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Paleo Shredded Buffalo Chicken Recipe

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Over the past few weeks, my husband and I have been keeping to the Whole 30 Challenge. It has definitely been challenging to eat healthier. There was an upcoming roadblock that is on the horizon that I desperately want to get ahead of. It is watching the Super Bowl! The food associated with a fun football experience is filled with no-nos on the Whole 30 program.

I was doing research on the Whole 30 forum and realized that the original Franks Red Hot sauce is permitted on the Whole 30 plan and on the paleo diet. Game changer for the Big Game! Only the original Franks Red Hot is allowed on the diet because it does not have sugar. You can learn more about how to eat paleo here.

Most of these hot sauces have sugar so make sure to get the right one and read your labels if you want to try to make this shredded buffalo chicken recipe with a different hot sauce. I am sure I don’t have to twist your arm. If you’ve had Franks Red Hot, you know why its the most popular one. Nothing says buffalo chicken like Franks. I made these popular Buffalo Chicken Nachos and these Buffalo Chicken Dip Sandwiches with it before I decided to try the Whole 30.

Shredded Buffalo Chicken Recipe made in instant pot

 

To make the Paleo Buffalo Chicken, I decide to break out my favorite new gadget, the Instant Pot. If you haven’t tried using it yet, you should. It quickly ended up on my Ultimate Kitchen Tool and Equipment Buying Guide because it is such a useful tool. It has helped me get meals on the table for my family in a timely fashion without spending the whole day in the kitchen cooking and cleaning tons of pots and pans.

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In order to make this shredded buffalo chicken recipe paleo, you need to use Ghee instead of butter. Ghee is a clarified butter that lactose-free, casein-free, and shelf-stable product. One of the no-nos on the Whole 30, is dairy and butter. I have made this recipe with butter and it doesn’t make a difference in flavor. To keep this dish Paleo and Whole 30 approved, you have to use Ghee.

 

Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Recipe Paleo Shredded Buffalo Chicken Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Franks Red Hot – Original Only
  • 1/4 Cup Ghee
  • 4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts ~ 2 lbs of Chicken
  • 1 Tbsp Franks Red Hot
  • 1/2 Can Thai Kitchen Coconut Milk

Instructions 

  1. Open the instant pot and place the chicken breasts on to the bottom of the instant pot. Don’t pile them up.
  2. Pour 1/2 Cup Franks Red Hot and 1/4 cup of Ghee on top of the chicken.
  3. Put the top on the Instant Pot. Set the Instant Pot to Poultry for 45 minutes, high pressure and shut the pressure vent.
  4. Once the Instant Pot beeps saying it is done, allow the instant pot to vent naturally.
  5. Remove the paleo buffalo chicken from the instant pot with a slotted spoon.
  6. Shred the chicken with 2 forks.
  7. Add a tablespoon of Franks Red Hot to add an extra kick.
  8. Serve with a whisked Coconut Milk from the can to temper the heat from the buffalo chicken.

Instant Pot Shredded Buffalo Chicken Recipe

Notes

To make Shredded Buffalo Chicken for 2, reduce the amount of chicken to 2 chicken breast, but keep the ghee and Franks Red Hot the same.

Need more Spice? Add more Franks Red Hot to the chicken after you shred it a little at a time until it is to the heat you are looking for. If you want to really turn up the heat, add Cayenne pepper to the pulled buffalo chicken.

Watch the Live Video of making this Paleo Buffalo Chicken Recipe (13 min.):

Check out the Abridged video on Youtube:

Paleo Shredded Buffalo Chicken Recipe

Instant Pot Paleo Shredded Buffalo Chicken Recipe - Paleo Buffalo Chicken that is also Whole 30 Challenge compliant made with Franks red hot original
5 from 4 votes
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 46 minutes
Servings: 4 Pounds
Calories: 256kcal
Author: April Golightly

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Franks Red Hot - Original Only
  • 1/4 Cup Ghee
  • 4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts ~ 2 lbs of Chicken

Instructions

  • Open the instant pot and place the chicken breasts on to the bottom of the instant pot. Don't pile them up.
  • Pour 1/2 Cup Franks Red Hot and 1/4 cup of Ghee on top of the chicken.
  • Put the top on the Instant Pot. Set the Instant Pot to Poultry for 45 minutes, high pressure and shut the pressure vent.
  • Once the Instant Pot beeps saying it is done, allow the instant pot to vent naturally.
  • Remove the paleo buffalo chicken from the instant pot with a slotted spoon.
  • Shred the chicken with 2 forks.
  • Add a tablespoon of Franks Red Hot to add an extra kick.
  • Serve with a whisked Coconut Milk from the can to temper the heat from the buffalo chicken.

Notes

To make Shredded Buffalo Chicken for 2, reduce the amount of chicken to 2 chicken breast, but keep the ghee and Franks Red Hot the same.
Need more Spice? Add more Franks Red Hot to the chicken after you shred it a little at a time until it is to the heat you are looking for. If you want to really turn up the heat, add Cayenne pepper to the pulled buffalo chicken.

Nutrition

Serving: 1/2 Pound | Calories: 256kcal | Carbohydrates: 0.7g | Protein: 41.2g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 132.4mg | Sodium: 774.5mg | Potassium: 0mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 0.1g | Vitamin A: 0% | Vitamin C: 0% | Calcium: 0% | Iron: 0%

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13 thoughts on “Paleo Shredded Buffalo Chicken Recipe”


    • It helps with the pulled and shredded chicken consistency of the chicken. I tried different times and this is the best that I have found to get it so it breaks apart easily. Even 25 minutes and 30 minutes were too little for the consistency I was looking for. Hope this helps! Thanks for the question. Let me know if you have any other questions or need further clarification. 🙂


  1. It helps with the pulled and shredded chicken consistency of the chicken. I tried different times and this is the best that I have found to get it so it breaks apart easily. Even 25 minutes and 30 minutes were too little for the consistency I was looking for. Hope this helps! Thanks for the question. Let me know if you have any other questions or need further clarification. 🙂

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