Buffalo Chicken Chili

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Buffalo Chicken Chili is a warm, cozy soup that is filled with vegetables and a little kick. This soup will solve your cravings for buffalo wings without all of the fat and calories.

Buffalo Chicken Chili | Bites of Bri

We can’t seem to get our weather straight here on the East Coast. It was sunny and 70 on Monday and then yesterday it was 37 degrees and raining. BRRR! I’m good with the cold weather but rainy and cold is a little brutal… It’s only December.

Buffalo Chicken Chili | Bites of Bri

So I say…Bring on the soup! After the overload of turkey last week, I took a break from poultry for a few days and then I got right back to it. I knew I wanted to make a healthy, vegetable packed soup that I could eat this week for lunch and/or dinner after last week’s never ending feast.

Buffalo chicken is one of our favorites. I seriously love me some buffalo sauce. But not just any old buffalo sauce…It HAS to be Frank’s. If you visited us and overheard us talking, you may even think we have a family member named Frank. We loooooove and adore him. We always have Frank’s on hand and usually more than one variety. (This is not a sponsored post…we just really love this sauce)

Buffalo Chicken Chili | Bites of Bri

This Buffalo Chicken Chili is packed with celery and carrots, and it tastes just like your favorite wings but much healthier. I used lean ground chicken, celery, carrots, onion, garbanzo beans, tomatoes, and some spices in addition to the hot sauce. Except for the toppings (cheese is a requirement and bread for dipping is too), this soup is really light and healthy.

The best part of this soup is that the leftovers are even more flavorful. I can’t get enough.

Add the olive oil to a soup pot. Heat over medium heat while you dice the onions, carrots, and celery. Add the vegetables to the pan. Stir to combine. Sauté for 5-7 minutes, until soft.

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Buffalo Chicken Chili | Bites of Bri

While the veggies sauté, chop the garlic. Once the veggies are soft, add the garlic and cook for one more minute.

Buffalo Chicken Chili | Bites of Bri

Add the ground chicken breast and break it into smaller pieces with a wooden spoon or spatula. Once the chicken is cooked through (about 5 minutes), break up any larger pieces.

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Buffalo Chicken Chili | Bites of Bri

Add the crushed tomatoes and diced tomatoes with chiles to the pan. Add the chicken broth as well.

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Rinse and drain the beans. Add them to the soup. Add the spices and stir to combine.

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Add the wing sauce and buffalo sauce combination and stir.

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Simmer the soup for 15-20 minutes before serving.  Top with cheddar cheese (or blue cheese if you prefer), green onions, or sour cream.

Buffalo Chicken Chili | Bites of Bri

Turn this chili up a notch by making this cornbread for dunking!

Buffalo Chicken Chili

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 4-6 large servings

Buffalo Chicken Chili is a warm, cozy soup that is filled with vegetables and a little kick. This soup will solve those cravings for buffalo wings in no time.

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 3 celery stalks, diced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-1 ½ pounds ground chicken breast
  • 1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 14 oz can diced tomatoes with green chiles
  • 1 ½ cups chicken broth (preferably no salt added)
  • 1 can white beans (I used garbanzo because they’re a favorite)
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ¼ cup Frank’s original buffalo sauce
  • ¼ cup Frank’s wing sauce
  • cheddar cheese or blue cheese for topping
  • green onions for topping
  • sour cream, optional

Instructions

  1. Add the olive oil to a soup pot. Heat over medium heat while you dice the onions, carrots, and celery. Add the vegetables to the pan. Stir to combine. Sauté for 5-7 minutes, until soft.
  2. While the veggies sauté, chop the garlic. Once the veggies are soft, add the garlic and cook for one more minute.
  3. Add the ground chicken breast and break it into smaller pieces with a wooden spoon or spatula. Once the chicken is cooked through (about 5 minutes), break up any larger pieces.
  4. Add the crushed tomatoes and diced tomatoes with chiles to the pan. Add the chicken broth as well.
  5. Rinse and drain the beans. Add them to the soup. Add the spices and stir to combine.
  6. Add the wing sauce and buffalo sauce combination and stir.
  7. Simmer the soup for 15-20 minutes before serving. Top with cheddar cheese (or blue cheese if you prefer), green onions, or sour cream.

Notes

I didn't add salt to this recipe because I find that hot sauce is salty. Season to taste before serving if you feel like this soup could benefit from either salt or pepper.

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This recipe is adapted from The Little Leopard Book

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Comments

  1. says

    Wing sauce! What a good idea. I just made chili in the crockpot last night but I think I may throw some wing sauce in next time to curb my husbands greasy food cravings that I can still enjoy!

    • Bri says

      Caitlin, thank you. I know, right? Wings aren’t my thing either. I like them, but it’s really just the flavor I love.

  2. says

    I agree!! It HAS to be Franks! :) It is just the best! I make a buffalo chicken chili too, but totally different! I can’t wait to try your version! You can never have too many good buffalo chicken recipes! :)

  3. says

    That is quite a change in weather! It has been raining here in California all week and I love it! Makes it feel cozy and like soup time. This chili sounds delicious! My husband loves spicy food. He is going to be a happy fella when I make him this!

    • Bri says

      Christine, I love all varieties of chili. I just made a different batch tonight. I love when it’s soup/chili season.

  4. says

    I could totally go for a bowl of this chili right now, Bri! It’s been unseasonably cold by me and I’m always looking for hot meals to warm me up. Love that you gave this chili a fun twist with a buffalo chicken flavor!

  5. says

    Wow that looks amazing Bri! I am completely with you on Frank’s, that stuff is amazing. I’ve tried making buffalo sauce a few times from scratch, thinking scratch is always better. In the case of buffalo sauce, I’m sorry but Frank’s wins. Hands down. And it’s easier! I cannot wait to make this chili, wings in soup form sounds awesome!

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