If I were to tell you I have tons of free time, I’d be lying. When it comes to cooking at home, I live for my slow cooker. I regularly stock it with randomness, abandon it for hours, and return to its side to find deliciousness in the place of raw meat and stock. So when Wayfair hit up Meesh and I to see if we were interested in creating a Super Bowl Sunday recipe in a newly minted slow cooker courtesy of Hamilton Beach, we were all over it.
Slow cooked pulled pork is the EASIEST way to impress a guy, or anyone in general. You throw in a pork shoulder with some BBQ sauce, Blue Moon and fresh orange and 8 hours later you’ve got dinner for 12 and will be pulling in praise for the rest of eternity. Since that recipe can literally be outlined in 2 lines (as seen above) we decided to go a different route for this one, and in our opinion, a Superbowl staple: slow cooked buffalo chicken. I like Buffalo Chicken just as much as the next chick, but I’ll be damned if I throw some played out recipe for buff chix dip on the blog. Or worse, get blasted by Barstool Sports for doing so. There are much better ways to make tasty buffalo chicken than mixing it with cream cheese.
So we give you…
Slow Cooked Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing. You can put your buffalo chicken on anything you want, we were just having a skinny moment and decided to omit the carbs. In terms of the dressing, there are two kinds of people in this world: bleu cheese lovers and ranch lovers – conveniently, we both fall into the latter category. This homemade dressing is dangerous though, try not to drink it before you assemble your lettuce wraps.
Part 1: Pulled Buffalo Chicken a la Slow Cooker
- 1 1/2 lbs boneless chicken breast
- 2 celery stalks, diced
- 1 small yellow onion, diced
- 2 clove garlic, minced
- 12 oz chicken broth
- 1/2 cup Frank’s hot sauce (or whatever cayenne hot sauce ya want)
- salt & pepper to taste
Set crock pot to high and add all ingredients. Cook for 6 hours. When finished, add more hot sauce to your likings. We used almost the entire bottle.
Part 2: Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing (adapated from The Pioneer Woman.)
- 1/2 cup mayonaise
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- buttermilk (amount based on desired consistency)
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup Italian flat leaf parsley, chopped
- 2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped
- salt & pepper to taste
- dash of tobasco
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- healthy pinch of paprika
Mince garlic with a knife. Sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt and mash into garlic using a fork, creating a thick paste.
In a bowl combine all of the ingredients except for the buttermilk. Stir. Add buttermilk until dressing reaches it’s desired consistency. Add salt, pepper & paprika to taste. Chill before serving.
- lettuce – bib, iceberg or Boston
- shredded carrots
Now it’s time to assemble. Take your lettuce (we used Boston obvs) and top with your slow cooked buff chix, homemade buttermilk ranch, and some shredded carrot (in that order). Done and yum. If your man friends are looking for a manlier snack, just have some potato rolls or slider buns on hand and turn it into a sandwich.