Healthy Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Sweet Potatoes

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

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

I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve made this shredded crockpot buffalo chicken with Greek yogurt sauce since I first shared it last year. In a direct matchup 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!

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

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

This Healthy Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken is one of a handful of 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.

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

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!

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 feta cheese or omit the blue cheese completely. These 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—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.

For a step-by-step of how to make these Healthy Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Sweet Potatoes recipe, watch this short video:

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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: 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 2–3 hours (on high); 4–5 hours (on low)

Total Time: 2–3 hours (on high); 4–5 hours (on low)

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

Directions:

  1. 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.
  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 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.
  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 halfway 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 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.
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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

I’m fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food taste incredible. Wearer of plaid, travel enthusiast, and firmly convinced that sweets and veggies both deserve a place at the table. MORE ABOUT ERIN…

97 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 (https://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 !!

    • Shannon – friends of mine like to use ranch dressing as an alternative to a blue cheese dressing. I LOVE blue cheese, but if you want an alternative, ranch might be an option.

  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. :)

  31. I made this, but I think using frozen chicken was my mistake. Unfortunately the sauce was very watery and didn’t thicken until I added a lot more cornstarch. Would recommend making this with already thawed chicken:)

    Rating: 3
    • Hi Heather, using frozen chicken would definitely cause the sauce to be watery. You’re right on that thawed chicken is the way to go!

  32. I made this for the first time a couple months ago, and it has become a weekly go-to recipe. Love the simplicity and the flavor is great (and I don’t typically like buffalo sauce)! This was the first recipe that I tried of yours and have since made quite a few other eats and treats I’ve discovered on here.

    Rating: 5
    • Morgan, I’m so glad to hear the recipe is a winner for you! Thanks so much for this kind comment! I truly appreciate it. :)

  33. This has definitely become a staple in the Modis house! It is always a big hit at parties. Can be used with sweet potatoes, rolls, chips, etc. Remember to bring a side bottle of Franks (or stronger) to appease the true heat seekers

    Rating: 5
    • I’m so excited to hear the recipe is a winner in your family Louie! Thanks so much for taking the time to leave this awesome review!

  34. Thank you thank you THANK YOU for this recipe!! I make this once a week and eat it on sweet potatoes, on salad, in wraps, etc. My nutritionist has given this 2 thumbs up. I’m dairy free, so I add chopped avocado on top for some creaminess. This has become a staple in my house and I’ve passed this recipe along to family and friends alike! 

    Rating: 5
    • HOORAY Libby, I’m so glad to hear this recipe is a winner for you! Thanks so much for taking the time to leave this fabulous review.

  35. This recipe is SO delicious I cannot believe how low these calories are! This will definitely be in our dinner rotation. I am so excited to try more of your recipes!!

    Rating: 5
    • Shelly, I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed this recipe! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave this awesome review!

  36. Please excuse  my ignorance as I am not very knowledgable about cooking (lol), but does this call for white distilled vinegar or white wine vinegar? Wanting to make this tomorrow :) 

  37. This is my and the Hubby’s new favorite dinner! I leave out the cayenne because I can’t handle the heat. Tonight I made it with turkey breasts instead of chicken breasts. It was BANGIN’!!! I love your recipes!

    Rating: 5
  38. Being into health and fitness i am always looking for creative ways to eat healthy and not have to constantly eat bland chicken breast and rice. Needless to say these were awesome!

    Rating: 5
  39. I don’t think I own any plaid (kind of strange for a New Englander!). Maybe I need to come over and borrow some of yours. And you can also feed me these stuffed potatoes! Deal? :-)

  40. This has my name written all over it!!!!

  41. Wow, two great flavors in one awesome healthy veggie! Love it :)

  42. This is one of my favorite things to eAT. My husband loves it too, we have probably made about two dozen times since you first posted. We just crumble blue cheese on top and skip the dressing. The flavor of this is so great…..my mouth is watering just thinking of it!!!!

    Rating: 4.5
  43. It is so funny that you just posted this today, because I made this again the other night! It is seriously one of my favorite recipes on this site!

    Rating: 5
  44. Dinner practically makes itself. I love it. That stuffed Buffalo chicken is amazing!

  45. Nice Erin! Love the balance of sweet and spicy. Still haven’t tried preparing sweet potatoes like this so will have to give it a try some time (:

  46. Heather S Christo Reply

    oh yes!! I am totally making these soon. I love the idea of serving it over a sweet potato!

  47. Buffalo chicken will NEVER get old! LOVE this recipe 😍

  48. Sounds and looks great Erin, I bet my daughter would love this….she loves sweet potatoes…..think I may try it too, I’m not really a sweet potato fan, but with the spicy chicken on top, it sounds like it might be a winner…..your husband is lucky to have you for a wife….bet he never goes hungry…… you sure feed him well…..

    Rating this before I make it, because I’m sure it will be a 5*….will try to get back on here and let you know if I remember…..

    Rating: 5
  49. Has anyone looked closely at the sodium in this dish?

    • Hi JD, yes, the hot sauce in this dish does give it a higher sodium content. If sodium is something you are watching, you could look into other hot sauce options, enjoy this recipe sparingly, or check out one of these other great chicken recipes if you prefer to avoid this one entirely: https://www.wellplated.com/tag/chicken/

  50. LOVE buffalo chicken!! I definitely like the idea of using it to top a sweet potato. The chicken would also be great done in the pressure cooker (more ways to use your new pressure cooker!)

  51. Perfect weekend exchange for buffalo wings!

    Made this over the weekend and it was delicious.  Not too spicy and everything perfectly complimented each item.

    I changed the coconut oil for olive oil because i don’t like the flavour coconut oil. 

    Rating: 5
  52. I love sweet potatoes and buffalo chicken, but never thought to put them together. Thanks for the cool idea and recipe!

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