From the Recipe Box: Buffalo Chicken BBQ with Blue Cheese Coleslaw

by kitchenarian on April 5, 2011

I love reading cookbooks. It has been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember. Stacks of them are piled up by my desk, beside my bed, and all throughout the house. In the past year, I have come to love food blogs as well. It is a whole new food experience. A food blog is a cookbook that comes to life. As a reader, you are invited not only to listen to the story behind the recipe but to experience it through the eyes of the blogger as well.


While I was perusing some food blogs over the weekend, I found a recipe on Kim Kelly’s blog, Liv Life. This is one of my favorite blogs to follow. Kim is a wonderful cook and writes with such sweet affection about her family and preparing healthy meals for them. Kim recently featured a recipe called Slow-Cooker Spicy Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches. As soon as I read this, I decided that I was making it for my family for dinner that very night. As I was looking for a side salad to offer with dinner, I found a recipe on-line at for blue cheese coleslaw. I knew immediately that I was going to put them together and make Buffalo Chicken BBQ with Blue Cheese Coleslaw.

Kim prepares her dish in a slow cooker; such a genius idea. I, however, didn’t get started on my chicken til later in the day so I opted to use my dutch oven and speed up the process just a little bit. I made a few minor changes to Kim’s recipe to increase the amount of the chicken and tweak the spices a bit for my family, so I have offered my version here, but please go to Kim’s blog, Liv Life, to view the original post and see how to prepare this dish in a slow cooker.

Ingredients for Buffalo Chicken BBQ:
(recipe adapted from Liv Life)

2 – 3 tablespoons olive oil
2 ½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 2 1/2 inch strips
1 large onion, chopped
salt and pepper
1 can (14.5 ounces) petite diced tomatoes – do not drain
1/3 cup Frank’s hot-pepper sauce
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
2 tablespoons yellow mustard
1 tablespoon unsulfured molasses
8 hamburger buns
Jalapeno peppers
Texas Pete’s Buffalo Wing Sauce

In a small bowl, add the hot pepper sauce, cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes, garlic, Worcestershire, vinegar, mustard and molasses together. Mix well and set aside. In a large dutch oven, heat the olive oil and add the chicken and onion. Cook until the chicken is cooked though and the onions are translucent. Salt and pepper to your liking. Add the can of petite diced tomatoes and the hot pepper sauce mixture. Cover, reduce temperature to low and cook about 2 hours. Then remove the chicken with a slotted spoon and pull the chicken. While pulling the chicken, increase the temperature of the dutch oven to reduce and thicken the sauce. Add the pulled chicken back into the dutch oven.

Ingredients for Blue Cheese Coleslaw:
(recipe from
1 (16 ounce) package shredded coleslaw mix
1/4 cup finely chopped sweet onion
1/2 cup cider vinegar
3 tablespoons white sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
salt and pepper to taste

Toss the coleslaw mix with the onion in a bowl. In a small saucepan, mix the vinegar, sugar, and salt. Bring to a boil. When the sugar has dissolved, pour over the slaw mix and onion. Mix together well and let stand for 15 minutes. Drain the excess liquid from the slaw mix in a colander, and return to the bowl. Mix together the mayonnaise, sour cream, and blue cheese and season with salt and pepper. Add this to the slaw mix. Cover and chill for at least 1 hour in the refrigerator before serving.

Preparing the BBQ:

Layer 1 – Bottom of bun
Layer 2 – Buffalo Chicken BBQ
Layer 3 – Cilantro, chopped
Layer 4 – Jalapeno slices
Layer 5 – Blue Cheese Coleslaw
Layer 6 – Buffalo Sauce
Layer 7 – Top of bun

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yummychunklet April 5, 2011 at 8:14 pm

This looks absolutely delicious!


Beth April 5, 2011 at 8:48 pm

This looks delicious! I can’t wait to try it.


Ashley April 5, 2011 at 9:15 pm

That looks amazing — it’s all of my favorite things in one giant delicious sandwich!


Cassie @ Bake Your Day April 5, 2011 at 9:26 pm

I love Frank’s and I’m sure this is so good!


Kim- Liv Life April 6, 2011 at 12:11 am

Yay!!! I’m so glad that you liked this!! I was looking for a coleslaw recipe as well, but didn’t really find one that I liked. I’m eager to give this recipe a try with your slaw choice, and I’m loving the jalapeño slices! Nicely done!!
Thank you for your kind words, I’ve had one of “those” days today, and your words helped. I hope to visit your area one day and we will have to meet for that coffee!!


kitchenarian April 6, 2011 at 7:13 am

My boys think you are a hero. They loved this recipe so much.
Thanks for the recipe and the inspiration!


Kimberly(Unrivaledkitch) April 6, 2011 at 1:41 am

yum. that looks amazing

blue cheese coleslaw i think i’m making something like this for lunch tomorrow


Angela@RecipesFromMyMom April 6, 2011 at 8:35 am

I can always use another chicken recipe that comes together quickly and cooks for a few hours while I get other work done. I’m not a big coleslaw fan but love blue cheese so we must try this one.


Fresh and Foodie April 6, 2011 at 10:41 am

BLUE CHEESE COLESLAW! Such a great idea! I’m literally drooling over this combo. Love BBQ. So fantastic!


Steph@stephsbitebybite April 6, 2011 at 12:49 pm

My man would LOVE me if I made this for him!! Holy cow!!! BOOKMARK


Lauren April 6, 2011 at 1:42 pm

This sounds (and looks) fantastic.


Linda April 6, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Absolutely amazing! I love this recipe! And, I was so happily surpised to find someone who loves cookbooks as much as I do! They are all over my home! In every room!


blogbytina! April 6, 2011 at 4:44 pm

this sandwich will be the death of me!


melissa@IWasBornToCook April 6, 2011 at 8:27 pm

right up my alley…love it!


Christina April 6, 2011 at 11:36 pm

I love cookbooks, I’d buy more if I had room. You’re right about food blogs, they are a cookbook come to life and just as addicting.


Cook in a Bar April 7, 2011 at 9:20 am

You have such a great blog! I’ve given you an award on my blog. You can view it here:


Claudia April 7, 2011 at 9:31 am

I do love a buffalo chicken salad – such a hearty, substantial meal. But that blue cheese cole slaw is inspired.


Tiffany April 7, 2011 at 9:57 am

This looks so delicious! Would I be banished from the foodie world if I used veggie chicken? 😀


kitchenarian April 7, 2011 at 10:06 am

Ha ha. If you do, please report back and let us all know how it is.

Reply April 7, 2011 at 1:24 pm

Blue cheese coleslaw…oh my goodness… napkin, please!!
And I do love how you stacked up that burger…yummylicious!


Victoria @ Mission: Food April 7, 2011 at 5:35 pm

Hello! This is my first visit to your blog (you had commented on my blog and I’m returning the favor) and I must say I really love it so far!! This is a great recipe, and I love the addition of the blue cheese coleslaw, a perfect topping to this sandwich. I’m making Buffalo chicken mac and cheese tomorrow for dinner, so I’m enjoying the Buffalo chicken love on your blog, haha. Great work here, and I will happily be visiting your blog again in the future 🙂 Best, Victoria


sonia April 7, 2011 at 6:25 pm

The dish is looking so good…. !Thanks for stopping by my space…cheers !


Kankana April 7, 2011 at 9:13 pm

This is a great dish. I am not big fan of blue chesse .. but the ingredients and the flavor combination sounds fascinating 🙂


Kari@Loaves n Dishes June 18, 2013 at 6:59 pm

I just saw this on Pinterest and ya gotta know I’m gonna rePin it! Love the crisp and blue cheese cool slaw with the spicy, tangy chicken. Great sammie!


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