{slow cooker} buffalo chicken sliders with blue cheese slaw

are you ready for some football!

{slow cooker buffalo chicken sliders with blue cheese slaw} crowd pleasing + semi-homemade is the perfect combo for these #football favorites!

tonight is the kick-off {PUNS} of the NFL’s first week! 

and while, for most, football season is all about the game, for me, it’s a season filled with sunday fundays, hometown pride {DA BEARS ..yes i know cutler is still our quarterback} + of course, the glorious football food that comes along with it all!

ever since my culinary fire was lit, i have dedicated football season to trying out new chili + slow cooker recipes on my guinea pig friends.

they get fed. my ‘to-try’ recipe list gets more organized.

everyone wins! {except, usually, da bears}

and since sundays are a dedicated game day from this day till late january, that gives me some serious time to perfect my tailgate taquitos + my chicago chili.

{slow cooker buffalo chicken sliders with blue cheese slaw} slow cookers make things so easy!

while the allure of the slow cooker is impossible to resist, it’s also super fun to stretch my bite-size wings {GUYS. ANOTHER PUN} and give some fun appetizers a whirl as well!

so! starting today, i’m going to post a gameday delight every week!

whether you find yourself hosting a weekly fanatic feast or spend your sundays curled up on the sofa for a party of one – these recipes will ultimately have the spirit that football season emits to me!

i think this will be a super fun way to get all jazzed about the week to come {regardless of how your fantasy running back did last week}.

and hey, for those of you who are giving me the ‘i. dont. care. about. football.’ eyeroll, think of this weekly series of apps, dips + chilis as a way to grow your arsenal of party food!

so let’s start off with my go-to, the slow cooker recipe that started as a football sunday trial + wound up as my gould gold standard for easy, crowd-pleasing food!

the buffalo chicken slider with blue cheese slaw!

{slow cooker buffalo chicken sliders with blue cheese slaw} crowd pleasing!

the chicken is as hands-free as it gets! you simply toss it into a slow cooker with some fizzy beer, a bottled buffalo sauce + a classic spice mix.

as the chicken cooks away in the orange pool of love, your house literally starts to smell like a party is about to go down + all that’s left is to mix up a semi-homemade slaw.

the slaw can be made ahead of time but once you see how simple it is, all you’ll need is a yawn-inducing halftime report to whip it together! the coleslaw crunch is left intact, and you my friend, just got a little arm workout from whisking together the dressing!

{slow cooker buffalo chicken sliders with blue cheese slaw} these are sure to be your #gameday favorite!

the thing that’s the best about these little sandwiches of buffalo love is that they are super versatile!

slider buns take them to two-bite town, lettuce wraps excite your low-carb-abiding guests + pretzel buns -of any size- please the masses!

however you serve ‘em up, i know the flavors will have your guests doing a touchdown dance to the slow cooker for seconds! i think it’s fair to say that once your guests get a whiff of these sliders, they won’t be saying ‘i think i’ll pass!’

{i may have just won the pun superbowl..}


{slow cooker} buffalo chicken sliders with blue cheese slaw
 
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Total time
 
Serves: 6 servings
Ingredients
for the buffalo chicken:
  • 1.5 lb of boneless skinless chicken breast, 3 huge pieces
  • 1 beer, i used 312
  • ½ cup of your favorite buffalo sauce
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1 teaspoon granulated onion
  • 2 tablespoons butter
for the blue cheese slaw:
  • 1 package of coleslaw mix
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded + thinly sliced
  • 1 large carrot, peeled + peeled into thin slices
  • ⅓ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ⅛ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon celery salt
  • freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 3oz crumbled blue cheese, more to taste
Instructions
buffalo chicken:
  1. pour the beer into the base of the slow cooker
  2. place the chicken, in single layer, into the slow cooker.
  3. mix the sauce, garlic + onion powder. pour over the top.
  4. cover + cook on low 6 hours. {may do 4 hours on high!}
  5. shred the chicken + mix with the butter. let cook for additional 15 minutes.
  6. serve on slider buns with slaw on top! enjoy!
blue cheese slaw:
  1. combine the coleslaw mix, jalapeno + carrot.
  2. in a small bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar + celery salt. whisk to combine.
  3. dress the coleslaw mix with the mayonnaise mix, evenly to coat.
  4. fold in the blue cheese.

 


cooktip

don’t have time for the slow cooker? no problem!

i suggest to poach your chicken breast in the beer {with water to cover, if needed} then shred + mix with the buffalo sauce, spices + butter! voila! done in under 20 minutes!

and. although i find the shredded meat from a rotisserie to be a bit dry, you could swap the chicken out for store-bought rotisserie for the sheer convenience of it!

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a great way to drop cals in this football food is to serve the slaw in a lettuce wrap! you could also swap the mayo in the slaw recipe for plain greek yogurt.

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both components of this dish hold super well in tupperware! whether you want to make it the day-ahead of a party or hold onto leftovers – the chicken will reheat best in a pot over low heat {add the butter at this step!} and the slaw will lose a bit of its crunch, but you could add fresh -undressed- coleslaw mix to resurrect the crisp touch!

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avocado slices are awesome as a topping! you could also add finely sliced celery to the slaw mix for the full buffalo wing companion experience!

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although i hate to realize it, i know that some of you are not blue cheese lovers.. but that’s okay! in the slaw, simply omit the blue cheese! it still packs tons of flavor! if you want a ranch flavor then you could add in a tablespoon of packaged ranch mix to the slaw dressing or give your sandwich a drizzle of ranch dressing for the effect!

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slider-style is my party go-to for these! i like to set up a buffet bar with the chicken, slaw, blue cheese crumbles, fresh jalapeno slices, ranch dressing + classic potato chips for maximum build-your-own options!
drink

this is football season, ya’ll – go with an ice cold beer or hard cider!