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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!

More Sweet Potatoes!

You can bake your sweet potatoes in the air fryer too with this Air Fryer Sweet Potato recipe.

Or if you’re set on sweet potato fries, try these baked Sweet Potato Fries, Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries, or Sweet Potato Wedges.

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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Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Sweet Potatoes

4.86 from 115 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 minutes
Cook: 4 hours 30 minutes
Total: 4 hours 40 minutes

Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients
  

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

Instructions
 

  • 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.

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Notes

  • 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.

Nutrition

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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Hi, I'm Erin Clarke, and I'm fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food that's affordable, easy-to-make, and best of all DELISH. I'm the author and recipe developer here at wellplated.com and of The Well Plated Cookbook. I adore both sweets and veggies, and I am on a mission to save you time and dishes. WELCOME!

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  1. Loved it but next time I make it-I will use less cayenne. It was 🔥🔥🔥. Had my husband’s forehead sweating. Will make again for sure.5 stars

  2. Am going on try this it does look and sounds delicious, you mention cornstarch? I’m paleo and that isn’t part of the diet I will use tapioca or arrow root as replacements . Not sure if I understood wrong as the caption says paleo friendly

  3. I made this for the second time and let me tell you it is soooooo good! People are very interested about this one, when I post it on my Facebook story. I tell them “I know it sounds kinda weird, but the flavors together are AMAZING.” It is sweet, spicy and cool all at the same time!
    We make a lot of your recipes because they are amazing and we are really into healthy eating. I just feel your recipes are exactly how I like to eat. I can’t recommend you to my friends and family enough!5 stars

  4. So excited to try – making tonight! But I don’t have cornstarch.. anything I could use to thicken instead? Thnx!!5 stars

  5. I am in LOVE with this recipe and it has been thrown into my rotation regularly. I’ve been working on eating healthier, but still love my comfort foods, so this is a great recipe for me. I typically make the chicken in my slow cooker exactly as specified and serve it for dinner that night with sweet potatoes per the recipe. I use a combination of Frank’s wing sauce & Sweet Baby Ray’s buffalo wing sauce. Since it’s just me and my hubby, I do one sweet potato for each of us and there is always plenty of leftover chicken. I really like eating the leftover chicken on it’s own with some pita crackers for lunch (sometimes add some celery & onion to it…buffalo chicken salad, yum!), and I’ve also whipped up buffalo chicken dip quick and easy for football Sundays with the leftover chicken. Super easy and delicious recipe, and love how versatile it is. I usually skip the bleu cheese dressing (not a fan of bleu cheese) and just add some feta cheese and green onions on top. Awesome and husband approved too :)5 stars

  6. So delicious & filling!! I was looking for lower calorie/ high protein meals and this hits the spot. So yummy!!5 stars

  7. Absolutely amazing! I followed the exact recipe and the flavor was spot on — not spicy, perfect buffalo flavor, and the Greek yogurt sauce was delish. We’ve made this two weeks in a row because of how good it is!!! I cooked my chicken on low for 8 hours because of work & it was perfectly fine, and my sweet potatoes in the air fryer for 45 min.5 stars

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