Slow Cooker Firecracker Chicken

Spicy, saucy Slow Cooker Firecracker Chicken made tender juicy chicken, buffalo sauce and brown sugar for the perfect mix of sweet and spicy. 

Slow Cooker Firecracker Chicken | Creme de la Crumb

I think I’m doing some wishful cooking. And by wishful cooking I mean turning up the heat in our main dishes in the hopes that the weather will heat up as well. It’s sort of working. This past week or so has been in the 50’s and feeling slightly less winterish. Personally I like it in the high 80’s but I’ll take this over freezing temps and snow any day!

Slow Cooker Firecracker Chicken | Creme de la Crumb

So this firecracker chicken. It’s so insanely delicious I can hardly stand it. Honest to goodness I drink that sauce straight.

I mean I could drink that sauce straight – who is actually weird enough to eat spoonfuls of firecracker sauce straight from the slow cooker….

Me. That’s who. I am totally that weird and totally that crazy about this sauce.

Slow Cooker Firecracker Chicken | Creme de la Crumb

A couple of things about this amazing sauce. 1) You can make this dish a little bit healthier by halving the sauce recipe. Your dish won’t be as saucy (duh) at the end, but if you’re trying to lighten things up this is a great place to start. Just make sure you check on the chicken around 3 hours to see if it’s done, you don’t want to overcook it with that much less liquid in the pot.

2) This sauce is spicy. Hence firecracker chicken. I love heat so I say bring. it. on. But if you are like my husband and have a slightly more sensitive tongue, go ahead and dial back the buffalo sauce portion of the recipe and don’t add any crushed red pepper flakes at the end. If you don’t like spicy food at all…probably should skip this recipe and head-on to the next one. Just sayin.

Other than that this recipe is pretty straight forward! Brown the chicken, throw it in the crockpot with the sauce, bada-bing bada-boom DONE. Seriously tasty firecracker chicken.

Slow Cooker Firecracker Chicken | Creme de la Crumb

What people are saying about this Slow Cooker Firecracker Chicken

“Thank you for the AMAZING recipe! Not only was it delicious, but so simple to prepare. I also added some bell pepper, onion and water chestnuts when there was about an hour and a half left to cook. This was a big hit with my family. Can’t wait to try your other recipes!” – Adrien

“Just made this and it turned out amazing!!! The sauce is incredible! LOVE your blog!”  – Rachel

“Delicious and quick to prep. This was my first experience with buffalo sauce, so I did not add the red pepper as I thought it might be too hot. There plenty of flavor without the red pepper, but I will give the pepper a try next time I make this.” – Jennifer

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Slow Cooker Firecracker Chicken

Spicy, saucy Slow Cooker Firecracker Chicken made tender juicy chicken, buffalo sauce and brown sugar for the perfect mix of sweet and spicy. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian
Keyword slow cooker, spicy, sweet
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings 4
Author Tiffany

Ingredients

  • 4 large boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1/3 cup corn starch
  • 2 tablespoons oil

Sauce* (see note)

  • 2/3 cup Franks buffalo sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce (I use low sodium)
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar (may sub white vinegar)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch

Instructions

  1. Drizzle a large skillet with oil and preheat to medium-high. Add chicken pieces and 1/3 cup corn starch to a large resealable bag. Seal and shake to coat chicken. Add chicken to pan and saute 1-2 minutes, just long enough to brown the very outside of the chicken, it won't be fully cooked at this point.

  2. Grease the inside of your slow cooker with cooking spray. Add chicken.

  3. In a medium bowl whisk together all sauce ingredients. Pour over chicken and stir to distribute. Cover and cook on low for 3-4 hours. Serve with cooked rice. For extra heat, sprinkle with crushed red pepper flakes if desired.

Recipe Notes

You can half the sauce for a little bit healthier version. If you do this, be sure to check on the chicken around 3 hours. This sauce is fairly spicy, if you want to tone down the heat a bit you can reduce the amount of buffalo sauce.

 

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I live on an overseas military base, we don’t have Frank’s buffalo sauce. What would be a good substitute?

    Try any brand of Buffalo Sauce. Should work just fine

Looks so simple and easy to prepare too! I am gonna this later. Thanks for sharing!

While this isn’t specific to this recipe… I just want to thank you for all the work you put in to your blog. I think I make at least one of your recipes weekly. They are amazing and I really appreciate your willingness to share. THANK YOU!

    Alison you seriously just made my day! 🙂 🙂 I do work hard and try to make this a place where people can find yummy recipes to share with the people they love and it is SO rewarding to hear that you are finding recipes you love here on my site! Thank you so so much for your sweet comment! 🙂

Delicious and quick to prep. This was my first experience with buffalo sauce, so I did not add the red pepper as I thought it might be too hot. There plenty of flavor without the red pepper, but I will give the pepper a try next time I make this.

Just made this and it turned out amazing!!! The sauce is incredible! LOVE your blog!

    Aw thank you so much Rachel! I’m so glad you liked this, that sauce really is my absolute favorite, I swear I could drink it ha!

Thank you for the AMAZING recipe! Not only was it delicious, but so simple to prepare. I also added some bell pepper, onion and water chestnuts when there was about an hour and a half left to cook. This was a big hit with my family. Can’t wait to try your other recipes!

Hello Tiffany,i found this on Pinterest and i have an question for you.Overhere in Belgium we have never heard of the Buffalo sauce.What do you recommend instead ?b.t.w……..this meal looks delicious so i gonna make it pretty soon.When i know the substitute for the sauce😉😀.Keep up the good work and greetings from Belgium……

I live in Spain and not able to get Buffalo sauce can you suggest what other ingredients I can use to get the same taste. Love your recipies Thank you.

I absolutely love your slow cooker recipes. Set it and let it go. Thank you for sharing all of these. These are a life saver after a hectic day.

This looks like something my family would love. I love slow cooker recipes for the summer, and in particular ones we can pair with white rice which my family loves. If you have any secrets to making the perfect rice, please share. I have tried all ways (soaking, towel under the lid, rice cooker, etc) but can’t get mine like the Chinese take outs do. I have also tried various types of rice. Any thoughts? Yours looks beautiful in the picture! Thank you for the recipe. It will be made this week!

    I have found that the rice that works best for me is Minute Rice, assuming you are cooking it separately.

I made this tonight for family and some liked it but I found it to be incredibly sweet. I’m wondering if the brown sugar is supposed to be packed or loose. I’ve read many times over the years that brown sugar measurements should be assumed to be packed unless otherwise stated, so I packed it lightly in the measuring cup but I’m wondering if that was a mistake because this was just too sweet for me to eat.

Excellent recipe. We really enjoyed all the flavor. Thanks for sharing!!

Franks in great Britain- I read that it could be purchased there at Asdas, Sainsbury, and Luoe Pintos. If not it is a cayenne vinegar sauce with garlic you could look for, or make and thin with some water in a food processor, if you were desperate.

this looks really amazing! Can I please have the nutritional value of this dish? Thank you so much in advance!

    Hi Rebecca – My Fitness Pal has a tool that will calculate the nutritional values for you.

just made this tonight.I used a 3# bag of bonless skinless chicken theighs. i halved the buffalo sauce, i didnt want it too spicy for the kids and it was a hit!! I served it with white rice and peas. all 5 of us had seconds. my kids want me to make it again tomorrow.

This was really delicious. Thank you for the recipe. I will absolutely make it again.

    So happy you loved this recipe, Yara! It’s better than takeout, isn’t it?!

Delicious! Made it in my instant pot to skip a dirty saute pan.

    Super excited to hear that this dish turned out awesome in your instant pot!! Thanks for sharing, Samantha!