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9 Slow Cooker Chicken Recipes: Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

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Looking for the best slow cooker chicken recipes? This roundup has you covered with a variety of chicken cuts and recipes including ground, broth, whole, thighs, and breasts.

The best slow cooker chicken recipes

Raise your hand if you love slow cooker recipes?

They’re the easiest recipes to throw together. Just set it, forget it, and a few hours later–like magic!–your meal is ready!

When it comes to meat, chicken always wins for an overall crowd-pleaser that’s also affordable and versatile. I STRONGLY urge you to buy only organic, pasture-raised chicken from sustainable, humane and local (when possible) farms.

Compared to conventional, factory-farmed meat, pasture-raised and grass-fed farms are more humane and better for the animal, the farming practices are more sustainable and better for the environment, and the meat itself is higher in nutrients, healthy fats and all-around just better for YOU!

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I’m all about saving time, and with Butcher Box, you don’t have to sacrifice quality for convenience. They truly care about the humane treatment of animals, the sustainability of our planet, and improving livelihoods for farmers.

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They have all kinds of chicken cuts (whole, breast, thigh, ground, tenders, sausages) as well as a huge variety of pork, beef, and seafood, plus some other favorites like ground turkey and occasionally bison.

Now: onto our slow cooker chicken recipes!

Table of Contents:

Slow Cooker Ground Chicken Recipes

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Meatballs
Looking for a Whole30 Approved gameday app? These Paleo slow cooker buffalo chicken meatballs are gluten-free, dairy-free (blue cheese is optional), low carb and absolutely delicious with an all-natural hot sauce! Made in the crockpot, this quick + easy meatball recipe is the perfect healthy tailgating snack. 
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Buffalo chicken meatballs on a white serving plate on a table setting
Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken and Rice
Saucy chicken, rice and veggies come together so easily right in the crockpot. Sure to be a weeknight staple!
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Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken & Rice
Slow Cooker Chicken Chili
This crowd-friendly favorite is perfect for cold winter nights and is the ultimate football-watching food. And because it’s made in a slow cooker, you can whip it up in minutes then let it cook low and slow for hours until you’re ready to dig in.
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Chicken chili in white bowls with spoons and cheese on the side.

Slow Cooker Chicken Broth Recipe

Chicken Bone Broth Recipe in the Instant Pot or Slow Cooker
Wondering how to make bone broth? This homemade chicken bone broth recipe is easier and quicker than you could imagine! With your choice of a pressure cooker like the Instant Pot or a slow cooker, you’ll have a nutritional powerhouse full of minerals and amino acids that heals digestion, inflammation, infections, and more!
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Slow Cooker Whole Chicken Recipe

Slow Cooker Rotisserie Style Chicken
This Slow Cooker Chicken has the same delicious flavors as a rotisserie chicken. It’s amazingly tender and it’s perfectly juicy and super easy to make!
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Whole Chicken in a slow cooker

Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs Recipes

Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore
Bone-in, skinless chicken thighs cooked in the slow cooker create the luxe flavor in this Italian slow cooker chicken cacciatore recipe for an incredibly easy weeknight or weekend meal.
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chicken cacciatore in the slow cooker
Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken and Veggies
The easiest one pot recipe ever. Simply throw everything in and that’s it! No cooking, no sauteeing. SO EASY!
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Chicken thighs, carrots and asparagus in a slow cooker.

Slow Cooker Chicken Breasts Recipes

Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Honey Lime Chicken Tacos
The flavor of this Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Honey Lime Chicken (and Tacos!) is out of this world! It’s the best u0022dump and runu0022 meal you will ever make! Use the sweet, tangy spicy Mexican chicken for tacos, burritos, tostadas, salads, etc.
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Slow Cooker salsa verde honey lime chicken tacos
Slow Cooker Peach Chicken with Basil
A sweet and savory summer wonder, this simple, healthy Slow Cooker Peach Chicken with Basil is easy to make, tastes amazing, and will keep your kitchen cool in the warm months and bring a touch of summer in the cold months.
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Peaches, chicken and basil in a bowl
Buffalo chicken meatballs on a white serving plate on a table setting
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Servings: 36 meatballs
9 Slow Cooker Chicken Recipes: Buffalo Chicken Meatballs
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
2 hrs 20 mins
Total Time
2 hrs 30 mins
 
hese Paleo slow cooker buffalo chicken meatballs are gluten-free, dairy-free (blue cheese is optional), low carb and absolutely delicious with an all-natural hot sauce! Made in the crockpot, this quick + easy meatball recipe is the perfect healthy tailgating snack. 
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. In a large glass bowl, combine the ground chicken with garlic, onions, celery, jalapeno, eggs, coconut flour and 1/4 cup of buffalo sauce. Season with salt and pepper. Optional: if you want to add blue cheese, I recommend 1/4 cup here. 

  2. Using your hands, thoroughly combine the meatball mixture together and form into small meatballs (about the equivalent of 2-4 bites). Don’t worry if the meat is a little sticky or if your meatballs aren’t perfectly smooth–they’ll cook up evenly under the broiler. Arrange the meatballs evenly on a baking sheet.

  3. Turn on your broiler to high (~550F) and place the baking sheet with the meatballs on the second rack. Broil for 10 minutes. Remove the baking sheet from the oven, and using tongs, flip the meatballs over. Broil for another 10 minutes. If you need to use 2 baking sheets, broil the meatballs in batches to ensure even cooking.
  4. Place the broiled meatballs into your slow cooker and cover with the remaining buffalo sauce. I often do this in layers to ensure the meatballs are evenly coated. Turn your slow cooker on low heat for at least 2 hours.

  5. Serve the meatballs directly from the slow cooker, topping with chopped scallions and optional blue cheese garnish. If you’re serving the meatballs at a party and want them to sit out, turn your slow cooker to warm and they’ll save all night. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes
If you don’t mind a little dairy, try adding 1/2 cup of blue cheese crumbles to the meatball mixture for an insanely delicious flavor boost! Likewise, you can garnish your meatballs with blue cheese dressing and serve alongside celery sticks.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken, crockpot, dairy free, gluten free, meatballs, paleo, slow cooker, whole30
Calories: 198 kcal
Author: Kate Kordsmeier | rootandrevel.com

Photo Credit: Heidi Geldhauser

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