Healthy Crock-Pot Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches

~ Wish you could indulge in buffalo chicken dip every day? Now you can! We’ve turned everyone’s favorite party dip into a sandwich! It’s just as delicious, but so much healthier and super-easy (in the slow cooker)! YUM! ~

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Healthy Crock-Pot Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches.

Yep, you read that correctly.

CROCK-POT. BUFFALO CHICKEN. On a bun.

Really, what more do you possibly want out of life?

Buffalo chicken dip is phenomenal. We’ve all had it. We all love it.

It’s spicy, creamy, and ooey-gooey deliciously cheesy. A staple at New Year’s Eve celebrations and Super Bowl parties. It’s always the first thing gobbled up.

Yeah, yeah. We know what you’re thinking, “Silly Gretchen and Shelley! Those parties are months away! Why on earth are we planning that far ahead?!” (But if you are, in fact, planning that far in advance, check out some amazing healthy dips!)

Healthy Crock-Pot Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches Recipe {www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com}

Really, though … we didn’t want to wait that long. And we didn’t want to nosh on buffalo chicken dip just for special, indulgent occasions!

Nope – we wanted buffalo chicken dip NOW. And we wanted to not feel guilty after chowing down on all that spicy-creamy yumminess.

There had to be a way …

Like, if only we could lighten up the typical buffalo dip, and then turn it into an easy-enough-to-make-every-day sandwich. Guilt-free buffalo chicken for dinner? Yes! That we could do!

Oh, sure – you could put this recipe in your back pocket and save it for a special occasion. (Please remove before laundering. Paper never turns out well after a trip through the washer.) OR you could make this awesome sandwich for dinner. Tonight.

Healthy Crock-Pot Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches Recipe {www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com}

This is the sauce that turns the spicy shredded chicken into something magnificent. Only four ingredients – so simple yet so delicious! You can mix this up in a bowl ahead of time, or just stir everything together right in the slow cooker with the chicken!

With back-to-school only a few days away (where did summer go??), it seems like planning a meal is just too hard. We get it! Life is a little crazy right now, as school looms on the horizon.

All those (lovely) early-morning sports practices. Trying to find the perfect jeans for your growing daughter, or the coolest sneakers for your son. Endless school supply shopping (they need exactly how many glue sticks?). And can we squeeze in just one more trip to the zoo/pool/playground/hiking trails …

By dinnertime, you’re exhausted. It’s hot outside, and you’re tired. You’re busy!

So why not start a speedy-fast dinner in the morning … before the crazy three-ring circus begins? Somewhere between dropping off at soccer practice and heading to Target for the umpteenth time in two days …

Healthy Crock-Pot Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches Recipe {www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com}

Do ya have five minutes somewhere in your morning? It’s sooooo worth it.

Just look at it. Is your mouth watering? Yeeeaaahhhhh …

The absolute best part? (Did you think it could get any better?? It can! It can!) This delicious recipe takes just a handful of ingredients. And you’ve already got most of them. (Let the happy dance commence!)

Well … it actually gets just a teensy bit better still. That awesome creaminess is a Greek yogurt sauce. No, no we aren’t joking. Protein-packed, low-fat goodness!

(We know! Could this be true? Is this real?)

This is as real as real gets.

Healthy Crock-Pot Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches Recipe {www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com}

Easy. Super fast. Healthy. Delicious. A family favorite.

Real.

Gotta make it!


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Healthy Crock-Pot Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches
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Yield: 3½ - 4 cups
 
Ingredients
  • 1½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons hot sauce (such as Frank's Red Hot)
  • 1 cup reduced-fat shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 5.3-ounce container nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons hot sauce (such as Frank's Red Hot)
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • Whole wheat buns
  • Additional shredded cheddar cheese and hot sauce for serving, if desired.
Preparation
  1. Place chicken in slow cooker and add water.
  2. Sprinkle salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and black pepper on chicken.
  3. Drizzle 3 tablespoons hot sauce on top of chicken.
  4. Cook for 4-5 hours on high, or 6-7 hours on low, until chicken is thoroughly cooked but still moist and fall-apart tender. (See note.)
  5. Just before serving, shred chicken (using two forks).
  6. Stir together cheese, Greek yogurt, remaining 2 tablespoons hot sauce, and basil. (You can do this ahead of time in a separate bowl, cover and refrigerate until needed, and then add the mixture to the shredded chicken in your slow cooker at the end of cooking. Or you can simply add the ingredients directly into the crock-pot after shredding the chicken and stir to combine.) Mix until all ingredients are thoroughly combined and cheese is melted.
  7. Serve on whole wheat buns and garnish with additional cheese or hot sauce, if desired.
Notes
Slow cooker variations: The exact heat and speed of cooking can vary between different slow cookers. Some slow cookers, especially newer models, may cook hotter and faster than others. Our research has also led us to believe that some models allow for imperceptible evaporation of liquid (although you’d expect that no liquid would be lost when using a slow cooker), which can leave your recipes less saucy and moist. Because this particular recipe uses very little liquid, it’s particularly sensitive to these variations. No need to worry – it’s delicious even when cooked until it’s a bit drier. The key is simply to control the cook time and temperature to yield the most juicy, fall-apart-tender result.

 

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Healthy Crock-Pot Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches — 35 Comments

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    • Hi Martha! I’m so glad you reached out to us so we can help you troubleshoot! I have to admit, though, I’m completely baffled. As we mention in the notes on the recipe card, if anything we actually worry that, with so little cooking liquid in the slow cooker with the chicken, this recipe might actually be susceptible to drying out a bit. I actually called Gretchen this morning and we talked through this for quite a while to try to help you. She’s not technically with THK anymore, but this recipe was her creation, and she’s made it even more times than I have. She was baffled, too. She said she’s never encountered anything like this in all the times she’s made this recipe. Although there should be a little pool of liquid in the bottom of the slow cooker, once you’ve shredded the chicken and stirred the chicken back in, that liquid distributes throughout pretty completely. And, once you stir the cheesy Greek yogurt sauce throughout, it should really come together even more. I mean, it should definitely be moist and creamy, but we just can’t figure out how it would be so watery as what you described. I’m so sorry we’re not more help! The only vague possibility we could come up with is that, because many chicken processors inject their chicken with liquids (which should be noted on the packaging), maybe (and I’ll admit this is a longshot), the brand of chicken you purchased had an extraordinarily large amount of liquid? And if your slow cooker happens to be unusually good at moisture retention, those two factors might have worked together to make your final dish more moist than usual? If there’s anything else you can tell us about your slow cooker model, cooking times, etc. we’d be happy to see if we can come up with any other ideas. In the end, though, I would suggest that next time you try cutting back the water in the recipe from 1/4 cup to maybe 2 or 3 tablespoons. I’m sorry I can’t be more definitive in troubleshooting for you, but I hope this helps at least a little! ~Shelley

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  7. Thank you for sharing this recipe! I just made this for my lunches this week and tried a little bit a few minutes ago and it was soooo good!

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  9. So super excited for this!!!! Just prepped everything in the fridge so all I have to do in the am is put the crock pot in the warmer and my fiancé can add the cheese sauce when he gets home and when I get home a half hour later dinner will be done! And not a lot of dishes to be done!!! Can tomorrow night come faster?!

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    • Thank you, Kelly! The dip is SO good and we could eat it every day … but sometimes ya just need an easy dinner that tastes good … and is healthy! This recipe is a huge hit with our families – hope yours loves it, too! ~G&S

  13. You two know how to use that crockpot! I really need to use mine more! This looks really satisfying for a hungry crowd and I love the substitutions here. You could add lots of toppings, too, to this to please just about anybody! Off I go to drag my dusty crockpot off and it is not even 7 a.m. yet!

    • Oh Lori, just clear a spot on the counter and leave that crock-pot out! You’ll LOVE using it! It’s such a timesaver on those super hectic days!
      You totally could add lots of toppings and everyone could personalize their own! I love to add just a bit more cheese to mine … but some may get a little more crazy with their sandwich! 😀 Have a great week! ~Gretchen

    • You totally rock, Kristi! And so does your friend, Frank! Lol!! We are huge fans too … in fact neither of us ever has a full bottle to photograph with! Ahhh … the issues of a food blogger! 😀 Thanks so much for the pin – you’re the best! ~G&S

  14. I need to get my hands on a mini crock pot for my apartment (if I can find room for another kitchen appliance) – such a healthy and practical way to throw together easy weeknight dinners! I am forwarding this recipe to my stepdad who has an obsession with pulled pork (and I love that this is a healthier option!!) 😀
    Oh and Frank’s Red Hot is something I always have on hand! They actually don’t sell it in Belgium so I always make sure to buy a big bottle at Costco to bring back with me whenever I’m in Canada!!

    • Yes, Yes, Yes!! You are 100% right! We love crock-pot recipes for busy days – toss it in before heading out the door and come home to dinner! What’s better than that?? And most people don’t think to use their crock-pot in the summer … but we LOVE to! A cooler kitchen is a total bonus on a hot day! Thanks for stopping by! ~G&S

    • It’s got just the right amount of kick … and you can always add more at the table! Our hubbies are big fans of more heat … but the kids like it a tad more mild so they don’t add extra. And it’s so easy – gotta try it! 😀 ~G&S

    • It’s magical – I mean … that HAS to be the explanation! 😀 I’m really happy with how this turned out – still tastes yummy but without the guilt! Erin, you may not be able to resist this recipe! Mmmm … we sure can’t! ~Gretchen

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