Slow-Cooker Spicy Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches

Here is a great slow cooker recipe if you like a little spice!

The chicken had the great buffalo flavor and was super tender.

Instead of sandwiches, I served the shredded buffalo chicken over a simple green salad with tomatoes and avocado.  I don’t care for blue cheese dressing but Tim thought it added a nice complement to the chicken.

Note that there is about 15 minutes of prep time before you can set it and forget it.  But there is nothing like coming home from work to dinner already prepared!

Slow-Cooker Spicy Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches
From “Everyday Food® magazine”

Variation: You can also use the chicken filling in tacos or in a salad with blue cheese dressing.

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
Coarse salt and ground pepper
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
1 medium yellow onion, diced small
3 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
1 medium red bell pepper, seeded and diced small
1 can (14.5 ounces) crushed tomatoes
1/4 cup hot-pepper sauce, such as Frank’s
3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons yellow mustard
1 tablespoon unsulfured molasses
8 hamburger buns

In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high. Add chicken thighs, season with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring once, until meat is golden brown, 5 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer to a slow cooker, leaving as much oil behind as possible. Repeat with chicken breasts.

To skillet, add onion, garlic, and bell pepper and cook over medium, stirring constantly, until onion is translucent, 6 minutes. Add 1/4 cup water and cook, stirring and scraping up browned bits from skillet, 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and transfer to slow cooker.

To slow cooker, add crushed tomatoes, hot-pepper sauce, Worcestershire, mustard, and molasses; stir to combine. Cover and cook on high until chicken is very tender, 4 hours. Shred chicken and season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve on buns.

Cook’s Note: Use a potato masher to shred the cooked chicken in the slow cooker. Or, transfer chicken to a large plate, pull apart with 2 forks, then return to sauce.

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