Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Shredded Buffalo Chicken

At Anchor Bar in Buffalo, NY this past summer.
My teenager could consume a bottle of Frank's Buffalo sauce every week.

I love me some Buffalo sauce, but in MODERATION.  That's why when I see recipes for crock pot Buffalo chicken, I hesitate, thinking, could a family with varying loves of hotness do a whole batch?  Our family, YES, with the bottle on the table to add more sauce for those who needed it.  Yours, you decide.  Here's my solution for the family with varying tastes:

Prepare a batch of shredded chicken in your crock pot - I like to buy a large number of breasts, toss them all in with a cup of broth or water, a diced onion, and a little salt, pepper and garlic powder.  Then I let it go on medium or low, and check mid-day to make sure it's not drying out.  When it's cooked through, I shred it with 2 forks.

THEN, you can reserve some of the plain chicken for the littles or those who don't do Buffalo, and either mix in a little BBQ sauce, or keep it plain.

For the Buffalo chicken, I'd start with this "recipe":

Shredded Buffalo Chicken

2 c. shredded cooked chicken
1/2 c. mild or medium Buffalo wing sauce (we use Frank's)

Combine the above.  There.  You're done!

THEN, you can make a wrap, a slider (maybe use some Hawaiian Bread rolls?!), a panini, or a salad with some of the meat!  I would add some crumbled blue cheese as a topping, and include a side of Ranch dressing and celery sticks.

P.S.  Here's a delish salad recipe I saw on Pinterest - you could use the shredded meat on this.

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