Buffalo Chicken Chili
Taking things low and slow
It’s chilly. Ha. It’s chili..
No, but really it’s cold. It’s Super Bowl Sunday. It’s comfort food season. And I know that you know that those low and slow soups, stews, and chilis are where it’s at.
Set it and forget it my friends.
Set it. Forget it. Live your life.
So the Super Bowl. Perfectly placed in the calendar year to tempt people to royally mess up their 2020 January goals. This is our day to lay around, munch, and watch commercials and a halftime show.
But nonetheless, I do love party food and there must be some sort of crockpot cooking away on game day. Or, let’s be real, any day.
This buffalo chicken chili combines all the flavors we love about buffalo chicken and adds in heartier things like sweet potatoes and tomatoes to make it into a stew. If you’re here for the goods keep scrolling to the bottom! Adventure awaits, go find it. It tastes like Franks Red Hot and ranch.
I’m going to be honest with you all. I’ve been in a funk. A fog, if you will. I’m cooking. Oh yes, always cooking. But nothing that really sparks my soul, gets me excited. Unless it’s steak. Steak in the cast iron always, always, without fail, will get me excited.
Maybe because it’s me and Jerry and we’re a duo that enjoys consistency and routine.
I mean take Jerry. Has one eye, enjoys some Fancy Feast pate, indulges in some catnip on occasion, sleeps on or near my head, hairballs multiple times a week. Consistent, simple dude.
And here I am up before the rest of the world, doing this, and then I do that, and then this, SQUIRREL, okay back to that, don’t forget about this, done with that, wait what, who am I, annnnnd scene.
Too structured in my days to realize they’re happening. Too focused on the next to live in the now.
But that being said, when my mind is going crazy and I want me time, where do I go? The kitchen.
It’s the simple truth. It’s therapeutic. Because cooking for me forces you to be present. Must stay present when knives are involved. That’s how we lose fingers, friends.
Cooking is very forgiving. It doesn’t judge you. Cooking allows you to mess up, add something else in, mix things together, and more often than not end up with something pretty tasty, and something you put together on your own.
Crockpots. Talk about forgiving.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Crockpots are the bees knees. It’s the puppy golden retriever of kitchen appliances. Never angry or judgmental, never pretentious, always eager to please.
So while it may not be sparking some crazy creative creation in me right now, sometimes we all just need the comfort of something we know will always turn out well. Like this chili. A spicy hug in a crockpot.
Are you like me and happen to always have an almost laughably large jug of Frank’s Red Hot in your fridge at all times? No? You should. Not gonna tell you how to live your life, but if this chili is like a spicy hug, it’s all because of the big guy right here. Your friend and mine, Frank.
I’ve been making this particular crockpot buffalo chicken for many years now. Never mind the gallon size jug of Franks Red Hot I always have in my fridge.
One of the best parts about chili are the toppings. The chili is great on its own, but it really becomes your own with the toppings. Keep the blue cheese away from me, please. But. If that’s your jam then go for it. Green onions, avocados, sour cream or greek yogurt, cheese, RANCH, cilantro, even some crunchy romaine lettuce or celery leaves. Yum.
So whatever you are doing for game day, I hope you’re taking the day slow, and I hope what you do is as comforting and warm as this chili. Bookmark this one, you’ll want it.
1lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs
2 small sweet potatoes, diced
2 carrots, diced
4 stalks of celery, diced
1 yellow onion, diced
½ bag of frozen peppers (I use Trader Joes brand)
3 cloves of garlic, minced
2 Tbs chili powder *(a sprinkle of chipotle chili powder adds great spice if you have it!)
1 tsp smoked paprika
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp salt
1 cup tomato sauce
1 cup canned diced tomatoes, no salt added, juices and all throw the whole damn thing in (fire roasted is great too!)
½ cup Frank’s hot sauce
½ cup bone broth, chicken stock, even water
- Chop it. Drop it.
- Stir it all together and forget about it. Cook on low 6-8 hours or high 4 hours.
- When that little buddy has finished and done its thing, shred up the chicken and enjoy.
Chopped romaine or celery leaves
Blue cheese if that’s your style
Now how lovely is that? Grab your Franks, your friends, your comfy clothes, and get this crockpot chili together in minutes.
Peace, love, and crockpots for all.