Why hello there! I’d like to introduce you to my fall dinner uniform, Healthy Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Sweet Potatoes.

plate of slow cooker Buffalo chicken stuffed sweet potatoes

I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve made this crock pot recipe for shredded buffalo chicken with Greek yogurt sauce since I first shared it last year. In a direct match up between our frequency of eating it and the number of plaid shirts in my closet (my other fall uniform), I might even give it to the healthy buffalo chicken.

If you’ve hung out with me September through March, you know this is not a light statement.

I own A LOT of plaid and somehow keep finding a need to purchase more. A few weeks ago, two of our friends asked me to estimate the number of plaid shirts in my closet. I guessed seven, then went home and counted.

Um, I forgot a few.

Also, do dresses count? Please say no, because I kind of have my eye on this one. It would be so cute with boots!

two sweet potatoes stuffed with a healthy Buffalo chicken dinner made in a crock pot

OK, enough with buffalo check. Let’s get to the buffalo chicken recipe!

Healthy Buffalo Chicken

This Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken recipe is one of a handful of healthy crock pot chicken recipes on my site that I make over and over.

Ben loves it, I love it, it’s beyond easy, and despite its decadent taste, it’s low calorie too.

Whether you need a low-maintenance weeknight meal or a healthy reset after a particularly indulgent weekend, this Healthy Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken hits the spot every time.

Why I Love These Buffalo Chicken Sweet Potatoes

I stole the idea to pair buffalo chicken with sweet potatoes from a friend who ordered a side of buffalo dipping sauce with her sweet potato fries at dinner.

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 shredded chicken over baked sweet potatoes instead. Dynamite! If you’re set on sweet potato fries, try this Baked Sweet Potato Fries recipe from Around My Family Table.

Crock Pot full of healthy Buffalo shredded chicken

The baked sweet potatoes gave me the sweet-spicy flavor pairing that I was after but in a lighter, healthier way. They also provide a built-in serving of (unfried) veg.

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

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

In addition to being a tasty weeknight dinner, the healthy Buffalo chicken stuffed sweet potatoes are also easy to multiply for a crowd.

If you have any game watches or football parties on your agenda—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.

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Sweet Potatoes topped with a healthy blue cheese-Greek yogurt sauce and scallions

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plate of slow cooker Buffalo chicken stuffed sweet potatoes

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Sweet Potatoes

4.78 from 54 votes
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!

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 4 hrs 30 mins
Total: 4 hrs 40 mins

Servings: 4 servings


For the Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken:

  • 1 1/2 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 nonfat 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


  • Lightly coat a slow cooker with nonstick 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.
  • 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 to 2 1/2 hours on high or 4 to 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 halfway through. Once thick, return the chicken to the slow cooker and toss to coat.
  • 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 4 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.


Serving: 1potato with 2 tablespoons yogurt dressingCalories: 441kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 44gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 119mgPotassium: 1212mgFiber: 4gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 18757IUVitamin C: 39mgCalcium: 152mgIron: 2mg

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  1. I can’t wait to try this recipe! As a full-time teacher and single parent, I’m always on the hunt for good food that doesn’t require me to be in the kitchen all day to prep. Thanks so much for including the video. 

  2. Are you suppose to take the shredded chicken out of the crockpot and into a bowl while the slurry sauce cooks for those 30 min?

  3. My #1 favorite go-to recipe. I make this at least twice a month. It’s so hands-off, I prefer to cook the chicken on low but have done it on high in a pinch! Perfect with the addition of sweet potatoes & buffalo chicken is my favorite!5 stars

    1. Peg, you could do regular white potatoes or serve it on a bun or as a lettuce wrap or regular wrap to name a few!

  4. I made this with 5 chicken breasts instead of 3 and just added a little more hot sauce, not much more. Kept all the other ratios the same. I had enough to load up 4 medium sized sweet potatoes and used the leftover chicken and homemade greek yogurt blue cheese dressing to make buffalo chicken dip to serve with some celery. Added half a block of cream cheese and and a big handful of shredded cheese. SO GOOD! Will definitely make again!5 stars

  5. Erin, this was the best meal I have ever made. My son, Chris, and I did it together. He took a picture and it looked just like yours. Thank you so much, Erin. You are a blessing from the Lord.5 stars

  6. Really great recipe to make on a Sunday… lasts till almost the end of the week so long as you don’t eat it all in one or two sittings :)

    Definitely will be making again! The blue cheese/greek yogurt dressing is also just as good as any blue cheese dressing you’d normally have with buff chicken.5 stars

  7. Had to stop mid-plate to rate this, that’s how amazing it is!! I’m not a fan of green onions so we used diced celery to garnish, which added the perfect layer of crunch! Definitely adding this one to our regular rotation- thank you, Erin!5 stars

  8. This recipe is easy to do and SOOOO delicious! We found it last week and have already made it twice. I would definitely recommend it!5 stars

  9. Could you tell me how many calories the chicken has without the Greek yogurt and how big a serving a chicken is

    1. Hi Bethanye! Unfortunately, I only have the nutrition information listed. However, you could use an online calculator (like MyFitnessPal) to find an estimate based on your exact ingredients. I hope this helps!

  10. This is one of our favorite meals but would love to cook it in instapot. How long should I set the pressure cooker timer to cook turn chicken?5 stars

    1. Hi Ashley, I’m so glad you enjoy the recipe! I have not made this in the Instant Pot, so I can’t offer specific experience, but reader Krista did try it and left her notes in a comment. She did 6 minutes on high pressure, 4 ounces of buffalo sauce, and 4 ounces water, and then thickened with cornstarch afterward. If you decide to experiment too, I’d love to know how it goes!

  11. amazing how delicious & easy they were! everyone LOVED them. the spice from the chicken mixed PERFECTLY with the sweetness of the sweet potato. I subbed feta for blue cheese in the dressing and it was amazing.5 stars

  12. This meal is so easy and so so delicious! My husband isn’t a blue cheese fan but said that the dressing topping the chicken was actual good! I love blue cheese so I was all about it already. Thank you!5 stars

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