Pulled Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches

buffalo pulled chicken sandwiches

I mentioned that we were on vacation last week. Well, my friends. That was one embarrassing vacation.

We went to Wisconsin Dells for a few days before heading to downtown Chicago for a couple days. While in the Dells, we obviously hit up some water parks.

I don’t know if you guys know this about water slides or not, but in order to go down a slide, you first must go up all the stairs. All. The. Stairs.

My legs were all, “Look, lady, I happily agree to hoist your body up from the couch and take you into the kitchen for more popcorn during your nightly TV marathons, but I’ve never agreed to haul your body up 10 flights of stairs to hurtle down a slide to our death.”

buffalo chicken pulled sandwiches recipe

They were displeased with me, which they later showed me at the top of the stairs. In the most embarrassing way possible.

I went to step into a raft, across from my poor 13 year old son, when I tripped. And fell. Face first into the raft.

My 13 year old will never go out in public with me again. Everrrrrrr.

When I finally got myself righted, we went down the world’s scariest water ride. You may have heard of The Hurricane at The Wilderness Resort, but I had not. I just knew that hey, that looks fun.

Yes, fun. If you like almost dying. That was the scariest dang ride ever! It was actually super awesome and I would have done it again if not for the stairs and the worker dude who already saw me fall on my face once.

Anyway, when I get back from a week of eating out and watching other people clean up after me, I like to take it easy in the kitchen and these sandwiches are perfect for that! They’re so simple, I almost feel silly sharing the recipe!

You literally toss some chicken in some buffalo sauce and plop it on a bun with a squirt of ranch dressing. These are so good for a game day snack (keep the chicken in a crockpot and let people build their own sandwiches as they’re hungry!), but the kids and I love them for lunch too! Serve them with a side of carrots and celery to round things out. We used King’s Hawaiian Rolls for these, but any sandwich bun would work. I thought the sweetness of the roll was great with the spicy chicken though.

pulled buffalo chicken sandwiches recipe

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Pulled Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes


3 cups shredded or diced chicken
1/2 cup Frank's Red Hot Sauce
2 tablespoons butter
prepared ranch dressing, for topping
4 sandwich buns or 8 Hawaiian Rolls


In a medium saucepan, heat the chicken, hot sauce, and butter. Stir to combine and coat the chicken. Taste and add more hot sauce if desired.
Fill the sandwich buns with the chicken mixture and top with ranch dressing.

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16 Responses to “Pulled Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches”

  1. Jocelyn@ BruCrew Life November 18, 2013 @ 6:11 am (#

    Hahahahaha! No, that’s not me laughing AT you…ok, fine it is. But I can’t help it you are a writing genius who makes me picture this so vividly :-)

    I am all about easy peasy dinner ideas. We love buffalo and ranch together…and on a Hawaiian roll. So yum!


  2. Stephanie @ Plain Chicken November 18, 2013 @ 8:30 am (#

    OMG – dying over these. Adding them to my menu ASAP!


  3. Trish - Mom On Timeout November 18, 2013 @ 8:40 am (#

    The sandwiches look killer Karly! As far as falling face first into your raft…well…I’m sure your 13 yo will eventually get over it ๐Ÿ˜‰ Eventually! That must have been some trip!


  4. Cookbook Queen November 18, 2013 @ 10:45 am (#

    That is TOTALLY something that would happen to me! And this is one of our favorite meals around here. SO good. And easy!!


  5. Belinda@themoonblushbaker November 18, 2013 @ 10:51 am (#

    This is my kind of sandwich!

    I have to get my hand on some of those sweet rolls next time to try them, the combo sounds amazing


  6. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking November 18, 2013 @ 1:17 pm (#

    ‘Scuse me while I mop off my keyboard. Totally drooling over here!


  7. Joanne November 18, 2013 @ 5:09 pm (#

    I can do rollercoasters, no problem, but water slides…totally freak.me.out. I’m just so not into them! I’m impressed you survived.


  8. Tracy | Pale Yellow November 18, 2013 @ 6:24 pm (#

    So easy and so yummy, I can’t wait to try!


  9. Melanie @ Carmel Moments November 19, 2013 @ 11:02 am (#

    Still sounds like a blast! Sorry you had a fall. I’m sure he’ll be begging to go back regardless. :)
    These look delicious. I have 2 HUGE hot sauce fans in my house. I’m thinking these sound like a perfect easy meal some night.


  10. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl November 19, 2013 @ 11:15 am (#

    Don’t show this recipe to my husband, it will ruin dinner and he won’t like what I’m making anymore! :)


  11. Megan {Country Cleaver} November 19, 2013 @ 2:30 pm (#

    I got over waterslides after my first experience on a FAST slide that basically gave me the mother of all wedgies… PASS!! Good for you, you’re a champ. I am a wuss and proud of it.


  12. Renee @Two in the Kitchen November 19, 2013 @ 4:17 pm (#

    We LOVE the Wilderness at the Dells! But your story makes me remember why I have my HUSBAND take the kids down the water slides while I stay safe and sound on the ground! I’m sorry about your mishap but at least you got a hilarious story out of it! These sandwiches look fantastic by the way!!


  13. Ashton November 20, 2013 @ 8:52 am (#

    You really ARE a writing genius like Jocelyn said :) I’ve always loved reading your blog! And it’s especially nice to hear that other people trip getting on the water slide… not that I know ๐Ÿ˜‰

    These look amazing. I can’t even tell you how much I love buffalo chicken. And the sweet rolls are a brilliant choice!


  14. Buck Weber November 21, 2013 @ 5:36 pm (#

    Embarrassing a 13 year old is very easy to do, but itโ€™s too bad you had to fall down to accomplish it! I like the crockpot idea so people can self serve. Sounds like a simple but delicious recipe.


  15. aa November 30, 2013 @ 10:41 am (#

    LOVED your post… because we just went to Wilderness this week and kids made me ride that @%@^%@%@$^%@$^ing Hurricane ride. “No mom, it’s not scary, it’s really fun.” Let’s just say, I hated it. If I could have jumped off after the first 60 seconds, I would have.

    Really enjoy your blog and cooking ideas!


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