I’ve been making this crock pot buffalo chicken for the past 12 years and it is always one of my kids favorites. The buffalo sauce just a hint of spice, which is what we all like. And if you don’t know my secret for crockpot shredded chicken, scroll on down to learn how to save yourself a TON of time!
Is It OK to Put Raw Chicken in Slow Cooker?
Absolutely, as long as you start that slow cooker right away, it is perfectly safe. If you want to wait to start up the slow cooker, combine the ingredients inside the crockpot insert, then place it in the fridge until you are ready to cook it.
How Long Should You Cook Chicken in the Crockpot?
The answer depends on the type of chicken you are using:
- Thawed boneless chicken breasts will need about 4 hours on high.
- Frozen boneless chicken breasts will need about 6 hours on high.
- Thawed bone-in chicken breasts will need about 5 hours on high.
- Thawed boneless chicken thighs will need about 3 hours on high.
- Add 2-3 hours to the times listed above for cooking on low.
Is It Better to Cook Chicken on High or Low in Crockpot?
It depends on what your end goal is. If you are looking for something quick because time is short, then go for high. If you have the time however, always cook your chicken on low so it doesn’t dry out and get tough. It only takes a couple extra hours and makes a big difference.
Crock Pot Buffalo Chicken VIDEO
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Shredded buffalo chicken sandwiches are an easy weeknight dinner recipe because they cook in the crockpot all day while you are at work!
5 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs
1 cup of Franks Red Hot BuffaloWing sauce
- 1 ounce package dry ranch dressing mix
- optional toppings: blue cheese, ranch dressing
Cook: Put chicken into your crock pot and dump on the sauce and ranch mix. Stir. Cook on low for 6 hours until chicken is cooked through and falls apart.
Shred: Remove the cooked chicken from the crock pot and allow it to cool slightly. Reserve the cooking liquid. Using two forks, shred the meat and place into a large bowl. Once the chicken is completely shredded, ladle on enough of the cooking liquid so the meat is very moist after you stir it all together.
Serve: We like to top ours with ranch dressing, blue cheese, and some extra wing sauce from the bottle.
If you don’t have 6 hours, you can increase the temperature to high and it will be done in 4 hours but it will be a bit dryer and tougher.
**Freezer options: You can combine the uncooked ingredients all together in bag and freeze until ready to use. When ready to cook, place in your slow cooker for 8 hours on high. You can also freeze the cooked meat and then thaw and reheat to prepare.
- Serving Size: 4 oz
- Calories: 114
- Sugar: 0 g
- Sodium: 499 mg
- Fat: 1 g
- Saturated Fat: 0 g
- Unsaturated Fat: 0 g
- Trans Fat: 0 g
- Carbohydrates: 1 g
- Fiber: 0 g
- Protein: 25 g
- Cholesterol: 75 mg
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