Sandwich #182–“Light A Fire Under Your…” Buffalo Chicken Sandwich

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buffalochixSunday afternoon. Me. Football. TV. Heaven.
Sunday afternoon. E. Computer. Office. Heaven.

We still eat together, even if we don’t see much of each other IN THE SAME HOUSE most of the day.

A friend and I were talking last week about how Buffalo chicken is the ultimate Sunday afternoon football watching snack—spicy, savory and perfect for groups. But I’m the only one that watches football in our house; E will watch passively if I make him, but he doesn’t get all animated and emotionally invested like me (I am still reeling over the Chicago Bears loss this weekend).

I wanted to try making Buffalo chicken, but also spend the least amount of time in the kitchen so to maximize my time on the couch in front of the tv.

I found a genius recipe online that has just four ingredients—chicken, buffalo sauce, a packet of ranch dressing, and red onions. In 15 minutes, I tossed in the ingredients into the Crock-Pot, set that bad boy on high for four hours, and went back to the couch. I fell asleep around halftime.

The chicken was ready in time for the late evening game, but to lure E to the couch with me, we flipped the channel over to something he wanted to watch–the new episode of “Family Guy.” I assembled two spicy Buffalo chicken sandwiches. “They’re spicy!” I warned. “Make sure you have some water.”

E took a huge bite into the sandwich, then coughed. I took a bite and my sinuses opened up wide. It had a kick. It was hot, like tart spicy. Like, coulda used some real creamy cooling ranch dressing on the sandwich to take some of the heat off (that’s what happens when a recipe calls for an entire bottle of hot sauce). And it was messy. But it was also flavorful. Like I couldn’t stop eating it even though my mouth was on fire. I am going to keep trying to perfect this recipe each Sunday. Eventually I’ll hit the right mix of hot and cool.

When “Family Guy” and dinner were over, we switched back to the football game. E even stayed with me on the couch. I kept my yelling at the television to a minimum.

1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 12 ounce bottle of Buffalo sauce (I used Frank’s. Seems to be the standard)
1/2 red onion, chopped
1 packet Ranch dressing mix
4 buns

Mix Buffalo sauce and Ranch dressing mix in small bowl. Place chicken and onions in Crock-Pot or slow cooker, then pour Buffalo sauce mix over top. Cover, and cook for 4 hours on high or 6 hours on medium. When done, remove meat from Crock-Pot, shred chicken in sauce, scoop out onto buns, and serve. Makes about 4 large sandwiches.

Adapted from this Kit Graham goodness.

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