Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken
This Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken recipe is one of the easiest you’ll find and is a perfect meal prep protein source. With 19 grams of protein and only 120 calories per serving, you can pair it with just about anything.
I’ve included recipes for two of my favorite pairings—low calorie buffalo chicken pizza and quesadillas—and linked to a few more ideas like loaded fries and chicken tacos.
Oh, and you can definitely make this buffalo chicken in a crockpot!
Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Ingredients
Aside from the dry ingredients, you’ll only need 5 ingredients:
- Chicken Breast
- Frank’s RedHot Buffalo Sauce
- Yellow Onion and Garlic
- Ranch Dip Mix and Black Pepper
- Optional: Olive Oil
I always like to mention that using chicken thighs instead of chicken breast makes a huge difference in how tender the final product is. Check out my BBQ Instant Pot pulled chicken for an example of boneless skinless chicken thighs in action.
And in case you’re wondering, the onion and garlic are kinda optional. Though I highly recommend leaving them in! Even if you’re not a fan of onion, they cook down and are barely noticeable.
Bonus Tip: How to Easily Dice an Onion
If you’re a pro, carry on. For the novice cook like me, however, this tip may save you a bit of time dicing your onion.
- Cut the top off.
- Cut directly through the root.
- Place one half cut side down.
- Place your palm on top of the onion and make 2-3 slices parallel with your palm.
- Make small vertical slices, going almost to the root, all the way down the onion.
- Hold the root and cut perpendicular to the vertical slices. And voila, perfectly diced onion.
Once you have your veggies squared away, simply add everything else in, stir, and cook!
You can shred and let the chicken rest in the juices or use the sauté function to thicken the sauce after cooking.
Additional Notes for Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken
I used the DUO60 6-quart Instant Pot. Different models may require slightly different cook times.
If you wanted to use a crockpot, I’d add everything all the same and cook on low for about 3 hours or until the chicken reaches an internal temp of 165F.
Yes, you read that correctly—don’t overcook your chicken for 8 hours.
I mentioned above the option of using the sauté function to reduce the sauce while shredding the chicken. This is great if you’re serving right away but if the chicken is going in the refrigerator, I’ve found the sauce thickens without any help.
You could also easily turn this into a dip with some fat free cream cheese and shredded cheddar. Check out my Instant Pot buffalo chicken dip for an example.
Recipes to Make with Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken
Below you’ll find the recipe for buffalo chicken pizza and quesadillas as well as a few links to other recipes with pairing ideas.
Creamy Buffalo Chicken Pizza
Pizza is never a bad move. I used my low calorie pizza crust recipe to repurpose this buffalo chicken.
- 1-1 1/4 C (120-150g) all purpose flour
- 2/3 C (150g) fat free Greek yogurt
- 2 tsp (10g) olive oil
Add the yogurt and flour to a food processor and blend until a ball of dough forms. Roll it out into a large rectangle or circle. Brush the top with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Bake at 500F for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
While the crust bakes, mix 4 ounces of fat free cream cheese and 1 1/3 C (280g) of the Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken. Add this to the baked crust and top with 1/4-1/2 C shredded mozzarella. Bake for 3-5 additional minutes until the cheese melts.
Nutrition info for Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Pizza: 145 Calories, 11g protein, 17g carbs, 3g fat, 3 Smart Points per slice (makes 8)
You could also use my air fryer pizza recipe if you want to avoid turning your oven on.
Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas
Similar to the buffalo chicken pizza but a bit quicker to make and easy to double or triple for bulk quesadillas. You could even prep these using a similar method to my baked chicken tacos in the oven.
- 2 6″ Flour Tortillas (or your choice of flatbread/pita/tortilla)
- 2/3 C (140g) Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken
- 1/4 C (28g) Shredded Mozzarella
Divide half the cheese between the two tortillas and top with half the chicken. Place the remaining cheese on top of the chicken and fold the tortillas in half. Place both in a large pan over medium-high heat.
Cook until golden brown on both sides.
Nutrition info for Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas: 210 Calories, 16g protein, 20.5g carbs, 9.5g fat, 5 Smart Points each
And that’s about all ya need to know. You’ll find the printable recipe card below. Be sure to let me know what you think about the recipe!
- 2 1/2 lbs Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
- 1 large (350g) Yellow Onion, diced
- 5 cloves (35g) Garlic, minced
- 1 C (240mL) Frank's RedHot Buffalo Sauce
- 2 Tbsp (19g) Ranch Seasoning
- 1 tsp Black Pepper
- 1 Tbsp (16g) Olive Oil
- Add all the ingredients except the chicken to the Instant Pot, stirring everything together.
- Add the chicken and stir to fully coat.
- Seal the Instant Pot and cook on manual for 10 minutes with 10 minutes natural release pressure. (Meaning leave the Instant Pot sealed after it's finished cooking for 10 minutes before venting and opening.)
- Remove the chicken to shred (with forks, in a stand mixer with a paddle, with a hand mixer, or meat claws) before adding back to the sauce. The longer you can let the chicken rest in the sauce, the more flavorful the chicken will be.
- If you'd like a thicker sauce, use the Instant Pot's sauté function to reduce the sauce a bit while you shred the chicken in a separate bowl. Just be sure to stir occasionally and avoid burning the sauce.
- Serve on sandwiches or pizza, in salads or quesadillas, or on its own with veggies. Enjoy!
- 1 serving (2/3 C or 140g) of the chicken has 1 Smart Point.
- The condiment on the sandwich in photos is 1 tablespoon fat free Greek yogurt mixed with 1 tablespoon blue cheese crumbles (1 Smart Point).
- The bun in the photos is an Aunt Hattie's potato bun with 140 calories, 4g protein, 26g carbs, 2g fat, and 4 Smart Points per bun.
- A buffalo chicken sandwich with one serving of chicken on a potato bun with the blue cheese spread has 6 Smart Points.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Servings Serving Size: 140 g (2/3 C)
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 120Total Fat: 4gCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 19g