SLOW COOKER CREAMY BUFFALO CHICKEN

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This Slow Cooker Creamy Buffalo Chicken never disappoints! This chicken recipe is packed full of spicy Buffalo flavor. This recipe is so, so easy, creamy, and delicious. 

Furthermore, Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Recipe is so versatile! We eat it as is, on sandwiches, on nachos, and on quesadillas. The boys are loving quesadillas with Buffalo Chicken right now (and I love how easy they are).

Shredded chicken in buffalo sauce served with a spoon.

Slow Cooker Creamy Buffalo Chicken

This chicken is INSANELY good! It’s spicy and flavorful and the sauce is silky and creamy.

If you don’t have a slow cooker, you can bake it on low in the oven. Just place the ingredients in a braising pan or Dutch oven with a lid and let it cook on low for a couple of hours.

It’s also simple to make. Let the slow cooker do the work. All you do is place the chicken in the slow cooker with Italian seasoning, cream cheese, and buffalo wing sauce. Turn the slow cooker on and wait. When the chicken is perfectly cooked and juicy, shred the chicken and whisk the sauce until it’s smooth. Serve and watch your family’s faces light up.

chicken in slow cooker.
Chicken and cream cheese in a slow cooker.
Chicken, cream cheese, and buffalo sauce in crock pot.

Ingredients for buffalo chicken

This is really a simple recipe with just four ingredients and the slow cooker does all the work. You’ll be making it weekly!

The full recipe with ingredient amounts and instructions is at the bottom of this post. You can save this recipe to your personal and private recipe box right here on Call Me PMc. This way you’ll never misplace it. More information in the recipe card below.

  • 2 pounds chicken breasts boneless, skinless. *See post for substitutions
  • .7 ounce pack Italian salad dressing mix I used this brand
  • 4 ounces cream cheese at room temperature, cut into cubes
  • 10 ounces Buffalo chicken wing sauce I used this brand, Moore’s brand, and Sweet Baby Ray’s brand. Honestly, there isn’t much difference in the taste in any of them. BUT, Make sure you use wing sauce, not hot sauce!
Shredded chicken in buffalo sauce.

Buffalo chicken tips & info

  1. You can use bone-in breast or chicken thighs for this recipe. Allow longer to cook. You’ll have to test the chicken. Cooking time will depend on the thickness of the chicken.
  2. For the packet of Italian Salad Dressing mix, you do not make the salad dressing. Use the seasoning only.
  3. As well, you can use Ranch seasoning mix. I prefer Italian, but both are good.
  4. Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary based on products used.
  5. Finally, I used Frank’s Wing Sauce. You can use a regular hot sauce instead of a wing sauce, but taste test it first and/or reduce the amount you use. It may be extremely hot.

How to shred the chicken

A note on shredded the chicken. You can certainly use two forks and shred the chicken in the slow cooker. However, the cream cheese may not gete fully broken down in the sauce. I like to remove the chicken breasts from the slow cooker. Use a whisk to stir the sauce until it’s smooth and creamy. Now, at this point you can either shred the chicken then place it back into the slow cooker. Or, you can put the breasts back into the slow cooker and shred it in the sauce.

Either method works, and the only reason to take it out is to be able to whisk the sauce better. (Otherwise, you may have little clumps of cream cheese that doesn’t get completely mixed in. – – It will still taste the same though.)

Shredded chicken in buffalo sauce served with a spoon.

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken is a versatile and easy family favorite meal. We like to eat it plain with a side salad. It’s also good in a wrap, on tortilla chips, or on hamburger buns.

Side dishes for Slow Cooker Creamy Buffalo Chicken

and as always you can find great recipes in my Recipe Index.

More easy, delicious slow cooker recipes your family will love!

I updated this post from an earlier version dated November 21, 2019. I made new photos and simplified the recipe instructions.

Shredded chicken in buffalo sauce served with a spoon.

Slow Cooker Creamy Buffalo Chicken

This incredibly flavorful chicken is a versatile slow cooker recipe. Slow Cooker Creamy Buffalo Chicken is tender, juicy, tangy, and spicy. Crock Pot Buffalo Chicken is perfect for sandwiches, pizza, quesadilla, nachos and more.
Author: Paula
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Servings: 8 servings

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Ingredients

  • 2 pounds chicken breasts boneless, skinless. *See post for substitutions
  • .7 ounce pack Italian salad dressing mix I used this brand
  • 4 ounces cream cheese at room temperature, cut into cubes
  • 10 ounces Buffalo chicken wing sauce I used this brand

Instructions

  • Place chicken in the slow cooker.
  • Sprinkle the seasoning over the chicken.
  • Scatter the cubed cream cheese over the chicken.
  • Pour the sauce over the chicken.
  • Place lid on the slow cooker and cook on low 4 hours or high 2 – 2.5 hours.
  • When chicken is cooked through, remove the chicken from the slow cooker and whisk sauce until it's smooth.
  • Take 2 forks and shred the chicken. Put it back into the slow cooker and stir. Serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 184kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 88mg | Sodium: 1023mg | Potassium: 439mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 224IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg
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17 Comments

  1. Could I use precooked rotisserie chicken shreds in this? I live alone and thought I could make a half recipe.

  2. 5 stars
    nevermind the question i just asked regarding the substituting ranch dressing for the italian dressing as i see when beginning to read the article it’s like one of the first things said!!! note to self: read first AMANDA!!! LOL 😉

  3. Hey it is Bj once again. I got the names of the ladies mixed up. From laughing so hard. Sorry. Still loved the story about the Buffalo chicken meal.

    Sorry
    Bj

  4. Hi Kelly, was reading the comments on the buffalo chicken recipe. I must say it made my day. I said I could not help but laugh in a good way. Poor Paula, she crack me up reading her story about her the crock pot, buffalo chicken recipe. I am sure it was hot with just regular hot sauce, but just the same. I am like you when I do make this for my family I will think about Paula and her family and the experience they had with the buffalo chicken. Thanks for posting this. It really made my day. Everyone needs a good laugh. I will have to try this recipe. It sounds great. Thank you once again for posting this.
    BJ

  5. 4 stars
    Wholly moley!!!🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 Would have been 5 stars but much too hot.
    We like spicy but my lips were burning! Hubby had sweat under eyes and forehead! Did we do something wrong?? 10 oz of hot sauce is too much. We even had an extra pound of chicken in there. With that said…the taste was very yummy minus so much heat. I will make again but will tweak the hot sauce. Had it on a wrap loaded with more cream cheese and cold lettuce to cool down. Will revisit this review after I make again. 😊

    1. Did you use regular hot sauce or wing sauce. The wing sauce or Buffalo chicken sauce isn’t as hot as traditional hot sauce.

      1. Oh dear god he used reg hot sauce and didnt read the directions of tasting it first !!! Just went out to get Frank’s buffalo sauce to try again 🤞🤞😊😊! My son had tears in his eyes…..looking back now it was pretty funny lol

      2. 😂 I thought maybe that’s what happened. Let me know how it goes next time. 😃 This is the best!

      3. 5 stars
        Hi Paula! So I am back up to 5 stars! It helps to read directions. I bought hot buffalo and reg buffalo (just in case) 😊

  6. 3 stars
    One box of Italian salad dressing mix contains 4 Each – 0.7 ounce packets. Are you sure we should use the whole box based on your directions? The sodium level per serving at 2,303 mg is really concerning. Thoughts? Thank you!

    1. No, that should be 1 pack or one .7 ounces pack/envelope
      So sorry for that error, thanks for pointing it out!

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