Buffalo chicken is easily one of my favorite meals. But do you know what makes it even better? It’s a recipe that’s both easy to make, thanks to my trusty slow cooker, and high in sodium, so it’s a win-win for those of us on a high salt diet with POTS. Read on for this super salty recipe for easy buffalo chicken sandwiches with a yummy vinegar-based slaw!
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Now when I say that this is a super salty recipe, I’m not kidding. These easy buffalo chicken sandwiches require a full bottle of Frank’s RedHot sauce, plus a bottle of ranch dressing. Both of these condiments are packed with sodium, which makes them ideal for POTS patients on a high salt diet.
Let’s look a little closer…
Frank’s RedHot Sauce: 71 servings/bottle X 190mg sodium/serving = 13,490mg sodium/bottle
Wishbone Ranch Dressing: 8 servings/bottle X 250mg sodium/serving = 2,000mg sodium/bottle
There are about 8 servings (depending on how much buffalo chicken you pile on each sandwich) in this recipe, so that would be an estimate of 1,900mg of sodium per serving. Wowza! That’s a lot of sodium! This is fantastic for POTSies who need a ton of salt each day.
However, this recipe would not be healthy for someone with high blood pressure or heart disease. Honestly, it’s not ideal for the average person, either, but it would make for an excellent cheat meal or party dish. If you’re concerned about sodium (because you don’t have POTS), check out these lower sodium hot sauces to reduce this recipe’s sodium punch.
Easy Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches With Slaw
4 lbs chicken breasts (about 3 large chicken breasts)
12 oz Frank’s RedHot sauce
1 tbsp Goya Adobo Seasoning With Cumin (salt, garlic, pepper, cumin, oregano, turmeric)
8 oz Wishbone Ranch dressing
2 cups chopped cabbage
½ cup shredded carrots
3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
Dash of salt and pepper
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp sugar
Rolls of your choice, plus blue cheese dressing or crumbles as a sandwich topping
1. Place the chicken, hot sauce, adobo seasoning, and ranch into a slow cooker, such as the Hamilton Beach Slow Cooker. Set on low and let cook for 5 hours. Shred the chicken around the 4-4.5 hour mark.
You can make the slaw at any point in the cooking stage; if you make it earlier in the day, simply cover and put it in the fridge until you’re ready to eat.
2. To make the slaw, combine chopped cabbage and carrots–you can buy these already chopped to save time, or do it yourself– vinegar, olive oil, sugar, salt, and pepper and stir to combine. Adjust ingredients to meet your taste preferences (add more sugar if you prefer sweeter or more vinegar for acidity, etc.) That’s it! Simple, right?
3. When the chicken is done, pile it onto a roll or bun of your choice, top it with some slaw, and add a drizzle of blue cheese dressing or a sprinkle of blue cheese crumbles. Or, you can leave the slaw off the sandwich and enjoy it as a crunchy and refreshing side dish. I’ve done both!
Besides eating this easy buffalo chicken as sandwiches with slaw, you can use the leftovers to make a delicious buffalo chicken and ranch pizza! It’s a fun Friday or Saturday night activity to make your own dough from scratch and create this spicy yet satisfying concoction! (Or, if you’re feeling low on energy, you can always buy pizza dough pre-made.)
You can even make a wrap with the leftovers and eat it for lunch! There’s so much to do with this easy buffalo chicken recipe, and it has alllll the salty vibes us POTSies need. It’s also a great game day meal perfect for enjoying with family and friends around the TV as you cheer on your favorite teams.
(Does anyone else think that the blue cheese dressing looks like a bunny?! Completely unintentional but now it’s all I can see! Hehe!)
Let me know how you enjoy these easy buffalo chicken sandwiches and what you decide to do with the leftovers (if you have any!). You can check out more salty recipes next to compliment your high salt diet for POTS. Don’t forget to drink a tall glass of water with this recipe too!