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Healthy Buffalo Chicken

This is the best 3-ingredient healthy buffalo chicken! To make this easy and delicious recipe, you only need 3 ingredients and a slow cooker.

This is the healthy buffalo chicken in a wrap. There is a bowl of healthy buffalo chicken in a bowl and then a hand holding up a wrap with it inside of it.

Healthy buffalo chicken

This healthy buffalo chicken is one of our meal-prep staples. It's so easy to make and lasts for several meals! To make this recipe, you only need to 3 ingredients and a slow cooker. This healthy buffalo chicken is tangy, spicy, and can be enjoyed in so many ways. My favorite ways to use it are on wraps, with crackers, and even on top of a veggie bowl.

This is a bowl of the healthy buffalo chicken. The chicken is shredded, orange, and sitting in buffalo sauce.

What ingredients do I need?

This recipe is so easy because you only need 3 ingredients! It's as easy as combining everything together and letting the slow cooker do the work.

  • Chicken breast - This recipe calls for 2 lbs of chicken breast (or about 3 large ones). I've used raw and frozen chicken for this recipe and both work.
  • Frank's Buffalo Sauce - My personal favorite buffalo sauce is Frank's, which is what I recommend for this recipe! It's so tangy, spicy, and delicious.
  • Ranch seasoning packet - You can find ranch seasoning in packets or bottles, depending on the grocery store. You don't need to mix it with a liquid, just add it straight to the slow cooker.
  • Salt and pepper - Just a sprinkle of these can go into your slow cooker while it cooks.
These are the ingredients for healthy buffalo chicken. There is a plate with 3 large frozen chicken breasts, a small bowl of buffalo sauce, and a small bowl of ranch seasoning.

Can I make substitutions to this recipe?

I usually stick to the recipe, but there are some substitutions you can make based on dietary preferences and what you have available in your fridge.

  • Chicken breast - Raw or frozen chicken will work for this recipe. Instead of chicken breast, you can try pork tenderloin or chicken thighs.
  • Frank's Buffalo Sauce - My personal favorite buffalo sauce is Frank's, which is what I recommend for this recipe! You could use a different buffalo sauce too.
  • Ranch seasoning - You can try ranch dressing instead of a ranch seasoning packet.

What equipment do I need for this recipe?

The only equipment you need for this recipe is a slow cooker. All you need to do is dump everything into a slow cooker and let it cook!

Tips for this recipe

  • To make this creamier: Stir in cream cheese, sour cream, or greek yogurt at the end of the cooking time
  • For a sweeter sauce: Add in a little honey, maple syrup, or BBQ sauce to the sauce
  • To make this spicier: Add in some spices or additional hot sauce
  • Instead of chicken: Try this same recipe with chicken tenderloin, pork tenderloin, chicken thighs, or even tuna
  • To garnish: Add some green onions, greek yogurt, or cheese!
  • To shred the chicken: Use two forks or use the hook attachment on a Kitchen Aid Standing Mixer.

What is the process?

  • Place chicken breast into slow cooker.
  • Mix the sauce ingredients together (buffalo sauce and ranch seasoning). Add any extra ingredients you would like to the sauce.
  • Pour the sauce over chicken into the slow cooker.
  • Cook on high 3-4 hours.
  • Remove the chicken from the sauce and shred.
  • Add the shredded chicken back to the sauce.
This is a slow cooker with all of the ingredients for the healthy buffalo chicken in it. There are the two large chicken breasts topped with the buffalo sauce and sprinkled with ranch seasoning.

How should I eat this?

This healthy buffalo chicken is so versatile! Here are some ideas of what you can make with it:

  • Wraps
  • Nachos
  • Salads
  • Quesadillas
  • Bowls
  • Crackers
  • Sandwiches
This is the healthy buffalo chicken made 4 ways. There is a bowl of the healthy buffalo chicken in the top left corner, a bowl of crackers next to it, a wrap, and chicken with sweet potatoes. These are all in a square.

How do I store this?

Any leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for 4-5 days. The great thing about this healthy buffalo chicken salad is that since you can heat it up and serve it several ways throughout the week.

Looking for something similar?

If you love buffalo chicken, try my Healthy Buffalo Chicken Dip! Are you looking for more slow cooker chicken recipes? Try this Honey Sriracha Chicken. If BBQ is more your thing, I would recommend these BBQ Chicken Nachos.

Can I have the recipe?

If you try this recipe and love it, please rate it and me know your thoughts! I hope you enjoy this buffalo chicken as much as I do.

This is a pinterest pin for healthy buffalo chicken. The healthy buffalo chicken is in a glass bowl and is shredded and orange. You can also see this buffalo chicken in a wrap with veggies.
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5 from 3 votes

Healthy Buffalo Chicken

This is the best 3-ingredient healthy buffalo chicken! To make this easy and delicious recipe, you only need 3 ingredients and a slow cooker.
Prep Time3 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: buffalo chicken dip, buffalo chicken wrap, healthy buffalo chicken, healthy dinner, slow cooker
Servings: 6
Calories: 173kcal
Author: Jordan Smith

Equipment

  • Slow Cooker

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs chicken breast about 3 large
  • ½ cup Frank's Buffalo Sauce
  • ½ ranch seasoning packet about 3 tbsp
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Place chicken breast into slow cooker.
  • Mix the sauce ingredients together (buffalo sauce and ranch seasoning).
  • Pour the sauce over chicken into the slow cooker.
  • Cook on high 3-4 hours.
  • Remove the chicken from the sauce and shred.
  • Add the shredded chicken back to the sauce.

Notes

  • To make this creamier: Stir in cream cheese, sour cream, or greek yogurt at the end of the cooking time
  • To make this sweeter: Add in a little honey, maple syrup, or BBQ sauce to the sauce
  • To make this spicier: Add in some spices or additional hot sauce
  • Instead of chicken: Try this same recipe with chicken tenderloin, pork tenderloin, chicken thighs, or even tuna
  • To garnish: Add some green onions, greek yogurt, or cheese!
  • To shred the chicken: Use two forks or use the hook attachment on a Kitchen Aid Standing Mixer.

Nutrition

Calories: 173kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 97mg | Sodium: 795mg | Potassium: 559mg | Vitamin A: 45IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg
Recipe Rating




Sydney I.

Monday 18th of January 2021

PERFECT for meal prep! I am pretty new to meal prepping and this recipe was exactly what I was looking for. Super easy, no fuss, and makes my protein for the week a super fun, flavorful addition to wraps and salads. This will be a go-to recipe for me from now on!