Welcome to the easiest soup ever. Ever ever.

30 Minute Buffalo Chicken Soup I howsweeteats.com

Just 30 minutes and you can have a big, steaming bowl of chicken soup with a cute and cheesy toasted baguette and tons of other stuff piled on top. In a snap I tell you.

You are going to like this. I promise.


This is what it looks like when you ladle soup into a bowl from behind a camera.

30 Minute Buffalo Chicken Soup I howsweeteats.com

This is what it looks like when you miss. Missing is my middle name.

These things down here… they equal the best flavor combo ever. Takes potatoes to the next level too. Trust me. Do this.

30 Minute Buffalo Chicken Soup I howsweeteats.com

Here is my really tan hand.

30 Minute Buffalo Chicken Soup I howsweeteats.com

See? Really tan.

When I first started this blog thing, my brother mentioned that he had an incredible buffalo chicken soup that I needed to recreate. It’s been on my radar and I’ve been harassed for… the lack there of. But sometimes things just don’t sound good to me. That’s the only way I develop recipes. What sounds good to me righthisveryinstant? With few exceptions, obviously. I mean if I had it my way, we would eat mashed potatoes, gravy, pulled pork and chocolate chips every way ’til Sunday.

Then I’d make something out of Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Hellllllllo lover of 1996.

Luckily for me and my mouth, I was in the mood for buffalo chicken soup.

Not luckily for my lips, which are the most chapped (chappiest? chappest? most chappedetest?) they’ve ever been in my life. They currently hate me. Seriously. This is becoming a problem. I’m ’bout to go to the ER for my lips then stuff my head in a jar of vaseline.

30 Minute Buffalo Chicken Soup I howsweeteats.com

This soup is straight up broth. No cream and just a little cheese, but not enough to make it super thick. In fact… I claim that this soup is healthy. Not all of you might… but I’m weird. Or maybe it’s you that’s weird. Whatever. It works for me.

So let’s get all of the bits and pieces out of the way:

Do I think you can make this in the crockpot? Sure.

Do I think you should add heavy cream? Definitely. I was out. And lazy.

Do I think you should make it for the Super Bowl? Yes, but quadruple it. Or more.

Do I think you should make it because it’s Tuesday? Um, duh. I’ll be over.

Do I think you can use other cheese? Frankly, no. But what am I gonna do, hunt you down?

Do I think you can skip the cilantro, because you know, cilantro is disgusting and you’d rather put the bar of soap in your mouth before actually even eating it? Don’t get me started. But I love you anyway.

30 Minute Buffalo Chicken Soup I howsweeteats.com

Buffalo Chicken Soup

serves 2 as a meal, 4 as a starter

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 8-10 oz), cooked and shredded

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 sweet onion, diced

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 tablespoon flour

32 ounces low-sodium chicken stock

1/3-1/2 cup buffalo wing sauce

1/3 cup freshly grated cheddar cheese

1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese

sliced whole wheat baguettes, toasted with parmesan cheese

sliced green onions, crumbled gorgonzola and cilantro for topping

Heat a large pot over medium heat and add olive oil. Add onions with a sprinkle of salt to the pot, stirring to coat, then cook for about 5 minutes until soft. Add in garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes more. Sprinkle in flour and stir for another 1-2 minutes. Add in stock, buffalo sauce, chicken and grated cheeses, stirring constantly. Bring to a boil, then reduce and let simmer for 10-15 minutes, stirring every so often.

Serve soup and top with toasted baguettes, cilantro, green onions and gorgonzola.

30 Minute Buffalo Chicken Soup I howsweeteats.com

Now why are you still here? You should be in the kitchen.

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199 Responses to “30 Minute Buffalo Chicken Soup.”

  1. #
    annie — February 5, 2012 @ 10:08 pm

    Might I suggest adding Yancey’s Fancy Buffalo Wing Cheddar? It’s a little spendy, but well worth it, and it’s produced just outside of Buffalo, NY! It’s rather amazing.


  2. #
    Amanda — February 6, 2012 @ 1:36 pm

    Loved the soup…and so did my friends. We just found that it might have been too much onion for the recipe proportions here, maybe a half onion may have been better. Otherwise we LOVED it!


  3. #
    joan — February 6, 2012 @ 7:04 pm

    I would make 4 times the amount. I did not add onions. I did add a small amount of whipping cream. Less than 1/4 cup


  4. #
    Jessica — February 8, 2012 @ 7:53 pm

    This was soooo GOOD!! even the hubby liked it…


  5. #
    Lucy — February 8, 2012 @ 8:54 pm

    Hey, this looks great, sorry for my ignorance but what’s buffalo wing sauce, is it like barbecue? If so I have to create my own we don’t have it in Italy. Nice photography,


    • Jasmine — October 21st, 2013 @ 5:25 pm

      Buffalo wing sauce is a hot sauce condiment. It is vinegary and usually made with cayenne peppers. Franks hot sauce is a popular brand here in the states but I’m sure you can find something similar there.


  6. #
    Ann — February 12, 2012 @ 7:26 pm

    Buffalo Wing Sauce Recipe
    1/2 cup butter
    1/3 cup hot pepper sauce (Frank’s Hot Sauce or Tabasco)
    1/3 cup ketchup
    2 tablespoons honey

    Combine the butter, hot sauce, ketchup, and honey in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes. Use as a sauce for cooked chicken wings or pieces.


    • Michelle — February 28th, 2012 @ 3:12 pm

      Ketchup in wing sauce??? Yuck. I was born and raised in Buffalo, NY and I can assure you there is no ketchup in buffalo wing sauce.


      • Jennifer — August 11th, 2012 @ 2:01 pm

        I agree. Frank’s Hot Sauce is perfect by itself, and I think they also have official wing sauce. Just buy a bottle, and you’re set!

        • The Precious Things — August 27th, 2012 @ 10:07 am

          @Jennifer: Not everyone lives in the US and can buy Frank’s Hot Sauce.
          @Michelle: How do people born and raised in Buffalo, NY do their buffalo wing sauce? If you have an original recipe that would be really appreciated.

          • Jennifer — August 27th, 2012 @ 10:31 am

            @ “The Precious Things,” no need to be crabby. Do a simple web search when you want to find a recipe for a sauce.

  7. #
    Christina Carlton — February 13, 2012 @ 7:05 pm

    How would you do this in a crockpot?


  8. #
    Emily — February 16, 2012 @ 12:01 pm

    made this last night and wouldn’t change a thing. It was delicious! I enjoy your recipes because they are simple and easy. I live alone and only have an occasion to cook for someone so I don’t like to keep too much food at the house, so it’s frustrating to read recipes that ask for ridiculous ingredients that i would never use again and for only just a small amount. so what i’m trying to say is, thank you. i have always loved cooking, and i’m quite good at it, and you’ve made me want to cook again.


  9. #
    Tarin — February 18, 2012 @ 12:09 pm

    I made this last night with homemade tortilla strips. It was so good. The bf said it was one of the best soups he’s ever had. I wish I had leftovers right about now.


  10. #
    stephanie @cookinfanatic — February 19, 2012 @ 5:33 pm

    Made this for a snow day lunch today and it was fabuloussssssssssss! Used chicken thighs (my fave) and salsa jack cheese, topping with crushed tortilla chips. Gahhh love your recipes, you rock, per usual :P


  11. #
    Jacqueline — February 29, 2012 @ 8:40 pm

    I made this from my Pinterest Recipe Pantry tonight! Loved it so much! Definitely making this quick one again and again! My married daughter is a Buffalo sauce addict and she will love this one too.


  12. #
    camie — March 21, 2012 @ 8:15 pm

    This soup was insanely good. Thank you!


  13. #
    Melody — April 20, 2012 @ 12:56 pm

    Loved it! Helped with our stuffy noses too!


  14. #
    Kristen — July 26, 2012 @ 6:10 pm

    I made this as a last resort meal, and had to sub a few things around but it was still delicious! I hope to make it again with more of your original ingredients.


  15. #
    Kimberly — September 24, 2012 @ 2:14 pm

    I made your soup and blogged about it. Instead of adding cream since I didn’t have it on hand, I added 1/4 block of cream cheese. Such a great dish!

    Thanks for sharing.



  16. #
    Hannah — October 1, 2012 @ 11:08 pm

    That was super easy and delicious! Legit just finished it two seconds ago and ran to the computer to share this information. Thanks for the recipe!


  17. #
    International Decor — November 26, 2012 @ 11:59 pm

    wow! its pretty


  18. #
    kelly — January 30, 2013 @ 8:19 pm

    made this tonight was super yummy!


  19. #
    Sabrina — February 5, 2013 @ 6:37 pm

    Made this tonight for dinner and the whole family LOVED it. Kids want the leftovers in their lunch tomorrow. Instead of the blue cheese toasts I made cheese biscuits with blue cheese and they were delicious with it.


  20. #
    M — February 8, 2013 @ 12:36 pm

    Yummy! I was just finishing a pot of generic chicken soup when I saw this recipe, and I stir-fried some extra onion and chicken in olive oil and flour, then added wing sauce and broth. Had some black beans lying around, and they seemed like a good fit – and they were! Added some interesting texture and thickness to the soup.

    I am coming off a 2-week cold, and the nasal benefits of this soup are tremendous. I’m going to add this to my list of things to make during blizzards and flu epidemics. :)


  21. #
    Kelsey — March 25, 2013 @ 12:33 pm

    I suggest AT LEAST doubling it because it’s so yummy that you and whoever you’re eating it with won’t have the self control to stop and there needs to be some left for leftovers!


  22. #
    Christian Johnatty — June 9, 2013 @ 7:37 pm

    What about for those who like it hot? It’s a whole different story adding hot pepper while cooking and after. I’m thinking some cayenne and maybe pepperjack as well would do it nicely.

    How about marinating the chicken overnight with some black pepper, cilantro, thyme etc.


  23. #
    living room design — July 18, 2013 @ 8:53 am

    Thanks for sharing.


  24. #
    Kate — July 31, 2013 @ 7:30 pm

    My husband is obsessed with buffalo chicken, so this soup is a favorite of his!! I tweaked it slightly by using only half an onion and then substituting the remainder with celery. Just an idea! Thanks for the wonderful recipe!


  25. #
    Lauren — October 29, 2014 @ 11:33 am

    Can you tell me where these soup bowls are from?? I can’t wait to try this soup TONIGHT and would love to have these cute little bowls!!!



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