Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken

Slow cooked, spicy and delicious Buffalo Chicken drumsticks.

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HI! What are you doing? (Probably reading the screen…)

What am I doing, you ask? Oh. Not much. Just chomping away on some peanuts and Lucky Charms… When I write, I’m either eating cereal sans milk, or I’m snacking on peanuts. Tonight I decided to eat both at the same time. Not a bad combo.

I’m also reminiscing about my chicken story… Wanna hear about it?!

When I was a little girl my grandma used to take me with her on a weekend getaway (or an entire summer) to the village, Cresnevo, Macedonia, where she was born. This village is far up in the mountains and I am certain that when I get to heaven, that is what I will see. Green fields, wheat fields, cherry trees, apple trees, open blue skies, horses, farm animals, and very happy people.

My grandma had a chicken coup and part of my daily routine was to chase the chickens around the yard. By the way, chickens can be mean. And roosters?! Oh, don’t even get me started on them! Wakin’ me up at 3 a.m. like it ain’t nobody’s business! Ugh!

After chasing them around for a while, I would sit down and try to count all the chickens, and every couple of days there would be at least one missing. I’d tell my grandma about it and she would just ignore me. At the time I didn’t put 2 and 2 together, but every night grandma would either serve chicken soup, grilled chicken, or fried chicken.
It wasn’t until a few years later when I realized that the chicken running around in the yard with its head cut off WAS NOT A TOY! LIARS!!

I am laughing about it now…I am literally holding my stomach and laughing – you had to be there – but it wasn’t so funny back then. It took me FOREVER to start eating chicken again!

Maybe I should not have told you this story while sharing a recipe for this delicious Slow Cooker Buffalo CHICKEN, but I did. icon smile Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken

Buffalo Chicken Diethood Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken

You know… I am really looking forward to all those slow cooked meals that come with the season; Slow Cooker French Onion Soup, Slow Cooker Leek and Potato Soup, and so on and so forth… can’t wait!

I mostly use this particular slow cooker chicken recipe on game days, with drumsticks or wings, but I have also served it for dinner. Chicken din din almost always pleases my little crowd here. Even if it’s a bit spicy.¬†True story – I would not touch spicy food until I met Frank’s Red Hot. That sauce reeled me in and I have been in ever since. I use the entire bottle for this recipe, plus I add a bit of wine and some garlic. It’s SO good! Finger lickin’ good… honestly.

If you’re entertaining on game days, this is the recipe you should use. Double it, triple it…it works like a charm each and every time.


 Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken
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Slow cooked, spicy and delicious Buffalo Chicken drumsticks.
Serves: Serves 6 to 8
  • 8 to 10 chicken drumsticks/drummettes
  • 1 bottle (5-ounces) Frank's Red Hot (or any other buffalo sauce that you like to use)
  • ½ cup dry wine
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tablespoons dried parsley
  1. Place drumsticks in a large resealable plastic bag.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients to the bag; seal bag and turn to coat.
  3. Refrigerate for 3 hours or overnight.
  4. Transfer chicken and sauce to slow cooker.
  5. Cover and cook on LOW for 3 to 4 hours, or until chicken is tender. You can also cook them on HIGH for 2 hours.
  6. Remove chicken to a serving plate and brush the sauce over the chicken.
  7. Serve with a side of bleu cheese dip.
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  1. Christina September 20, 2014 at 2:22 PM - Reply

    This looks yummy. The recipe can be done with chicken breasts? Right?

  2. lisa September 10, 2014 at 11:02 AM - Reply

    Wow. This looks good. But…can I adapt this for just boneless chicken breasts?

    • Katerina Petrovska September 10, 2014 at 3:24 PM - Reply

      Hi Lisa!!

      Yes, you can absolutely do that, but I would suggest browning the chicken breasts just for a couple of minutes on each side before placing them in the crockpot. Hope you have a chance to try it!

  3. Effk September 9, 2014 at 9:34 AM - Reply

    Question – these look yummy but I’m confused because every time I use my slow cooker for chicken there’s no “crispiness” to it. However, the chicken in this photo looks crispy with dark spots like it was grilled??? Help!!

    • Katerina Petrovska September 9, 2014 at 9:47 AM - Reply

      HI! You can try by browning the chicken in a skillet right before putting it in the slow cooker. That should give the color and a bit of crispiness that you’re looking for.

  4. Kelly September 2, 2014 at 10:12 AM - Reply

    Is this made with drumsticks or drummettes? It has drumsticks listed in ingredients but then says “wings” in instructions.

    • Katerina Petrovska September 2, 2014 at 10:20 AM - Reply

      Hi Kelly!

      Thanks so much for letting me know about that… I’ll fix it right away!!
      However, you can use either/or without adjusting the cooking time. Hope that helps!

      • Kelly September 2, 2014 at 10:23 AM - Reply

        ok- so full size drumsticks is what you used for recipe?

        • Katerina Petrovska September 2, 2014 at 10:29 AM - Reply

          Yes, I use the full size drumsticks, but I have also used wings following the same method. Also, because the wings are much smaller, I use about 15 to 18 wings.

  5. Dorothy July 18, 2014 at 11:12 PM - Reply

    If you can’t use alcohol can you replace the wine with water or something?
    Thank you Dorothy

  6. Dorothy July 18, 2014 at 11:10 PM - Reply

    Hi I was wondering if I could replace the wine with water, I hate any alcohol?

    • Katerina Petrovska July 18, 2014 at 11:14 PM - Reply

      Hi Dorothy!

      The wine is added for extra flavor, but you can also use chicken broth or vegetable broth, instead. Water is okay, too, but it will lack some flavor. Hope that helps! Let me know if you give it a try. Have a great weekend!!

  7. Mahoganylit January 20, 2014 at 5:07 AM - Reply

    Hi. I think it am going to try this tonight. My hubby can’t do spicy. How spicy are these?

    • Katerina Petrovska January 20, 2014 at 7:41 AM - Reply

      HI! I can’t do very spicy, either, and these aren’t that spicy at all. There is a very little kick to it, but it’s not spicy hot. Let me know how it goes!

  8. Embee January 19, 2014 at 7:51 AM - Reply

    Have been researching foods that were introduced in 1964 for an upcoming 50th Anniversary of the Beatles coming to the US party. ( Feb 7th) And what do you know , Buffalo Chicken Wings is one ! Love this recipe, can’t wait to try it. How many wings would you think would be equal to the 8 -10 drumsticks ?( want to be sure to have enough sauce) Thanks !

    • Katerina Petrovska January 19, 2014 at 7:55 AM - Reply

      HI! Well that sounds like so much fun! I would say something like 16 to 20 wings, depending on the size. Have a great time!!

  9. Steph December 10, 2013 at 4:52 PM - Reply

    Do you use the original Franks Red Hot sauce? Or Franks Red Hot Buffalo Wing sauce? Thanks! I need to make these!

    • Katerina Petrovska December 10, 2013 at 7:49 PM - Reply

      Hi Steph!! I use original Franks Red Hot sauce. Hope that helps!

  10. Michelle November 8, 2013 at 6:29 PM - Reply

    Hello! I too love Franks, but I’m confused as to the 5 ounce bottle. That seems like a tiny bottle. All I ever see is the big ol 23 oz’er.

    • Katerina Petrovska November 8, 2013 at 6:33 PM - Reply

      Hi Michelle!! When I go to Sam’s or Costco, I get the big one, but my local grocer carries the 5 oz. bottles, and because that store is only 5 minutes from my house, I mostly use the smaller bottles. :) If you are making this recipe, just use about a cup of Frank’s.

  11. Mick McNeil October 4, 2013 at 8:48 PM - Reply

    This is on the menu tonight. It’s difficult to get Franks Red Hot sauce in New Zealand, but luckily I have a brother in-law in Chicago that shipped us out some!

    • Katerina Petrovska October 4, 2013 at 10:50 PM - Reply

      Awesome!!! I’m right outside of Chicago! :)

      I hope you enjoyed your dinner!!

      • Mick McNeil October 5, 2013 at 2:43 AM - Reply

        Made it tonight, was so good I stole it for my own blog. Cheers!

  12. Ramona September 19, 2013 at 4:34 AM - Reply

    What a fun way to cook up some buffalo chicken. I bet the flavors were amazing!

  13. GiGi Eats Celebrities September 18, 2013 at 10:29 PM - Reply

    I’d like ten of these please!! YUM!

  14. Maria | Pink Patisserie September 18, 2013 at 11:01 AM - Reply

    I am making these for dinner tonight!! They look so yum and I love the story. I’ve heard Macedonia is gorgeous, too want to go there some day.

  15. Jenny September 16, 2013 at 11:28 AM - Reply

    This looks so good!! I love your story too, we also had chickens growing up!
    What kind of wine did you use?

    • Katerina Petrovska September 16, 2013 at 2:17 PM - Reply

      Thank you, Jenny! I used some Chardonnay that I had… you can use any dry white wine, but I think that Chardonnay goes well with chicken. Cheers! ;-)

  16. Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet September 16, 2013 at 10:11 AM - Reply

    I absolutely love to use my slow cooker for chicken! This sounds great!

  17. easyfoodsmith September 16, 2013 at 3:40 AM - Reply

    Yum! This recipe looks wonderful and something my family would love to the core.

  18. Ash-foodfashionparty September 15, 2013 at 11:17 PM - Reply

    Hilarious..laughing away.
    The dish looks really good, goto get that buffalo sauce.
    Your story reminds me of days with grammy, how fun that was.

  19. Laura (Tutti Dolci) September 15, 2013 at 10:13 PM - Reply

    Lol hilarious, I would have stayed far away from chicken too! Love this buffalo chicken, and so glad the slow cooker does all the work ;).

  20. kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts September 15, 2013 at 7:54 PM - Reply

    A toy. That’s probably not supposed to be a funny mental image, but it is to me. Just goes to show you where my mind’s at these days.

    My son would drop his surly teenage attitude if I served him these–chicken on a bone *and* Franks red hot?! Luckily I’ve got plenty of celery in the garden and a tub of blue cheese crumbles to go alongside.


  21. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef September 15, 2013 at 7:43 PM - Reply

    I’ve had chickens for eggs and fertilizer but I’ve never actually killed one. I don’t think I could unless I was starving.

    I could eat these slow cooker buffalo chicken pieces though!

  22. Valerie September 15, 2013 at 12:26 PM - Reply

    I can relate to the testy temperament of chickens – my (French) Godmother had chickens and roosters in her backyard, they scared the bejesus out of me! The lurching…the pecking…!! :p

    • Katerina Petrovska September 15, 2013 at 12:55 PM - Reply

      Exactly!! And they just go after you…cluck, cluck, cluck, CLUCK! Freaks. ;-)

  23. A_Boleyn September 15, 2013 at 11:21 AM - Reply

    Learning the facts of life on a farm with regards to the fate of the animals is very difficult for a child. I had a similar experience with a basket of baby bunnies later in the summer when we were served a plate of “fried chicken”. My brother revealed the unpleasant truth and I went to bed hungry that night.

    Now, I love fried rabbit. :)

    You really need a blue cheese dressing, dip or sauce before you can call it “Buffalo chicken” though.

  24. Galina V September 15, 2013 at 4:58 AM - Reply

    A great story! I love reading personal stories that go with the recipes. My gran also used to keep chickens, and I hated the geese, they were really mean. Yummy recipe too!

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