This buffalo chicken soup is a fun and different way to enjoy your favorite hot wing flavors! The perfect game day grub. Blue cheese is optional.
Well, it's soup season again, and I'm all over it. Not the cooler weather, but I do like soup. Football is also back, so I figured that it would be a nice time to introduce this soup to the blog.
So, what's this buffalo chicken soup all about? Well, 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 I deliberated on what the heck else to include in the recipe.
I decided on cream cheese and a packet of ranch seasoning because it balances the spiciness and conjures up the yummy cooling tangy ranch dip that often comes with hot wings. Now, this combination in soup form may sound a little odd, but it works rather well. 😛 I even included carrots and celery in this soup... cuz they usually come with hot wings (see what I did there?). And a crumble of blue cheese for the purists out there.
The blue cheese is totally optional. I know a lot of people aren't blue cheese fans (I admit that I am iffy with it in most cases), so I didn't want to make it a compulsory part of the soup. Add the blue cheese crumbles in at the end... or not at all.
I wouldn't call this creamy buffalo chicken soup crazy spicy or anything, 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.
How to make buffalo chicken soup
- Sauté the onions, carrots, and celery in a soup pot;
- Add in the flour, ranch seasoning, chicken broth, and Frank's Red Hot;
- Add the chicken (I add the whole chicken breasts and cut them up later);
- Simmer for 12 minutes;
- Cut the chicken up (or shred it with two forks) and add the cream cheese to the soup;
- Add the chicken pieces back in, season, and garnish soup as desired.
(Full instructions and ingredients are in the recipe card below)
Don't be shy... you can definitely add more hot sauce at the end if it's not spicy enough for ya!
What kind of chicken to use?
I used boneless/skinless chicken breasts, but chicken thighs would work too! I'd cook the chicken thighs for a few minutes longer since they're more forgiving.
More buffalo chicken recipes to try:
- Easy Buffalo Chicken Dip
- Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken
- Buffalo Chicken Tacos
- Easy Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Pasta
Will you give this buffalo chicken soup recipe a try? Are your Team Blue Cheese or not?
Let me know in the comments below if you have any questions.
Buffalo Chicken Soup
- 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
- 4 chicken breasts
- 8 ounces cream cheese (I used a block of Philly)
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Garnish (optional): crumbled blue cheese, chopped scallions
- Take the cream cheese out of the fridge and let it soften up prior to starting the recipe or microwave it for 20-30 seconds.
- Add the oil + butter to a pot over medium-high heat. Sauté the onion, celery, and carrot 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. Let it cook for 12 minutes.
- Take the chicken out of the pan 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 wasn'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.
- Feel free to use chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts (I'd use 6 boneless/skinless thighs). I'd then cook the chicken for 15 minutes.
- 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.
- 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's also plenty of recipes out there for homemade ranch seasoning if you can't find any in stores.
- Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Salt & Lavender makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.