6 Oven-Free Dinners for Warm-Weather Cooking, No Salads Included

There’s no doubt about it: Your oven is an essential part of your kitchen, but in the summer, it can just make everything too hot. Heat doesn’t stand in the way of hunger, though, and when it is too hot to contemplate using your oven and too hot to even consider standing outside with a fiery grill, you need some kind of solution — and that answer can’t always be salad or cold soups. To keep everyone fed and happy without causing too much heat in the kitchen here are six recipes to make for dinner when summer strikes.

1. Crock Pot Buffalo Chicken

Dinner that cooks itself without an oven is easy when you have a crockpot. Buffalo chicken is a particularly great option because you can put it in lettuce wraps, tortillas, make sandwiches, or dish it out as is. A Family Feast‘s recipe will serve eight.


  • nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 medium onion, sliced thick
  • 1 pound skinless boneless chicken breast
  • 1 pound skinless boneless chicken thighs
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons Frank’s original hot sauce
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

Directions: In a large slow cooker, spray the bottom and sides of the insert. Add sliced onion and top with chicken in single layer. In a microwave-safe bowl or saucepan, melt butter. Add 1 cup of hot sauce and cumin, and stir to combine. Pour over chicken. Cover and set on high for four hours.

When done, remove chicken and shred with two forks and place in bowl. Stir liquid from pot and add ¼ cup to shredded chicken. Add two tablespoons (or to taste) of Frank’s hot sauce and mix well.