Slightly spicy and oh-so delicious, this 5-ingredient slow cooker buffalo chicken is the ultimate in easy crock pot recipes. It’s an easy, flavor-packed recipe that can be used in so many different ways! Plus, minimal prep, minimal ingredients, and minimal effort you’ll save time without sacrificing flavor.

Overhead shot of shredded chicken and a serving fork in a slow cooker. The slow cooker is surrounded by honey, buffalo sauce, lime, and a tea towel.

Visual Guide: How to Make Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken

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Testing Notes from Robyn

As a time-saving habits expert, slow cooker shredded chicken recipes make a regular occurrence at our house because they’re just so darn simple and versatile (like this slow cooker BBQ pulled chicken and cilantro lime chicken), making getting a nourishing, filling and delicious meal on the table almost effortless.

It’s a basic concept – chicken breasts or thighs in the crockpot with a simple, yet flavorful sauce that takes the chicken to the next level. Once it’s done cooking, shred the chicken and then you have endless options for dinners and lunches throughout the week!

The sauce for this particular version is very similar to my buffalo chicken marinade, but I simplified it even more to just 5 ingredients, and used butter instead of oil for an authentic and richer flavor (but feel free to use vegan butter for a dairy-free version). However, if you happen to have some of my buffalo chicken marinade on hand, feel free to use that instead, as it works really well with this recipe.

Note that a lot of shredded buffalo chicken recipes call for a ranch seasoning packet, but I left it out because I didn’t feel the recipe needed it and I wanted to keep the ingredient list as simple as possible.

If you don’t have slow cooker chicken on your menu every week, this is your sign to start, and begin with this delicious buffalo chicken that can be used in so many different ways! It will become a family favorite for sure.

Overhead shot of the ingredients for buffalo sauce in a glass bowl.

Ideas for Using Crockpot Buffalo Chicken

Just like my easy slow cooker greek chicken, I love that this recipe makes a lot of leftovers that can be used in tons of ways. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Pile shredded buffalo chicken on a bun with purple cabbage slaw and blue cheese crumbles for the ultimate pulled buffalo chicken sandwich.
  • Stuff into sweet potatoes and add your favorite toppings like this buffalo chicken & sweet potatoes recipe.
  • Make buffalo chicken nachos with tortilla chips, shredded cheese, buffalo chicken, and green onions.
  • Add on top of greens and chopped fresh veggies for a buffalo chicken salad. Top with your favorite creamy dressing.
  • Make a rice bowl with your choice of rice, fresh veggies, and whatever your heart desires.

How to Adjust the Spice

This dish is spicy due to the red hot sauce. However, because you cook half the sauce with the chicken and add the other half after cooking, not only do you get a fresher tasting sauce, but the cooking also cooks out some of the spice. If you want less spice, either skip or reduce the amount of sauce added at the end.

Angles shot of a slow cooker with shredded chicken.

Make Ahead Tips

Not only is this an easy recipe to assemble, but it’s so easy to double, meal prep, and freeze. Save yourself time later by doubling the ingredients and follow the recipe cooking instructions. After cooking, serve half the recipe now and freeze half for another week.

This shredded buffalo chicken keeps in the refrigerator well in a sealed container for up to 3-4 days, making it perfect for easy dinners and lunches throughout the week.

It also freezes beautifully, either in a gallon ziplock bag, or individually in mason jars. You can store it in a sealed freezer friendly container for up to 2-3 months.

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Overhead shot of raw chicken breast with buffalo sauce in a slow cooker.
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Effortless Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken (5-Ingredients!)

Slightly spicy and oh-so delicious, this easy 5-ingredient slow cooker buffalo chicken is the ultimate weeknight crock pot recipe. It’s an easy, flavor-packed recipe that can be used in so many different ways!

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons melted butter
  • ½  cup cayenne pepper sauce, such as Frank’s red hot sauce
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • ½  teaspoon granulated garlic powder
  • ½  teaspoon onion powder
  • ½  teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 pounds chicken breasts, or thighs

Optional Serving Suggestions

Equipment

Instructions 

  • Whisk the butter, hot sauce, honey, lime juice, garlic powder, and salt together in a medium bowl until well combined.
  • Set aside half (just over ¼ cup) of the sauce.
  • Add the chicken to a 6-quart slow cooker. Pour the remaining sauce (just over ¼ cup) over the chicken, tossing to coat evenly. 
  • Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours, or low for 5-6, or until the chicken is cooked through and shreds easily with a fork.
  • Carefully remove the chicken to a cutting board. Shred or cut into bite-sized pieces. Add back to the slow cooker along with the remaining sauce, tossing to coat. 
  • Serve as is, in buns, or over rice.

Notes

See blog post, above, for servings suggestions, storage, and more. 

Nutrition Information:

Serving: 1 (of 6), Calories: 241kcal, Carbohydrates: 0.3g, Protein: 32g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Trans Fat: 0.3g, Cholesterol: 117mg, Sodium: 1043mg, Potassium: 566mg, Fiber: 0.05g, Sugar: 0.02g, Vitamin A: 279IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 11mg, Iron: 1mg
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