Buffalo Chicken Soup Recipe

With the crisp fall weather in the mornings here (even though it's in the high 80s in the afternoon), my mind has wandered to all things fall - chili, pumpkins, cinnamon, and soups. One of my absolute favorites is one that I originally found online, and have tweaked to make it work for us. With a little prep help from skinnytaste.com, I'm able to just pop out some frozen shredded chicken and chicken broth to make this in a jiffy.

Ingredients: 
3-4 cooked chicken breasts - either shredded or cubed
1/4 cup butter
2 cloves garlic
1 small onion, chopped
1 cup of chopped celery (I don't like the texture, so I use celery seed instead)
1/4 cup all purpose flour
3 cups chicken broth
3 cups milk
4 cups of shredded mild or sharp cheddar (or double it like I do if you love cheese)
1/4 cup of your favorite hot sauce (we love Sriracha)
Salt & pepper to taste

Directions:

1. Cook your chicken. Either prep it before hand and use frozen, or cook some on the spot. We love using shredded chicken to make it more soup like, but small cubes of chicken work as well. Super busy? Buy a rotisserie chicken from your grocery store and tear that apart in there.

2. Melt the butter in a dutch over or large pot over medium heat. Stir in the onions, garlic and celery until soft - about 5 minutes. Stir in the flour.

3. Slowly add the chicken broth and milk. You can add more of each if you want a thinner soup. Let it cook on medium heat until it starts to thicken up.

4. Slowly add your cheese and stir to melt. Shredded cheese is easiest, but small blocks work well, too. Experiment with cheese! Sometimes all I have is Gouda and sliced American, and the soup still tastes awesome.

5. Stir in hot sauce and chicken. Salt & pepper the soup to taste. Allow to heat up, especially if you're using frozen shredded chicken.

6. Optional: top off with sour cream, chives or other yummy toppings. Like more heat? Add more hot sauce to your bowl! Serve with some warm bread for a delicious meal. Realize after everyone has quickly emptied the pot that you forgot to take a picture to add to your blog post, lol.

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