Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Chili

If you hadn’t noticed, it’s winter. The temps across the country are a sure sign of that, not to mention the snow that’s buried many areas already. The cold is here to stay. I have to say, even though I love New England I’m really looking forward to the warmer temps of Spring. I don’t mind bundling up but January is pretty cruel here, seriously frigid whipping winds. Today is one of the calmer days. But even so, it’s still cold. Have I gotten the point across yet? It’s cold! What do you want to eat when it’s cold but something really warm and comforting. A nice hearty meal maybe with a bit of a kick.

I’ve been enjoying Sunday slow cooking. I do my slow cooking on the weekends so the Mr. has lunches for the week. It’s a fun, though torturous, to use the slow cooker on the weekend. If you’re ever home when using it, you know what I mean. The smells waft through the house the entire day, pure torture to smell such goodness and not be able to eat it right away.

My latest adventure in slow cooking was to make a buffalo chicken chili. I started with one recipe then found many more and in the end just played around with what I was doing. The batch I made proved to have a definite kick to it. The level of heat can be adjusted to your liking so don’t be deterred from trying this if you don’t like spicy food. If you like buffalo chicken and chili… this is a must try. It’s beyond simple, 10-15 minutes of prep work then you sit back and wait for it to finish. The end result is a spicy and hearty dish, loaded with chicken and veggies.

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Chili

Hearty slow cooker buffalo chicken chili recipe. A super comforting meal to warm up with all winter long.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time4 hours
Total Time4 hours 10 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Slow cooker


  • 2 1/2 lb chicken breast cut into 1" chunks
  • 1 C yellow onion chopped
  • 1 C celery chopped
  • 1 C carrots chopped
  • 4-5 cloves garlic minced
  • 28 oz diced tomatoes mostly drained
  • 15 oz black beans drained and rinsed well
  • 1 C chicken broth
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1-3 tsp cayenne pepper**
  • 1-3 tsp cumin**
  • 1-3 tsp paprika**
  • 1/2 C buffalo wing sauce
  • blue cheese crumbles topping


  • Prepare veggies: chop onions, celery and carrots. Mince garlic. Drain most of the liquid from the can of diced tomatoes, doing this will help to keep the chili thicker. Pour black beans into a strainer, rinse well. Toss all veggies into slow cooker.
  • Prepare chicken by trimming any fat and then cutting into 1 inch chunks. Add chicken to the slow cooker. Pour broth into the bowl. Sprinkle with salt, cayenne pepper, cumin and paprika. **Remember to used the reduced amounts of spices if looking for a less spicy version. If you're up for some heat, without being too over the top - go with the full amount. Stir well to break up chicken and spread the spices throughout. Reserve buffalo sauce and blue cheese.
  • Cook on high for 4-5 hours or on low for 8-10 hours.
  • After the initial cook time is up, stir in 1/2 cup buffalo wing sauce. Break apart any chicken that is stuck together. Divide among bowls, top with blue cheese crumbles if desired.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to several days or freeze for up to several months.
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13 Responses to “Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Chili”

  1. #
    fooddreamer — January 4, 2011 at 10:32 am

    Oh my, this looks so perfect for the temps we are experiencing right now! My husband loves buffalo chicken wings so I think he’d love this. Great recipe!

  2. #
    Lauren at KeepItSweet — January 4, 2011 at 10:55 am

    This meal would definitely warm anyone up!!

  3. #
    Maggie — January 5, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    This looks sooo good! If a restaurant has buffalo anything there is a 99% chance it’s what I will order.

  4. #
    kathleen — January 5, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    This sounds delish! Just SU’ed it ;)

  5. #
    lisa leonard — January 9, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    my mouth is seriously watering!! it looks delicious and your pictures are amazing. xxoo

  6. #
    Jill — April 8, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    It is delicious! One bowl is not enough!!

  7. #
    Kelly @ Free Spirit Food — October 12, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    I am thinking of making this for my company’s chili cookoff. I have to be different!

    • #
      Rachel — October 12, 2011 at 5:22 pm

      Awesome! I hope it works out for you. Let me know what you think :) Just remember to not skip any steps – like rinsing the beans! If you skip that you’ll end up with black chili ha.

  8. #
    Kat — December 23, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    Do you know roughly how many people this would serve? I’d like to make this for a small potluck, but don’t know if I should try to double it or make two batches…I’m assuming a “serving” could be 1 cup…

    • #
      Rachel — December 24, 2011 at 1:04 pm

      I want to say 6-8 servings depending on portion size. More if people are just looking for a tasting.


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