As a food enthusiast, I am always on the lookout for delicious and easy-to-make recipes. One of my favorites is the Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches. It’s a perfect meal for those busy weekdays or lazy weekends when you don’t want to spend too much time in the kitchen. In this blog post, I will share with you my recipe for making mouthwatering slow cooker buffalo chicken sandwiches.
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Ingredients needed for the recipe
Before we start cooking, let’s gather all the ingredients we need. For this recipe, you’ll need:
- 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 1 cup buffalo sauce
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup hot sauce
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 8 hamburger buns
- Blue cheese dressing (optional)
- Shredded lettuce (optional)
Preparing the chicken for the slow cooker
Now that we have all the ingredients, it’s time to prepare the chicken. Start by trimming any excess fat from the chicken breasts and cutting them into large chunks. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and place it in the slow cooker.
Making the buffalo sauce
The buffalo sauce is what makes this recipe so delicious. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over low heat. Add the hot sauce, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, garlic powder, paprika, salt, and black pepper. Whisk everything together until the brown sugar has dissolved. Pour the buffalo sauce over the chicken in the slow cooker.
Slow cooking the chicken
Now it’s time to cook the chicken. Set the slow cooker to low heat and cook for 6-7 hours, or until the chicken is tender and easily shredded with a fork. Once the chicken is cooked, use two forks to shred it into small pieces. Mix the shredded chicken with the buffalo sauce in the slow cooker until it’s well coated.
Assembling the sandwich
The final step is to assemble the sandwich. Toast the hamburger buns and spread some blue cheese dressing on the bottom half. Add a generous amount of the buffalo chicken on top of the dressing and sprinkle some shredded lettuce on top. Cover with the top half of the bun and serve.
Tips to make your sandwich even better
- Use a good quality buffalo sauce. It’s the key ingredient in this recipe, so make sure you choose a sauce that you like.
- If you prefer a spicier sandwich, add more hot sauce to the buffalo sauce mixture.
- For a healthier option, use whole wheat buns and top the sandwich with sliced avocado and tomato.
Variations of the recipe
There are many variations of this recipe you can try. Here are some ideas:
- Buffalo Chicken Wraps: Instead of using hamburger buns, use tortillas to make wraps. Add some rice, black beans, and corn for a complete meal.
- Buffalo Chicken Pizza: Use the buffalo chicken as a topping for pizza. Add some mozzarella cheese and bake in the oven until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
- Buffalo Chicken Salad: Add the buffalo chicken to a bed of greens, tomato, cucumber, and avocado for a delicious salad.
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Frequently asked questions about Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches
Q: Can I use chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts? A: Yes, you can use chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts. They will be more flavorful, but also higher in fat.
Q: Can I make this recipe in the oven instead of the slow cooker? A: Yes, you can bake the chicken in the oven at 375°F for 25-30 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.
Q: Can I freeze the leftover buffalo chicken? A: Yes, you can freeze the leftover buffalo chicken for up to 3 months. Just make sure to cool it completely before storing it in an airtight container.
Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches are a delicious and easy-to-make meal that everyone will love. With just a few simple ingredients and a little bit of patience, you can make a mouthwatering sandwich that will satisfy your craving for buffalo chicken. I hope you try this recipe and enjoy it as much as I do!