Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Chili

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I’m never one to shy away from a little extra spice in my chili so I thought, why not create a recipe that has plenty of heat. Feel free to lessen the heat if you have family members that prefer a milder chili.

This Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Chili is ideal a busy weeknight. The leftovers are great, too, so be sure to make enough for the next day’s lunch or dinner.

Slow cookers are a busy woman’s best friend, especially on a lazy Sunday afternoon when all you crave are the warm smells of slow cooked soups & stews that fill your entire house with comforting aromas. This chili recipe does just that.

*Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Chili contributed by Lauren O’Neil of  Say What You Need to Say Blog.

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Chili

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Chili

Yields: 6 servings | Serving Size: 1 cup | Calories: 305 | Total Fat: 12 g | Saturated Fat: 3 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 98 mg | Sodium: 873 mg | Carbohydrates: 24 g | Dietary Fiber: 8 g | Sugars: 8 g | Protein: 26 g | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 3


  • 1.5 pounds ground chicken
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 medium stalks of celery, sliced (about 1 cup)
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1 (28 oz) can fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 (15 oz) can white beans
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup buffalo wing sauce
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper


  1. In a large skillet, sauté onion until soft (about 5 minutes). Add the ground chicken, celery and carrots and cook until meat begins to brown (about 4-5 minutes).
  2. Remove the meat and vegetables from the pan and transfer into the slow cookers. Add tomatoes, beans, spices, salt and pepper.
  3. Pour in chicken broth and hot sauce and stir.
  4. Set slow cooker to low, cover and cook for 5-6 hours.


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17 Comments on "Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Chili"

  1. Annette Hollingsworth  February 19, 2014

    Hi there, would love to try this recipe out but not sure what buffalo wing sauce is in Australia. Maybe a barbecue tasting sauce would be suitable? Thanks

  2. Jackie P  August 11, 2014

    I made this yesterday and …SOOO GOOD! Thanks for another great recipe.

    • SkinnyMs  August 12, 2014

      Jackie P, You're welcome:)!

  3. Sheri Dale  August 17, 2014

    I really don't like the texture of celery. Is there an alternative? Celery salt?

    • SkinnyMs  August 18, 2014

      Sheri, You can either omit the celery altogether or just add more carrots as a substitute. And yes, if you'd like you can add 1 to 2 teaspoons celery salt instead.

  4. Debbi  December 26, 2014

    Where is the 12g of fat per serving coming from? Very perplexed.

    • SkinnyMs  January 8, 2015

      Debbi, 9 grams are from the chicken and 3 are from the Buffalo Wing Sauce.

  5. Kelsea  April 5, 2016

    Planned to make this until I saw the sodium content, that is extremely high for 1 cup. Did you use low sodium broth?

    • SkinnyMs.  April 7, 2016

      This recipe was shared by one of our contributors. We do recommend using low sodium broth, which should bring the sodium content down to 600mg.

  6. Erin  February 9, 2017

    I don’t have 5-6 hours. Can I cook it in high for 2-3 hours? Or on the stovetop for 2 or so hours?

    • Gale Compton  February 9, 2017

      Erin, Sure, high in the slow cooker is fine or use the stove top and cook for an about 1 hour, or possibly less.

  7. Michele  January 14, 2020

    This is my go to recipe when I make chili for get togethers and made it for our neighborhood chili cook off. Such a nice change from usual chili. Soooo good and even better as leftovers! Thank you!

    • Nichole Furlong  January 14, 2020

      We’re happy to hear you love this chili recipe, Michele!


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