Basic Crock Pot Buffalo Chicken

Easy and delicious three ingredient slow cooker buffalo chicken that cooks all day, then shreds into hot and spicy chicken perfect for sandwiches, wraps or salad!

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This delicious crock pot buffalo chicken is only three ingredients, and the easiest dinner you will make this week! The beloved spicy-sweet flavor of Buffalo hot sauce doesn’t have to be relegated to just being served in bars as Buffalo wings. You can also turn it into a hearty and spicy sandwich filling, and all you need is a slow cooker.

For more great-tasting Buffalo recipes, why not try this classic Buffalo Chicken Dip? Or, for something a bit more vegetarian, some Buffalo Cauliflower?

Crock Pot Buffalo Chicken

This Buffalo chicken recipe is incredibly simple – thanks to the efficiency and simplicity of a crock pot, you only need some chicken and some Frank’s Red Hot, as well as a good quality chicken broth. This post has been updated from 6 years ago and we still make it this way!

You can make this as saucey as you like it with more chicken broth or serve it as a salad topper or sandwich filling. It’s rich, spicy, and protein-rich, and literally only requires 3 ingredients!

Crock Pot Buffalo Chicken Ingredients

Find out the exact amount of ingredients for this recipe in the card below. I don’t use ranch dressing packets like most other recipes as I find it really overpowers the entire dish. You can add ranch later on as a dressing if you love the flavor, it’s so much easier that way!

  • Boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • Frank’s Red Hot Sauce Original
  • Strong chicken broth

How to Make Buffalo Chicken in a Slow Cooker

This really is the easiest recipe ever!

  • Put the chicken breasts in the bottom of the crock pot.
  • Mix together the hot sauce and the chicken broth and then pour it over the chicken
  • Cook on low for 6-7 hours, and then remove and shred the chicken in a separate bowl
  • Combine and serve in sandwiches or wraps

What Kind of Chicken Broth Should You Use?

Your choice of chicken broth in this recipe, both the quality and amount you use, will drastically change how it tastes.

Try and only get really high-quality chicken broth – it will probably come in a carton rather than a dehydrated pack but do what works for you. You might find that the gelatinized little packets of chicken broth taste way better than you, so just use that. (those are my favorite as I can adjust the strength of the broth to my liking the easiest.)

If you do use the prepackaged pots or sachets of chicken stock, try and make a super strong batch using about one and a half the amount of stock powder that the box calls for. This will help make your Buffalo chicken taste even more incredible.

If you want to make this dish a bit soupier, maybe so you could serve it over rice, then increase the amount of chicken broth and hot sauce relative to the amount of chicken. Make sure to also increase the Frank’s Red Hot Sauce as well; otherwise, the whole thing will end up too mild.

Don’t spread this around too much but, if you’re not a fan of Frank’s Red Hot Sauce… you don’t have to use it.

While it won’t be a true buffalo sauce, according to the denizens of the internet, you can use any similarly spiced and flavored hot sauce as a replacement for Frank’s.

Frank’s is basically just cayenne peppers and garlic powder, so as long as you are using a sauce that is similarly made from cayenne, it will still be really similar. Try and stick to sauces that describe themselves as “Louisiana style” for best results, as this will be the closest to the original.

Feel free to go even spicier than regular Frank’s, as hotheads everywhere know how mild Frank’s is compared to some of the really spicy stuff out there!

Looking for more delicious Chicken recipes? Try these:

Happy cooking!



Basic Crock Pot Buffalo Chicken

Easy and delicious three ingredient slow cooker buffalo chicken that cooks all day, then shreds into hot and spicy chicken perfect for sandwiches, wraps or salad!
4.95 from 20 votes
Prep Time
1 minute
Cook Time
8 hours
Total Time
8 hours 1 minute
Slow Cooker / Crockpot
Karlynn Johnston


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup Frank’s Red Hot Sauce Original
  • 1 cup strong chicken broth
  • buns of choice
  • blue cheese dressing
  • tomatoes, lettuce, Ranch dressing optional toppings


  • Place the chicken breasts on the bottom of the crockpot. 
  • Mix together the hot sauce and the chicken broth, then pour over the top of the chicken.
  • Cook on low for 6-7 hours. If you use frozen chicken breasts, you can cook 8-10 hours. 
  • Remove from the sauce and then shred on a plate with two forks.  Mix back into the crock pot for added sauce and moisture. Add more hot sauce to taste if desired.
  • Place on sandwiches, wraps or even a fabulous salad. Top with blue cheese or ranch dressing. You can also add lettuce, tomatoes etc if desired.

Recipe Notes

  • If you use frozen chicken breasts they won’t dry out as fast if you have to cook these all day while you are gone. 

Nutrition Information

Calories: 196kcal, Protein: 36g, Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 108mg, Sodium: 2251mg, Potassium: 676mg, Vitamin A: 50IU, Vitamin C: 6.2mg, Calcium: 12mg, Iron: 0.8mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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Karlynn Johnston

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  1. Krystina says

    Made buffalo chicken sandwiches. But added salt, pepper, cream cheese and cheddar cheese to the crock pot after cooking. Definitely needed a little something more!4 stars

  2. Dawn Schwartz says

    Hey Karlynn! I’ve been making this chicken and then turning it into home made toquitos…they are to die for!

    5 stars

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