Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps (Slow Cooker, Instant Pot)

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All the flavors you love from buffalo wings without all the added fat. A delicious, low-carb lettuce wrap topped with shredded carrots, celery and blue cheese dressing. I topped it with skinny blue cheese dressing (not included in n.i.) or you can top it with my skinny ranch.

Making shredded buffalo chicken in the slow cooker is super easy, anyone can do this and you can use the chicken for everything from wraps and salads, to pizza toppings, sandwiches and more! I've now updated this with instructions for the Instant Pot as well!Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps

If you’re a buffalo chicken fan, you may also like Buffalo Chicken Meatballs, Skinny Buffalo Chicken Dip or Skinny Baked Buffalo Wings.

Making shredded buffalo chicken in the slow cooker is super easy, anyone can do this and you can use the chicken for everything from wraps and salads, to pizza toppings, sandwiches and more! I’ve now updated this with instructions for the Instant Pot as well!

How To Make Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Lettuce wraps are low-carb, keto, gluten-free and low calorie, and don’t interfere with the flavors of the filling. A few tips when making lettuce wraps:

  • Look for lettuce leaves that are large enough to hold the filling. I like to use iceberg lettuce for larger cups. Romaine lettuce and baby romaine are also great.
  • The leaves of butter or boston lettuce are smaller, but also wonderful.
  • If you prefer, you can turn this into a big chopped salad by simply serving this over a bowl over chopped lettuce.

And since so many are asking, although I have and love my Instant Pot, I still love my slow cooker! I have the 6 Quart Hamilton Beach Set ‘n Forget Programmable Slow Cooker (affil link). I love it because you can adjust the time you want it to cook, and it automatically turns to warm when it’s done. It also has a probe for meat that automatically shuts off when done. I hated my old crock pot, it burnt everything and my food had a weird taste. This slow cooker is so great, I actually own several!

Crock Pot Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps – easy, light and SO good!
All the flavors you love from buffalo wings without all the added fat. Making shredded buffalo chicken in the slow cooker or Instant Pot is super easy!
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Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps (Slow Cooker, Instant Pot)

147.5 Cals 25 Protein 5.2 Carbs 0.1 Fats
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 4 hrs
Total Time: 4 hrs
Yield: 6 servings
COURSE: Dinner
CUISINE: American
All the flavors you love from buffalo wings without all the added fat. Making shredded buffalo chicken in the slow cooker or Instant Pot is super easy!

Ingredients

For the chicken:

  • 24 oz 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 16 oz fat free low sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup cayenne pepper sauce, I used Frank's

For the wraps:

  • 6 large lettuce leaves, Bibb or Iceberg
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded carrots
  • 2 large celery stalks, cut into 2 inch matchsticks

Instructions

Slow cooker method:

  • In a slow cooker, combine chicken, onions, celery stalk, garlic and broth (enough to cover your chicken, use water if the can of broth isn't enough).
  • Cover and cook on high 4 hours.
  • Remove the chicken from pot, reserve 1/2 cup broth and discard the rest.
  • Shred the chicken with two forks, return to the slow cooker with the 1/2 cup broth and the hot sauce and set to on high for an additional 30 minutes. Makes 3 cups chicken.
  • To prepare lettuce cups, place 1/2 cup buffalo chicken in each leaf, top with 1/4 cup shredded carrots, celery and dressing of your choice. Wrap up and start eating!

Instant Pot method:

  • Combine chicken, onions, celery stalk, garlic and broth (enough to cover your chicken, use water if the can of broth isn't enough) in the Instant Pot. Cover and cook high pressure 15 minutes. Natural release.
  • Remove the chicken from pot, reserve 1/2 cup broth and discard the rest. Shred the chicken with two forks, return to the pot with the 1/2 cup broth and the hot sauce and saute 2 to 3 minutes. Makes 3 cups chicken.
  • To prepare lettuce cups, place 1/2 cup buffalo chicken in each leaf, top with 1/4 cup shredded carrots, celery and dressing of your choice. Wrap up and start eating!

Nutrition

Serving: 1/2 cup + veggies, Calories: 147.5kcal, Carbohydrates: 5.2g, Protein: 25g, Fat: 0.1g, Sodium: 879mg, Fiber: 1.5g, Sugar: 1.5g
WW Points Plus: 3
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374 comments

  1. I used a drained 12.5 oz can of chicken (weighed out to 8.5 oz after draining.  I felt like there was too much mayo and hot sauce, so I added more celery, onion and carrots.  I’d make again, but add more chicken or less moisture.

  2. Delicious! This was a big hit!  Thank you! 

  3. This is delicious and incredibly easy to make.   A great dinner for Sunday Football when you are trying to be healthy.   I loved the lettuce wrap but my family put it in a tortilla and liked it just as much.   I will certainly make this again.  

  4. Are PP the same as green points?

  5. The recipe looks good, but I have a question. WHY discard the remainder of broth after cooking the chicken??! It should be saved/frozen for use in soup or another recipe. Don’t throw out good food!

  6. I made this yesterday in the crockpot! Amazing, served on some white flour tortillas. I did not have lettuce leaves only mixed salad. Add that on top and had this with 9 tater tots and some California blend veg. So delicious and filling!!!

  7. Hi! Just wondering if it’s necessary to thaw the chicken before cooking it in my crock pot. I usually forget to thaw things in advance! If I can put it in frozen, would the time/temp need to be adjusted? Thanks so much! 🙂

  8. Could you add some Greek yogurt to this recipe to make it creamy? If you could, at what step would you include that? 

  9. What type of onion do you use? It just says 1/2 onion

  10. Could you use thighs instead of breasts? And how many? Thanks 

  11. Making this right now!
    Do you know the calories, protein, fibre etc numbers  for the chicken on its own?

  12. I cooked this recipe with a little less than 2 lbs of boneless chicken breast and I came out perfect!! We really liked the chicken with a teaspoon of ranch dressing with blue cheese crumbled on top. Use the Franks wing sauce, it is just a little thicker than regular Franks hot sauce. Try wapping the lettuce wrap with a low carb small size flour tortilla, its like a hot wing taco!!

  13. This was so incredibly easy and completely delicious!!

  14. Followed the directions exactly and this is a winner! My husband and I both loved it in our packed lunch!

  15. Can you use chicken bone broth instead of chicken stock?

  16. This chicken is goood and so easy! Instead of lettuce wraps I put it over baked corn tostadas with some shredded lettuce and avocado. Very yummy!

  17. Can you use boneless thighs? Would it change the cooking time?