Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken

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Slow cooked, spicy and delicious Buffalo Chicken drumsticks.

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken | | Slow cooked, spicy and delicious Buffalo Chicken drumsticks. | #recipe #chicken #slowcooker #crockpot

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. :)

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken | | Slow cooked, spicy and delicious Buffalo Chicken drumsticks. | #recipe #chicken #slowcooker #crockpot

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.


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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.


    • says

      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!

  1. Effk says

    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!!

  2. Kelly says

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

    • says

      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!!

  3. Embee says

    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 !

  4. Michelle says

    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.

    • says

      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.

  5. says

    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!

  6. says

    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.


  7. says

    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

  8. says

    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.

  9. says

    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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