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Slow-Cooker Spicy Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches | styleberryKITCHEN Pt. 6

I have become delete happy. Yep. I am deleting left & right to remove clutter from my life & computer…problem is…I have deleted images that I intended to edit. OOooopsie! So you will have to use your imagination on this one. I had a beautiful image. A nice juicy sandwich with a side of glistening roasted green beans. But it’s gone. I have a few images from the process, so they will have to do. I decided to share with you even though my food “story” is incomplete.

This recipe was a gamble. This was the first time I made it. I prefer making my own sauces for meat, as they are always so much better & richer than store bought. So easy too. This was no exception–yummy & simple. We decided the chicken would taste better on slider buns than on big buns because the sandwich felt heavy. I think we are suddenly obsessed with sliders though…food is just more fun when it’s small!

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SLOW-COOKER SPICY BUFFALO CHICKEN SANDWICHES

Found in Everyday Food Mag HERE

Yield: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced small
  • 3 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, seeded and diced small
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup hot-pepper sauce, such as Frank’s
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon unsulfured molasses
  • 8 hamburger buns

Preparation

  1. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high. Add chicken thighs, season with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring once, until meat is golden brown, 5 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer to a slow cooker, leaving as much oil behind as possible. Repeat with chicken breasts.
  2. To skillet, add onion, garlic, and bell pepper and cook over medium, stirring constantly, until onion is translucent, 6 minutes. Add 1/4 cup water and cook, stirring and scraping up browned bits from skillet, 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and transfer to slow cooker.
  3. To slow cooker, add crushed tomatoes, hot-pepper sauce, Worcestershire, mustard, and molasses; stir to combine. Cover and cook on high until chicken is very tender, 4 hours. Shred chicken and season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve on buns.

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Ingredients & fresh veggies, then bottom right is what the kitchen looked like once everything was in the crock pot cooking. Not too bad for a nice homemade meal!

A note on SIDES. I prefer to cook a one pot meal. I like mixing everything together, but sides are essential when you have sandwiches & burgers. We tend to add veggies. For this meal, our side was green beans & my motto is this: KEEP IT SIMPLE. When cooking veggies I add olive oil, salt & pepper then roast or grill. Sometimes I’ll add a bit of garlic salt instead of the salt & pepper. Also delicious. We enjoy our veggies as close to what nature intended them to be. They are so good that way. Sides we love: asparagus, yellow squash, zucchini, butternut squash, green beans, beets & peppers. All are lovely cooked with hardly anything. The cooking brings out all the flavors you need–so don’t be afraid to go bare!

& those of you feeding kiddos–caroline ate this with us. The meat was not too spicy for her & I recall her begging for “MO!” I think I added some noodles with it for her carb, as she ate just the meat + green beans. :)

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  • Erica - I’ve been adding some fresh squeezed lemon juice and sometimes lemon zest to just-cooked fresh veggies and it has added so much incredible flavor!ReplyCancel

  • Annamarina - I’m always looking for new slow-cooker recipes. I’m definitely going to try this one. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica - Would you recommend adding honey as a sub for molasses?ReplyCancel

  • -shawna- - @Erica–YUM! @Jessica–I would not. I LOVE molasses!ReplyCancel

  • Kristyn - Yay! I’ll be trying it this next week =) Thanks for keeping the recipes coming!! I LOVE them! Just sent the turkey wraps link to my mom. Mmmm!ReplyCancel

  • Jackie - Just catching up on the blog and YUM! I will have to try this one soon…the hubby would love it! :)ReplyCancel

  • Ali - I made this last night. It is delicious!ReplyCancel

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