Always on the search for easy to prepare, healthy, make ahead, freezer meals, I came across a pin for Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken from Emily Bites. Below is the picture from her website. This recipe is so easy that even my favorite cellmate could make it!
Her picture looks so delicious and her blog says 1/2 cup is worth only 3 Weight Watcher points. I have to wonder if that included the bun?
Emily laid out the directions quick and easy, so easy I thought even I could do that. I also thought it would make a great freezer meal.
When the chicken was done I thought the sauce was too watery, I wanted something thicker like a BBQ sauce. I also wanted to stay a bit healthy so I decided to ditch the bun and make it as a lettuce wrap. I forgot to by butter lettuce which is great for wraps so I used Romaine instead. Below you will see what I did.
Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken
- 3 lbs raw boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 12 oz bottle of Buffalo wing sauce (Emily recommended Frank’s Wing Sauce)
- 1 oz packet of dry Ranch mix ( Hidden Valley)
The original recipe included 2 tablespoons of butter, I decided to skip that to save on fat and calories.
- Dump the sauce and Ranch dressing mix in a bag and mix, then add chicken. Toss in freezer. If you don’t want to freeze then dump everything in the slow cooker.
- Cook on low for 8 hours.
- When done Shred chicken.
- Eat and enjoy.
Emily recommends that after shredding the chicken you let it cook on low for another hour so it absorbs the juice. I forgot to read that part.
What I did – I took put the cooked chicken in my Kitchen Aid mixer and used that to shred the chicken. I also saw this on Pinterest and it is just the coolest thing, shredded chicken in less than 30 seconds!
I found the sauce to be too watery so I put it in a sauce pan with about a tablespoon of corn starch and let it boil till it was thicker. A hint my mother-in-law taught me is to put corn starch or flour in a small jar with COLD water and shake it up before adding it to any hot liquid, this way you don’t get any lumps.
I then added the sauce to the chicken and served on Romaine lettuce. (Sorry, her picture looks much more appetizing than mine)
Review: First I have to say this was so easy and quick to make, it turned out great. It was so fast and easy to prepare even with the extra steps I added thickening the sauce. I think I could have easily added another chicken breast or two as the sauce was very plentiful. I think it would have tasted better on a good bun but as I mentioned I am trying to cut calories. I also think this would have made a great party dip. I am a wimp when it comes to spicy food and I thought this had just the right amount of heat but great flavor.
Here is the nutrition information from Emily Bites
Yields 12 (1/2 cup) servings. WW P+: 3 per serving (P+ calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)
Nutrition Information per serving from myfitnesspal.com: 175 calories, 1 g carbs, 5 g fat, 28 g protein, 0 g fiber