Slow Cooked Pulled Buffalo Chicken

September 7, 2011

To those of you who in fact follow this blog (for whatever reason), I thank you and apologize or never posting. I’d like to reiterate that for the most part, I stated this to post my own recipes that I wished to remember, while at the same time giving people to find things I like. None the less, I apologize.

Now back to the food.

Pulled buffalo chicken on a whole wheat roll with greens and blue cheese dressing.

My girlfriend, Ruth, and I invested in a slow cooker a while ago and it has been one of the best items we’ve ever bought. We also started weight watchers about 7 months ago (a major reason for not posting, since most recipes are taken from W.W. or other low-fat recipe sites). And for whatever reason, not long after starting said diet, I started craving two things: cheese cake and buffalo wings.  I am still working on finding a good recipe for the former, but for the latter, I have since discovered a way to satisfy that craving. I have made regular buffalo wings, which were awesome, but this alternative make for a great, slightly lower fat (what with all the skinless chicken breast), less messy, more versatile substitute.

Ingredients

  • 1.5-2 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/4 c cider vinegar
  • 12 oz (or larger) bottle of buffalo wing sauce
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • Blue Cheese Dressing

NOTE: This recipe basically hinges on the buffalo sauce you use for it, since it is really the only thing adding any flavor, aside from the cider vinegar. The first time I made it, I used Franks Sweet Heat BBQ Buffalo wing sauce. This sauce is sweeter and slightly smoky in flavor. If you don’t like your wings spicy, use this. The most recent endeavor (pictures shown here) used half of the Sweet heat and half Franks Original Buffalo sauce. This was hotter and less sweet, but more Buffalo-y. However, it’s really up to you. Use your favorite, just make sure you get enough.

Instructions:

Place defrosted chicken breasts into a 5 or 6 qt slow cooker.

Add vinegar and enough of the sauce to just about cover the breasts (I like my breasts only partially covered, after all). If using a 12 oz bottle and a 5 qt slow cooker, this should be about 3/4 of the bottle (or 9 oz, for those of you playing the home game).

Stir up the cider vinegar and sauce a bit in the crock pot with the chicken, just to combine a bit.

Then SET IT….AND FORGET IT! ….(6 – 7 hours on low or 3 – 3.5 hours on high)

In either case, in the last half hour, remove the chicken pieces from what will now be a veritable ocean of buffalo sauce and chicken juice, and, using two forks, pull the chicken apart into stringy little pieces (if you’ve eaten pulled anything, you’ll know what these look like).

Put the now pulled chicken back into the sauce and add the butter and mix till it is melted.

At this point it might be wise to add a bit more buffalo or hot sauce. Much of the heat from the sauce will have been cooked out ( this was my experience when using just the Frank’s Sweet Heat Sauce).

When the timer goes off, there you have it, pulled buffalo chicken.

Now your consumption options:

  • On a roll with lettuce and that blue cheese dressing
  • On a salad with some chopped celery, shredded or julienne carrots, and blue cheese dressing (and croutons if you’re into the carbs)
  • (My personal favorite) Spread some out on a pizza slice and a few drizzles hot sauce and that dressing again)

And there you have it, a spicy, comforting dish without all the napkins. If you prefer BBQ to Buffalo, sub in BBQ sauce for the buffalo sauce(I’ve done this with Jack Daniels Mesquite BBQ sauce, which was awesome). If you prefer dark meat, use the same amount of boneless skinless thighs.

Finally, if you don’t have a slow cooker, I’d imagine the same results would be attainable in a large, heavy, oven safe pot (with lid) in the oven on very low setting (200 deg or so) for a few hours.

Enjoy!

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One Response to “Slow Cooked Pulled Buffalo Chicken”

  1. […] This is sort of an addition to my previous post, the Slow Cooked Pulled Buffalo Chicken. […]

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