You never need to make another buffalo chicken recipe again after trying this simple 4-ingredient recipe. It’s naturally gluten-free, a great meal-prep lunch recipe, and delicious.
The BEST Buffalo Chicken
Buffalo chicken is one chicken meal that you you can eat all year round it is buffalo chicken! Buffalo sauce is a sauce that you can use in chilis, salads, and more! We have so many amazing buffalo chicken recipes to choose from all year round!
- Buffalo chicken wings
- Buffalo chicken salad
- Grilled buffalo chicken salad
- Buffalo chicken chili
- Buffalo chicken dip
Todays shredded buffalo chicken recipe is one of our favorites because you can make it and use it in so many different recipes!
Everything You Need for this Buffalo Chicken
Guess what, you only need 4 ingredients to make this creamy and protein packed chicken! Here’s what you need!
- Shredded chicken- shred your own chicken or buy already shredded chicken from the grocery store.
- Buffalo sauce- We love to use Franks hot sauce, but if you find Frank-less feel free to use your favorite hot sauce.
- Greek yogurt– As long as you use plain Greek yogurt, it doesn’t matter what fat content or brand you use.
- Honey– A little sweetness adds so much to this buffalo chicken recipe. It cuts the spiciness and leaves you with a delicious balance of spicy and sweet. Feel free to add more or less honey depending on your spice level preference. You can also use maple syrup instead of honey!
What Kind of Chicken to Use
What kind of chicken you use totally depends on what kind of chicken is available to you. There are a few different types of chicken you can use and few different ways you prepare your chicken!
If you would like to prepare shredded chicken at home, we recommend baking chicken breasts or chicken thighs and shredded them after with a fork.
If you are in a pinch and would like to buy pre-made chicken you can usually find precooked shredded chicken at the grocery store or you can buy a whole rotisserie chicken and shred it at home.
How to shred chicken
There are so many different ways you can make shredded chicken at home! You can even make a big batch of shredded chicken and add buffalo sauce to meal prep the chicken throughout the week.
shredded chicken- every way
How to Make Buffalo Chicken
After you have your shredded chicken (made at home or store bought) it’s time to make that delicious chicken into buffalo chicken!
Make the Sauce
To make the buffalo chicken sauce you add the Franks hot sauce and honey to a small sauce pan and whisk the two ingredients together over medium/high heat.
When the honey has dissolved and the sauce has come to a slight boil you can remove the sauce from heat.
Carefully add the Greek yogurt to the saucepan and whisk the sauce until all the ingredients are combined and the sauce is creamy!
Toss the sauce with chicken
After the sauce is thick and creamy, pour the buffalo sauce over your shredded chicken and mix until all the chicken is covered in buffalo sauce!
That’s it! Now serve your buffalo chicken any way you’d like!
Buffalo Chicken Tips + Tricks
How do you serve buffalo chicken?
There are so many different ways you can serve this buffalo chicken. Did you know you can serve buffalo chicken hot OR cold! It is delicious both ways.
We suggest eating this shredded buffalo chicken one of the delicious ways below!
- Make a shredded buffalo chicken sandwich!
- Roll this shredded buffalo chicken in a wrap
- Add a cup of this shredded buffalo chicken to a salad
- Make delicious lettuce wraps and drizzle them with this homemade blue cheese dressing!
What do you eat with buffalo chicken?
Buffalo chicken is a spicier chicken recipe that pairs well with ingredients like carrots, celery, blue cheese, and ranch!
How do you store buffalo chicken?
To store this shredded buffalo chicken you let the buffalo chicken cool completely before placing it in an air tight container and placing it in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Can you freeze buffalo chicken?
We do not suggest freezing this shredded buffalo chicken.
Buffalo Chicken Recipe
- 2 lbs. shredded chicken ~6 cups
- ½ cup Franks buffalo sauce
- ½ cup Greek yogurt
- 2-3 tablespoons honey
- Place the shredded chicken in a large bowl and set aside.
- Next, place the Franks and honey into a small saucepan and whisk over medium/high heat until the sauce comes to a boil. Remove from heat.
- Carefully whisk the Greek yogurt into the Franks sauce.
- Pour the buffalo sauce over the shredded chicken and mix until all the chicken is covered.
- Serve chicken alone, in a salad, or any way you’d like!
Tips & Notes
- This recipe was updated on February 15th, 2021. Click here for old photos and the old recipe.
Photography: photos taken in this post are by Erin from The Wooden Skillet.
Looks awsome! I’m making it dairy free what could I use in place of Greek yogurt
Hi Heather, you could use any plain dairy free yogurt! I would start with less and add til you get the texture you’re looking for since many dairy free yogurts are more runny than greek yogurt. Hope this helps!
I used this wonderful recipe as a base to make buffalo chicken *salad* with one major adjustment: I didn’t heat anything. I also added 4 celery stalks (sliced thin on the bias) and all the leaves from one head of celery, salt & pepper, a drizzle of grapeseed oil, and then I split the mixture up and added blue cheese to one half and dried dill and onion salt to the other half. The addition of honey to the Frank’s RedHot REALLLLY makes this magical!!!
so easy, so yum! I used franks red hot “wing sauce” and chobani nonfat plain greek yogurt….put 1lb of chicken into my little crock pot with about 1/2 cup water, turned out great!!
Great recipe! Served as a dip- put mixture into a dish, topped with cashew cream and an extra drizzle of buffalo sauce, baked until hot, served with baked tortilla chips. Really good!
Am I able to use a hot sauce “powder” instead of liquid hot sauce?
Hi Patty! I’ve never actually heard of hot sauce powder and I’m not sure how it would work!
When you cook the chicken in the slow cooker literally just put the chicken in and that’s it, no water or anything?
It creates its own moisture! But, you can add a few tablespoons of water if you’re skeptical!
I like simple and tasty. This is it. Perfect to just eat by itself. Next time around i may add just a touch more Frank’s, wasnt quite spicy enough for me. Really glad i found this recipe, adding it to my meal plan.
How would I adjust the cooking time if I’m using boneless, skinless, chicken thighs?
I would keep the same cook time!
I wanted to love it, but the overall bitter taste from the yogurt just was not my favorite. It is a option for a healthy snack for the next few days that is relatively inexpensive.. but I’m just not excited about it. Overall, a bit of a letdown.. but I will try adding some spices, like garlic and celery as mentioned in a earlier comment, to make more enjoyable.
I’d recommend trying different brands of yogurt too, they tend to vary in that bitter/tart taste. The flavor of full-fat greek yogurt also tends to be more palatable.
I just ate this for the third night in a row. I. Am. Obsessed. I eat relatively clean, and this is perfect for just that. Tasty, versatile, and you can eat it just by itself. I’m sending this to everyone I know, it’s that good!
Fantastic! This recipe was not just super easy but super delicious! I used fage 0% yogurt and to make the dish appear more cheesy put a heaping soup of 1/2 cup and added the hot sauce to make it just the right amount of hotness. The additional yogurt added even more protein to the dish which was “icing on the cake” for this recipe!
This was so good AND easy! I used left over (cold) rotisserie chicken. After adding the buffalo sauce a little at a time, I felt there was something missing so I added a bit of garlic powder to it to suit my preggo taste.
Try it with a tortilla wrap with lettuce and shredded carrot 🙂
Great idea with the leftover rotisserie chicken!
I added celery seeds and garlic powder just to give it extra flavor and served in lettuce cups
Do you add any liquid to the crockpot or just out the chicken and let it cook??
Very spicy even for my husband who lives for heat. I recommend adding the sauce one tablespoon at a time.
I saw this question posted earlier, but there was no response. Do you need to put liquid in the slow cooker with the chicken? I’m concerned it will be dry. Also, has anyone on here made this? I see lots of comments, but only one person who made it. Thanks so much in advance,
How long does this last in the fridge?
I would say up to 4 or 5 days!
Hello! Do you have to put any liquid in the slow cooker with the chicken?
I’ve added some roasted red pepper hummus to this this instead of the yogurt and it is so good- adds the creamy!
What Greek yogurt brand did you use? How many calories for the amount you used for this recipe? I really need to know… thank you
Can I cook the chicken in the oven if I don’t have a crock pot? Any recommendations of time/temp?
Yes! I would bake it at 375 for 20-25 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes, then shred!