Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken

This 2-Ingredient Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken comes together in a few minutes and can be used in so many ways. Perfect for sliders, nachos, tacos, salads, and more! With its spicy and creamy flavor, it's certain to be a crowd-pleaser.

slow cooker buffalo chicken sliders

You are going to fall in love with this simple recipe for Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken. With only two ingredients and virtually no prep, it’s perfect for those days when you don’t feel like spending all day cooking.

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In this post, I’ll go over the ingredients you’ll need, as well as answer some questions you may have about making buffalo chicken in the slow cooker. I will also give you some ideas on how to use the shredded buffalo chicken. Spoiler alert… serve it up as sliders, over rice, or with a side of mashed potatoes for maximum yumminess. You are going to LOVE this recipe, so let’s get to it!

Table of Contents
  1. Ingredients
  2. How To Make Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken
  3. Recipe Substitutions
  4. Shopping List
  5. Common Questions
  6. Recipe Card
a bottle of primal kitchen buffalo sauce

Ingredients for Buffalo Chicken

This Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken recipe is as easy as they come! You only need two ingredients for this one. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Boneless, skinless chicken breasts: I like using boneless chicken breasts that are organic, which means they are fed with non-GMO feed. I prefer regular-sized breasts and not those ginormous ones you find in some places. This ensures more even cooking.
  • Buffalo sauce: For this particular recipe, I recommend using Primal Kitchen No Dairy Buffalo Sauce (Get 10% Off By Using Code: ONEHAPPYHOUSEWIFE). It’s made with avocado oil, and only a few other wholesome ingredients. It is the creamiest most delicious buffalo sauce! My entire family loves it, and it stands on its own, without having to add any other seasonings or ingredients like butter.

How To Make Buffalo Chicken In The Slow Cooker

You’re about to make an easy and delicious meal for your family. In just a few simple steps, you will have a dish full of tender and flavorful shredded buffalo chicken ready for dinner. And everyone will love it! I’ll provide all the information you need to make this dish successfully. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Gather The Ingredients

To make slow cooker buffalo chicken, you will need to gather the following ingredients:

  • Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts: 5 to 6 breasts, fully thawed
  • Primal Kitchen Buffalo Sauce: One 16.5-ounce bottle or two 8.5-ounce bottles

Step 2: Add The Chicken & Buffalo Sauce To The Slow Cooker

Lay the chicken breasts in the bottom of the slow cooker and pour the buffalo sauce over them, covering them entirely in the sauce.

Step 3: Cook The Chicken

Place the lid on the slow cooker and set it to cook on ‘High’ for 4 hours.

Step 4: Shred The Chicken

Once the cooking has completed, open the slow cooker and shred the chicken using a pair of forks.

Step 5: Enjoy Your Buffalo Chicken

Enjoy your buffalo chicken on slider buns, tortillas, over a bed of rice, or however you prefer. There are a ton of different options for enjoying this tasty shredded chicken.

Substitutions and Additions for This Recipe

If you have questions about substituting or adding ingredients to my recipes, please read below. I have answered some questions I think you may have. If you have any others, please leave them in the comments section at the bottom of this post.

can I use boneless chicken thighs?

You can use boneless thighs instead of breasts in this recipe. My family prefers white meat for most recipes, but this is an easy substitution that won’t affect the recipe negatively.

can I use another buffalo sauce?

You can definitely use your favorite buffalo sauce instead of the one I suggested. I do insist that you try the Primal Kitchen one though. Don’t let the fact that it’s ‘No Dairy’ keep you from trying it. It is incredibly flavorful, super creamy, and contains only a few wholesome ingredients. You won’t be disappointed!

can I add ranch seasoning?

You can add a packet of ranch seasoning mix to this recipe if you’d like. I recommend trying it as is first, but if you must, then go for it. What we like to do, is add ranch sauce to individual sliders before eating them.

can I use frozen chicken breasts?

I highly recommend thawing your frozen chicken breasts the night before or using fresh chicken for this recipe. The USDA recommends against using frozen chicken in a slow cooker.

scooping up a large spoonful of shredded buffalo chicken from the slow cooker
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Common Questions About Making Buffalo Chicken

how do I store shredded buffalo chicken?

You can store your cooked and shredded buffalo chicken in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. You can also freeze the shredded chicken for later use.

how do I reheat the chicken?

The easiest way to reheat this shredded chicken is in the microwave. Place the amount you need on a microwave-safe plate or container and heat it up for 30 seconds to a minute and a half, depending on how much chicken you need.

what does buffalo chicken taste like?

If you have never tried buffalo chicken or buffalo sauce for that matter, you’re in for a treat! Buffalo sauce is spicy, tangy, and delicious! It has cayenne peppers for a nice kick. You can tone down the spiciness by topping it with ranch dressing, blue cheese dressing, or even blue cheese crumbles. If blue cheese is not your cup of tea, you can use crumbled feta.

how to use shredded buffalo chicken

There are so many possibilities with this recipe! Here are a few of my favorite ways to enjoy this Buffalo Chicken:

  • Sliders
  • Nachos
  • Salad
  • Pizza
  • Over rice or mashed potatoes
using tongs to place buffalo chicken on a slider bun

IT’S YOUR TURN TO MAKE THIS slow cooker buffalo chicken!

Did you make this Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken? I truly believe that this is the best Buffalo Chicken recipe out there, and I know you will absolutely love it! Let me know in the comments section below when you make this recipe and how much you enjoyed it.

5-Star Rating: If you loved your Buffalo Chicken, I’d appreciate it if you could give this recipe a 5-star rating to show how much you loved it.


Looking for more easy recipes similar to this one? Here are some that I know you’ll love:

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Tender Shredded Chicken In A Tangy Buffalo Sauce

4.67 from 3 votes
Cooking Method(s)
  • Slow Cooking
Heat SettingHigh
Prep Time
3 minutes
Cook Time
4 hours
Total Time
Recipe by: Valerie Cooper
This combination of tender and juicy shredded chicken smothered in creamy buffalo sauce is irresistible. The best part is that it’s so easy to make in the slow cooker. This recipe is perfect for busy families who want a delicious meal without spending hours in the kitchen.
slow cooker buffalo chicken sliders

Essential Equipment

  • Breezy Blossom Slow Cooker



  • Place chicken breasts in slow cooker.
    six chicken breasts in the slow cooker
  • Cover chicken entirely with buffalo sauce.
    pouring buffalo sauce over chicken breasts in the slow cooker
  • Set the slow cooker to cook on ‘High’ for 4 hours.
    setting a slow cooker to cook on high
  • Shred and mix.
    shredding buffalo chicken in the slow cooker
  • Serve on slider buns, tortillas, over rice, or however you like. Enjoy!
    adding shredded buffalo chicken to a slider bun

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 81kcal | Protein: 10g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 32mg | Potassium: 104mg | Vitamin A: 39IU | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg

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6 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken”

  1. Hi Valerie! Was thinking of making this for a group … have a couple questions. Would you say 5-6 breasts is 2 pounds, and would you say the quality is better freshly made served same day, than frozen, thawed, and reheated? Thanks so much!

    1. Hi Heidi! I would say about 4 chicken breasts is 2 pounds. I would definitely make it the day of, pop it in the oven before the group gets there and it’ll be nice and warm and ready to enjoy! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Lorens Jimenez-Estevez

    Hi Valerie! Thank you for the delicacies! I was wondering if you think this recipe will work using the slow cooker setting of an instant pot. I don’t have a crock pot. Thank you in advance!

    1. Hi Lorens! I’ve heard of people complaining the slow cooker function doesn’t work well, or takes longer than it should. That being said, it’s worth a try! I would recommend setting your time, keeping an eye on the chicken, and making sure to take the temperature with a thermometer to ensure it’s fully cooked! Let me know how it goes. Thanks for stopping by!

      1. Lorens Jimenez-Estevez

        Thank you for always responding Val! And boy o boy I just saw those chocolate chip Macaroons you posted, I can’t wait to try them!

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