Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches

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Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches

Spring weather is (finally) upon us and that usually means the slow cooker gets shoved to the back of the cabinet till it’s time for delicious fall soups and stews. I don’t know about you and your family, but we’re busier in the spring than we are any other time of year and I miss having something to throw in the crock pot so dinner is waiting for us when we get home from dance, gymnastics, doctor’s appointments and birthday parties.

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken sandwiches are my go-to spring and summer staple. I’ve made them for company several times and they always get rave reviews. And the best part is that you only need 3 ingredients! Added bonus? The ingredients are all normal, no preservative, REAL FOOD ingredients. No cream of chemical soups. What could be easier?!

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches

  • 2 lbs of chicken breast (thick, not frozen)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup of hot sauce, divided (We love Frank’s Hot Sauce)
  • rolls for serving (we use mini Portuguese rolls)
  • lettuce, blue cheese and/or ranch for garnish
How to:

1. Melt butter in the microwave.

2. Put the chicken breasts in the bottom of the slow cooker and pour the melted butter on top of them. Then pour 1/3 of cop of hot sauce over the top.

3. Cook on low for 5 hours.

4. When chicken breasts are fully cooked, use 2 forks to shred the chicken. If there is excess liquid at the bottom of the slow cooker, use a large spoon to discard most of it.
Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Sandwhiches


5. Once chicken is shredded, return it to the slow cooker. At this point you can add the remaining 2/3 cup of hot sauce. Or, if you are serving it to kids who don’t like spicy food, leave the remaining hot sauce on the side. My kids will eat the shredded chicken on a roll if I don’t add any extra hot sauce. It’s not spicy at all–just tender chicken.

6. Serve on rolls with whatever garnish you like! We usually do lettuce and then garnish with more hot sauce and some ranch or blue cheese. (Serves 4!)


What are your spring and summer recipe staples? Share them in the comments!

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  • Reply Laurie

    Krista this looks so good! Pinning! I’ll be making this for my boys soon!
    Thanks for sharing!

    4-02-15 at 1:27 am
    • Reply Krista

      Thanks for pinning!

      4-03-15 at 9:24 pm
  • Reply Jacqueline

    Sounds yummy! I thought it would be spicier but I may have to try it and give my hubby the extra hot sauce.

    4-02-15 at 7:39 am
    • Reply Krista

      With just a little hot sauce, it’s not bad at all!

      4-03-15 at 9:25 pm
  • Reply Lydia @ Thrifty Frugal Mom

    Yum! I love how easy and delicious this looks. Doing dinner in the crockpot just always makes my day a little bit easier.

    4-02-15 at 8:19 am
    • Reply Krista

      Me too–I love my crockpot!

      4-03-15 at 9:25 pm
  • Reply Sam @ PancakeWarriors

    Can’t wait to try this for my boyfriend. We have been meaning to make him chicken in the crockpot!! Thank you for sharing!!

    4-02-15 at 11:27 am
  • Reply Lynne Childress

    This looks SO good, and I don’t even eat chicken! I will make this for my son and husband!

    4-02-15 at 11:58 am
  • Reply JoAnn

    Yum!! I love Buffalo anything! We have a pizza place near us that has Buffalo Chicken pizza with a little blue cheese. It’s to die for!

    4-02-15 at 6:18 pm
    • Reply Krista

      Me too–total Buffalo fan here. We’re right outside NYC and would believe there is not good Buff Chicken pizza anywhere nearby? So annoying bc I love BCpizza!!

      4-03-15 at 9:27 pm
  • Reply Joanne T Ferguson

    Looks delicious Krista! Pinned and shared

    4-03-15 at 2:08 am
    • Reply Krista

      Thanks so much Joanne!

      4-03-15 at 9:26 pm
  • Reply Marina

    Looks really tasty. Don’t have a slow cooker though.. Maybe need to rethink that 🙂

    4-03-15 at 3:57 am
  • Reply Julie

    Can’t wait to try this. I make a similar recipe with just chicken broth and taco seasoning, but I think this would be a delicious alternative. Thanks!

    4-03-15 at 11:24 am
    • Reply Krista

      Oh that sounds great!! Is there a link or did you make up the recipe yourself? I’d love to try it.

      4-03-15 at 9:26 pm
  • Reply Kimberly

    This sounds perfect for all our upcoming T ball nights!

    4-03-15 at 7:13 pm
  • Reply Rachée

    Oh my stars does this looks good! Simple to make and only a few ingredients. I’m adding this to my meal plan.

    4-03-15 at 8:44 pm
  • Reply Shirley Martinez

    I definitely want to try this. It looks so good and the fact that i can set it and forget it is even better. Many of my spring and summer recipes are cool things such as ice cream cakes and pastries and sweets!

    4-03-15 at 8:56 pm
  • Reply sue parke

    This looks awesome! I am definitely going to give it a try!

    4-04-15 at 3:29 am
  • Reply Alyssa from The Sparkly Life

    OMG–these looks absolutely delicious!! I’m trying not to eat bread…but this is seriously tempting me!

    4-04-15 at 7:09 am
  • Reply Holly Marie

    Ohh, I definitely want to try Frank’s Hot Sauce now… YUM! Those are a family favorite and I am definitely going to try spicing it up a bit!

    4-06-15 at 12:30 am
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  • Reply Tammy @ creativekkids

    My husband would love these! Thanks for linking up to Creative K Kid’s Tasty Tuesdays Linky Party. I’ve pinned your post to the Tasty Tuesday’s Pinterest board.

    4-21-15 at 12:47 am
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  • Reply Munchkintime

    This sandwich looks amazingly delicious, thank you so much for sharing!

    4-11-16 at 9:03 am
  • Reply Susan Bruno

    I am going to try this Thursday night as we have lots of after school activities and we will have something ready when we get back! Looks delicious – my husband and 2 daughters will love it! Going to use blue cheese on top, lots of hot sauce and same rolls if I can find them.

    4-12-16 at 12:03 pm
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