Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Chili

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Hot wings meet chili – This hearty chili is simply made in your slow cooker, flavored just like those iconic buffalo chicken wings we all love! Top with ranch or bleu cheese and fresh celery before serving to get the full effect!
Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Chili

Raise your hand if you LOVE buffalo chicken wings!!  Well, this Buffalo Chicken Chili has all of the same flavors in a warming bowl of soup – perfectly suited for these cold winter days.  

Just days ago, here in Nebraska, we had sunny skies and weather in the upper 50’s.  This is quite uncommon to have temperatures like that in mid-January. But if you have lived here your whole life, as I have, you know there is no way it’s going to last.
In fact, there’s a saying here in Nebraska,
 “If you don’t like the weather in Nebraska, wait five minutes and it will change!” 
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this recipe was originally posted in January of 2012 – updated in January 2020
During my weekly trip to the grocery, I bought all of the fixings for this buffalo chicken chili, knowing the cold was coming, and it DID.
The winds were blowing like mad, and I had hunkered down at home in my PJ’s for a day of laundry and cleaning.  I popped all of the ingredients in the slow cooker for this chili and it hit the spot for dinner.

Ingredients in Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Chili:

  • chicken breasts
  • onion, celery
  • garlic, chili powder, cumin
  • hot wing sauce
  • flour, salt, pepper
  • canned tomatoes, canned beans
  • sour cream, ranch, bleu cheese, mozzarella 

Find the complete recipe in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.  

Buffalo Chicken Chili prep in the slow cooker
Add all of the ingredients to your slow cooker and let it do all of the work! I add celery to the chili, because what goes better with hot wings than celery?  Oh — and ranch or bleu cheese of course!
Buffalo Chicken Chili prep2
I also like to top it with a little more celery when I serve it.  Here it is, mixed up in my crockpot, ready for the lid and the magic to begin.  
Buffalo Chicken Chili prep scoop from crock pot
Perfectly spiced. This chili definitely has some heat to it from the Frank’s Hot Sauce.   You can adjust it to your liking by what kind you select, some are hotter than others.  
I love that this chili is so “hands-off,” made in the slow cooker.  But if you want to make it on your stovetop, that works, too! Let it simmer for about an hour to an hour and a half and you have dinner.  
Buffalo Chicken Chili sq
A whole new twist on chicken chili! I love bleu cheese crumbles on top, but this night, I mixed up some sour cream and powdered ranch dressing. It was awesome on top!
For those who need to tame down the spice, it really helps, too!
Buffalo Chicken Chili spoonful

Other Chili Recipes We Love:

Five Bean Chicken Chili
FIVE BEAN CHICKEN CHILI – This chicken chili has a sweet heat that will keep you coming back for more! Full of nutritious flavorful beans.


3 bean chili
Three Bean Chili – My standard go-to chili recipe that my family loves!


White Chicken Chili
My Mom’s White Chicken Chili Recipe — it’s my kids FAVORITE!
Oktoberfest Chili
OKTOBERFEST CHILI – An Oktoberfest twist on a classic chili – spicy, hearty and flavorful, made with bratwurst and sauerkraut.
Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Chili - An Affair from the Heart

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If you like hot wings like I do, I know you’re going to love this recipe for Buffalo Chicken Chili! Let’s get to it!  M.

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Chili in a white bowl and a side bowl of blue chese with celery sticks in it
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Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Chili

Hot wings meet chili in this warming Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Chili recipe. A simple chili recipe with chicken, beans, celery, and hot wing sauce.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time5 hours 30 minutes
Total Time5 hours 35 minutes
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Buffalo Chicken Chili, Hot wing Chili, How to make chili with hot wing sauce, slow cooker
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 285kcal
Author: Michaela Kenkel


  • 1 Medium Onion diced
  • 4 Stalks of Celery diced (more for serving if you like)
  • 3 cloves of garlic minced
  • 5 chicken breasts cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 Tablespoon of Chili Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon of Cumin
  • 2 Tablespoons of flour
  • 1/2 cup of hot wing sauce I use Frank’s
  • 2 – 14.5 ounce cans of diced tomatoes with juice
  • 1 – 15 ounce can of black beans
  • 1 – 15 ounce can of dark red kidney beans
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups of chicken broth
  • mozzarella cheese ranch or blue cheese for serving


  • Add all of the ingredients (except garnishes for serving) into your slow cooker.
  • Cover and cook on low for 5 1/2 hours.
  • Optional garnishes: sour cream, ranch, bleu cheese crumbles, mozzarella cheese.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 285kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 607mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 7g

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  1. I love the idea of buffalo wings in soup! I know my husband would adore it. I hope it turned out great (and that you survived the storm).

  2. We are a chili loving family and i cannot wait to make this for them. It’s the best of both worlds, chili and buffalo chicken wings.

  3. My family loves buffalo chicken, and this is one of our favorite chili recipes! The flavor is incredible and I share the recipe with all of my friends!

  4. Yum! I’ve never seen a buffalo chicken flavored chili before and now it’s all I’m thinking about—what a perfect dinner for football season!

  5. This is my favorite chili recipe ever! The buffalo flavor is so delicious, and it’s perfect for game day!

  6. Our family is a fan of chili. I love your version of chicken chili that would replace our beef-loaded one. Will definitely try this weekend! I hope to get the same result as yours:)

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