It’s Crocktober and I had this amazing plan that I would gather 30 days of healthy slow cooker recipes. While that isn’t likely to happen this year, I did whip up some delicious slow cooker buffalo chicken! I can’t resist an easy and healthy crockpot recipe, especially when it requires almost zero prep. Buffalo chicken lettuce wraps are always a favorite – and they get bonus points for being Whole30 compliant, paleo, and keto too!
Whole30 Buffalo Sauce
If you’re following Whole30 or are on the Paleo diet, you’ll need to use compliant sauce. Check the label to make sure there isn’t any added sugar or dairy. Tessemae’s makes a good buffalo sauce you can buy, or you can make your own at home!
I sometimes make my own Whole30 buffalo sauce by combining 1 cup of Frank’s Red Hot (note: NOT the wing sauce) with 3 Tbsp ghee. That’s it!
If you aren’t worried about Whole30/Paleo rules, then I recommend Franks’ Red Hot Wing sauce. That stuff is amazing.
Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken
This is maybe one of the easiest Whole30 slow cooker recipes I’ve ever made. I put about a pound of boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs in the bottom of the Crockpot. (I used thighs this time because it’s what we had on hand.) Then I pour the buffalo sauce (or the hot sauce/ghee mixture) over the chicken. Sometimes I warm up the buffalo sauce in the microwave, just to give it a little jump start on getting warm – but that isn’t necessary.
Cook on low for about 4-5 hours, depending on your slow cooker’s cooking time. Mine cooks amazingly fast, even on low.
It isn’t pretty, but it tastes BOMB. Can you still say “bomb” at almost 40? I dunno, but it’s an accurate description of this buffalo chicken.
For those of you who completely stink at planning ahead and want to throw this together when you remember at lunchtime, fret not. I actually used frozen chicken thighs today. Who can remember to thaw chicken?
They cooked on high for about 3.5 hours and were done! See? I told you this is an easy recipe!
Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps
You can easily double (or triple) the recipe and cook up a lot of chicken at once. It reheats well and can be used on salads or sandwiches – whatever you like!
I love to shred the chicken up and put it on romaine lettuce like a wrap. The cool, crisp lettuce and the warm, spicy chicken just go so well together.
I top my slow cooker buffalo chicken lettuce wraps with shredded carrots for some extra crunch (and extra nutrition). Some celery sticks and grape tomatoes on the side help to cool my mouth off too!
These would also be delicious topped with avocado, ranch dressing (whether Paleo or not), or some cheese crumbles if you’re a dairy eater.
Oh! You have to try this.
For tomorrow’s breakfast, whip up an egg over easy. Then toss a big spoonful of the shredded slow cooker buffalo chicken in the pan and put a little crisp on it. (That’s a non-technical cooking term my husband uses.) Then put your crisped chicken in a bowl with the egg on top and let your mouth be happy.
You’ll thank me later.
Want some veggies with that? Just toss a handful of spinach or kale into the pan while you heat up the chicken. It will help cool off your tongue when the buffalo sauce hits ya!
- 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs
- 1 cup buffalo wing sauce (OR use 1 cup Frank's Red Hot and 3 Tbsp ghee if following Whole30)
- 6-8 leaves of romaine lettuce
- shredded carrots to top (optional)
- Place chicken in a slow cooker on low.
- Pour buffalo sauce (or hot sauce and ghee mixture) over chicken.
- Cook for 4-6 hours on low or until chicken is tender. (If chicken is frozen, cook on high 3-4 hours or on low 6-8 hours.)
- Shred chicken with two forks.
- Spoon chicken onto lettuce and top with shredded carrots.
More Whole30 Recipes
I have an old recipe for Buffalo Chicken Egg Muffins that you might like. It would’ve been great if I had used my slow cooker buffalo chicken to make these when I wrote that post, but I didn’t think of it then.
Can you guess what I’m going to make next? Oh yeah. Those egg muffins.
Want some more Whole30 recipes and meal plans? Check out these other posts for some ideas!