All the taste of buffalo chicken wings in a lightened-up healthy and hearty soup! This simple slow cooker chowder is perfect for a chilly fall/winter day, and makes a great dish to enjoy during football season!
Buffalo wing sauce is quite delicious to me; one of my favorite condiments! I am girl who loves tang, some spice, plenty of flavor, and buffalo sauce combines all of this. As someone who loves the sauce, but not the wings, this soup is great way to to combine the best of both worlds. Sure to be a favorite among the football chicken-wing-loving family members in your house!
So let’s also talk about how easy this soup is. Dump everything in the slow cooker, and forget about it!!
WOOOHOOO!!!! Total win-win on busy weeknights, or makes a great main dish for a football party or tailgate. You can pay more attention to your company, and less attention to cooking. I did add a Wild Rice Blend from Trader Joe’s to the soup. You can use any wild rice or a basmati, jasmine, or even quinoa. A regular brown rice might not cook properly in this soup, but I haven’t tried to give it a thumbs up or down. I love the texture that the rice adds to this dish, but you can also omit the rice altogether and just enjoy the simplicity with veggies.
The final addition to this soup is some half and half. You will add it to the end, right before serving. This gives the soup just the right amount of creaminess! Serve immediately, and maybe even add some cheddar or blue cheese to the top. Enjoy!
Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Chowder
- 1.5 lbs chicken breasts
- 1 cup uncooked wild rice*
- 1 cup chopped carrots
- 1 cup chopped celery
- 1 onion chopped
- 3 cloves of minced garlic
- 5 cups chicken broth
- 1 cup buffalo wing sauce
- 1 cup half and half
Place chicken in the bottom of your slow cooker. Add rice, vegetables, and top with broth and buffalo sauce.
Set your slow cooker to low and cook for 4-6 hours, or until chicken can be easily shredded and rice is cooked through.
Shred the chicken, add the half and half, and stir to combine.
Serve immediately. Optional (but tasty) to add some shredded cheddar or blue cheese crumbles.
I use the Trader Joe's California Wild Rice Blend, but any wild rice, basmati, jasmine, or even quinoa will work for this recipe.