Meat

Buffalo Chicken Boats

sweet potatoes stuffed with buffalo chicken and topped with scallions, celery, feta, and avocado

 

I don’t think there is anything more satisfying to a mid-westerner than a big ‘ole plate with some form of BUFFALO CHICKEN on it.  I may be east coast born and raised, but butter my buns and call me a biscuit, because the mid west is doin something right with this buffalo chicken lifestyle and I am down with the get down.

Make it a dip, eat it with chips, fry it up between two buns, slap it on a pizza, cook it up healthy…wait whaaaaaaat?  Buffalo chicken can be HEALTHY?!

Pay attention people, because this means you can eat buffalo chicken without the subsequent guilt trip…so who’s with me?!

 

shredded buffalo chicken in baked sweet potato with Frank's red hot bottle

 

Not only do you get buffalo chicken for dinner, but you get it in a sweet potato boat to boot!  This is probably the closest one gets to heaven on earth…with a side of lean protein, healthy carbs, and good fats!  

Cooking the chicken and sweet potato take some time, but assembly is very very quick and simple, which means you have time to catch up on other things while dinner is cooking!  

Like catching up of your Modern Family episodes, or re-watching season 5 of Friends when Monica and Chandler are in the throws of a seriously heated, yet secretive relationship, and nobody knows but Joey who hates keeping secrets, and then Phoebe finds out because Ross buys naked guy’s apartment, and…well, you’ll just have to re-watch it because this dinner is SO DARN EASY to make that you’ll have extra time!

 

baked sweet potato with middle scooped out, stuffed with shredded buffalo chicken and topped with scallions, celery, and avocado

 

Start by taking chicken breasts and placing them in a slow cooker.  Add Frank’s Red Hot, ghee (or grass-fed butter), garlic, broth, and let it cook on high for 3 hours or low for 7-8 while at work.  Once you’re chicken is done cooking, you’ll shred it directly in the slow cooker and then fork it out into your sweet potato boats before chowing down!

Sweet potato prep just requires the spud to be cut in half, drizzled with oil, and baked in tin foil for 60 min.  Once finished cooking, scoop out the middle of your potato, leaving some of the edges for maximum yum-factor.  I took my extra sweet potato that was scooped out and made BBQ Sweet Potato Hummus with it!

 

shredded buffalo chicken inside baked sweet potato, topped with scallions, celery, avocado, and feta cheese

 

Transfer your desired amount of shredded buffalo chicken into your sweet potato boat, and top with all the fixings!  I’m a huge fan of capsizing my boat with extra sauce from the slow cooker, because more red hot = better life.

 

shredded buffalo chicken inside baked sweet potato, topped with scallions, celery, avocado, and feta cheese 

Print Recipe
5 from 2 votes

Buffalo Chicken Boats

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 20 mins
Course: Main Course
Keyword: buffalo chicken, gluten free, healthy, red hot, slow cooker, sweet potato
Servings: 4 people
Author: Lulu's Table

Ingredients

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken

  • 1-1.5 lbs organic chicken breast
  • 2 cloves garlic whole
  • 1/2 cup chicken bone broth
  • 1 cup Frank's Red Hot
  • 2 tbsp ghee or grass-fed butter

Sweet Potato Boats

  • 2 whole sweet potatoes
  • 2 tbsp avocado oi
  • 1/2 cup scallions chopped
  • 1/2 cup celery chopped
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 cup feta cheese

Instructions

  • In your slow cooker, add chicken, garlic, bone broth, red hot and ghee.  Cook on high for 3 hours, or low for 7-8 hours.  When finished cooking, take two forks and shred chicken directly in slow cooker.  Stir and cover with lid to keep warm before serving.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Take sweet potatoes and cut in half, long ways.  Drizzle oil over all sides of sweet potato and wrap in foil.  Place foil wrapped potatoes on a baking pan in case there is any dripping.
  • Bake for 60 min.
  • Remove potatoes from oven and let sit in foil for 10 min in order to steam.
  • While potatoes steam, prep toppings.  Chop scallions, scoop out flesh of avocado and cut into thin pieces, and chop celery.
  • After sweet potato is finished steaming, scoop out the inside flesh (leaving skin and a thin layer of flesh on the outside).  You can either use a spoon to remove flesh, or take a sharp knife and cut around the inside edge of the potato. Proceed cutting down the length, then across the width of the potato to create cubes. Pull out cubes with a fork.
  • Fill sweet potato boats with shredded buffalo chicken, top with scallions, celery, avocado, and feta cheese.
Appetizers

Lulu’s Famous Buffalo Chicken Dip

buffalo chicken dip on a chip

Put this on the list of food I could eat every day for the rest of my life!  This is a house favorite for us because its super freaking YUM-MY.  So much so that our pup, Tito, tries to sneak bites while we’re not looking (lucky for us he’s not very sneaky).

dog eyeing buffalo chicken dip on a chip

We usually see this dip every weekend during the fall as a tailgate appetizer, but today it’s being made for a New Years Eve party we’ll be attending!  Between NYE celebrations, and football playoff season, now would be a perfect time to give this recipe a try! Plus I can pretty much guarantee you this will be the crowd favorite.

It’s really simple to make and the two different methods of cooking make it versatile to better fit your schedule.  For today’s Buffalo Chicken Dip, I made it on the stovetop before baking it in the oven for 15 min.

The other option is in the slow cooker, which is SO FREAKING EASY it’s crazy.  I have done both ways, and they turn out just as addicting whichever way you decide.  For the slow cooker option, just dump all your ingredients in and set on HIGH for 40-45 min, stirring periodically.  Once all ingredients are melted and blended together, then you can set the temp to WARM and leave in the slow cooker for people to serve themselves.  So easy right?!

buffalo chicken dip on sauce pan before baking

If using stovetop, I like to melt my cream cheese, hot sauce, ranch and cheese together to create the sauce, before mixing in my shredded rotisserie chicken.  Once everything is blended, I transfer to a greased baking dish and top with some extra cheese!

Can’t wait for you guys to give this classic recipe a try, you will not regret it!  And don’t forget to grab a bag of chips, or some celery sticks to scoop it with!

buffalo chicken dip in a casserole dish with chips

Lulu's Famous Buffalo Chicken Dip

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Appetizer
Keyword: appetizer, buffalo chicken, dip
Author: Lulu's Table

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Frank's Red Hot Sauce
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup ranch
  • 3/4 cup pepper jack cheese shredded
  • 1 cup chicken shredded

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees and grease a small casserole dish.
  • Take a medium sized sauce pan and add hot sauce, cream cheese, ranch, and pepper jack cheese.  Cook over medium heat.
  • Stir occasionally until sauce becomes smooth and fully blended.  Stir in chicken.
  • Transfer to greased casserole dish and cook for 15 min.
  • Serve with chips and/or celery sticks.