestyle for the whole fam! Of course, from time to time, we still love our Double Chocolate Pancakes and Strawberry S’mores because after all, we’re human!
I bet you didn’t expect all of this from one simple buffalo chicken recipe but that’s the wonder of slow cookers and Buffalo sauce. When you have an easy recipe that everyone loves, it’s so easy to recreate it into other family favorite recipes!
Laura’s note: before you gasp at the sodium content in the nutritional information, here is a note of how it’s calculated. The recipe assumes it’s 4 servings (you get more) and each person gets 1/4 cup of the buffalo sauce. Buffalo sauce tends to have quite a bit of sodium (all condiments do) but you aren’t really using that much when you serve your chicken. Also, it uses these tortillas to calculate the nutritional data; and as you can see, each store-bought flour tortilla has nearly 20% of your daily sodium content. Clearly, change the tortillas and the nutritional data goes down significantly.
Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Tacos
- 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 1 cup Buffalo sauce
- 8 8-inch flour tortillas
- 2 cups shredded Iceberg lettuce
- 1/2 cup Ranch dressing
- 1/2 cup Blue cheese crumbles
- Place the chicken breasts into the dish of a slow cooker. Pour the buffalo sauce over the chicken, and stir to combine. Cover and cook on low for 7 to 8 hours or high for 4 to 5 hours.
- Once the chicken is cooked through, shred the meat with two forks and toss to coat with the sauce.
- Prior to serving, warm the tortillas.
- To assemble, place shredded lettuce onto a tortilla, top with buffalo chicken, a drizzle of ranch, and blue cheese crumbles.
- Calories: 621
- Fat: 27.3g
- Carbohydrates: 53.6g
- Protein: 39g