Dinner has never been easier than with this mouth watering One Pot Shredded Chicken in Buffalo Sauce! This tender and flavorful chicken recipe comes together in moments to create a meal your family will love! Quick, fabulous dinner made in one pot!

Just a few minutes to pop everything in a saucepan, then just let it simmer away while you relax. Then open the lid to find a tender cooked chicken that shreds at a touch, smothered in a glorious buffalo sauce. Dinner made easy!

buffalo shredded chicken in a bowl over rice with lettuce

You know those days that don’t go to plan, when you walk in the door and are so exhausted, the takeout menu is calling your name yet your conscience (and budget!) is stopping you from picking up that phone to order some greasy Chinese?

Well, this recipe is for all those days. :-) Because it’s so darn delicious, and it literally takes 3 minutes to prepare and no maintenance while it cooks. Just plonk the chicken and the sauce ingredients in the same saucepan and let it simmer away for 50 minutes until the chicken is super tender and can be shredded with a touch. Meanwhile, during that cooking time, the chicken is flavoring that sauce that reduces down so by the end, it transforms into a glossy thick Buffalo Sauce. YUM!

Sure you can pile it onto rice like I’ve done with a sensible side of greens. But honestly? I usually pile this onto warmed bread rolls, making this a super quick meal.

honey buffalo chicken sliders in buns on a wooden plate

This is my midweek dinner version of my Slow Cooker Honey Buffalo Chicken Sliders which I love to make for gatherings. And actually, this recipe can be made in a slow cooker too! Just skip the chicken broth and place in the slow cooker and cook on LOW for 4 hours. The reason I skip the chicken broth is because the slow cooker won’t evaporate liquid like in a saucepan, and there’s enough other liquid (butter + hot sauce) for the chicken to cook in the slow cooker.buffalo shredded chicken in a white bowl over rice with lettuce

I really love Buffalo sauce in anything from Buffalo Pasta Salad to Buffalo Pasta Bake. The Buffalo Sauce for this shredded chicken is spicy but not “blow your head off”spicy. Feel free to increase the amount of hot sauce in this, and to reduce the spiciness, I recommend adding more sweetness with honey, reducing the amount of hot sauce and adding a touch of ketchup (yes really!).

Hope you enjoy!

shredded buffalo chicken on a bun with lettuce
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One Pot Shredded Chicken in Buffalo Sauce

A fabulous back pocket dinner recipe for those really busy days! The sauce is extra delicious because it's made in the same pot as the chicken!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4
Author Nagi
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  • 1.2 pounds chicken breast boneless and skinless
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ½ cup Frank's Original Red Hot Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chicken broth


  • Place all ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat. The chicken may not be totally covered by liquid (once butter melts) which is fine.
  • Once butter is melted, adjust heat so the liquid is simmering. Cook for 50 minutes, turning once, or until chicken can be easily shredded. The sauce should be thickened but if it's too watery, then remove the chicken and simmer until it reduces.
  • Shred chicken with 2 forks (I do this in the saucepan). Serve!
4.89 from 17 votes

Nutrition Information

Calories: 308 | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 125mg | Sodium: 1586mg | Potassium: 550mg | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 485IU | Vitamin C: 5.8mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 0.6mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Dinner
Cuisine American

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  1. Omg so good and easy! I replaced butter with coconut oil and sugar with honey to make it a little healthier and it was just as good!4 stars

  2. My husband made this and when I saw the brown sugar on the counter I thought, oh god, he made a mistake and ruined it. He showed me the recipe and I was hesitant to try it but wow, best Buffalo chicken I’ve ever had! So tender and so much flavor! I’ll never go back to my old recipe.

  3. I’ve made this twice in the past week, and I can’t get enough! I’m keto, so I do swerve brown sugar instead of regular but otherwise I make it as instructed. I had emergency oral surgery last week and am on soft foods still so for the first batch I purred it with a bit of cream cheese to make it like a dip. The second batch I just shredded really well, and it’s been great! So similar to my go-to crockpot recipe but now I don’t have to make 3lbs of chicken at a time!!5 stars

  4. Just had this for our tea. Went down a treat. So easy to make and soooo much flavour in the chicken. Delicious! Will definitely be on the menu again. Thanks!5 stars

  5. Ok uhhhhh cook covered or uncovered? What saucepan size works best? How would I thicken it if it’s too thin? So vague. Poor job explaining this recipe.

    1. You can cook it uncovered, in any size saucepan that fits your chicken. If the sauce is too watery, then remove the chicken and simmer until it reduces as mentioned in step 2. Hope that helps!

  6. This was so good!!! I followed the recipe to a T, served on brioche buns with lettuce, tomato, and a slice of cheese. Had green beans and onion rings as our sides. I only had to simmer the chicken for about 40 minutes before shredding. My husband had nothing but rave reviews concerning the chicken. Thanks!!!

  7. This. Is. Perfection. Not only is it soooo easy and low-maintenance, but it’s something I can throw on come cauliflower rice or in lettuce wraps, and my kids can eat on sandwiches or quesadillas. One for everyone!!