A crock pot makes this lightened up buffalo chicken easy to prepare and full of flavor. Perfect for game day or any day you need to feed a crowd!
Homemade buffalo chicken
When football season rolls in, we start to get a hankering for buffalo wings. But, as I started looking up recipes for homemade buffalo wings, what I found made me think, “Really. Are you sure?”
Now, I knew that buffalo wings could probably never even attempt to pose as a healthy food, but so many of the recipes I found called for a sauce that was half butter and half hot sauce.
Simple, yes. But a real shock to the system. (Kind of like when you first learn that frosting is just butter and powdered sugar.) It doesn’t make you want to dive right into that next mile-high frosted cupcake. Not at all.
But, we took it as a challenge. Do you need the butter to have good buffalo chicken? We were going to find out.
Lightened up buffalo chicken in the crock pot
The answer, we found, (with a sigh of relief) is NO.
By combining tomato paste, a little molasses, some spices, and a quick homemade hot sauce, we were able to come home to a pot full of fall-apart chicken that gave just the buffalo kick we were looking for.
Blue cheese was the perfect complement to the chicken, and it has such intense flavor that just a little really goes a long way.
We did make a pretty good size pot of shredded buffalo chicken in our slow cooker, which is perfect for a crowd!
Lightened Up Buffalo Chicken in the Slow Cooker
- 3 lbs chicken breast *
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 (6 oz) can tomato paste
- 2 Tbsp white vinegar
- ¾ c hot sauce
- 4 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 Tbsp molasses
- 1 ½ tsp paprika
- Tabasco sauce (to taste)
- Place chicken and onions in a 4 quart or larger slow cooker.
- Mix together remaining ingredients (except Tabasco) and pour over chicken.
- Let cook on low for 4-6 hours or on high for 2-3 hours.
- Remove chicken to a plate and shred with two forks.
- Return shredded chicken to the crock pot and continue to cook on low for an hour. (If there is too much liquid, cook uncovered. Add additional hot sauce if there is too little liquid.)
- Just before serving, add Tobasco sauce to your desired heat level.
- Serve over buns with blue cheese or ranch.