Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Chili #SundaySupper

I have a confession to make. I had never made chili. There, I said it. From the response that I received from my followers, clearly my lack of amor for chili is just appalling to most. You can imagine, when a chili cook-off was suggested by our Sunday Supper Contributors, I cringed. Not just a little, I really cringed.

Well, it was time for me to step up to the plate and come up with a chili recipe that my family would love. We decided we wanted to have fun with our chili and create a recipe that wasn’t –oh so traditional. After chatting, collaborating and taking everyone’s opinions into consideration, we came up with Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Chili.

This recipe couldn’t be any easier and it was a huge hit! So much so, that Reis had his crew over the following day and he requested the Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Chili  again. I actually doubled the recipe to feed the crew. And perhaps they were just being kind to Reis’s mother,  but they did rate the Chili a perfect 10! Gotta love these guys. Here they are on instagram. And while they were hanging out and having fun, Ron and I had the hard job of choosing which wine we should pair with the Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Chili. Which one do you think we chose? Initially we thought the Merlot would be perfect but after tasting the sweeter wine with the spicy chili — it was clearly a winner.

So the million dollar question is — is my Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Chili good enough to win the cook-off? The dish with the most votes at the end of the voting period will get one ticket to the 2014 Food and Wine Conference, being held once again in sunny Orlando, Florida this July + a $25 gift card.  Trust me when I tell you, you are going to want to check out all the fabulous Chili Recipes from our contributors and vote for them HERE. 

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Chili

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Chili #SundaySupper
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  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 pounds all-white meat ground chicken breast
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 ribs celery, finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • ¼ to ½ cup buffalo chicken wing sauce, depending on how hot you like it
  • Optional:
  • Blue Cheese Dressing
  • ¼ blue cheese, crumbled
  • ¼ cup cheddar cheese
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup corn chips, crushed
  • 1 jalapeno pepper sliced thin
  1. Turn Slow Cooker on high and add the olive oil.
  2. Add the ground chicken, using the back of a wooden spoon to break it up in to small pieces
  3. Add the carrot, onion, celery, paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, bay leaf, tomato sauce and buffalo chicken wing sauce.
  4. Stir well and cover and cook on high for approximately 4 hours, stirring every hour.
  5. You may have to use a wooden spoon to break up the chicken a bit.
  6. Bring crock pot to low and cook for an additional hour or until all the juices are absorbed.
  7. Pull the bay leaf out and discard.
  8. Serve over pasta or rice and top each serving with blue cheese dressing, blue cheese or cheddar cheese, green onions, crushed corn chips and jalapeno peppers.
  9. The best part about this meal, everyone gets to create their own chili bowl.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 8
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  1. says

    Using the slow cooker for this wonderful recipe is so smart! I love how you used the blue cheese in a dressing. Earning a ’10’ from the guys is like a grand slam home-run!

  2. says

    It’s okay Isabel, I make chili once a year, if that at all! I probably wouldn’t have even made any this year if it wasn’t for our theme this year! You did a wonderful job and this looks perfect!

  3. says

    I still can’t believe you’d never made chili before! It does look like you came up with a stellar recipe. I’ll make a chili related confession while we’re at it: I’ve never had chili served on top of rice or pasta…maybe I am missing out on something here!

  4. says

    Oh my goodness this looks good! And so incredibly different than regular chili which I am excited about, because I’m not a HUGE traditional chili fan. We will definitely be trying this!

  5. Carl says

    I see “1 tablespoon garlic powder” in the recipe twice. Is this correct?
    I also see 2 references to garlic in Instruction 3:
    “3. Add the carrot, onion, celery, GARLIC, paprika, chili powder, GARLIC powder, bay leaf, tomato sauce and buffalo chicken wing sauce.” Again, is this correct?

    • says

      Hey Carl,
      Thanks so much for pointing that out. I have now updated the recipe. Really appreciate you reaching out. Let me know if you try this recipe!
      All the best,

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