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

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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 and completely crave-worthy.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Diet Gluten Free, Low Lactose
Keyword buffalo chicken sweet potatoes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 5 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 275



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


  • 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.


  • *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.


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