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This buffalo chicken soup is a fun and different way to enjoy your favorite hot wing flavors! It’s the perfect game day grub. Blue cheese is optional.

If you like the sound of this, try my Buffalo Chicken Dip, Buffalo Chicken Casserole, and Buffalo Chicken Meatballs as well.

a bowl of buffalo chicken soup

Why you’ll love it

This 35-minute buffalo chicken soup is all about big flavor and easy to make. I used Frank’s Red Hot (the classic hot sauce that you find in buffalo sauce), a little butter (also found in buffalo sauce), chicken (of course), and then I deliberated on what the heck else to include in the recipe.

I decided on cream cheese and ranch seasoning because it balances the spiciness and conjures up the yummy cooling tangy ranch dip that often comes with hot wings. This combo in soup form may sound a little odd, but it’s amazing! I even included carrots and celery in this soup because they usually come with hot wings. See what I did there?

Is this soup spicy?

  • I wouldn’t call this creamy buffalo chicken soup crazy spicy or anything (it has a little kick), but there’s always potential to add more heat if needed. My spice level tolerance isn’t high, and I didn’t think it was too spicy. Start with the suggested 1/4 cup of Frank’s Red Hot, and build it up from there if you want more heat. 

What you’ll need

  • Olive oil and butter – for sautéing
  • Onion, celery, and carrots – a great base for many soups. I like using Vidalia (sweet) onions.
  • Flour – for thickening up the broth
  • Ranch seasoning – for that zesty, cooling quality. I use Hidden Valley.
  • Chicken broth – more savory depth
  • Hot sauce – Frank’s Red Hot original is the gold standard for hot wings
  • Chicken – we’re using boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • Cream cheese – it makes the broth irresistibly creamy and mellows everything out
  • Garnish – I use scallions for a pop of freshness and a crumble of blue cheese for the purists out there. The blue cheese is totally optional since a lot of people aren’t fans of it, however! 
ingredients for buffalo chicken soup in prep bowls on a counter

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How to make buffalo chicken soup

This is an overview with step-by-step photos. Full ingredients & instructions are in the recipe card below.

sauteing carrots, celery, and onion in a soup pot and adding flour and broth

Take the cream cheese out of the fridge. Sauté the onion, celery, and carrots until softened. Stir in the flour and ranch seasoning, and then pour in the broth and hot sauce.

adding in chicken and cream cheese to a soup pot for buffalo chicken soup

Add in the chicken, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, and simmer with the lid slightly open for 12 minutes. Take the chicken out, and cut it up. Meanwhile, add in the cream cheese and stir until melted in.

adding chicken to a soup pot and using a ladle to portion it out

Put the cut-up chicken into the pot, and simmer until it’s cooked through. Give the soup a taste, and season with salt & pepper as needed. Garnish with the scallions and blue cheese if desired.

Substitutions and variations

  • Don’t be shy… you can definitely add more hot sauce at the end if it’s not spicy enough for ya!
  • You could try subbing the ranch packet for ranch or blue cheese salad dressing (but I haven’t tested this, so you’d have to experiment). There are also plenty of recipes out there for homemade ranch seasoning if you can’t find any in stores.
  • Chicken thighs would work too in this recipe instead! I’d cook them for a few minutes more since they take a bit longer to become tender and are more difficult to overcook.

What to serve with buffalo chicken soup

Leftovers and storage

  • Store leftovers of this easy buffalo chicken soup in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.
  • Reheat in a saucepan slowly and over a low heat for best results.
  • While it’s not my preference, you could freeze this soup. Be aware that the texture may get a little grainy, but it’ll still taste good.
a ladle with buffalo chicken soup

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a bowl of buffalo chicken soup
4.97 from 82 votes

Buffalo Chicken Soup

This buffalo chicken soup is a fun and different way to enjoy your favorite hot wing flavors! It's the perfect game day grub. Blue cheese is optional.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 medium onion chopped
  • 2 sticks celery chopped small
  • 2 medium carrots peeled & chopped small
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 (1 ounce) packet ranch seasoning (I used Hidden Valley)
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup Frank's Red Hot Original Sauce
  • 1.5 pounds uncooked chicken breasts see note
  • 8 ounces cream cheese (I used a block of Philly) see note
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Garnish (optional): crumbled blue cheese, chopped scallions


  • Add the oil + butter to a pot over medium-high heat. Sauté the onions, celery, and carrots for about 7 minutes.
  • Stir in the flour and ranch seasoning, followed by the chicken broth and Frank's Red Hot.
  • Add the chicken breasts (no need to cut them up) to the pot. Increase the heat to high and bring the soup to a boil. Once it's boiling, reduce the heat so the soup is simmering. Cover with the lid slightly open, and let it cook for 12 minutes. If the chicken isn't fully submerged, you may want to flip it over halfway through cooking.
  • Take the chicken out of the pot and place it on a cutting board. Meanwhile, add the cream cheese to the soup. Cut up the chicken. It should be mostly cooked, but if it's not quite done yet, that's fine. You may need to give the cream cheese a helping hand with your spoon. Add the cut-up chicken into the soup once the cream cheese is incorporated.
  • If the chicken isn't quite cooked, let it cook for a few more minutes. Season the soup with salt & pepper as needed. Serve and garnish as desired. If you love blue cheese, you can stir some right into the soup prior to dishing it up.


  • 1.5 pounds chicken works out to two fairly large boneless skinless chicken breasts. You don’t have to be exact with this recipe, and you could even add more chicken than suggested. Feel free to use chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts (I’d use 6 small boneless skinless thighs). I’d then cook the chicken for 15 minutes. 
  • The cream cheese for this recipe should be super soft so it melts into the soup more easily. I recommend taking it out of the fridge prior to starting the recipe and then microwaving it in 20-30 second intervals until it’s very soft.
  • This soup isn’t crazy spicy as written. You can add more Frank’s Red Hot Sauce in at the end if it’s not hot enough for you.


Calories: 340kcal, Carbohydrates: 10g, Protein: 28g, Fat: 21g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 6g, Trans Fat: 0.1g, Cholesterol: 119mg, Sodium: 1533mg, Potassium: 613mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 4060IU, Vitamin C: 4mg, Calcium: 64mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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This recipe was originally published on September 28, 2019. It’s been updated with new photos and better instructions but is the same great recipe!

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    1. Thank you! I think some readers have tried that. I would stir in the chicken towards the end just to warm it through so it doesn’t overcook. 🙂 Hope you love it!

  1. 5 stars
    My husband wanted soup on Sunday and I al picky about soups. This one sounded good and fit for football since we are Buffalo Bills fans. DELICIOUS! Exceeded my expectations. Easy ingredients. Easy to make. I noted the heat was not bad with doing it as instructed and I agree. It was a tolerable heat. We had leftovers last night and it seemed a bit spicier after 24 hours (but could have been me). If you want hotter add more Red Hot but as directed it’s perfect. Really tasty and would make this again. (If the Bills had made it to the Super Bowl we would have had a party and I would have made this for sure. Maybe next year!!)

  2. 4 stars
    This was very tasty and easy to make. My picky teenagers at first thought it was odd but kept eating it, one even went back for seconds. I wouldn’t put this soup into the regular rotation but will definitely save for football season.

  3. 5 stars
    Delicious! This turns out so good, I woke up at 1am and couldn’t stop thinking about it so I had to get up and have a cup! I never had chicken wing soup with Rotel in it, but don’t be tempted to leave it out…it really is a nice addition. And the soup is spicy, but not killer. About 1 tissue on the runny nose scale😂

  4. 5 stars
    I made this exactly as written and it was absolutely delicious! I love blue cheese, so I added blue cheese crumbles on top (once I ladled it in my bowl) and also added a sprinkle of fresh chopped celery and a dash more of Frank’s hot sauce. Fantastic!!

  5. 5 stars
    This was perfect, thank you.. I am in the midst of dealing with a devastating loss and needed to make this soup before the ingredients went bad, so I made it today as a distraction. I wept when I tasted it, because I know how much the person I lost would have loved this. Soup really is healing ❤️

  6. Loved this! Was searching for the a buffalo soup recipe I made a few years ago and found this instead and I’m glad I did; it was simple and easy. I hate comments that add too many substitutions but I did add a cup more broth because we like it brothy in my house. I also used white pepper when I added salt and pepper, because for whatever reason I’ve found white pepper brings out the spicy a little more! All personal preference otherwise great as written.