Crockpot Buffalo Chicken
If you follow me on Instagram (@nataliehodson1) you saw this picture I posted last night:Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Instagram
I feel kind of bad even calling this a recipe because it was so easy.  Here are the ingredients I used (I’ll post everything as serving sizes for a regular recipe, but keep in mind that I quadrupled the recipe here which is why it looks like so much in the picture).

Ingredients:
2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast
1 garlic cloves, minced
1 16oz can low sodium chicken broth
water
½ cup Franks Red Hot Sauce*

*Note: For those wondering, here are the ingredients in Frank’s Red Hot Sauce: Aged Cayenne red peppers, vinegar, water, salt and garlic powder.  So, there isn’t anything bad in the ingredients, however there is quite a bit of sodium.  I don’t worry too much about my daily sodium intake, but if that is something you are worried about my friend Brittany over at Little B’s Healthy Habits has a really good homemade hot sauce recipe you can find here.

Directions:
Put the chicken, garlic, and chicken broth in the crockpot.  Add water as needed until the chicken is fully immersed in liquid. Cook on high for 3-4 hours until chicken can shred easily with two forks.  (Note: when I quadrupled this recipe I had to cook it for 5.5 hours to cook all the way through because the crockpot was so full).  Shred chicken and discard of all the broth except for ½ cup.  Add hot sauce and cook another 30 minutes or so.

Note: I found that this wasn’t quite as spicy as I like it, so I added a little more Frank’s at the end.  My husband liked it this way though, so I would say this has a fairly mild heat/spicyness.

And that’s it!  The chicken will come out super moist and so delicious.  I like cooking chicken in bulk and then freezing it into portion size freezer bags so I can pull one or two out, let them defrost, and eat them as needed.  It will stay good in the freezer for 2-3 months as long as most of the air is out of your Ziploc.

Today I had a ton of leftovers and decided to make some Buffalo Chicken Blue Cheese Mini Pizzas. They were sooo yummy!  Here are the ingredients I used:
-2 Trader Joe’s Corn and Wheat Tortillas
-Trader Joe’s Fat Free Pizza Sauce
-Low Fat Blue Cheese Crumbles
-1 Low-Fat Mozzarella cheese stick
-4oz Buffalo Crockpot Chicken
-Dash of Frank’s Hot Sauce (optional)
-Assemble all ingredients on each tortilla and bake at 400 for 5-7 minutes, then hi broil for 1-2 minutes (watch carefully at the end so it doesn’t burn).
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Macros:
Each Mini Pizza (I ate two):
Calories: 205
Fat: 5g
Carbs: 16g
Fiber: 1.5g
Protein: 23.5g

I know I'm not a food photographer, but these were sooo good!

I know I’m not a food photographer, but these were sooo good!

If you try this recipe, let me know what you think in the comments below. I would love to hear from you!
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Natalie Hodson is a mom of two showing how to balance family, fitness, and a healthy lifestyle.  www.nataliehodson.com