Buffalo chicken sandwiches are definitely a man’s meal. Perfect for watching the game. Fantastic at parties. Quick and easy for tailgating. Out of this world on a camping trip.
Since I learned how to make these a couple of years ago, we haven’t gone camping without them. It’s a quick, make-ahead meal. Dump all the ingredients into a zipper-topped bag and freeze it until ready to cook. Bring a package of buns with you and you”re all set for this simple, no-sweat meal.
I do Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches in the crockpot (because you know I love my crockpot!), and the chicken always turns out perfectly, with lots of yummy sauce with a touch of heat that can be adjusted to your liking. A sprinkle of pepper or dried chilies and your family will be drooling for more!
My kids can be wusses sometimes when it comes to spiciness. Our youngest says it’s too spicy. I think he’s crazy but he eats it anyway, usually complaining at least once. He’s lucky I cut back on the Buffalo Wing Sauce! But I guess, to each their own, some people like it less spicy, others like it more spicy. Play around with the amount to suit your taste!
My husband LOVES this meal, especially when we’re camping. It’s filling and spicy and perfect after a long bike ride or walk on the trails. When you’re tired and #hangry – Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches are the perfect go-to!
The way it works in our house is: the adults do the cooking, and the boys clean everything up afterward. A lot of crockpots have removable stoneware. I have two crockpots, one large, 7-quart crockpot that has removable stoneware, and my smaller 2 1/2 quart (like this Crock Pot 2-1/2-Quart Slow Cooker)that doesn’t. I decided to save my kids some time and make their job of cleaning up easier and I bought Reynold’s Crockpot Liners @reynoldswrap and we truly love these amazing inventions.
The last thing you want to do is a lot of cleanup after a meal. You’re outdoors, and if you’re tenting it, you have no sink or running water, and it’s just not very convenient. With the liners, we just had to remove the bag and throw it in the trash, and wipe out the crockpot. So easy!
Easy cleanup is the biggest reason we bring paper plates, cup and bowls. It’s great kindling! This year, we even brought biodegradable cutlery from my husband’s work @GT_French – making it possible to burn or recycle our cutlery! They came in pretty colours too!
So, as usual, I did my prep weeks before we went on our camping trip, and froze it. I lined my crockpot like above and placed the chicken, cream cheese and everything else on top and removed as much air as possible. I set the entire crockpot in the freezer until it was frozen solid. Then I took the crockpot out and kept the meal in the freezer until it was time to pack the cooler. (In case you haven’t read my previous crockpot posts, I freeze it IN the crockpot to ensure it will fit when we’re at the campsite.)
Chicken, in general doesn’t take very long in the crockpot, so I don’t suggest being away from your crockpot for more than 3-4 hours, even on low. Much longer than this will provide overcooked chicken, and it won’t be as tasty as it should be.
I’d love to hear your feedback on this recipe if you’ve tried it! What would you change, if anything?
Will you be taking this meal on a family trek?