Healthy Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Sweet Potatoes

My week began with resolve, fortitude, and the most wholesome of intentions to balance out Ben and my four-day eating spree in New York City. I lasted five hours. Then, I remembered the chocolate truffles lurking in the candy jar. Oops. Call in the Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Sweet Potatoes, and let’s get back on track!

Healthy Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes. Our whole family loves this easy crock pot recipe! Perfect football food for game day and tailgates too. {whole 30, paleo} @wellplated

The truth is, I’m miserable at any kind of diet plan that requires cutting out whole food groups or includes words like “cleanse” and “detox.” Even after a long weekend in which carbs and cocktails were the primary food groups, subscribing to a meal regimen (even a temporary one) that calls for deprivation isn’t an approach that resonates with me. Plus, as we’ve seen, I’m not very good at it. Dark chocolate is real. And I really like it.

That said, I still wake up after weekends I’ve gone a little overboard (or in the case of our NYC trip a lot overboard) ready to hit reset and return to a healthier eating pattern—at least until the next weekend. Do you know the feeling?

Whether you are looking for a reset (sometimes), or just need an easy, healthy dinner on a busy weeknight (always), these Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Sweet Potatoes are ideal. Every bite of these fluffy baked sweet potatoes smothered in juicy, saucy crock pot Buffalo chicken tastes rich and satisfying, but is wholesome and good for you!

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken. The combo of spicy chicken with sweet potatoes is SO GOOD. Easy, healthy crock pot recipe that’s perfect for busy weeknights or to feed a crowd. @wellplated

I stole the idea to pair the Buffalo chicken with sweet potatoes from a friend who ordered a side of Buffalo dipping sauce with her sweet potato fries at dinner a few weeks ago. At first, I thought it sounded odd, but the combination of the spicy Buffalo sauce with the sweetness of the potatoes was addictive. I knew I had to try it at home.

Although I’m no stranger to having fries for dinner, I wanted this slow cooker Buffalo chicken to fit a healthy weeknight dinner theme, so I served the chicken over baked sweet potatoes instead. Dynamite!

The baked sweet potatoes gave me the sweet-spicy flavor pairing that I was after, but in a lighter, healthier way. Serving the slow cooker Buffalo chicken over the sweet potatoes also offers the benefit of combining a serving of veggies with a serving of lean protein in a single forkful.

Healthy Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken. An easy, healthy crock pot recipe that’s perfect for weeknight dinners or to feed a crowd. @wellplated

For maximum simplicity, I made the Buffalo chicken in the slow cooker. I poured the Buffalo sauce right over the chicken, and by the time the chicken was ready, it was fall-apart tender.

My final flourish was a blue cheese yogurt drizzle. If you aren’t into blue cheese, we can’t be friends you can swap feta for the blue or omit the blue cheese completely. The Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Sweet Potatoes will still be delicious without it.

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Sweet Potatoes. Paleo and Whole 30 recipe my family loved! @wellplated

In addition to being a tasty weeknight dinner, these Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Sweet Potatoes are also easy to multiply for a crowd. If you have any game watches or football parties on your agenda—a.k.a. events for which the presence of Buffalo chicken teeters between “strongly encouraged” and “mandatory”—this recipe is a great way to feed the hungry hoards, while leaving a little extra wiggle room in your diet too.

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Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Sweet Potatoes

Juicy slow cooker buffalo chicken served over sweet potatoes and topped with a creamy yogurt drizzle. You’ll love this easy, healthy crock pot recipe!

Yield: Serves 4

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 2-3 hours (on high) or 4-5 hours (on low)

Total Time: 2-3 hours (on high) or 4-5 hours (on low)

Ingredients:

For the Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken:

  • 1.5 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 3)
  • 3/4 cup hot sauce, such as Frank’s
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne
  • 4 sweet potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch, mixed with 1 tablespoon water to create a slurry
  • Chopped green onions, for serving

For the Blue Cheese Yogurt Dressing (omit to make dairy free):

  • 1/2 cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/3 cup crumbled blue cheese, plus additional for serving

Directions:

  1. Lightly coat a slow cooker with cooking spray (I used a 6-quart but believe a smaller size would be fine too). Place the chicken in the bottom of the slow cooker.
  2. Place the hot sauce, coconut oil, salt, garlic powder, and cayenne in a microwave safe bowl or measuring cup. Microwave until the coconut oil is melted (about 45 seconds), then stir until smooth. If you prefer not to use the microwave, melt the ingredients together in a small saucepan on the stove. Pour the sauce over the chicken. Cover the slow cooker, then cook for 1 1/2 – 2 1/2 hours on high or 4-5 hours on low, until the chicken is cooked through and reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. Remove the chicken from crockpot and shred.
  3. About 30 minutes before the chicken is done, bake the sweet potatoes: Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Prick the sweet potatoes all over with a fork, then place them on a foil-lined baking sheet. Bake until the sweet potatoes are tender, about 45 minutes to 1 hour, depending upon the size of your sweet potato. Turn off the oven and leave the sweet potatoes inside to keep them warm.
  4. Once the chicken is shredded and while the sweet potatoes bake, mix the cornstarch and 1 tablespoon water together to create a slurry. Add it to the cooking liquid in the slow cooker, then whisk to combine. Cover the slow cooker and cook on high for 30 minutes to allow the sauce to thicken, stirring once half way through. Once thick, return the chicken to the slow cooker and toss to coat.
  5. For the Blue cheese yogurt topping: in a small bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients—Greek yogurt, milk, white vinegar, black pepper, and blue cheese. Split open the sweet potatoes, then top with the crock pot Buffalo chicken, a drizzle of the blue cheese dressing, and green onions. Enjoy hot.
  • Store leftover Buffalo chicken in the refrigerator for up to four days or freeze for up to 2 months.
  • Feel free to double this recipe to feed a larger group. You may need to adjust the cooking time accordingly.
  • All slow cookers differ in temperature, so adjust the cooking time according to your experience. Cooking time may vary base on the make and model of your slow cooker.
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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 potato with 2 tablespoons yogurt dressing

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 213
  • Total Fat: 9g
  • Saturated Fat: 7g
  • Cholesterol: 11mg
  • Sodium: 2099mg
  • Carbohydrates: 27g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Sugar: 8g
  • Protein: 8g

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About Erin Clarke

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58 comments

  1. i ammmm dying to try the recipe. while the boyfriend isnt much of a sweet potato person, im gonna do sweet potato for me and regular potato for him. i will report you back IMMEDIATELY.

  2. I’m not a fan of “cleanses” after a vacation either, that just doesn’t work well with me and I don’t think it’s healthy either. I prefer just listening to my body! And right now my body is telling me to eat these sweet potatoes ASAP!!! ;) 

  3. Do your really mean 3/4 cup of hot sauce????

  4. buffalo chicken + sweet potatoes sounds like the best combination ever!  So pumped to try these beauties!

  5. This looks wonderful!  Can you do a travel post about your trip, where you stayed and what you did?  Planning a trip to NY soon and would love to hear about yours, thanks!

    • Lisa, this was actually my SIXTH time in NYC if you can believe it! I have an earlier travel post here (http://www.wellplated.com/what-to-see-and-eat-in-new-york/) that I am hoping to update with the new places we tried this trip  in the next few weeks. So that you have the info now, my new favorites from this trip were ABC Cocina, Buvette (SO CUTE! Get there early), and L’Artusi. Buvette doesn’t take reservations, but you’ll definitely want them for the other two. 

  6. Ohhhh yummyyy, love using the slow cooker for stuff like this. (:

  7. I LOVE spicy and salty with sweet potatoes. This is such a perfect idea! I also always feel like eating nothing but vegetables after a weekend of splurging and it never happens😂 Chocolate always wins! These would definitely be a great compromise though!

  8. This looks delicious! What could I use as a substitute for coconut oil? Thanks!

  9. just had to come back and let you know that it was super delicious!!!!! i will be making them everytime we crave baked potatoes now :)

  10. These were like a little piece of heaven… seriously delicious!! Definitely on my make again asap list!!

  11. I love every one of your recipes! I use the for almost of all my meal preps every week. :)

    Instead of using chicken, would it work to throw tofu in the crockpot and cook it the same way for a vegetarian option? 

    • Charlie, this note totally makes my day!!! I’m so happy that you enjoy my recipes. As far as your question, this isn’t something I’d recommend, because I think the tofu would fall apart and become mushy in the crock pot. You could try cooking into according to this method, then tossing it in Buffalo sauce. It would definitely be an experiment though, so use your best judgement.

  12. What size sweet potato did you use to calculate the nutrition information since they vary greatly in size? Recipe looks amazing!

    • Hi Jordan! I selected “medium” when plugging the recipe into myfitnesspal.com. You can calc the exact recipe there for free if you’d like to use your own size of sweet potato. I hope you enjoy the recipe!

  13. I made this tonight and really liked it. The bleu cheese sauce balances out the spice. And so good with the sweet potato. It was so simple too. I will be making this again

  14. I question the non-fat yogurt and blue cheese as PALEO. Ompliant…. not in anything I’ve been taught about PALEO….. PALEO Is NON-DAIRY……..

  15. This looks great! Would it ruin the recipe to omit the cornstarch? (Cornstarch isn’t allowed on Whole30.) Do you have any substitutions for cornstarch?

  16. Is there a mild alternative to the buffalo sauce? I’m just worried that it will be too spicy for my liking! Other than that, I cant wait to try this recipe!

    • Hi Alex! You could see if a brand like Frank’s makes a mild red pepper sauce. To be honest, there really isn’t a good swap otherwise. I would suggest cutting down on the amount of Buffalo sauce and seeing if that helps. It’s really not too terribly spicy to begin with, so you can always add less.

  17. Hi there ,
    This recipes looks amazing. I don’t like blue cheese and was wondering if there was a substitute I could use ?
    Thanks !!

  18. My husband and I loved this, and he generally hates blue cheese anything. Now he’s asking if I can make that dressing for work salads.
    Thanks for another great recipe!

    • Erin, YAY!! I am so glad to hear you both loved this and that it converted your husband into a blue cheese fan. Enjoy every bite, and thanks for leaving this lovely review.

  19. I made this over the weekend. It was so easy and tasty! The sweet potatoes and the buffalo chicken were such a great combo. I never would have thought to pair them together. My boyfriend also loved it and has requested to make this recipe a regular part of our dinner rotation. Thanks, Erin!

    • YAY Lauren! I’m so glad to hear you and your boyfriend enjoyed the recipe. I appreciate your taking the time to leave such a nice review!

  20. We had these for dinner tonight and they were DELISH! I wanted to share a trick I tried. We are big fans of slow cooker liners in our home. So I spread a piece of foil in the bottom of the SC, placed the scrubbed and poked sweet potatoes on the foil then placed the liner over the potatoes and tucked the edges into the crock edges. This allowed us to eat much quicker after work! I then followed the recipe for the chicken. The one thing I did different with the sauce is we used a sauce that is sold here in NC called Num-Num sauce. It’s a cross between BBQ and buffalo sauce and comes in mild and spicy. I used a little of both then added sriacha to mine before I ate it since I like my food a little spicier than the hubby does. They were great! 

    • YAY! I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe…thanks for taking the time to leave this wonderful review! Num-Num sauce sounds delicious! And that is an excellent cooking tip, so thank you for sharing that as well.

  21. I put this in myfitness pal exactly as written and it says it is 745 Calories per service (serves 4)

    How did you get the nutritional facts that you listed on this?

    http://www.myfitnesspal.com/recipe/view/243015301844989

    • Hi Jessie! I go into this in more detail in my FAQs, but I do use My Fitness Pal. Different calculations can vary, depending upon the brands of ingredients that you buy, the size of the vegetables used, etc. I provide this information as a service, rather than a something that is guaranteed to be 100% factually accurate, which again I clarify in the FAQs. If exact calorie counts are important to you, then I recommend that you calculate it yourself using the exact ingredients that you have at home. The information also depends on serving size. For example, if you calculate this recipe with 100% of the blue cheese sauce, it would be higher in calories. The serving size in the nutritional information actually calls for just 2 tablespoons of the sauce. I hope that that is helpful!

  22. Made this for dinner tonight and was very pleased with it.  With the amount of chicken I had it made enough for 6 servings, and I gave us each half a sweet potato, based on their size.  The recipe came together very nicely.  When I was looking for blue cheese, I found a smoked blue, which I bought, and which worked well in the recipe.  Next time I make this I would have to use less hot sauce – it turned out hotter than my stomach can take and than my husband prefers.  It felt good to use my crockpot for something other than granola and yogurt.  Thanks for a keeper recipe.  (My rating is less than 5 stars because of the heat level.)

    Rating: 4.5
    • I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe, Susan! The smoked blue cheese sounds delicious. Thanks so much for taking the time to leave this wonderful review!

  23. I made this early this week and it was probably one of the best sweet potato recipes I’ve made! The chicken was so delicious it shredded very easily! My husband is not a fan of blue cheese but he loved the sauce! I will be making this again for sure! 

    Rating: 5
    • Leah, I am so happy that you and your husband both loved this! It’s one of our favorite recipes too. Thanks so much for trying the recipe and taking time to leave this wonderful rating and review!

  24. Do you suggest Frank’s hot sauce or Frank’s Buffalo sauce? Two different things and I wasn’t sure 😊

  25. I just wanted to say that I’ve already made this 3 times and it is my husband’s absolute FAVORITE! The flavors go together so well (what a surprising and delicious combo with the buffalo chicken and sweet potato) and it’s easy to make. I’m a bit sensitive to spicy and it has just the right amount of kick. Thanks for sharing!

    Rating: 5
  26. Big hit in my house, my boys ate it on Milano rolls with mozzarella cheese and they loved it. I had mine on the sweet potatoes and it was yummy!

  27. No idea why I’ve never commented before– this recipe has become a favorite in our house!! I’ve made it at least four times since stumbling across it this past fall. THANK YOU for such a delish recipe!!

    Rating: 5
    • Hi Sari! Thank YOU for taking the time to leave this wonderful comment! It truly means so much to me that you gave the recipe a try and that it’s become a family favorite.

  28. Thinking about trying this recipe this weekend for party I’m attending. I’m also in the middle of Whole30 and have Tessemae’s compliant buffalo sauce. Do you think that could be added to the sauce too ?? Or just stick with the Frank’s hot sauce? I like spicy so that’s why I ask!

    • Hi Emily, I absolutely love Tessamae’s products! I’ve never tried this particular one, but as long as it is similar to a buffalo sauce, I think it would be totally fine to use in this recipe. I hope you enjoy it!

  29. Hello! Do you think I could double this  recipe?

    • Hi Laura, yes, I think you could double it. The cook time may be slightly different since the crock pot will be fuller, so you’ll want to watch it and adjust accordingly. I hope you enjoy the recipe!

  30. Made this for the 6th time since you posted! Still a family favorite! !!

    Rating: 5
    • Wow, Amanda! I’m so glad the recipe is a winner with your family! Thank you so much for leaving this lovely note. :)

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