9 Slow Cooker Chicken Recipes: Buffalo Chicken Meatballs
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.
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!
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Now: onto our slow cooker chicken recipes!
Table of Contents:
Slow Cooker Ground Chicken Recipes
Slow Cooker Chicken Broth Recipe
Slow Cooker Whole Chicken Recipe
Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs Recipes
Slow Cooker Chicken Breasts Recipes
- 2 pounds organic ground chicken (pasture-raised preferred)
- 2 cloves garlic , minced
- 1 yellow onion , finely diced
- 2 stalks organic celery , finely diced
- 1 large jalapeno , seeds and ribs removed, finely diced
- 1 organic, pastured egg
- 2 teaspoons organic coconut flour
- 1/4 cup all natural Buffalo Sauce , plus 1 cup (I recommend Tessemae’s brand)
- salt and pepper , to taste
- scallions , for garnish
- blue cheese (optional)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Photo Credit: Heidi Geldhauser
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