This recipe combines two of my family’s favorite things: For Chris, it’s buffalo chicken, and for me it’s the Crock Pot. I just never get tired of coming up with inventive ways to use the crock pot to make my life easier when it comes to getting dinner on the table and this Crock Pot Buffalo Chicken Casserole recipe definitely makes my life easier! It’s delicious and filling so of course everyone loves it and of course it keeps me from having to be in the kitchen cooking during that crazy after school/homework/getting ready for soccer time that always seems to get more than a bit hectic. So what I’m saying is that this is a good one. 🙂
I actually found the inspiration for this recipe in the little cookbook/pamphlet thing that came with my new casserole crock pot (so neat!!) and I just adapted the recipe to suit my tastes. I think it’s perfect now. Of course, you can make this in any shape of crock pot or slow cooker that you have. 🙂
Here’s what you need to make this recipe!
-about 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
-1 stalk of celery, diced
-1 can of cream of chicken soup
-1/4 cup of ranch dressing (from a bottle, not the dry mix)
-1/4 cup of buffalo chicken style cayenne pepper sauce (like Frank’s Red Hot)
-About 1/2 of a 1lb package of rotini pasta, cooked until al dente.
-1 cup of shredded Monterrey Jack cheese
Combine the chicken, soup, celery, ranch dressing, and cayenne pepper sauce in your crock pot.
Cook on low for about 6 or 7 hours.
When the chicken is cooked, use two forks to shred it roughly, right in the crock pot.
When the chicken is all shredded, stir in the cooked rotini pasta and top the whole thing with the shredded cheese!
Let it cook for another 30-60 minutes, until everything is all melty and irresistible-looking. 🙂
Here’s a better look at that neat new Crock Pot that I used to make this. I love that it gives you all those nice crunchy edges that you get with a traditional oven-baked casserole, and lots of surface area for all the good stuff on top of your casserole too!
Plus it’s got that cute plaid pattern on it. I actually had a choice of a few different plaids when I was buying this. I was in heaven. 🙂
This recipe would be great in any crock pot, but if you love those little crispy bits and you could use a new crock pot, I’d definitely recommend this one!
Whether you use a regular crock pot, or one of these new casserole-style ones, make sure you proceed with caution. This recipe makes a pretty big batch and if you end up with leftovers, it’s pretty hard to resist going back and picking at them over and over again!
Do you have any Buffalo Chicken lovers in your house? What’s your favorite Crock Pot crowd pleaser?
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Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.