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Crock Pot Pulled Buffalo Chicken Recipe

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Want the secret to EASY pulled buffalo chicken? Pull out your crock pot! With a few minutes of prep, you can let your slow cooker do all of the work. This shredded buffalo chicken recipe is made with just 4 simple ingredients and 5 minutes prep to tender and juicy shredded chicken. The hardest part is deciding what to do with it…but I’d suggest buffalo chicken sliders, buffalo chicken flatbread, buffalo chicken quesadillas first. 🙂

This is a great recipe for game day, super bowl games, or football season (aka snack season).

If you love anything buffalo (hi, me too) be sure to try my easy buffalo chicken stuffed sweet potatoes, air fryer buffalo cauliflower, buffalo turkey burgers next!

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Pulled buffalo chicken in crock pot

What You’ll Love About Shredded Buffalo Chicken

  • Juicy, flavorful pulled chicken
  • Minimal prep time
  • Made with just 4 ingredients you can buy at any grocery store
  • Versatile – so many ways to use and eat this!
  • Can make in slow cooker or Instant Pot

Shredded Buffalo Chicken Recipe Ingredients

You need just 4 basic ingredients to make this quick shredded buffalo chicken recipe!

  • Chicken breasts – Use boneless skinless chicken breasts.
  • Butter – Use an unsalted butter or adjust the salt.
  • Garlic powder – You can omit this, but it adds a nice flavor. You can also a clove or two of minced garlic.
  • Buffalo sauce – I use buffalo wing sauce, but you can also use Frank’s red hot sauce, but use your favorite brand or variety. The amount of hot sauce you use can be dependent on how spicy you want it. If you like it super spicy, use spicy buffalo sauce.
  • Sea salt
Ingredients to make shredded buffalo chicken recipe

How to Make Buffalo Shredded Chicken

This pulled buffalo chicken takes just 5 minutes to prep and then the slow cooker will do the work. It’s my favorite way to simplify. 🙂

  • Prep chicken. Place chicken breasts in the bottom of a slow cooker.
  • Season chicken. Sprinkle chicken with garlic powder and sea salt. Place pats of butter all over the chicken and drizzle with buffalo sauce.
Ingredients to make crock pot pulled buffalo chicken in a slow cooker
  • Slow cook chicken. Cook on high or low heat. Cook time will depend on temperature.
  • Shred chicken. When chicken is done, lightly shred and stir into sauce mixture.

How to Make Instant Pot Shredded Buffalo Chicken

If you want to make this pulled buffalo chicken in the Instant Pot instead of the slow cooker, follow these instructions:

Add chicken to instant pot and season with salt and garlic powder. Top with butter and drizzle with buffalo sauce. Lock on the lid. Cook on poultry mode or 10 minutes High Pressure. When the cooking time is done, let the pressure come down naturally for 10 minutes and then quick release the remaining pressure. Shred chicken.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you make crock pot buffalo chicken with cream cheese?

Yes, if you’re looking for a creamy buffalo chicken, you can add cream cheese. Sometimes when you add it in the beginning of cooking it will get a little chunky. Totally fine to eat, but not as pleasant to look at!

What works best is to stir it into the shredded chicken at the end of cooking. The hot chicken will melt the cream cheese.

Pulled buffalo chicken in crock pot

Storage Instructions

Store leftover crockpot buffalo chicken in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

How to reheat

Reheat chicken in the microwave or a hot skillet until warmed through.

Can you freeze crock pot buffalo pulled chicken?

Yes, you can also freeze the buffalo chicken. Store chicken in an airtight container (stasher bags and glass storage containers are perfect) for 2-3 months.

How to Serve Crockpot Buffalo Shredded Chicken to the Whole Family

I get it, feeding kids can be tough! But following the Division of Responsibility and knowing your job and your child’s job makes it SO much more enjoyable. You’ll be able to feed your kids any meal, which will help ensure that they are eating a variety of nutritious foods – with plenty of play food sprinkled in. 😉

I made this crock pot buffalo shredded chicken light on the buffalo sauce for this exact reason – so my kids (who sometimes complain about spice, but don’t always mean spice!) don’t complain too much.

So, it’s mild in flavor on purpose. Add an extra drizzle if you want more spice.

All of my articles on feeding kids can be found here and if you want a FULL list of all of the videos I have with hacks, tips, scripts, and ideas for feeding kids, check out my instagram or tiktok page.

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What to Make with Crock Pot Buffalo Shredded Chicken

You’ve got your slow cooker shredded buffalo chicken…now what?! Try one of these easy and buffalo chicken-inspired recipes:

More Easy Slow Cooker Recipes

If you like this crock pot pulled buffalo chicken recipe, you may also like some of these other easy slow cooker recipes:

Helpful Tools to Make Pulled Buffalo Chicken

  • Crock Pot Slow Cooker – You can’t make crock pot buffalo pulled chicken without the slow cooker!
  • Glass Storage Containers – Store and reheat pulled buffalo chicken crock pot recipe in these stackable containers.
  • Stasher Bags – Save room in your freezer by freezing your slow cooker pulled buffalo chicken flat in a stasher bag. (Bonus, you can put them right in the dishwasher!)

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Pulled buffalo chicken in crock pot

Crock Pot Pulled Buffalo Chicken Recipe

  • Author: Emily Dingmann of myeverydaytable.com
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 hours
  • Total Time: 3 hours 5 minutes
  • Yield: 10 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: American
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This EASY shredded buffalo chicken recipe is made with just 4 ingredients + 5 min prep. Turn your pulled buffalo chicken into multiple meals!


  • 3 lbs. skinless, boneless chicken breast
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. sea salt 
  • 1/2 cup buffalo wing sauce (like Frank’s)


  1. Place chicken in bottom of slow cooker.
  2. Season chicken with garlic powder and sea salt.
  3. Dot chicken with slices of butter and pour buffalo sauce over chicken so that it’s covered with sauce. 
  4. Place cover on slow cooker and cook on high for 2 1/2-3 hours, or low for 5-6 hours, until chicken is cooked through to an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.  
  5. Shred chicken and stir into sauce.


Makes about 5 cups shredded buffalo chicken. 

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