Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Soup


A spicy warm-you-up cheddar cheese soup with fresh chicken, inspired by everyone’s favorite buffalo chicken wings.

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Buffalo chicken recipes are a favorite of mine. After all, I’ve made mac and cheese, quesadillas, meatballs, and sandwiches with the famous duo of hot sauce and chicken. So when I was asked by American Family Insurance and Sunday Supper to create a cheesy dinner recipe, I immediately thought of soup. Then I started thinking about dishes that highlight cheese. My mind wandered to buffalo chicken dip, which uses cheddar cheese. Then I went back to soup and thought why not make Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Soup? Spicy, cheesy, flavorful. All that you want in a soup (and more).

American Family Insurance (AmFam for short) is a company who understands the value of families spending time together around the kitchen table, which aligns perfectly with Sunday Supper’s mission. I chose Buffalo Chicken Soup because my parents, brother, and I love eating chicken wings, so this is an homage to them (since I only see them about one weekend a month). I haven’t seen them since making this soup, so next time I’ll have to add it to the menu. If we dare, maybe we’ll eat wings with it too.

Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Soup |

This soup is based off of my roasted jalapeno soup. I chose carrots for the base because usually when you eat buffalo chicken wings, you have carrots and celery to dip into ranch or blue cheese. No ranch or blue cheese in the soup, though (although feel free to crumble some blue cheese on top before serving). I’d add celery too, but I don’t eat celery, so I wasn’t going to buy it just for soup.

A quick cheese tip – shredded cheese melts a lot quicker than cubed cheese. I just bought pre-shredded cheese because it was on sale, but if you use a block of cheese, grate it before adding.

Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Soup |

Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Soup can be spicy if you let it be. I highly recommend adding a little bit of hot sauce at a time. You can always add more heat but it’s hard to take it out. If you do add too much, you can cool it down with some sour cream.

Yields 4

Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Soup

You can save time by using 2 cups cooked chicken.

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2 chicken quarters, thawed
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup carrot, peeled and chopped (roughly 2 carrots)
1/2 cup onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup all purpose flour
2 1/2 cups chicken stock
1/2 cup milk
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2-4 tablespoons hot sauce


  1. Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil. Once boiling, add the chicken quarters and cover with a lid. Cook 30 minutes or until the chicken is completely cooked through. Remove from the water and let the chicken cool. Once it’s cool enough to handle, pull the meat off of the bones, discarding skin and bones. Set aside chicken.
  2. In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil. Saute the carrots, onion, and garlic for about 5 minutes or until the carrots and onions start to soften.
  3. Add the butter. Once melted, stir in the flour until everything is coated. Slowly stir in the broth and bring to a boil. Stir in the milk and bring back to a boil. Turn the heat down to simmer and cook until the soup has thickened, about 5-7 minutes. If you feel that your soup isn’t thick enough, add more flour, 1 tablespoon at a time.
  4. When the soup has thickened, turn off the heat. If using an immersion blender, blend the soup directly in the pan. If using a regular blender, add about half the mixture then puree until smooth.* Add the rest of the soup then puree until smooth. Pour back into the sauce pan. Stir in the cheese until completely melted. Add 2 tablespoons hot sauce and chicken. Taste and add more hot sauce, if desired.


*Hot soups expand much greater in a blender than cold soups. Use extra caution and do not overfill the blender. Pulse a few times before turning the setting on low.


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  1. What a great soup Carla and how nice of you to make something for your whole family to enjoy.

  2. I love how easy but delicious this sounds! Who doesn’t like a good kick with their soup!!!

  3. I know a lot of people who would be drooling over this soup Can’t wait to try it.

  4. Carla, I’m not a spicy gal but my daughter will go wild for this soup!

  5. Oh my goodness… this soup is out of this world! I can’t wait to try this fabulous recipe.

  6. The spice lovers in my house are going to have this one for dinner! I might make it mild, and then let the spice-heads amp up their own bowls. Great recipe!

  7. Love the color of this and I can see Braden just dumping the hot sauce on like he always does. He’s not a dasher!

  8. Carla, this is brilliant!!

  9. Your soup looks amazing, Carla! And I love the idea of a cheesy spicy soup…YUM!

  10. Oooo, I love the carrots with the buffalo chicken. This sounds like a perfect soup! Comfort food all wrapped up in a pretty bowl. Love it!

  11. Oh, my family of wing-lovers would adore this soup. And I think I’d take you up on that suggestion of adding a little crumbled blue cheese to the top (with my bowl, at least – everybody else would freak out if I put in on theirs). ;)

  12. Oh this looks dangerous! I could eat the whole pot! Love it!

  13. The color is so pretty! Very fall-ish and great way to highlight cheese

  14. OH yes!! Soup is another of my favorite dishes in the fall/winter. This is so original and sounds so good! I pinned it so I can make it SOON!!

  15. Yeah, I don’t blame you for not using celery. I buy it only to ground up and use it in my mirepoix, but this soup looks fantastic!

  16. This looks like the perfect soup to warm you up on a cold day!

  17. Yes! Wonder if this would mail??

  18. You are oh, so clever, Carla. Wish I could dip my spoon into the cheesy / spicy goodness right now! Your family are very lucky and will undoubtedly be very happy campers =)

  19. This soup combines two of my favorite things, buffalo chicken and cheese….brilliant!

  20. I really like that you add carrots to the soup. Great way to sneak in those veggies!

  21. This is such a delicious looking, creative recipe! I can’t wait to try this and take it to a tailgate or game watching party. I’m sure it’ll be a huge hit!

  22. This is so tasty! I used Franks Buffalo sauce instead of hot sauce. I added 1 tsp of chunky blue cheese dressing. I didn’t have a blender so I just made sure to chopped my veggies finely, and they cooked down nicely! Thanks for the new recipe!

  23. This is such an awesome soup. I really have to try this. Soup is my ultimate comfort food and this cheesy buffalo cheesy combo has my mouth watering right now.

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