Buffalo Chicken Chili

Buffalo chicken chili will warm you from the inside out!  It’s hearty, filling and perfectly seasoned!

This Buffalo Chicken Chili will satisfy any appetite!

This hearty chili is full of tomatoes, pinto beans chicken chunks and of course, lots of Buffalo Wing sauce! www.lemonsforlulu.com

I did something the other day I hadn’t done in years.  I went sledding!  I hadn’t planned on sledding.  I was in my pajamas, in the toasty warm house, watching my husband and my kids sled down the hill in the back yard.   I was all set to enjoy another cup of coffee when all their hooting and hollering got to me.  In a flash, I was bundling myself up in layers and running out the door to join them!

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I hopped on my daughter’s slippery polar bear shaped sled and flew down the hill.  Those first moments were exhilarating!  Wind beating against my face, eyes watering from the cold, and snow splattering my rosy cheeks.  In the rapid descent, my sled turned and my back was facing the bottom of the hill.  In hindsight this was a good thing because in a matter of seconds I smacked with a resounding thud into a tree!  Thus ended my sledding adventure.

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My violent brush with the tree jarred my suppressed memories of sledding when I was a kid.  I distinctly remember flying down a hill when I was about 6 years old.  I sat atop my little wooden Radio Flyer and gingerly slid down a hill in our neighborhood.  Upon reaching the bottom of the hill, I stood and turned just in time to see a large, flying disc carrying two older boys eclipse the sun and land squarely on my face.  It was horrific!  Being flattened into the snow was incredibly painful.  I was bruised and my ego was deflated.  I walked home, hung up my sled and never looked back.

Mother nature is clearly telling me I’m not meant for sledding!  Bad things happen.  What I am meant to do is make chili!!  Belly-warming Buffalo chicken chili!  It’s robust and packed full of beans, veggies, chicken and of course Buffalo wing sauce!

 I suppose it was a good thing I hit that tree.  It was the perfect reason to come inside and enjoy this chicken chili!


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Buffalo Chicken Chili
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Serves: 8
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ cup diced onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • ½ cup diced yellow bell pepper
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 cups diced chicken breast
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 2 cans pinto beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 28 oz canned diced tomatoes
  • 28 oz chicken broth
  • ¾ cup Buffalo wing sauce (or to taste)
  • Blue cheese for garnish
  1. In a large skillet heat oil over medium high heat. Add onions, garlic, pepper and celery. Cook 5 or 6 minutes or until vegetables soften. Place vegetables in slow cooker. In the same skillet, add diced chicken breast. Season with salt and cook for 8-10 minutes or until chicken has browned. Add the chicken to the vegetables in the slow cooker. Stir in remaining ingredients (up to wing sauce) and cook on low 7 ½ hours. Add wing sauce and cook another half hour. Top with crumbled blue cheese if desired.


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23 Responses

  1. hahaha! Sorry, don’t mean to laugh about you hitting a tree, but it cracks me up that you suppressed that memory until that day, and all of a sudden it came back to you!
    I’ll take two bowls, please!

  2. I’m going to need a big bowl of that immediately!

    • I adore blue cheese! It was the perfect topping for this chili! Thank you Matt!

  3. I am loving all those blue cheese crumbles on top! This is definitely a must try Tanya – yum!

  4. This looks so warm and comforting! Great photos Tanya!!

  5. I say good for you for getting out there! You are far braver than me. At least you had this amazing chili to come home to. Your opening my eyes to more possibilities for Buffalo chicken

  6. Oh no! I have very similar feelings towards sledding (probably due to some repressed childhood sledding incident like yours :). But at least you have this lovely chili to keep you warm!

  7. What a brilliant idea to put buffalo chicken in chili! YUM!

  8. You need to wear some protective gear when you go sledding! I think you’d better just stay in the house and think of awesome recipes like this!

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  10. why not try these out

    The slow cooker does all this work with this easy chicken chili that is flavored with your favorite Buffalo wing sauce!

  11. Taryn

    I am prepping this now and am going to stick it in fridge and dump it into the slow cooker in the am. How much time should I add to the recipe time since it will be cold coming out of the fridge?

    Thanks and REALLY looking forward to trying this out!

    • I would add an hour to a low setting. Hope you enjoy this Taryn!

  12. Well, I’d say you were good with sledding for another 20 years or so. Sorry to laugh at you, but it was kind of funny that you totally forgot about being flattened when you went racing to join the kiddos. Ok, so not funny! Good for you for getting out there and sledding…I’m still staying inside watching from the windows!


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