This Buffalo chicken sweet potato recipe cooks completely in the slow cooker as a one-pot meal, requires no chopping, only 5-minutes of prep, and just 5 simple ingredients. It’s packed with protein (34 grams per serving!) and completely crave-worthy. Trust me, you’re gonna want to make this slow cooker buffalo chicken sweet potatoes on repeat.

Overhead shot of a sweet potato stuffed with shredded chicken drizzled with Buffalo sauce.

5 star review

“I’ve made this recipe on a regular basis for the last 9 months! Such a tasty, simple and healthy dish. Thank you for the wonderful recipe!”

– Valerie

Robyn’s Notes

Raise you hand if you’re a Buffalo chicken fan. Is your hand up? Mine too. That spicy, vinegary tang hits the spot every time, and the combo can take regular, everyday chicken and elevate it to something really special.

The traditional recipe, though, is really better reserved for bar-fare or game day. Not so this version. This version has all the traditional favor you expect, but made healthy with a just a touch of butter for richness, and stuffed inside a luscious, tender sweet potato that perfectly balances the spiciness of the hot sauce.

And the entire meal (potatoes included) can be prepared in the slow cooker. Boom. Mic drop.

This one took more time to perfect than I’d like to admit (let’s just say we’ve eating a lot of Buffalo chicken in the past few months) but in the end I think it’s worth it.

Especially the part about the sweet potatoes cooking right alongside the chicken. Love that.

Tip

If you just want an easy recipe for Buffalo chicken, check out this ultra-simple recipe for Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken.

Overhead shot of chicken and sweet potatoes in a slow cooker with Buffalo sauce.
Overhead shot of a sweet potato stuffed with shredded chicken drizzled with Buffalo sauce.

Tips for Success

Hot Sauce: look for a red hot sauce like Frank’s Red hot that’s just cayenne pepper, vinegar, and salt NOT “Buffalo Sauce” with other ingredients for this recipe.

Make it Dairy Free: Use coconut oil or vegan butter in place of butter, and avocado mayo in place of yogurt.

Cook Time: All slow cookers are different. You may need to adjust the time up or down depending on your particular unit.

Adjusting Spice: Most of the spice cooks out of the red hot sauce during the cooking process, making it palatable to those sensitive to heat, however, if you like it spicy, add more hot sauce at the end!

This Recipe Is . . .

5 stars (40 ratings)

Healthy Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Sweet Potatoes (5-Ingredients!)

This Buffalo chicken sweet potato recipe cooks completely in the slow cooker as a one-pot meal, requires no chopping, only 5-minutes of prep, and just 5 simple ingredients. It's packed with protein (27 grams per serving!) and completely crave-worthy.

Ingredients

For the Chicken and Sweet Potatoes

  • ½ cup red hot sauce, such as Frank's Red Hot
  • 1 tablespoon butter*
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs
  • 4 small whole scrubbed sweet potatoes

Optional White Sauce

  • ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt*
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon chopped chives or green onion

Equipment

Instructions 

  • Place the chicken in a 6-quart slow cooker. Drizzle with ¼ cup of the hot sauce, tossing to coat. Dot chicken with 1 tablespoon butter.
  • Rub 1 teaspoon melted butter onto the skin of the sweet potatoes.
  • Arrange the sweet potatoes evenly on top of the chicken.
  • Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6, or until the chicken is cooked through and the sweet potatoes are tender.

Make the Optional White Sauce

  • While the chicken and sweet potatoes cook, make the sauce by whisking together the yogurt, lime juice and salt.

To Finish

  • Carefully remove the potatoes from the slow cooker–they will be very soft so you may need to use tongs and a spatula–and set aside.
  • Remove the chicken and shred with two forks. Return the chicken to the slow cooker, stirring together with any accumulated juice. Pour in the remaining ¼ cup hot sauce, stirring to combine.
  • Slice the sweet potatoes lengthwise, top with the shredded chicken and accumulated juices. Top with white sauce if using, and serve.

Notes

  • *For Whole30 and Paleo: use coconut oil or vegan butter in place of butter, and avocado mayo in place of yogurt.
  • Hot Sauce Recommendation: Look for a red hot sauce like Frank’s Red hot that’s just cayenne pepper, vinegar, and salt NOT “Buffalo Sauce” with other ingredients for this recipe.
  • Make it Dairy-Free: Use coconut oil or vegan butter in place of butter, and avocado mayo in place of yogurt.
  • Cooking Time: All slow cookers are different. You may need to adjust the time up or down depending on your particular unit.
  • Spiciness: A lot of the spice cooks out of the red hot sauce during the cooking process, making it palatable to those sensitive to heat, however, if you like it spicy, add more hot sauce at the end!
  • Nutrition information calculated for 6 servings, with chicken breast and fat free Greek yogurt.

Nutrition Information:

Serving: 1 (of 6), Calories: 275kcal, Carbohydrates: 18g, Protein: 34g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 104mg, Sodium: 737mg, Potassium: 870mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 12430IU, Vitamin C: 5mg, Calcium: 45mg, Iron: 1mg
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