Thursday, February 23, 2012

Fantabulous Food! Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches

I found this recipe on Pinterest, so I certainly can't take credit for it; I have added (what I believe are) a few useful tips toward the end :)

Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches

  • 2 - 3 lbs of chicken breasts
  • Franks Buffalo Wing Sauce 
  • Ranch Dressing Seasoning Packet
  • 2 tbsp Butter
1. Put your chicken in the crock pot on high - you can put the chicken in frozen with no problems. Dump the whole bottle of Frank's Wing Sauce on top of the chicken so it is covered. Then sprinkle the ranch seasoning over top of it all. Cover and cook on high for 2 to 2.5 hours.
2. Once chicken is cooked through, Remove from crock pot and shred completely. Place shredded chicken back in crock pot and stir to mix well with juices. Cover again and continue to cook for another 30 minutes.
3. Add butter and let it melt. Mix until well combined.
The chicken is now ready to serve! If it's a little too hot for you, you can add a little sour cream, cream cheese or mayonnaise to cool it down a bit. Or you can do what I did and spread a Laughing Cow Blue Cheese Flavored Cheese Wedge on the bread before adding the chicken - this was delicious and it really cut the heat :)
MMmmm... Delicious :)

Now, if you are like my family, you will end up with a lot of leftover chicken. It is just the two of us and we really didn't want to eat buffalo chicken for days on end - so the obvious choice is to freeze the extra. The problem with freezing it in one big blob is that you will have to defrost the whole amount to eat any of it - leaving you to eat it all at that point. So, here is a trick to freeze the chicken in individual sandwich sized portions :)

Simply take a muffin tin and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Then fill each cup with buffalo chicken, be sure to press down to pack it together.
Now place the pan in the freezer for about 30 minutes or until reasonably frozen. You should be able to pop each portion out without pieces falling off - it will be frozen solid.
Place all of your portions into a freezer bag and seal well. Now you can take out a portion or two without having to defrost the whole batch :)
So, you can enjoy these now or later or both :) They are quite tasty - I recommend you give them a try!

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