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A Year of Slow Cooking

Thursday, October 9, 2008

CrockPot Buffalo Chicken Lasagna Recipe


Day 283.

It's pretty well documented how much I love buffalo wings, the buffalo sauce flavor, and all things that remind me of buffalo wings.
I've mentioned my deep-seeded love in the sweet and spicy wings post, the buffalo dip, and the buffalo chicken soup.

So when I stumbled across a recipe for buffalo chicken lasagna, I knew I needed to make it. In the crockpot.

The Ingredients.

--uncooked traditional lasagna noodles (I used Tinkyada brand)
--4 already cooked chicken breast halves
--jar of prepared pasta sauce
--1 cup buffalo wing sauce
--3 red, yellow, or orange bell peppers
--tub of ricotta cheese (15 oz)
--2 cups shredded cheese (mozzarella and cheddar blend)
--1/2 cup bleu cheese crumbles
--1/4 cup of water (add at very end)

The Directions.

use at least a 5qt crockpot, or cut back on the amount of ingredients.

In a large glass bowl, combine cooked and chopped chicken breast, the pasta sauce, and 1 cup of buffalo wing sauce.

Ladle a big spoonful of the sauce into the bottom of your crockpot. Cover with a layer of uncooked lasagna noodles. You'll have to break them to get a proper fit.

Add a smear of ricotta cheese to the top of the noodles. Add a layer of chopped bell pepper. Sprinkle on a handful of shredded cheese.

Repeat layers until you run out of ingredients.

Add the bleu cheese crumbles, if desired. Put the 1/4 cup of water into your empty pasta sauce jar and shake. Pour the liquid over the top of the entire lasagna.

Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours, or on high for 4-5. When cooking time is complete, unplug and take off the lid of the crock. Let it sit for 20 minutes before cutting into. Or it will fall apart. Ask me how I know this...

The Verdict.

Delicious. Quite tasty, with a mild buffalo tang that is there, but isn't too overwhelming. The kids picked out the chicken and ate slices of bleu cheese. Adam liked it a lot, too. I'm quite excited to have more for lunch.

This will go into our meal rotation next year. I usually make traditional lasagna in the crockpot about once a month, and I think I'll probably switch back and forth from now on.


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66 comments:

S said...

This looks really interesting! Thanks for trying it!

Mallory said...

I notice in your picture you use Frank's Red Hot. That's my favorite hot sauce of choice, but did you know they make an actual buffalo wing sauce? It's delicious! You should try it sometime.

I really love your blog! I've been trying to use my crock pot once a week, and really appreciate all of your recipes and insight. Thanks so much!

Lisa S. said...

Is the recipe for traditional lasagna on your blog? I'd love to try that. Keep up the good work, I loooove your blog!!

Samara said...

I'm glad to know that there is someone else out there that goes through a bottle of hot sauce every couple of weeks.

If I can, I buffalo everything--last night it was buffalo chicken tacos (made with left over fried chicken).

JordonCampbellWilliamson said...

This sounds so yummy!! :) I want to try it now!

Heidi said...

YUM! I just tried your buffalo chicken soup last night and LOVED it! I can't wait to try this out with the rest of the hot sauce I have left! :)

Patty said...

This sounds great. I have never heard of Buffalo Chicken Lasagna. I am sure my guys will love it.

Thanks for all of your hard work in bringing all of these great recipes to us. Won't you consider doing this for another year? I love your blog and I am addicted to it!!

Lisa in CO said...

Oh, i can't wait to try this one! I'm a buffalo chicken freak myself. :)

Thanks for another good one!

Kelley with Amy's Angels said...

Oh how my Big Guy loves buffalo wings and this will be in the rotation at our house too!

Me? I'm a sucker for the blue cheese! : )

Paul said...

This is definitely worth trying. Thanks.

Diana said...

Tried the Buffalo dip you poster previously and loved it so I'll be sure to try this one too.

Just another SAHM said...

Mmmm I love this type of lasagna...I've never tried it in the crock pot but I will be soon! Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

This dounds fantastic! I will try a low carb version with LC noodles, or just skip the noodles all together.

Since the economy started tanking a couple years a go, we have really tightened our belts (not that much to tighten) and the crock pot and bread maker are getting used constantly. My poor crockpot is really old and has duct tape, but still humming along. I have chorizo in it even as I post. kamndam@Q dot com

CENA - My.M.Spot said...

OMG that looks really good! i absolutely have to try that one! frank's red hot goes on pretty much everything i eat except cereal...

Mimi said...

That looks good. I'll have to try it sometime soon.

Jen in CT said...

Hey there! I'm a new reader delurking to ask if you knew of or have tried Rachel Ray's Buffalo Chicken Wing Chili? I haven't tried it yet, but I thought it sounded good.

http://www.rachaelrayshow.com/food/recipes/buffalo-chicken-chili/

Love the blog--keep up the good work. :-)

Jessica said...

Sounds delish!

ME in NJ said...

First visit to the website and I think I am hooked. I hope you will leave it up even when the year is over!

lemonbredpuddin said...

Hiya crock pot lady. I too love anything buffaloed and chicken, I have even tried buffalo chicken potatoe chips and the same in popcorn.I will definitely try this. I have made a number of your recipes including my fav- applesauce to which I added dried apricots,orange peel and dried cherries along with apple pie spice.I've made a sugar-free version for my diabetic mom with peaches.
I don't think anyone saw me lick the inside of the crock pot bowl.

Christine said...

YUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Being from Buffalo and raising true Buffalonians....this will be a hit I'm sure!!

Anonymous said...

Dear Crockpot lady,

I just think that it should be said that I am born and raised 100% buffalonian. And I am obsessed with crockpots. Use it all the time. So, I really want you to come over to my house and we can have a non competitive crockpot cook off. Really.

Anyways, the real reason I'm posting is because my brother is in the army and loves buffalo anything. Including Sabres and Bills. I will be sure to be making every buffalo recipe you have on here for him. Thank you. You're awesome and rock on.

SunshineofAutumnQuilts said...

MMM looks good. I bet my husband would love this. He loves anything Buffalo. What a great date nite recipe. Thank you so much for sharing!!!! I just found your blog, wonderful!

susan said...

Thanks, Stephanie. It is always fun to get a new crockpot recipe each evening. Just love it!
Thanks so much, Sue Anderson
www.youravon.com/sanderson5864

sandeestarlite said...

YOU are a goddess! I also recently ran across this recipe but hadn't considered the crockpot. I will totally try this over the weekend!

Stephanie said...

Do you ever do a top 10 list? Or a list of things you'd like to make again?

CaSandra said...

I can't wait to try this one. My husband and I will use this for a College Football Saturday! I think I will do a buffalo recipe from now on each Saturday! Thanks again you rock!!!

BCholly said...

Oh my that looks delicious! I love buffalo wings TOO!!! Mmmm, and I make crockpot lasgna at least every couple of weeks...I am going to try this instead the next time its on the menu...Thanks!

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Jen said...

I've never seen Tinykada lasagna noodles! I'll have to hunt those down and try this without the cheese or with a mock cheese or sauce of some kind (I actually have a fake cheese cookbook!). It sounds delicious!

Holly said...

damn..now I have to go back and change my menu plan for next week... spinach manicotti out, buffalo chicken lasagna IN! :)

The Gluten-Free Assistant said...

Its so awesome that you do gluten-free without a hitch! Really great to see someone so well adapted. I am impressed! Looking forward to the results!

Anonymous said...

I've been reading steadily for about three weeks now. Wow! I have given up on New Year's resolutions, but you're going strong with this. Whenever I pull out my crockpot (I'm getting up to twice a week...) your blog is my recipe book.

I have been craving buffalo! This weekend, maybe tomorrow I am going to make this!

Keiko

i_r_keiko@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

If you can believe this....I actually do not own a crockpot...YET! After reading your yummy recipes and after chasing after two kids - I think you have actually sold me on the beauty of the CP! Thanks!
brausev@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

I just love crockpotting , so I have more time to quilt. Dilly02@comcast.net

mommadisco said...

This looks and sounds tasty. I bet my mister would love it. Can't wait to try it out on him.

Carmen said...

My friend shared this site with me and I will be visiting here often. I try to cook with my crockpot at least once a week. But with all of these recipes, I will have to use my crockpot more often. Thank you for all of your neat ideas.

Karla said...

I just made this today and it is AMAZING!! I used Texas Pete brand hot sauce and my mouth is still tingling!

I am addicted to this blog and will most likely go through withdrawals when you stop! You have however inspired me to get more creative with my crockpot!

Bee said...

I just found this blog.. but I am so in love w/ this blog... I hope.. but I think I am too late for the entrie.. I would love to win a crock pot and learn how to use it.. but when you are near the last to comment.. how cn you win... but buy pure luck....


Thanks for a great blog to stalk noiw!!

fireinv15 said...

I made this at the firehouse tonight, I used alot more blue cheese, added to each layer and I used Hooters Hot sauce, There wasn't anything left....They loved it...I was asked to add this to the every few weeks of eats...keep up the great work love your site....

Confessions of a Gen-X'er: SoCal Penny Pinchin' said...

You are awesome! Thank you for your constant contribution to my repetoire of cooking (in the crock)! I value your blog!

Anonymous said...

I tried something the other night that I thought you might be interested in (being GF). Instead of lasagna noodles I sliced potatoes (a food processor or some such makes it really fast and easy) and used them as the noodle layer. We were surprised that it didn't really taste potato-y. It was yummy and lots cheaper than the GF pastas. You'd need to vent the crockpot, but of course you knew that already! =)

Vashti said...

Made it.......love it!!!!!
thanks so much!

shayna said...

I have to tell you - you maybe already know this, but I don't know how often you cruise the regular-made-out-of-wheat snack aisle - that there are these new buffalo wing-flavored Snyder's pretzel bites and they are SO. GOOD. Just in case you feel the need to have a kid-free, chock full o'gluten snack of buffalo-y goodness one of these days.

Katherine G said...

Thanks! This was a fabulous dish. It lasagna with a kick, but now I realize I can give traditional, spinach or veggie lasagna a try. My family liked it. I cut the buffalo wing sauce down by 1/4 cup. I was a little worried it would be too hot for the kids! Although, now I think it would have been fine.

Thank you GMA for having Stephanie on the air! I would never have found her or found a better way to feed my family. I am a nursing student and our family has a considerable strain on my being gone 2 nights and 2 days a week! I shopped for two weeks and giving it a go!

Elaine said...

Stephanie,

I saw the article about you on the GMA section of ABCNews.com. I'm a real foodie, and I have collected thousands of recipes from the internet, which is much more fun than collecting cookbooks. However, I have not come up with a decent cataloging or filing system for all of those recipes . .. . . . . . what a mess!

Anyway I tried your Buffalo Chicken Lasagna recipe because it sounded different, delicious and simple. It was also extremely economical - I usually don't try too many recipes with exotic, expensive, or hard-to-find ingredients, so your recipe met my specs. And I'm great with the whole crock-pot concept of letting the appliance do the work.

My husband, his two hungry buddies, and I were totally blown away with this recipe - the four of us ate most of the whole crock-pot full. The two guys took copies of the recipe home with them - THAT is how good it is. You also get Double Bonus Point from me because the recipe is very low in fat. No greasiness, no oily "sludge" with this great recipe.

Thank you so much for being yourself - I'll visit your blog a LOT because I'm really hooked on great food without the work. I will probably get another crock pot, too, as soon as spring arrives and the yard sales begin to sprout.

Madame, I will forever be in your debt. Thanks a million -

Lisa M said...

I made this yesterday (I made note of it on your blog a few weeks ago and really was convinced to try it after seeing it featured on Good Morning America)--it was fantastic! Thumbs up from my entire family. My husband said it was the best lasagna he ever had!

colesmom said...

My husband LOVED this and said I could make it as often as I want. It was a bit too spicy for me (just like everything else) but it was good. I cooked it for 6 1/2 hours and it burned on one side. So,next time I'll try less time and less wing sauce and maybe I won't burn the food OR my mouth!

Krys said...

This is in my crockpot right now, and smells divine! Can't wait to taste it! =)

B. Lardner said...

Just had it for Easter lunch and it was a hit. I have made it once before and was looking for something easy and special for the holiday. Everyone wants the recipe. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Made this twice in the last 2 weeks! Excellent. Only adjusted it by adding a can of crushed or diced tomatoes give it that extra texture and cut the wing sauce to 1/2 cup.
Great great great!!

Lexie said...

I have to try this...sounds so good!

Anonymous said...

This recipe is excellent and very easy to make!

Emily Russell said...

I was referred to your blog by a friend of a friend on facebook. I took one look at the site and am now hooked! I seriously need to take less time at the kitchen counter and stove for our dinners. Thanks!!! I don't know that I'm at your level, but i'm going to try at least 2 days a week to start!

Kathleen said...

Hi Stephanie,

I just recently discovered your blog and I bought your cookbook on Amazon about a week ago. I was actually looking for two recipes that we tried and loved (Gumbo and Cream cheese chicken) so that I could let you know how tasty they turned out. This Buffalo Recipe looks intriguing-- we will have to try it.

One question though. I thought Bleu cheese wasn't GF. Any info on that? If there is a GF variety, let me know, I miss it very much.

Stephanie O'Dea said...

Hi Kathleen,

thankfully, most bleu cheese that you find in the stores is actually gluten free. Here's a great article Alison St. Sure wrote.

xoxo

Rhonda said...

If you really want an authentic Buffalo style wing sauce, skip the Red Hot. Having grown up in Buffalo that stuff is GROSS. You should hunt down the sauce from the Anchor Bar. It's the original Buffalo wing sauce. You can buy it online or depending on where you live your local grocery store might get it for you. Wegmans sells it.

Candyman said...

Let's start by stating that I cooked wings at the Anchor Bar in the early 80's and the correct sauce is Frank's/Durkee's Red Hot. Yes, today they bottle their own sauce... doesn't everyone... it's still Franks but with the margarine and vinegar added in. So I'd have to say Rhonda if you think Frank's is GROSS, then you weren't mixing it correctly. Great looking recipe, can't wait to make it. Thanks for posting it.

Jennifer said...

Has anyone made slow-cooker lasagna with homemade noodles? I want to give it a whirl since I forgot to buy noodles at the store...I'll let you know how it goes but does anyone have any tips? I just made the noodles tonight so they're not as dry as store-bought ones...

Anonymous said...

I started a shake diet this week, you know one for breakfast and one for lunch this looks like a totally sensibile dinner, right?

Anonymous said...

i stumbled upon this looking for crock pot recipes online~ i cooked it for my boys (who are huge wing fans) and they absolutely loved it! It is an easy prep recipe and can cook while you are at work! It is a wonderful spin on traditional lasagna~

Steve M said...

My wife, kids and I love buffalo, so I made it this past week (so we could come home from school/sports/work) and it was ready. One son liked the blue cheese, the other didn't (I would leave it out next time). It wasn't the big hit I thought it would be, but we had a ton of it left over. I froze individual portions and froze them for lunchs in the future.

Jennifurla said...

I really enjoyed this very quick and simple recipe, It will last me all week, thanks so much.

Lori S. said...

It was okay, but we didn't love it. I felt like the ratios were off -- not enough cheese, too much chicken. Probably won't make again, not because it was bad (it wasn't), it just wasn't a huge hit with my family.

PitBull said...

So, i forgot to precook the chicken. Disaster? Or maybe okay?

ty mac said...

This is one of my all-time favorite slow cooker recipes, hands down. Everyone who's tried it loves it as well!!!

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