Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Sliders or Salad

 I love the flavor of Buffalo wings but not the work involved. Buffalo chicken made in the slow cooker or Instant Pot can be served as sliders or on a salad, so it can be Paleo, Whole30, gluten-free, dairy-free, or THM. This works for most restricted diets, but it tastes so good! I often serve this at parties, and some of my guests always choose the salad option and are grateful there is a diet-friendly option to eat at a party.

You should know that my next year of recipes has already been planned out by my sister-in-law because she submitted a list of requests, according to her favorite things I’ve made her. Since she just moved across the country with my brother and their kids, she can’t come eat them at my house anymore, she’ll have to make them herself. So I guess I take post requests. If there is something you want to see on my blog, you can email me or leave me a comment!

We have a few nights of the week that are extra busy (instead of regular busy) with sports, and I make dinner in my Instant Pot/slow cooker (because it’s both slow cooker and pressure cooker) several days a week. I love Buffalo wings, but have zero patience for making them. This recipe is a quick and easy favorite that give me the Buffalo wings flavor without the work. It’s also very adaptable to meet the needs of various dietary restrictions. I struggle with gluten and dairy, so eating this on a salad is a much better option for me. It can also be Whole30, paleo, Trim Healthy Mamas, and all around healthy, clean-eating compliant.

Buffalo Chicken Sliders are also easy to make for a crowd. We have family parties of 50-60 people, and this is something pretty easy and stress-free that I have served. I put out the meat, sliders, toppings and salad, and let people choose how to make theirs. I always have some people who take me up on the salad option. Have you ever been at a party and wrecked your clean-eating goals because you’re starving and there is nothing available that you can eat? I have. so. many. times. I don’t do hungry. Buffalo Chicken is perfect for taking to a friend who is sick or had a baby, too, because it’s easy to work around food allergies, which are rampant these days. People love it and ask for the recipe.

The last thing I just love about this recipe is that it freezes great! If the quantities of this are too much, then portion it and freeze it. I like to double it and freeze it for a an even faster meal another night, or if there are small amounts of leftovers, I will make single portions and freeze them for myself for a quick lunch when the kids are at school. I hate making lunch, and this makes it effortless.

There are variations of this all over Pinterest, but this is my version of it. 

 

Buffalo Chicken Sliders or Salad

2-3 pounds boneless/skinless chicken thighs (not breasts. It will be stringy and gross because that’s what lean meat does in the slow cooker).

1 12-ounce bottle Frank’s Buffalo Wing Sauce, reserve a little for adding on top of the sandwiches when serving

1 package Dry Ranch Mix (I make my own, but packaged is fine)

2 Tbsp butter or 1 tbsp ghee (ghee is butter without milk solids, so most dairy intolerant people can eat it. I can. It’s got a really intense buttery flavor, so that’s why the amount is different. If you can’t tolerate ghee, you can leave it out entirely or use something like Earth Balance, which is a dairy-free butter substitute)

2 tbsp minced garlic or 1 tbsp garlic paste

Bleu cheese dressing regular or dairy-free. Follow Your Heart makes a very tasty one, or you can make your own with this recipe.

Bleu cheese crumbles

Slider rolls (gluten-free, if needed)

 

For the Salad

Romaine

Celery, diced

Carrots, chopped

Cucumbers

 

To Make:

Put the chicken, ranch seasoning, butter/ghee, garlic, and Buffalo sauce in the slow cooker/Instant Pot. For the slow cooker, cook on low for 3-4 hours. For the pressure cooker, set to 20 minutes on the manual setting and do a quick release five minutes after it has finished.*

The chicken will easily fall apart with a fork. I like to pull it apart but not completely shred it, but that is personal preference. Serve over salad or on a roll with additional Buffalo Sauce and the bleu cheese dressing. Back when dairy didn’t hate me, I loved adding some bleu cheese crumbles.

*Pressure cooker times can vary due to a lot of factors, like elevation. If you find your chicken isn’t quite done, just turn on the saute setting to finish cooking. You can also do this to cook down the liquid for a more concentrated flavor, if desired.

24 thoughts on “Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Sliders or Salad”

    1. Stunning Style

      Jill, I’m so glad! My kids get so excited when I make this for dinner. We love it. Thanks for reporting back!

  1. I made this dish tonight. It was a hit! Thanks so much April! You are an inspiration! Can’t wait for the next recipe!

    1. Stunning Style

      Thanks Leo! Serving it over rice is another great gluten-free option! I’m glad your family enjoyed it!

  2. We loved this dish! My youngest pulled me aside after dinner and whispered in my ear that this meal was now at the top of her favorite foods list.

  3. And… it was AMAZING!! In fact it was so good that the leftovers were gone by lunch the next day! 3 days after that I had kids begging for me to go back to the grocery store to get the ingredients to make it AGAIN and I wanted it again too so I did! We will have it for dinner tomorrow.

    We had it the first night as sliders and lunch the next day as a salad. I love a salad so I think I liked that better but my kids and husband loved the sliders!

    I love that you put instructions for the instant pot and the slow cooker! That is a game changer for me. I put it in the slow cooker while we are at church… but I will come back to this recipe again and again if I know what to do for the instant pot too!

    Thank youfoe posting this! This recipe is quick, delicious, and versatile!

    Definitely a 10!

    1. Stunning Style

      Cheri I’m so glad it was such a hit!! It’s an easy, delicious dinner, even if I forgot to put it in the slow cooker that morning. That’s why I love my instant pot!

  4. This was incredibly easy to do and so yummy! I made a bunch and took a small container to campus, heated it up in the microwave and scooped it up with fresh celery sticks. Perfect for busy students, infinitely better than anything in the cafeteria!

    1. Stunning Style

      Kaelen I’m so glad you liked it! That sounds perfect for campus eating. Thanks for reporting back!

  5. What size bottle of the Frank’s buffalo sauce do you use? Please clarify. Can’t wait to try the recipe. Thank you!!

  6. Anna great question. It’s a 12 oz. bottle. I’ve only ever noticed one size, so didn’t bother to mention it. I’ll amend the recipe now. Thanks for asking. I hope you enjoy!

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