Weeknight meals don’t need to be labor-intensive or boring. And, game day food doesn’t have to be spent standing over the grill! My Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Potato Skins will be perfect for weeknight dinners or for competitive game days. Using a slow cooker makes much of this meal hands-off, but you won’t sacrifice any flavor.
I’m a goal oriented person. Like, I don’t wait until January 1st to set goals for myself. It’s part of my type A personality, I suppose. One of my goals this year is to clean, I mean really clean, one room of our house each week. Organize our files, go through the boys toys, and generally de-clutter is my goal. I once was a fanatic about cleanliness…then I started blogging.
I’m not even kidding. Blogging takes, like, 9,000 hours a week.
On my list for today is to clean Ryder’s room. He’s a hoarder. No joke. It’ll be a big job…
On second thought…
I think I’ll make Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Potato Skins instead of cleaning.
Cleaning can wait (again) because you definitely need this recipe! I’m unselfish like that!
Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Potato Skins
Obviously, you can eat this spicy chicken by itself. It would be great on Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches, topping a green salad, or on a Buffalo Chicken Pizza. At restaurants, potato skins are typically fried then topped. I did not fry my potato skins. To keep the fat and calories down, I simply baked the potatoes, scooped out some of the inside and filled with Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken, blue cheese, bacon and green onion slivers.
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Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Potato Skins
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- 4 to 6 chicken breasts you can use boneless or bone-in
- 17.5 oz bottle buffalo wing sauce
- 1 oz envelope ranch dressing mix
- 1 to 2 oz blue cheese crumbles*
- 4 baking potatoes
- 4 to 6 slices bacon cooked and crumbled
- 2 green onions sliced thin
- 1/2 cup ranch dressing or blue cheese dressing for dipping, optional
- Pat chicken dry with a paper towel and place in a slow cooker. Pour buffalo wing sauce over chicken reserving 1/2 cup, then pour one packet of dry ranch dressing mix over sauce. Cook on high 4 hours or low 6 to 7 hours. Chicken should be tender and pulling away from the bone when done. Remove from slow cooker and shred.
- With one hour to go on chicken, wash potatoes and wrap in aluminum foil. Bake at 450 degrees for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Cook time varies on the size of your potatoes. Give them a squeeze to test, the potato will be soft when done. Remove from oven and allow to cool. (You can do this step ahead of time, refrigerate potatoes and put a dish together later.)
- When potatoes are cool enough to work with, cut into quarters. Scoop out some of the inside of the potato leaving about 1/2 inch thick.
- Top potatoes with pulled chicken, blue cheese, bacon, and green onions. Drizzle the 1/2 cup reserved wing sauce over potatoes. Bake 10 to 20 minutes to heat through.
- Serve with extra wing sauce and ranch or blue cheese dressing.
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Hi! I featured your recipe in my Valentine’s on a Dime Dinner post! It’s linked up and credit included! Come check it out sometime!
Thanks for linking up these crock-pot Buffalo Chicken Potato Skins. These would be perfect for a party! Thanks for linking up at Saturday Dishes “CROCK-POT” blog hop.
I pinned it.
Jamie @ Coffee With Us 3 says
Paula, you’re not joking about blogging taking up all of your time! I knew it would take time, but had no clue how much– and the worst part is, there’s something addictive about it or something, since every time I get ahead on posts I just have to find another blog project to take on! (And my house’s cleanliness is definitely suffering!)
These look delicious! And anything made in the crockpot gets extra love from me!
Thanks for sharing at Saturday Dishes- pinning!
Diane Roark says
Your Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Potato Skins are a great combination. I pinned them! Thank you for stopping by and linking up with Saturday Dishes.
This is completely awesome! Not only did I pin this multiple times, but it’s my favorite for this week. (Your food is addicting!)
awe, thank you so much. I love to experiment with familar flavors in diff ways. Thanks for sharing!
Gloria // Simply Gloria says
Funny how I know exactly how Ryder’s room already looks like (before the clean). Because I had one of those… he’s out on his own now. Then the teen thinks his closet is the floor! Then… there’s my sweet little East that HAS to have a clean room AND totally organized before he can go to sleep. Don’t know how that one happened!
So happy you brought these over to the SSS party, Paula… these are quite an amazing twist on skins!
You are so right, there’s a path from the door to the bed and the rest is full of toys and clothes! But, Lincoln is the same way, drives me nuts!
Shannon - AKA Design says
No joke! Blogging does take a lot of time! 🙂 Great looking recipe! Thanks for linking to the Weekend re-Treat Link Party! xo, S.
I may have not started blogging if I had known it was going to be all-consuming 😉 Thanks for stopping by!
I love anything buffalo – Pinned!
THanks Deb! I do too!
Peter @Feed Your Soul Too says
Love throwing stuff on a potato. You gotta like the blue cheese and bacon combo!
Totally, bacon makes everything better 🙂
Now this is a fun dish Paula! I would definitely have these as a meal….weekly! Yum!
Thank you Tanya!