Recipe: Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken (in Under an Hour)

updated Apr 30, 2019
Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken (in Under an Hour)

Saucy slow cooker buffalo chicken is an easy, low-effort recipe to feed a crowd that comes together with just a few ingredients.

Serves8

Prep10 minutes

Cook1 hour

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(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

When it comes to entertaining guests, my strategy is simple: Wow the crowd with impossibly delicious food without putting in a ton of effort in the kitchen. My slow cooker makes this possible.

These rich and saucy Buffalo chicken sandwiches come together with just a few ingredients, and can be served straight from the slow cooker throughout the entirety of the party. It’s a low-effort meal that I can feel pretty darn proud of, and all my friends love it. It’s a win all around.

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

The One-Hour Slow Cooker

We can all agree that first and foremost, the slow cooker is all about making mealtimes easier. Sometimes that means a no-prep recipe that cooks all day while you’re at work so you can come home to dinner; other times that means a fast (but hands-off) dinner. That’s where the concept of fast slow cooking comes in.

To keep things as simple as possible, these sandwiches start with rotisserie chicken and use the slow cooker to warm it with a simple Buffalo sauce. That means few ingredients and minimal prep for a comforting, easy, low-effort meal that’s ready in just an hour, and can be served throughout the evening.

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken (in Under an Hour)

Saucy slow cooker buffalo chicken is an easy, low-effort recipe to feed a crowd that comes together with just a few ingredients.

Prep time 10 minutes

Cook time 1 hour

Serves 8

Nutritional Info

Ingredients

  • 1

    (3- to 4-pound) rotisserie chicken, or 6 cups cooked, shredded chicken

  • 1 (12-ounce) jar

    hot sauce, such as Frank's RedHot

  • 4 tablespoons

    unsalted butter

  • 8

    hamburger buns, for serving (optional)

Instructions

  1. If using rotisserie chicken, remove the meat from the bones and shred. Place the chicken, hot sauce, and butter in a 5-quart or larger slow cooker, and stir well to combine.

  2. Cover and cook on the HIGH setting until heated through, about 1 hour. Stir once more and divide between buns if using, or keep on the warm setting and serve straight from the slow cooker.

Recipe Notes

Storage: Leftovers can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 4 days.