Whether you’ve got a house full of football crazies or just a few casual watchers, everyone is sure to be a fan of this easy buffalo chicken soup.
As it turns out, I’m not the only one who loves an excuse to eat grilled meats, fire up the crockpot, and make ultra cheesy dips! This week, the whole Sunday Supper game is sharing recipes perfect for tailgating.
I think the person who invented the tailgate must have been a husband who was trying to convince his wife to become a football fan. Maybe she found the game boring. Maybe she didn’t get the rules. Maybe she had better things to do with her Saturday.
But then her husband started bringing food to the football watching parties and told his friends to do the same. Dishes came pouring in. There were hot wings and mozzarella sticks. Brownies and cheesecake squares. Meatballs and subs and chili and dips as far as the eye could see.
And suddenly, sticking around the house to watch football all afternoon didn’t seem like such a bad thing. In fact, it sounded pretty darn delicious.
I know food was one of the gateways to my football fandom, and now it’s difficult to separate my love of football from my love of food. To me, they go hand in hand. After all, what’s a football game without a giant plate of nachos for stress munching during close games?
When I saw this Buffalo Chicken Soup over at How Sweet It Is, I knew it was going to be a winner. I mean, all that spicy buffalo flavor in a warm, comforty soup that can easily feed a crowd? Yeah, I’ll have that.
I converted this to a slow cooker soup to make it crazy easy to throw together. All you do is toss your favorite buffalo hot sauce in the crockpot along with some chicken, onion, celery, and chicken broth. Let it cook away for a couple hours, and then suddenly realize your house smells amazing. After about 4 hours, the chicken will be so tender it’ll fall apart with a glance. Add a little cream and you’re on the train to Buffalo! (Soup, that is).
This soup really does taste like buffalo chicken wings. I put a full cup of buffalo sauce in mine, and you can definitely feel the heat! It’s spicy, creamy and satisfying. I also think this may be my new go to when I’ve got a cold. This soup does wonders for your sinuses!
Then of course, there’s the add ons. The add ons make the soup. If you’re serving this at a party, I suggest setting out a “bar” of toppings and letting everyone add as they go. My suggestions? Blue cheese and shredded cheddar, celery sticks, sliced avocado, and green onions.
The avocado is an especially nice touch. It cooled the buffalo sauce down nicely and added a lovely velvety texture. Of course, I don’t suggest using the term “lovely velvety texture” when trying to sell it to a room full of testosterone. Best just to set the slices out and let them discover for themselves.
Whether you’ve got a house full of football crazies or just a few casual watchers, everyone is sure to be a fan of this easy buffalo chicken soup. For more ideas everyone at your tailgate will love, search “Cookout” in the search bar at the top of my page!
Recipe adapted from How Sweet It Is