Healthy Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken

8 Servings221 cals

It’s time we reunite with our slow cooker! Today, we’re diving into a low carb and high protein meal prep recipe that’s made with simple ingredients. This Healthy Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken takes just a couple minutes to prep and goes great with almost anything.

All you need to do for this one? Take out your slow cooker, optionally line it for easy clean up, and add in 3 pounds of fat trimmed chicken breast into the bottom of it.

Top your chicken with 1 ounce or 1 packet of a ranch seasoning or dressing mix and flip your chicken breast over a few times to fully coat them.

Can’t find a ranch seasoning or dressing mix? Make your own with a few dried ingredients!

Homemade Ranch Seasoning Mix

  • Buttermilk Powder 1 Tablespoon
  • Parsley 1/2 Tablespoon
  • Onion Powder 1 Teaspoon
  • Dill Weed 1/2 Teaspoon
  • Chives 1/2 Teaspoon
  • Garlic Powder 1/2 Teaspoon
  • Black Pepper 1/2 Teaspoon
  • Salt 1/4 Teaspoon

Continue with a little black pepper, 8 ounces of your favorite low sodium buffalo sauce, 1/2 cup of chicken or other bone broth, 3 tablespoons of unsalted melted butter, and 1/2 cup of some plain Greek yogurt or cream cheese that you’ll want to evenly distribute.

Not worried about your sodium intake? I’ll make sure to include the breakdown for both higher and lower sodium options in the recipe card below.

Give the top a light mix, your Greek yogurt or cream cheese doesn’t need to be completely mixed in.

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken

Turn your slow cooker on high heat and let it cook for around 3 hours.

If you’re scaling the recipe to make more make sure to add some cooking time. If you’re making less, subtract some cooking time.

How To Meal Prep

Did you know that all you need to quickly portion out a meal prep recipe like this healthy slow cooker buffalo chicken is a cheap kitchen scale?

To do this, take out something to put your entire recipe in and put that something onto your kitchen scale.

Bring your scale back to 0 by hitting the tare button and add in your entire recipe.

Take that number (total weight of the recipe) and simply divide it by however many servings you want. This number is your healthy slow cooker buffalo chicken serving size weight.

You can now either portion it out as you go or portion it out right then and there into meal prep containers like these.

Don’t have a tare button? Write down how much your container weighs and subtract that from the total weight.

If you’re looking for a digital kitchen scale, here’s a link to the one I’ve been using. I’ve been using the same one for over a decade!

After 3 hours I shred my chicken using 2 forks (featured in the video), it should shred pretty easy.

After you shred your chicken let it cook an additional hour on high heat.

Buffalo Chicken Tips

A couple tips for this one?

  • Your chicken should be completely submerged into your liquid mix. If it’s not, add a little bit more broth.
  • Don’t have access to ranch seasoning or dressing mix? Make your own which will also lower the sodium (recipe above) or use some ranch dressing. How much? 1 Tablespoon Per 1 Pound Chicken
  • Mix this into a salad, with rice or quinoa for some homemade burrito bowls, make some tacos, sandwiches (pictured!), mini sandwiches (pictured!), and so on. Think outside the box and you’ll never get bored!

Try our Healthy Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken next!

Healthy Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Recipe

Healthy Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken

It's time to meal prep your Healthy Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken with this easy to make and high protein recipe made with simple ingredients!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: buffalo chicken, crockpot buffalo chicken, healthy buffalo chicken, meal prep, slow cooker, slow cooker buffalo chicken, slow cooker chicken
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories: 221kcal
Cost: $9.10
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: buffalo chicken, crockpot buffalo chicken, healthy buffalo chicken, meal prep, slow cooker, slow cooker buffalo chicken, slow cooker chicken
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories: 221kcal
Cost: $9.10

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Ingredients

  • 3 Pounds Chicken Breast - 48 Ounces
  • 1 Ounce Ranch Seasoning Mix - 28g or 1 Tablespoon Ranch Dressing Per 1 Pound Chicken Breast
  • Black Pepper - Your Choice
  • 8 Ounces Buffalo Sauce - Low Sodium Preferred
  • 4 Ounces Bone Broth
  • 3 Tablespoons Butter - Unsalted (Melted)
  • 113 Grams Greek Yogurt - Plain (½ Cup) or Cream Cheese (112g)

Instructions

  • Trim the fat off of your Chicken Breast
  • Add your Chicken Breast into the bottom of your slow cooker
  • Evenly distribute your Ranch Seasoning Mix on top of your Chicken Breast
  • Flip your Chicken Breast around a few times to fully coat them
  • Add in your Black Pepper, Buffalo Sauce, Bone Broth, and Melted Butter
  • Evenly distribute your Greek Yogurt or Cream Cheese into your slow cooker with a spoon
  • Lightly mix those top ingredients together (your Greek Yogurt or Cream Cheese doesn't need to be completely mixed in)
  • Let it cook on high heat for 3 hours
  • Shred your Chicken Breast using 2 forks
  • Let it cook on high heat for an additional hour

Video

Notes

For reference, my total weight of the recipe was 1470g which would make each serving 245g.
Per Serving (8 Servings) w/ Higher Sodium Buffalo Sauce:
  • Calories: 221
  • Fat: 7.8g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.2g
  • Sodium: 1163mg
  • Carbs: 1.3g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Sugar: .6g
  • Protein: 36.5g
 
Whole Recipe w/ Higher Sodium Buffalo Sauce:
  • Calories: 1774
  • Fat: 62.5g
  • Saturated Fat: 26g
  • Sodium: 9304mg
  • Carbs: 11g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Sugar: 5g
  • Protein: 292g
 
Per Serving (8 Servings) w/ Low Sodium Buffalo Sauce (Adds Carbs/Sugar):
  • Calories: 244
  • Fat: 7.8g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.3g
  • Sodium: 455mg
  • Carbs: 7g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Sugar: 4.3g
  • Protein: 36.5g
 
Whole Recipe w/ Low Sodium Buffalo Sauce (Adds Carbs/Sugar): 
  • Calories: 1954
  • Fat: 62.5g
  • Saturated Fat: 27g
  • Sodium: 3640mg
  • Carbs: 56g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Sugar: 35g
  • Protein: 292g

Nutrition

Calories: 221kcal | Carbohydrates: 1.3g | Protein: 36.5g | Fat: 7.8g | Saturated Fat: 3.2g | Sodium: 1163mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0.6g

1 Comment

  1. Robert Terryville on March 29, 2022 at 2:44 pm

    Beautiful. Love this.

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