My week began with resolve, fortitude, and the most wholesome of intentions to balance out Ben and my four-day eating spree in New York City. I lasted five hours. Then, I remembered the chocolate truffles lurking in the candy jar. Oops. Call in the Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Sweet Potatoes, and let’s get back on track!
The truth is, I’m miserable at any kind of diet plan that requires cutting out whole food groups or includes words like “cleanse” and “detox.” Even after a long weekend in which carbs and cocktails were the primary food groups, subscribing to a meal regimen (even a temporary one) that calls for deprivation isn’t an approach that resonates with me. Plus, as we’ve seen, I’m not very good at it. Dark chocolate is real. And I really like it.
That said, I still wake up after weekends I’ve gone a little overboard (or in the case of our NYC trip a lotoverboard) ready to hit reset and return to a healthier eating pattern—at least until the next weekend. Do you know the feeling?
Whether you are looking for a reset (sometimes), or just need an easy, healthy dinner on a busy weeknight (always), these Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Sweet Potatoes are ideal. Every bite of these fluffy baked sweet potatoes smothered in juicy, saucy crock pot Buffalo chicken tastes rich and satisfying, but is wholesome and good for you!
1 tablespoon cornstarch, mixed with 1 tablespoon water to create a slurry
Chopped green onions, for serving
FOR THE BLUE CHEESE YOGURT DRESSING (OMIT TO MAKE DAIRY FREE):
1/2 cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon white vinegar
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/3 cup crumbled blue cheese, plus additional for serving
Lightly coat a slow cooker with cooking spray (I used a 6-quart but believe a smaller size would be fine too). Place the chicken in the bottom of the slow cooker.
Place the hot sauce, coconut oil, salt, garlic powder, and cayenne in a microwave safe bowl or measuring cup. Microwave until the coconut oil is melted (about 45 seconds), then stir until smooth. If you prefer not to use the microwave, melt the ingredients together in a small saucepan on the stove. Pour the sauce over the chicken. Cover the slow cooker, then cook for 1 1/2 – 2 1/2 hours on high or 4-5 hours on low, until the chicken is cooked through and reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. Remove the chicken from crockpot and shred.
About 30 minutes before the chicken is done, bake the sweet potatoes: Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Prick the sweet potatoes all over with a fork, then place them on a foil-lined baking sheet. Bake until the sweet potatoes are tender, about 45 minutes to 1 hour, depending upon the size of your sweet potato. Turn off the oven and leave the sweet potatoes inside to keep them warm.
Once the chicken is shredded and while the sweet potatoes bake, mix the cornstarch and 1 tablespoon water together to create a slurry. Add it to the cooking liquid in the slow cooker, then whisk to combine. Cover the slow cooker and cook on high for 30 minutes to allow the sauce to thicken, stirring once half way through. Once thick, return the chicken to the slow cooker and toss to coat.
For the Blue cheese yogurt topping: in a small bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients—Greek yogurt, milk, white vinegar, black pepper, and blue cheese. Split open the sweet potatoes, then top with the crock pot Buffalo chicken, a drizzle of the blue cheese dressing, and green onions. Enjoy hot.