Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken - Dump and Go Dinner

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Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken - Dump and Go Dinner

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8 Servings
3 Ingredients

When you’re short on time and groceries, this easy three-ingredient Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken is the perfect stress-free dinner. Once the crock pot has done its job, simply serve this saucy shredded chicken on your favorite buns or alongside some corn on the cob and green beans.

8 Servings
3 Ingredients


  • 3 pounds Chicken, Boneless Breasts
  • 12 fluid ounces Buffalo Wing Sauce
  • 1 ounce Ranch Dressing Mix



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Cooking Instructions

Freeze For Later Cooking Day Directions

Easy Assembly/Dump and Go

These directions help you cook or prepare this meal PRIOR to being frozen for serving later (see Serving Day Directions when you are ready to prepare it to eat).

Why would I want to freeze this?

  1. Place chicken, sauce and dressing mix into indicated number of freezer bags. Label and freeze.

Make From Frozen Serving Day Directions

Slow Cooker

These directions help you cook or reheat this meal AFTER it's been frozen for when you are ready to eat it.

  1. Thaw: In fridge
  2. Cook in slow cooker on low 5-6 hours or until meat easily shreds with two forks.

Make It Now Cooking Directions

These directions are for cooking this recipe to serve immediately and NOT to freeze for later.

  1. Place chicken, buffalo sauce, and ranch dressing mix in a slow cooker
  2. Cook on high 3-4 hours or low 5-6 hours or until meat easily shreds with two forks


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  1. I have seen something similar to this, but it had a brick of cubed cream cheese (or neufchatel) added that made a gooey, creamy sauce as it cooked in the crock. Also would be good with a touch of crumbled blue on top, just before serving…

  2. Just wondering if you know what the spice level is for 12 oz. of buffalo sauce? My kids and husband don’t like super spicy, but I definitely want to try this. Would you say it’s a mild, or medium level?

    1. I would say it was mild, but everyone’s tastes vary. Also remember that it will “heat up” if you freeze it and it sits in the sauce. I think you would be fine though.

  3. This is also really good on top of baked potatoes! My family loves it with a side salad on busy evenings!

  4. if i’m using frozen chicken (that I forgot to take out of the freezer last night) will i need to extend the cooking time?

  5. made this for dinner tonight, and oh my WORD!! it was so good, perfect with a little bit of blue cheese salad dressing on top. And I was a little worried about how hot it would be (im a total wiener when it comes to hot/spicy food) and it was just the perfect amount of hotness!! Thanks for the awesome recipe!!

  6. a friend on FB turned me onto this website. Love it. I just pulled this dish out of the crock pot and into containers. It is dee-lish. Thanks for some inspiration.

  7. Made this one evening last week for after a little league game. My husband, who does not like sandwiches, asked for leftovers, twice! Huge hit!! Thank you for all your great recipes!

  8. LOVED IT! Served on whole wheat buns with bleu cheese dressing and some bc crumbles, finished off with shredded slaw mix (my take on celery to cut heat). Rather mild so some of us added a bit of liquid from cooking. I think the heat would also vary depending on brand of sauce you used.

  9. So, I made this yesterday not knowing there were different levels of buffalo sauce. My store only sold “Hot” Buffalo sauce so that is what I got. I didn’t taste it until I got it out to shred it. My husband said it was even too hot for him and he likes hot stuff. Any ideas on what I can do to still use it and not waste it would be great!

    1. You could shred double amount of the chicken and other ingredients, just don’t add buffalo. Combine those and it should come out more “mild”. You could also add some actual Ranch dressing, not the mix and that should help tone it down as well.

  10. We just made this and it was GREAT. Everyone raved about it and the possibilities for what this could go with (nachos, potatoes, pizza, etc) are endless. This will become a family favorite.

  11. I made this and turned out really good. It was a tad dry when I ate it as a sandwich. I added a tiny bit of ranch dressing. I used it for nacho meat and I loved it! I added shredded carrot to mine to make it go further and to tone it down a little, plus added veggies are always a bonus. I’m doing a freezer meal swap with some friends and I’m using this recipe. Thanks!CJ

  12. I’m going to make this tonight, but put it in a tortilla for a wrap instead of on a bun!!!! Yummy!!!!! Ok, my mouth is watering just thinking about this……

  13. Love this! The other night we had buffalo chicken sandwiches, tonight I used it to make chicken enchiladas, and I think I will use some this weekend to make Buffalo chicken dip. Delicious!

  14. Do you have any recommendation for dry ranch dressing mix? I’ve yet to find one that doesn’t have MSG or some other crap in it. Thank you.

    1. I have made this a few times now and it’s always a hit! Tonight, I’m trying it with thighs (fingers crossed). For ranch dressing, I use wildtree. My rep is Marilyn Arena. Wildtree has seasonings, sauces and much more w/o msg and all the other yuckies. I don’t have time these days to DIY so I’m happy to have this recipe and the healthy ranch seasoning.

  15. I use it to make buffalo chicken salads (romaine, shredded carrot, croutons, & bleu cheese dressing). My boyfriend LOVES it and asks me to make it every other week. I’ll use leftover chicken to make a chili… also easy and delicious!

  16. This is a favorite in our house now. I’m going out of town for a week and husband requested I make a big pot before I leave!

    1. We would not recommend using bottled ranch dressing in this recipe. The recipe calls for ranch dressing mix which is simply a dry seasoning.

  17. Hi there! Just so I’m sure, after making this, leftovers can be put in the freezer? If so, how long do you think it would keep?

    Thank you!

  18. This was delicious. I will definitely make this again. I usually don’t like “buffalo” seasoned food, but the ranch adds just the right touch.

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