Slow-Cooker Spicy Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches

I am so excited to share this recipe with you! My mom sent me this recipe that she found in the newspaper, saying that both she and my dad had really liked it. Of course, with that glowing review, I had to try it at the next available opportunity. Mike and I aren’t usually huge buffalo chicken fans, but this recipe may have totally changed that. We absolutely loved these sandwiches and the leftovers only got better!

The recipe itself is fairly easy, and the crockpot does most of the work. The meat on its own is pretty spicy, but when combined with the bread and cheese for a sandwich, it was perfect for us. Mike went on and on about how good these were, and is already asking for them again. These were great as sandwiches, but I also think the meat would make a great taco filling, especially when served with sour cream! Let me know if you give these a try, and I hope you like them as much as we did!

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Slow-Cooker Spicy Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches

Ingredients:

1 T extra virgin olive oil
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1 ½ inch pieces
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, , cut into 1 ½ inch pieces
Coarse salt and ground pepper
1 medium yellow onion, diced small
3 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
1 medium red bell pepper, seeded and diced small
14.5 oz can crushed tomatoes (diced tomatoes would work as well)
1/4 - 1/3 c hot pepper sauce, or more to taste (I used 1/4 c and it was not too hot)
3 T Worcestershire sauce
2 T yellow mustard
1 T unsulfured molasses
8 hamburger buns

Directions:

In a large skillet, heat oil over medium high heat. Add chicken thighs, season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring once, until meat is golden brown, about 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 heat, stirring constantly until onion is translucent, 6 minutes. Add ¼ 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 sauce, 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.

from Martha Stewart's Everyday Food (as seen in the Butler Eagle)

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39 Responses to “Slow-Cooker Spicy Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches”

  1. 1

    Jennifurla — February 21, 2011 @ 1:37 am

    This looks all sorts of great, my husband would kill for one..me too

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    Autumn @ Good Eats Girl — February 21, 2011 @ 2:17 am

    I'm going to have to try these! They sound amazing and I love, love, love buffalo chicken everything!! :)

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    pajamachef — February 21, 2011 @ 2:40 am

    my husband would be ALL over this recipe! i'll have to try it :)

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    Molly — February 21, 2011 @ 3:24 am

    yumm!! this would be so perfect as tacos!

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    CaSaundraLeigh — February 21, 2011 @ 1:16 pm

    I am a huge buffalo chicken fan and lately there has been so many good recipes floating around the blog world–this is another one to add to my list :-)

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    Tracey — February 21, 2011 @ 2:15 pm

    These look fantastic! I'm going to add them to our menu while I'm still in slow cooker mode :)

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    Rachel — February 21, 2011 @ 2:29 pm

    Without the tomatoes I'd be so all over that :)

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    Jenn — February 21, 2011 @ 2:55 pm

    Looks fantastic, Megan! I need to get my slow cooker out.. it's screaming at me to use it!!!

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    Paul Jennette — February 21, 2011 @ 3:23 pm

    I'm giving these a try soon! I love anything Buffalo and i have never had anything like this recipe!! Just in time for the end of the slow cooker season.

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    Eliana — February 21, 2011 @ 4:02 pm

    I have yet to convince my husband that we need to find room for a slow cooker in our kitchen. Maybe this will do the trick because it looks and sounds super delish.

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    marla — February 21, 2011 @ 4:04 pm

    Love these chicken sandwiches Megan – especially with the hot sauce!!

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    Kay Heritage — February 21, 2011 @ 4:33 pm

    Oh, this looks fantastic, Megan! Have a wonderful week,friend!

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    Lauren at KeepItSweet — February 21, 2011 @ 5:38 pm

    I love that these look delicious and easy but healthy too! Great recipe.

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    Elle — February 21, 2011 @ 8:19 pm

    Oh yes, taco filling! That would be great, too. We love buffalo chicken, so this is right up our alley. Simple, too!

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    Heather Christo — February 21, 2011 @ 10:37 pm

    My slow cooker has been sitting in a box in the basement for about a year. I think i am ready to to go get it and make these sandwiches. mmmm….

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    Justeen @ Blissful Baking — February 21, 2011 @ 10:39 pm

    Mmm the chicken sounds so flavorful!! I can't wait to try this on our taco salad sometime!

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    Happy When Not Hungry — February 22, 2011 @ 12:07 am

    Wow this looks delicious! It looks like pulled pork too. Yum!

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    Shelby — February 22, 2011 @ 12:26 am

    Amazing – I have something very similar planned for dinner tomorrow night but I found the recipe on allrecipes.com! Love this!

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    Kim — February 22, 2011 @ 1:03 am

    Questions. Why do I have the questions? Unsulfered molasses? What's the difference between those and regular molasses? Still looks wonderful. My nephew can't get enough of spicy buffalo anything. I think his mom needs this recipe too.

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    megan @ whatmegansmaking — February 22, 2011 @ 1:09 am

    Kim – Your comments make me smile :) I actually don't know what unsulfered molasses is! But the normal molasses I buy says unsulfured so I went with it :) Google might help you out better than I can.

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    Denise — February 22, 2011 @ 5:46 am

    I'm going to have to try that. And I love using my slow cooker so this is definitely a keeper.

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    Newyorkerbyheart — February 22, 2011 @ 10:24 am

    OMG, this looks sooooo good :-)

    My best,
    Birthe from Denmark

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    Cindy — February 22, 2011 @ 5:51 pm

    Love your blog–always get great ideas. Thanks.

  24. 24

    Rachel @ The Avid Appetite — February 22, 2011 @ 7:00 pm

    I love buffalo anything!!

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    Rachel @ Rachel's Recipe Reviews — February 22, 2011 @ 9:19 pm

    I have a subscription to Everyday Food, an I tore out this recipe, but I haven't made it yet. After reading your post, now I know I have to make it for sure! Sounds great.

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    Mo 'Betta — February 23, 2011 @ 2:38 am

    I heart everything Buffalo Chicken (actually had buffalo chicken pizza for dinner!). I love that it includes molasses and is made in the slow cooker!

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    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — February 23, 2011 @ 2:42 am

    Sound like a great chicken sandwich!

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    doughmesstic — February 23, 2011 @ 5:14 pm

    Yum Megan! I'm a sucker for anything Buffalo Chicken. This is good looking stuff!! The addition of molasses is right up my alley…thanks for the post!

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    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — February 24, 2011 @ 2:34 am

    Lovely! I know my hubby would love this recipe… He is the Buffalo chicken fan in our family. :)

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    Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels — February 24, 2011 @ 9:54 pm

    I love my slow cooker! My mama would love this recipe, the sandwiches look sooo good!

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    Ellen — February 26, 2011 @ 9:21 pm

    This sounds great! Printing it off to try next week because my family loves buffalo chicken (any way I can cook it)! I'm looking forward to reading more great recipes from your blog. I'm your newest follower from A Season for All Things. ~ Ellen

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    Kim — March 9, 2011 @ 1:49 am

    I made these and all 5 of us gave it the thumbs up! It's a good day when I make something everyone likes….thank you Megan. Into my favorites it goes.

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    megan @ whatmegansmaking — March 9, 2011 @ 9:52 pm

    Kim – So glad you liked these! It's in our favorites pile as well :)

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    Lana @ Never Enough Thyme — March 11, 2011 @ 12:41 am

    We really enjoy buffalo chicken here so I know this would be a big hit! We'll definitely be trying it as soon as possible.

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    Melissa — June 20, 2011 @ 11:39 pm

    Hi there! I used Frank's Red Hot Sauce Buffalo flavor, used 1/3 cu. I don't have much tolerance for spicy, and it wasn't spicy at all! I also used provolone cheese on top. :o )

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    megan @ whatmegansmaking — June 22, 2011 @ 1:51 pm

    Melissa – Thanks for the feedback! Glad you liked it :)

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