Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Soup

Easy Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Soup that could also be made on the stovetop! This soup is lighter than buffalo wings with all the robust flavor. 

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Soup #soup #buffalochicken #healthy

Funny story.

Lt. Dan and I may not be full-on health nuts at this stage in our lives, but we do like to eat healthy most of the time. Over the years, we’ve gone through every possible diet or dietary lifestyle out of curiosity. We wonder how we would feel eating different foods, and if the changes we made will increase energy and reduce illness.

We were vegans for a month once, but have also been gluten free, paleo, slow carbers, south beach dieters, and pretty much any other diet you can think of.

Why? I don’t know…

I guess we like to take our health into our own hands, using our bodies as personal science labs, so to speak. Maybe that sounds crazy, but by doing so we’ve discovered that Dan’s seasonal allergies are stirred up by the consumption of dark beer (although he loves it) and the same thing happens when Ava eats cheese.

Easy Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Soup #soup #buffalochicken #healthy

Nowadays we eat all things in moderation, keeping our focus on unprocessed foods most of the time. We feel pretty good!

So back to the story…

A few years ago when we were trying a Slow Carb Diet (Lean protein, veggies, and legumes. No grains, no dairy.) and I noticed a curious thing happening.

Every time we went out to eat, Dan would order a huge platter of greasy buffalo chicken wings. I’d shake my head, order a salad with grilled fish or chicken, and avoid confrontation. Later he would go home feeling slightly sick.

After weeks of this, I couldn’t take it anymore. I asked him why he always ordered buffalo wings, and he told me it was because he liked them and they were healthy.

WHAT?!

Define healthy, please.

“Because they are low in carbs and I don’t eat the blue cheese dressing, they are healthy.”

I pulled out my smart phone, looked up how many fat grams and calories were in one chicken wing, multiplied by the size of his platter of wings, and ended the conversation.

He has not ordered buffalo wings for health purposes since.

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That’s not to say we don’t still love buffalo wings. And there certainly are ways to enjoy buffalo wing flavor while watching your weight.

Today’s Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Soup is a perfect example! This recipe is versatile, flavorful, and much lighter than traditional buffalo wings.

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Soup satisfies the craving for buffalo wings with spicy pepper sauce and a bit of blue cheese dressing blended into the soup base. It looks and tastes decadent with full-bodied toppings like crispy tortilla strips and blue cheese. However, this soup is much lower in fat and calories… which can be reduced even more by substituting light blue cheese dressing and skipping the tortilla strips.

Another bonus of this Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Soup, is that it can be made in a slow cooker or quickly on the stove top.

We love Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Soup, possibly even more than buffalo wings, because as long as you don’t pile your bowl with additional tortilla strips and cheese, you can enjoy it guilt-free!

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28 Responses to “Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Soup”

  1. Rachel - A Southern Fairytaleposted October 28, 2014 at 8:24 am

    and this is why we are friends <3 IT

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  2. Jo-Lynne Shaneposted October 28, 2014 at 8:26 am

    YUM! I bet my family would love this.

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  3. Melanieposted October 28, 2014 at 11:39 am

    Yum! This will be a hit at my house! Thanks for the recipe Sommer!

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  4. Jennifer @ Show Me the Yummyposted October 28, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    I love that you took such a classic dish and morphed it into a soup! I love even more that it can be made in the slow cooker :)

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  5. Amandaposted October 28, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    I love slow cooker recipes, so easy and delicious!

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  6. Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Livingposted October 28, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    Love the idea of getting that buffalo chicken flavor without all the calories!

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  7. Krystle(Baking Beauty)posted October 28, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    What a great idea! Looks delicious, especially love the tortilla strips for crunch. Pinned!

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  8. Naomiposted October 29, 2014 at 1:08 am

    That story is hilarious! I love it.

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  9. Naomiposted October 29, 2014 at 1:09 am

    Oh, and of course the soup – awesome! (Sorry, hit sent to submit too fast).

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  10. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted October 29, 2014 at 7:25 am

    Fabulous recipe + great eye-opening story!

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  11. Nutmeg Nannyposted October 29, 2014 at 7:35 am

    This soup looks amazing! I love using my slow cooker in the winter!

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  12. Suzanneposted October 31, 2014 at 9:21 am

    This looks so yummy especially on a rainy day like today. Can you substitute something in place of the blue cheese? Ranch? Do you really taste the blue cheese flavor? I love bleu cheese but not everyone in my family!! Love your site

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    • Sommer — November 1st, 2014 @ 11:48 am

      Hi Suzanne, You could definitely use ranch in place of the blue cheese! The dressing makes the broth a little creamy and elevates the overall flavor of the soup.

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  13. Rachelposted November 13, 2014 at 9:25 am

    Sounds like a winner! One question though… Are we talking about a white onion?

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    • Sommer — November 13th, 2014 @ 3:40 pm

      Hey Rachel, You can use white, yellow, sweet, or red. :)

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  14. Davidposted January 27, 2015 at 11:01 am

    As a note regarding buffalo sauce, part of the reason that buffalo wings are so heavy in fat and calories is that the traditional recipe for buffalo sauce is pretty much a 50/50 mix of something like Frank’s Red Hot and butter. If you want that flavor without so many calories you can subsitute white vinegar for half of the butter and make your own buffalo sauce at home. 2-3 table spoons of Frank’s Red Hot, 1 tablespoon of butter, and 1 tablespoon of vinegar makes enough sauce easily cook two 4-5 ounce chicken breast filets.

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  15. Deaddahliahposted February 22, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    Made this last night (stovetop bc I started dinner late) and it was delicious. The hubby gobbled up a few bowls! Had it again for lunch today and it reheats very well, couldn’t tell it was a leftover! Can’t wait to try it in the slow cooker.

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  16. kaylaposted March 3, 2015 at 11:27 am

    If i don’t like blue cheese can i substitute the blue cheese dressing with ranch dressing and will it still taste the same and not effect the quality of the soup

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    • Sommer — March 5th, 2015 @ 7:56 am

      Absolutely! Let me know how it turns out. :)

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  17. Celinaposted April 14, 2015 at 4:36 pm

    This looks delicious!!! Has anyone tried it without the dressing? I want to make this for a work party, but there is someone with a dairy allergy. I thought I could keep it on the side and folks could add it to their own bowls. Thoughts? 

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  19. Ginaposted November 18, 2015 at 8:30 am

    I’m excited to make this for an annual soup contest next week…sounds delicious and I’m going to echo a few others above – love the story….”healthy?” Hilarious! 

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  20. Kristenposted December 27, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    Do you cook the chicken before you put it in the crock pot?

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    • Sommer — January 6th, 2016 @ 11:07 am

      Hi Kristen! No, just throw it in raw. :)

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  21. Elizabeth Wardposted January 7, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    What should I substitute if I hate blue cheese? The rest looks so good!

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    • Elizabeth Ward — January 7th, 2016 @ 3:19 pm

      Sorry – I just saw the other blue cheese questions. I’ll try ranch.

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