Spicy Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches

I don’t like to toot my own horn or anything, but these Spicy Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches were pretty much awesome.

Simmered in a tangy sauce, this tender, spicy chicken is perfect on sandwiches, in tacos, or on a salad! #recipe #chicken #slow cooker

I’m basing this opinion on the fact that my 6-year old ate one of these in its entirety (a complete anomaly in our household) and didn’t even realize it contained onions and red peppers (gasp!!).  Not only that, but he asked me to make them again.

That never happens in our house, unless I’ve “prepared” macaroni and cheese or a hot dog.

Actually, he asked me to recreate the entire meal, including these Roasted Veggie Tortilla chips from Green Giant I served as a quick side–perfect for a fast dinner on a busy night or a quick lunch on the go.

Simmered in a tangy sauce, this tender, spicy chicken is perfect on sandwiches, in tacos, or on a salad! #recipe #chicken #slow cooker

In fact, I could barely keep his hands out of the chip bag as I was photographing – they were that good!  I mean, it’s one thing for me to tell you how good they were (I’m addicted to tortilla chips), but when my food-averse kiddo can’t stop eating them, it’s a pretty strong endorsement.

Honestly, Doodle, the Tall Boy and I polished off the entire bag in one sitting.


Simmered in a tangy sauce, this tender, spicy chicken is perfect on sandwiches, in tacos, or on a salad! #recipe #chicken #slow cooker

Actually, not too much of an oops, since a 1-ounce serving has only 130 calories and .5 grams of saturated fat.

Plus, I originally envisioned serving these chips with a sour-cream based Tex-Mex dip, but the chips were so full of flavor, I decided to nix the dip.  No dip = fewer calories = more chips.

Don’t you love my math logic? 😉

Simmered in a tangy sauce, this tender, spicy chicken is perfect on sandwiches, in tacos, or on a salad! #recipe #chicken #slow cooker

And speaking of giant flavor, that’s exactly what these spicy buffalo chicken sandwiches have.

Not too spicy though…as I mentioned earlier, my 6-year old scarfed one of these down in no time flat, and with no complaint about the heat.  If you like things a bit spicier, just up the hot-pepper sauce to your liking.

Since we’re back into the full swing of a busy school year complete with after-school activities, I’m on the lookout for slow cooker meals.  This one is definitely a winner!  The simmering sauce keeps the chicken tender and juicy, and there are enough ways to serve this shredded poultry to satisfy everyone:

on sandwiches, in tacos, or even on a salad drizzled with blue cheese dressing.

Simmered in a tangy sauce, this tender, spicy chicken is perfect on sandwiches, in tacos, or on a salad! #recipe #chicken #slow cooker

Spicy Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 pounds skinless chicken breast (or thighs), cut into 1½-inch pieces and seasoned with salt and pepper
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • ¼ cup hot-pepper sauce (I used Frank's)
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon molasses, brown sugar or honey
  1. Heat oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet. Add chicken pieces and cook until just browned, about 5 minutes. Remove chicken from pan and transfer poultry to your slow cooker.
  2. Add onion, garlic and pepper to the skillet. Cook until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Add 1 cup of water, stirring to scrape up browned bits from the bottom of the skillet. Cook for another 5 minutes, and season with salt and pepper. Transfer mixture to slow cooker and pour mixture over chicken.
  3. In a small bowl, stir together crushed tomatoes, hot-pepper sauce, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, and molasses. Pour over chicken and vegetables. Stir to combine.
  4. Cover and cook on high until chicken is tender and shreds easily, about 4 hours. Serve shredded meat on hamburger buns. Garnish with shredded cabbage, if desired.
recipe from Martha Stewart

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.



    • Ashley

      I hope you like them, Kayla!

    • Ashley

      Thanks so much, Zainab!

    • Ashley

      They were tasty! And easy-the best part. 🙂

  1. Meghan @ The Tasty Fork

    I’m OBSESSED with the Green Giant Chips! They are so good! I’ve tried all the flavors and all of them are gone by the end of the day.

    And you know how much I love a spicy chicken sandwich! Shredded cabbage gives this sandwich an extra texture of crunch with is awesome!
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    • Ashley

      I can’t believe how fast we devoured those chips – I’ve gotta go get more.

      Spicy chicken is the bomb.

    • Ashley

      Thanks, Ashley!

  2. Luv What You Do

    I am obsessed with crockpot recipes and chicken is my favorite. Thanks for the great seasoning idea!
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    • Ashley

      Crock pot cooking is my favorite! 🙂

  3. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking

    These sandwiches look mouthwatering, Ashley! Love ’em! And those chips… mmm. I’ve gotta get my hands on some!

    • Ashley

      Thanks, Georgia!

  4. Jocelyn @ BruCrew Life

    I do love your math logic!! Sounds like mine! 😉 Those chips look pretty darn tasty, I need to try them! As well as these sandwiches! They sound delicious, and if your little guy loved them, then they have to be awesome, right??

  5. Sarah

    Hi! Is there a reason you need to cook anything in the skillet at all, or can you just throw it all in the slow cooker and cook for longer? Thanks for the feedback!

  6. Mary Jo

    How many servings does this recipe make? I am guessing 6 to 8?



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