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Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Chili is everything you love about buffalo wings in the form of a cozy bowl of flavorful chili! Complete with tender shredded chicken, tangy Buffalo sauce, ranch seasoning, tomatoes with green chiles, and cream cheese, this buffalo chicken chili recipe has it all. No wonder it’s always a crowd favorite!

white bowl of buffalo chicken chili topped with sour cream, scallions, and shredded cheese.

This creamy Buffalo chicken chili crock pot recipe is for anyone who craves a piping hot bowl of chili with the spicy, tangy flavors of buffalo wings!

If you’re like me and love all things Buffalo sauce (I’m looking at you Buffalo Chicken Bread and Buffalo Mac and Cheese), you’ll love this twist on the everyday chili recipe.

It’s straightforward to make, pure comfort food, and best of all it’s made in the slow cooker so it’s hands-off.

I like to make it when I need something easy to bring to potlucks or game day parties and of course Friday movie nights!

Why you’ll love Buffalo Chicken Chili

So Much Flavor – If you’re not familiar with the taste of Buffalo sauce, it’s a complex combination of tangy, zesty, savory, and spicy. It’s a velvety smooth hot sauce mellowed out with a buttery element and is finger-licking amazing.

Dump-and-Set – Other than the cheese added at the end, there is minimal prep work. Everything gets dumped in to cook until the chicken is falling apart tender. So much of this recipe is hands-off!

Budget-Friendly – You may already have a lot of what you need in your kitchen, especially if you frequently make things like Buffalo chicken dip or Buffalo ranch crockpot chicken wings. If not, you can find everything you need at most local grocery stores.

ladle scooping buffalo chicken chili from a crockpot.

Equipment you’ll need

Ingredients

Below is a list of the ingredients you’ll need to gather to make this recipe, why you need them, and possible substitutions. Scroll all the way down for the full recipe card with measurements.

  • Chicken – Boneless skinless chicken breasts are added in whole and shredded later on. Boneless breasts are easiest to pull apart without having any bones to worry about.
  • Chicken Broth – Use homemade chicken broth if you have it. Otherwise, your favorite chicken broth from the store will do!
  • Beans – I used white beans in this batch of buffalo chicken chili. They’re a fun textural element that is a familiar part of any chili recipe. Buttery navy beans, pinto, or red kidney beans could also be used. Make sure you drain & rinse whichever you choose.
  • Canned Tomatoes – For a bit of extra spice I like to use the ones that come with green chiles (like Rotel). You can use spicy or mild, it’s up to you.
  • Tomato Sauce – This will help add body and a rich tomato flavor to the base of the chili, taking it from a soup to a thicker stew.
  • Buffalo Wing Sauce The reason we’re all here, folks. Tasty Buffalo sauce. I use Frank’s but you go ahead and use your favorite.
  • Seasoning – Onion powder, garlic salt, and ranch seasoning.
  • Cream Cheese – Bring it to room temperature ahead of time so that it melts easily into the chili.
  • Cheddar Cheese – Shredded from a block of cheese rather than pre-shredded from a package. It melts better and easier and just tastes better overall.
  • Scallions – aka green onions, for garnish.
overhead shot of labeled ingredients laid out to make crockpot buffalo chicken chili.

How to make Buffalo Chicken Chili in the Crockpot

This section shows you how to make this recipe, with process photos showing the steps to help you visualize it. For full instructions, including amounts and temperatures, see the recipe card below.

  1. Step One: To the slow cooker, add the chicken breast, broth, beans, Rotel, tomato sauce, wing sauce, and seasoning. Stir everything to mix, making sure the chicken breasts are well coated.
overhead shot of tomatoes, ranch seasoning, and beans in a crockpot.
  1. Step Two: Cover with the lid and cook on LOW for 6 hours or HIGH for 4 hours. There is no right or wrong choice here, it depends on what you’ve got going on in the day and how much time you have.
  2. Step Three: Remove the chicken from the slow cooker and place it on a cutting board. Use two forks to pull at the chicken breasts and shred them. Use tongs to place the shredded pieces back into the slow cooker.
  3. Step Four: Slice cream cheese into cubes and stir them in, along with the shredded cheddar. Replace the cover and let it cook for another 15-30 minutes, or until both cheeses have melted completely.
overhead shot of shredded cheddar and cubed cream cheese in a slow cooker.
  1. Step Five: Serve topped with more shredded cheese and scallions, or other favorite toppings and enjoy!
overhead shot of buffalo chicken chili in in a black slow cooker.

What to serve with Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Chili

First, you’ve got to think about the toppings. Have an assortment set out for people to choose from.

Things like blue cheese crumbles, bacon bits, shredded cheese, crunchy tortilla chips or strips, corn chips, diced avocado, a dollop of sour cream, or diced celery. Even some fresh cilantro or lime wedges for a refreshing finish.

You can serve Buffalo Chicken Chili over white rice for a more complete meal and have a side salad to go along with it.

As with any hearty chili, a slice of homemade honey cornbread on the side is always a good idea.

Tips & Suggestions

  • Chicken breasts are great because they’re lean meat and shred easily but you could also use chicken thighs instead. The darker meat with a bit of extra fat will only add flavor.
  • Ground chicken can even be used in a pinch, I just recommend browning it before adding to the slow cooker.
  • You can use Great Northern beans, cannellini beans, pinto, or red kidney beans instead of Navy beans if preferred.
  • Go for some fun toppings! Blue cheese crumbles, a drizzle of ranch dressing, or some diced celery to take it over the top. I like to use Greek yogurt to up the protein.
  • For even more heat, add some red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper, or even more Buffalo sauce.
  • There is quite a bit of salt in the ranch seasoning, the Buffalo sauce, and the garlic salt itself, so avoid adding any extra salt. Use low-sodium broth if you can.

How to reheat and store Buffalo Chicken Chili Crockpot

How to store leftovers

Keep any leftovers stored in an airtight container. Make sure to let it cool all the way first before covering it with a lid.

How long will Buffalo Chicken Chili last in the fridge?

For up to 3 days! It makes a great lunch the next day or a quick dinner using leftovers.

Can I freeze Buffalo Chili?

It’s a great freezer-friendly meal! Make a double batch or just make it ahead of time if you’d like. Allow it to cool and store it in a freezer bag or freezer-friendly container (I love Souper Cubes).

Keep it frozen for up to 3 months, then thaw in the fridge overnight.

How to reheat Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Chili

No fancy method here, just pop a bowl in the microwave and enjoy!

If you do have more than a single serving, you can reheat it on the stove or in the crockpot itself. This is handy if you’ve made the whole batch the day before and you’re serving a crowd the next day. They can just serve themselves right out of the slow cooker.

bowl of buffalo chicken chili with a spoon in it.

FAQs

Can I add frozen chicken breasts to the slow cooker?

Technically yes, however I wouldn’t in this case. It’ll take longer to cook and sometimes I find that the texture is funny. So, if you can, thaw the chicken breasts first!

What size crockpot do I use for this Buffalo Chicken Chili Crockpot recipe?

I use a 6 quart slow cooker which is perfect for this recipe, but you can go larger. It serves about 8 people. You can always double the recipe if needed.

Can I adjust the spice level of this chili recipe?

Absolutely! For a milder chili, you can skip the diced tomatoes with green chiles and just use tomatoes, as well as using just 1/4 cup of Buffalo sauce.

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Chili

Need more Buffalo sauce recipes? Try these:

Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas

Sheet Pan Buffalo Chicken Pizza

Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

Spicy Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches

Click here for my entire collection of Quick Fix recipes.

bite of buffalo chicken chili on a spoon.
white bowl of buffalo chicken chili topped with sour cream, scallions, and shredded cheese.
5 from 4 votes

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Chili

Servings: 8 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 10 minutes
Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Chili is everything you love about Buffalo Wings in the form of a cozy bowl of flavorful chili! Complete with tender shredded chicken, tangy Buffalo sauce, ranch seasoning, tomatoes with green chiles, and cream cheese, this buffalo chicken chili recipe has it all. No wonder it's always a crowd favorite!

Equipment

Ingredients
 

  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 14.5 ounce chicken broth
  • 15 ounce white northern beans drained & rinsed
  • 10 ounce tomatoes with green chiles Rotel
  • 8 ounce tomato sauce
  • ½ cup buffalo wing sauce I use Frank’s
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic salt
  • 2 tablespoons ranch seasoning homemade or a 1oz packet
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened and cubed
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese shredded
  • scallions for garnish

Instructions

  • To the basin of a 6-8 quart slow cooker, add the chicken breasts, broth, beans, tomatoes with chiles, tomato sauce, wing sauce, onion powder, garlic salt, and ranch seasoning. Stir to mix.
  • Cover and cook on LOW for 6 hours or HIGH for 4 hours.
  • After the cook time is up, take out the chicken and shred it, then put it back in the slow cooker.
  • Add the cubed cream cheese and shredded cheddar. Stir, then replace the cover and let it cook another 15-30 minutes, or until both cheeses have fully melted.
  • Top with more shredded cheese & scallions and serve.

Video

Notes

Store leftovers covered in the fridge for up to 3 days. 
Optional toppings: bleu cheese crumbles, Greek yogurt or sour cream, drizzle of ranch dressing, diced celery, etc.
If you don’t have (or like) great northern, use your favorite – navy, cannellini, pinto, red kidney beans…
Every slow cooker runs differently. Times given are a general recommendation and should be tested in your own slow cooker and adjusted as needed.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 309kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 80mg | Sodium: 1464mg | Potassium: 606mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 705IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 176mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutritional information is an estimate and provided to you as a courtesy. You should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe using your preferred nutrition calculator.

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2 Comments

    1. It wouldn’t take long stovetop. I would follow Step 1 in the recipe card but do it stovetop in a soup pot & let the chicken simmer until cooked through, take it out, shred it, then finish up the recipe, heating until the cream cheese is melted & creamy. Hope that helps!