Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Chili

An easy to make buffalo chicken chili using a rotisserie chicken and pre-flavored beans

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Chili Made with Rotisserie Chicken

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Bowl of Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Chili with can of BUSH'S Chili beans in background

What Makes a Great Chili? 

There are so many delicious chili recipes that picking just one as my favorite would be nearly impossible. 

The chili I grew up with, a hearty ground beef version with fresh celery, onions, sauce, spices, and beans was always my favorite and I actually thought it was the only way to make chili until I got older and started playing around with recipes. Tweaking. Adding. Subtracting. Substituting. 

Three cans of BUSH'S Chili Beans stacked in pyramid fashion on a red cake stand with vintage white bowls in the background - used to make and serve Buffalo Chicken Chili

The one common component of all great chili recipes is the use of quality ingredients


Recently, I wanted to make something a little different but something that wouldn't take a lot of prep time. I came across a recipe for Buffalo Chicken Chili, changed it up a bit to save time, and absolutely loved how it turned out and so did my family! 

rotisserie chicken in container for Buffalo Chicken Chili

I started with a rotisserie chicken, it doesn't get much easier than this and I used Mild Kidney Chili Beans plus a few other basic ingredients.

I didn't need to worry about pulling out and measuring spices, the BUSH'S Chili Beans are already flavored. 

I bought the rotisserie chicken the day before and refrigerated it until I was ready to use it....hence the less than appealing appearance BUT it does make it much easier to pull the meat off for recipes.

📖 Recipe

Buffalo Chicken Chili

An easy to make buffalo chicken chili using a rotisserie chicken and pre-flavored beans
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Prep Time:20 minutes
Cook Time:2 hours
Total Time:2 hours 20 minutes


  • 2 cans Chili Beans already seasoned, any variety
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 celery rib sliced
  • 1 carrot peeled and sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves chopped
  • 1 rotisserie chicken shredded
  • 2 cans (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (15 ounces) crushed tomatoes undrained
  • ¼ cup hot sauce
  • 4 ounces cream cheese softened


  • Heat oil in slow cooker. Add onion, celery, carrot, and garlic. Saute until tender, 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Add tomato sauce, crushed tomatoes, and hot sauce.
  • Add shredded chicken and stir. Cook for 2 hours.
  • Add BUSH'S Chili Beans, stir.
  • Add softened cream cheese and stir gently.
  • After adding the Chili Beans and cream cheese, cook for another 15 to 30 minutes and serve! 

As with any of my recipes, calorie counts and nutritional information varies greatly depending on which products you choose to use when cooking this dish.


Calories: 415kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 131mg | Sodium: 1438mg | Potassium: 904mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1538IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 3mg
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 415kcal
Author: Mary Beth


What is your absolute favorite way to make chili? I would love to see and hear about how you add your own personal touch to this classic recipe.


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  1. Oh, Mary Beth, your recipe sounds absolutely amazing. And I love that you made it with chicken instead of ground beef. I can see why your family loved it. I need to make it too!
    P.S. Bush beans are the best!!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Diane! 🙂 xo

  2. Kenneth Clutario Agudo says:

    I'll give a 5 star for this scrumptious recipe! I haven't take my lunch yet and this makes me crave for buffalo chicken. You're recipe looks really good and I'll surely try this out!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Kenneth!

  3. Bethany Stout says:

    This looks amazing. It's been so cold outside and chili sounds amazing right now. I'm going to put this on our menu for next week for sure. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Bethany! Enjoy.