Buffalo Chicken and Blue Cheese Cabbage Bowl can be made in the Slow Cooker or the Instant Pot and this is perfect for an easy low-carb dinner! And if you have family members who don’t care about carbs, they could eat the tasty buffalo chicken on a bun!

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It’s the Blue Cheese Coleslaw that I’m so fond of that inspired this Buffalo Chicken and Blue Cheese Cabbage Bowl and that easy coleslaw is the cabbage bowl part of this recipe. And I think everyone who loves the idea of a buffalo chicken bowl and likes cabbage and blue cheese is going to love this for an easy dinner.

Needless to say, I loved the crisp coleslaw with the buffalo chicken in this dish since I am such a fan of all things cabbage! Everything about this recipe is easy and the combination of hot buffalo chicken plus cooling coleslaw makes such a great burst of flavor.

What ingredients do you need for this recipe?

How spicy is the Buffalo Chicken Bowl?

Frank’s Red Hot Sauce is definitely a spicy ingredient, but with the coolness of the cabbage slaw I would say this dish is only moderately spicy. If you’re worried it will be too hot for your family, I recommend replacing the amount of Frank’s Red Hot Sauce a bit, and maybe the Green Tabasco Sauce as well. (You can always add more spice to the buffalo chicken after you taste it, but you can’t take it away!)

What kind of blue cheese dressing do I use?

I’m a huge fan of Litehouse brand Blue Cheese Dressing, and that’s the kind I always use for this recipe. But if you have a good recipe for homemade blue cheese, that will only make it better!

What if you’re not a cabbage fan?

The idea for this recipe is similar to my Buffalo Chicken Cauliflower Rice Bowl that can also be made in the slow cooker or the pressure cooker, and if you’re not a cabbage fan you might like that one instead. And if you have family members who don’t care about carbs, they can east the tasty buffalo chicken on a bun!

Want to make the Buffalo Chicken Bowl in the Instant Pot?

The photos in this post show how to make this tasty cabbage bowl in the slow cooker, but if you’d prefer to use an Instant Pot to make the buffalo chicken, check out my recipe for Low-Carb Buffalo Chicken Tacos with Blue Cheese Coleslaw. Make the buffalo chicken as described in that recipe and just serve it in a bowl meal!

Want more ideas for low-carb bowl meals?

You can check out Low-Carb Bowl Meals You’ll Make Over and Over for more tasty bowl recipes like this one.

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How to make the Buffalo Chicken and Blue Cheese Cabbage Bowl:

(Scroll down for complete printable recipe and link to Instant Pot instructions.)

  1. Trim chicken breasts and cut them in half lengthwise; place chicken in slow cooker.
  2. Add the stock/herb mixture and cook on high about 3 hours, or until the chicken shreds apart easily with a fork.
  3. Drain the chicken in a colander, and discard the stock.
  4. Mix together Frank’s Red Hot Sauce (affiliate link), olive oil, Worcestershire sauce, Green Tabasco Sauce (affiliate link), and sweetener of your choice.
  5. Shred chicken apart with two forks and put back in slow cooker; then mix in the sauce.
  6. Cook about 30 minutes on high while you make the slaw.
  7. I used a Mandoline Slicer (affiliate link) to get thinly sliced cabbage for this dish, but you can also thinly slice the cabbage with a knife.
  8. Follow instructions for Blue Cheese Coleslaw for the slaw.
  9. To serve, put a generous amount of blue cheese coleslaw into a bowl and top with some of the shredded chicken mixture. Sprinkle with some crumbled blue cheese and enjoy!

two buffalo chicken bowls on striped napkin with green forks

More Tasty Buffalo Chicken Recipes:

Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Soup

Baked Buffalo Chicken with Melted Blue Cheese

Buffalo Chicken Cauliflower Rice Bowl

Buffalo Chicken Tacos

Buffalo Salmon with Blue Cheese Slaw

Weekend Food Prep:

This recipe has been added to a category called Weekend Food Prep where you’ll find recipes you can prep or cook on the weekend and eat during the week!

Buffalo Chicken and Blue Cheese Cabbage Bowl
Yield: 6 servings

Buffalo Chicken and Blue Cheese Cabbage Bowl

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 20 minutes

Buffalo Chicken and Blue Cheese Cabbage Bowl can be made in the Slow Cooker or the Instant Pot.

Ingredients

Buffalo Chicken Ingredients:

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup homemade chicken stock or canned chicken broth
  • 1 tsp. Poultry Seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 3/4 cup Franks Red Hot Sauce (see Notes)
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 2 T Worcestershire sauce (see notes)
  • 2 tsp. Green Tabasco sauce or other green hot sauce (optional, but good)
  • 1 T sweetener of your choice

Other Ingredients:

  • 6 T thick blue cheese dressing (See notes.)
  • 3 T low-fat buttermilk
  • 1/2 large head green cabbage, thinly sliced and then chopped
  • 1/2 large head red cabbage, thinly sliced and then chopped
  • 1/2 cup thickly sliced green onion
  • 2 tsp. celery seed
  • salt and fresh-ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/3 cup crumbled blue cheese for serving (see notes)

Instructions

  1. Trim chicken breasts and cut into half lengthwise.
  2. Spray the slow cooker insert with olive oil or non-stick spray and place chicken in the slow cooker.
  3. Mix the chicken stock, poultry seasoning, garlic powder, and onion powder and pour over the chicken.
  4. Cook on high for about 3 hours or until chicken shreds apart easily with a fork.
  5. When chicken is tender, drain in a colander placed in the sink, discarding the stock the chicken was cooked in.
  6. Let chicken cool for a few minutes so it’s easier to handle, then shred chicken apart with two forks. (You can rinse the chicken before you shred it if you prefer, but I didn’t worry about it.)
  7. Mix Frank’s Hot Sauce, olive oil, Worcestershire sauce, Green Tabasco Sauce (affiliate link), and sweetener of your choice.
  8. Put the shredded chicken back into the slow cooker and pour the sauce over, stirring gently to combine the chicken and sauce.
  9. Cook on high while you follow instructions to prepare Ridiculously Easy Blue Cheese Coleslaw, adding more blue cheese crumbles to the coleslaw mixture if desired.
  10. To serve put a generous amount of slaw into a bowl and top with a scoop of the buffalo chicken mixture.
  11. Sprinkle crumbled blue cheese over the top and serve.
  12. If this recipe makes more than you’ll eat at one time, I recommend refrigerating the cabbage mixture, dressing, and buffalo chicken separately. Then when you want to make a Buffalo Chicken and Blue Cheese Cabbage Bowl heat the chicken, mix some dressing into the slaw, and serve.
  13. If you prefer to use an Instant Pot or pressure cooker to make the buffalo chicken, use my recipe for Pressure Cooker Buffalo Chicken Tacos with Blue Cheese Coleslaw and just serve as a bowl instead of as tacos.

Notes

Franks Red Hot Sauce and Frank’s Buffalo Wing Sauce both have zero carbs. Use Gluten-Free Worcestershire Sauce (affiliate link) if needed. I like Lighthouse Original Blue Cheese for the cabbage slaw in this recipe.

This recipe created by Kalyn.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 387Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 5gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 91mgSodium: 1468mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 3gSugar: 7gProtein: 36g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:

These Buffalo Chicken Bowls are a perfect bowl meal recipe for Low-Carb or Keto diets. Blue cheese is relatively high in fat for the South Beach Diet, but if you use my suggested recipe to reduce the fat content in the Blue Cheese Coleslaw and use a moderate amount of blue cheese crumbles, I’d eat this for any phase of the original South Beach diet.

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Historical Notes for this Recipe:
The Buffalo Chicken Bowls were first posted in 2015, as a slow cooker recipe but now I might use the Instant Pot to make the chicken. (See notes about that above.) The recipe was updated with the Instant Pot option in 2019 and it was last updated with more information in 2022.

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