Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Chili

by Lauren on November 5, 2012

This past weekend, we celebrated Daylight Saving by turning the clocks back an hour to gain an extra 60 minutes of sleep.

I use the term “celebrated” loosely.  When I woke up yesterday earlier than usual, I first welcomed the thought of having added time in my Sunday to accomplish my to-do list all before 11am.  I even made it to yoga which hasn’t occurred in over a month so I would say it was a small victory.

Yes, Daylight Saving was celebrated up until 4:00pm when I realized that the sunlight was fading, the air became bitterly cool and all I wanted to do was go home, crawl under a blanket and hibernate for the next 5 months.

I hate winter.  There I said it. Aside from a few glorious holidays, there really ins’t much I look forward to in this season.  The only way I’m able to cope with the cold weather and notions of, (gulp) snow, is to comfort the thoughts with heartwarming food.

One kitchen appliance of mine that only ventures outside the box during this time of year would be my crock pot.  Slow cooking is a beautiful concept, especially on a lazy Sunday afternoon when all you crave is the warm smells of roasting meats and vegetables that fill your entire house.  This chili did just that.

I never one to shy away from a little extra spice in my chili so I thought, why not create a recipe that focuses primarily on the heat.  Buffalo chicken anything is sure to please a crowd so you really can’t go wrong when you transform these ingredients into a dish you can eat with a spoon.

This would be ideal for your next football party or even on a busy weeknight.  The leftovers are great too so be sure to make enough to last.



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Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Chili
Soup, Entree, Slow Cooker
  • 1.5 pounds ground chicken
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 medium stalks of celery, sliced (about 1 cup)
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1 28oz can fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 15oz can white beans
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • ¼ cup buffalo wing sauce
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  1. In a large skillet, sauté onion until soft (about 5 minutes). Add the ground chicken, celery and carrots and cook until meat begins to brown (about 4-5 minutes).
  2. Remove the meat and vegetables from the pan and transfer into the slow cookers. Add tomatoes, beans, spices, salt and pepper.
  3. Pour in chicken broth and hot sauce and stir.
  4. Set slow cooker to low, cover and cook for 5-6 hours.


24 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Chili”

  1. Ah I have resisted the crockpot for a while but I think I need to finally get one this winter… this looks delicious!

  2. I totally woke up at 4:20 a.m. on Sunday – whoops! I love Winter – but in Florida that term is used very loosely!

  3. Jay will LOVE this. Totally pinning it 🙂

  4. I’m a fan of winter until January 1st and then it can all go away. 😉

  5. i am DEFINITELY trying this! Sounds so, so good!

  6. Cara says:

    Wow that sounds amazing, I’m not usually a fan of spicy but have been totally digging the heat lately! I am definitely trying this, once I get a crock pot which has been on my to-do list for quite awhile.

  7. This looks delish! I wish I would have seen this post last week. That way I could have used it for the chili cook off at work 🙂

  8. MMM LOVE LOVE Chili and my crockpot. Always need new good recipes – will be making this!
    And also winter blows. If I’m up there next year we’ll have to brave it together!

    1. Lauren says:

      I’m sure we’ll find ways to get through it. Wine always helps. 🙂

  9. Erica says:

    Making this for football Sunday next weekend! I hate winter too- lame! Luckily, its still pretty toasty here…hope it continues 🙂

    1. Lauren says:

      It’s so fickle here in PA. Wednesday they are calling for snow and by the weekend, it’s back up to the mid 60’s. I can’t take it!

  10. Jenn says:

    I am making this tonight! Thank you for sharing this!

    1. Lauren says:

      Hope you enjoy it! 🙂

  11. Well, this is PINNED since Joe LOVES buffalo, I’ll be making it for him soon! Once we get power back maybe…ahh!!!

    1. Lauren says:

      AWww, Jillian you poor thing!!! I’m so so sorry to hear that. 🙁

  12. Pinned and SO making this sometime soon.

    And I’m with you on the cold weather. I hate it! I’m not a fan of the winter by any stretch of the imagination.

    1. Lauren says:

      I can’t imagine it gets too cold in Atlanta. I’m moving in with you this winter. 🙂

  13. I have a very similar Hungry-Girl recipe on my “dinner menu” for this week!

  14. Anne says:

    Yum, I love buffalo!
    I totally forgot about the fact that it starts getting dark so early, I miss the sun already!

  15. I hate winter too and I don’t think we are alone on that one. Soups do make the season brighter though…Great spin on chili you’ve got there! Too aggressive to make it with sriracha??

  16. I need to get a slow cooker ASAP! My boyfriend is obsessed with buffalo chicken so he would love this! Looks delish 🙂

  17. Aggie says:

    Just popped over here from Itzy’s Kitchen…this recipe sounds delicious! I’m a little obsessed with my slow cooker lately…and I love anything buffalo!

    1. Lauren says:

      Hi Aggie! Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you get a chance to try the recipe- it’s definitely a favorite of mine!

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