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Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches

These delicious Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches have so much flavor and you only need four simple ingredients! It's perfect served year-round and the slow cooker makes the chicken so tender and easy to shred.

Buffalo Chicken Sandwich served on white plate on top of wooden platter.

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This is one of the easiest meals you can make in the slow cooker! 

Why You Will Love This Recipe

  • Delicious - Tender, juicy and flavorful buffalo shredded chicken.
  • Simple - All you need is four simple ingredients. Dinner doesn't have to be complicated!
  • Easy Prep - Minimal prep time and then the slow cooker does the cooking for you.
  • Versatile - So many different ways to serve the buffalo chicken.

If you like buffalo wings but need something easier to feed a crowd this delicious recipe is the perfect choice. Shredded buffalo chicken sandwiches are always requested during football season. It's great to serve on game day with a tray of vegetables and chips. Simple but delicious and everyone loves it.

Recipe Notes and Tips

In this recipe I use Sweet Baby Ray's Mild Buffalo sauce. You could also use 12 ounces of Frank's red hot sauce and five tablespoons of butter if you prefer a spicier sauce or Frank’s Wing Sauce.

For a creamier sauce you could mix in some sour cream or cream cheese right before serving.

Most common dressings to serve with these sandwiches are ranch dressing or blue cheese dressing. Cheese options that go well with it include blue cheese crumbles, Monterey jack or pepper jack.

Buffalo Chicken Sandwich on white plate next to blue and white napkin.

Ingredients

See printable recipe card below for all ingredients, specific measurements, and complete instructions.

  • Chicken - Boneless skinless chicken breasts work best for easy shredding. You could also use boneless thighs or chicken tenderloins.
  • Buffalo Sauce - Use your favorite mild or spicy buffalo sauce. I used Sweet Baby Ray’s mild buffalo sauce.
  • Ranch Seasoning Mix - You can use homemade ranch seasoning or store bought.
  • Buns - Hamburger buns, brioche buns or hoagie rolls.

How To Make Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken

  1. To make clean up easy, lightly spray the bowl of the slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray and then add the chicken.
  2. Sprinkle the ranch seasoning over the top.
  3. Pour the entire bottle of buffalo sauce over the top, making sure all the chicken is covered.
  4. Place the lid on the slow cooker and set to cook on low for four to five hours or high for three hours.
  5. When it is cooked through (once chicken reaches internal temperature of 165°F per USDA), remove it from the slow cooker and shred chicken with two forks. Return the shredded chicken to the slow cooker and stir it into the sauce.
  6. Continue cooking the meat for 15 to 20 minutes on high before serving.
  7. Serve on hamburger buns or hoagie rolls and top with your choice of dressing. Ranch dressing and blue cheese dressing are two great options.
Shredded Buffalo Chicken in slow cooker with serving spoon.

How To Store

Store any leftover buffalo chicken in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Ways To Serve Buffalo Chicken

Buffalo chicken is one of those versatile recipes that you can serve many different ways.

  • Serve on hamburger buns, hoagie rolls or slider buns.
  • Use it to make loaded buffalo chicken baked potatoes.
  • Serve it over a plate of nachos or loaded French fries.
  • Use it to make lettuce wraps, tacos or quesadillas.
  • Make a buffalo chicken pizza with it. So good!
  • Use it to make buffalo chicken dip.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do You Know When Chicken Is Done in Slow Cooker?

I follow the USDA guidelines that state chicken is done when internal temperature has reached 165°F when a food thermometer is placed in the thickest part of the chicken breast. 

What Is Good With Buffalo Chicken?

There are lots of side dishes that pair well with Buffalo Chicken. You can keep it simple and serve with just a vegetable tray and dressing. A few other options include; Bacon Ranch Coleslaw, Old Fashioned Potato Salad or Corn On The Cob.

Is It Better To Cook Chicken On High Or Low In Slow Cooker?

I recommend cooking chicken breasts on low to prevent them from drying out. If you need to cook them on high, remove them once they reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees F so they are not over-cooked.

Can I Use Frozen Chicken In Slow Cooker?

No. You should always thaw chicken before putting it into a crock pot or slow cooker. It's best to thaw the chicken in the refrigerator before adding to the slow cooker. Read more on Slow Cookers and Food Safety here.

Shredded Buffalo Chicken Sandwich on white plate.

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Buffalo Chicken Sandwich served on white plate on top of wooden platter.

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches

Author: Judy Wilson
These delicious Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches have so much flavor and you only need four simple ingredients! It's perfect served year-round and the slow cooker makes the chicken so tender and easy to shred.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 5 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • pounds boneless skinless chicken breast or breast tenderloins
  • 1 bottle Buffalo sauce (I used Sweet Baby Ray’s Mild Buffalo sauce)
  • ½ packet ranch seasoning mix
  • Buns for serving

Instructions
 

  • Lightly spray the bowl of the slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray and then add the chicken.
  • Sprinkle the ranch seasoning over the top.
  • Pour the entire bottle of buffalo sauce over the top, making sure all the chicken is covered.
  • Place the lid on the slow cooker and set to cook on low for four to five hours or high for three hours until chicken reaches internal temperature of 165°F.
  • When chicken is done remove it from the slow cooker and shred chicken with two forks. Return the shredded chicken to the slow cooker and stir it into the sauce.
  • Continue cooking the meat for 15 to 20 minutes on high before serving.
  • Serve on hamburger buns or hoagie rolls and top with your choice of dressing. Ranch dressing and blue cheese dressing are two great options.

Notes

Store any leftover buffalo chicken in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
The nutritional information provided is approximate and should only be used as a general guideline. It is an estimate that will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
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