Fall is officially here, which brings two very important things–cooler temperatures and FOOTBALL! Of course it also means busier days, with more activities and obligations and less time to spend in the kitchen. Luckily for all of us, today’s easy slow-cooker Buffalo Chicken Soup is pretty much the ideal fall recipe–hearty, delicious, and so ridiculously easy, it can barely even be considered cooking.

In other words? It’s practically perfect in every way.

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Freezer meals are fast, easy, and a great way to get a hot, delicious meal on the table on weeknights when cooking isn’t number one on your massive to-do list. Get started and see just how easy freezer cooking can be!

With just a few budget-friendly easy ingredients, it comes together in minutes, then freezes beautifully until you’re ready to throw it in the crockpot, no pre-cooking, pre-soaking, or thawing required. Seriously, it couldn’t be any easier!

Of course the easiest recipe in the world doesn’t help much if your family won’t eat it, but luckily this one is almost guaranteed to be a hit! My husband and oldest daughter both declared it the best soup they’ve ever had. (My youngest daughter thought it was a tad bit spicy, but still really liked it, especially with more blue cheese.)  By the way–if your family doesn’t do spicy food, you can always use mild buffalo sauce to cut down on the heat!

Also, be sure to use the Ham-Beens brand beans if you can, as they include a flavor packet that helps season the soup. They can be found at most major grocery stores!

Ingredients for slow cooker buffalo chicken soup

Here is what you need:

1 package Hurst’s HamBeens 15 BEAN SOUP®
1 cup diced onion
1 cup diced carrot
1 cup diced celery
2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
8 cups chicken stock or water
1 cup buffalo sauce (for cooking day, found in grocery aisle with BBQ and ketchup)
1 container blue cheese crumbles (for cooking day, as a topping)

Rinse beans with water and set aside

Step 1: Open Ham-Beens package and set aside flavor packet. Rinse beans. Check for any unwanted debris.

Chop onions, carrots, and celery for soup

Step 2: Chop onion, carrot and celery.

Combine the beans and vegetables in a pot and add flavor packet from ham beans

Step 3: In large bowl, combine beans, carrots, celery, onion, Ham-Beens flavor packet and broth or water. Stir until packet contents are dissolved.

Diving soup into two gallon sized bags to be frozen until cooking day

Step 4: Divide chicken into two gallon size freezer bags (be sure to label bags first!) Divide soup mixture into bags over top of chicken. Freeze until needed.

Shred chicken after cooking in slow cookerStep 5: Cook in a 4-6 quart slow cooker on high for 4-5 hours or on low for 7-8 hours. Remove and shred the chicken with fork and add back to the crock pot.

Add buffalo sauce to soup in the slow cooker

Step 6: Pour in 1/2 cup buffalo sauce (or more to taste); stir to combine. Serve with Blue Cheese crumbles.

Top the buffalo chicken soup with blue cheese crumbles

 

Easy Buffalo Chicken Soup

This budget-friendly recipe is packed with buffalo wing flavor but in a tasty & satisfying bowl of soup!
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword Buffalo Chicken Soup
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes
Author Ruth Soukup

Ingredients

  • 1 package Hurst's HamBeens 15 BEAN SOUP®
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 cup diced carrot
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 8 cups chicken stock or water
  • 1 cup buffalo sauce for cooking day
  • 1 container blue cheese crumbles for cooking day

Instructions

  1. Open Ham-Beens package and set aside flavor packet. Rinse beans. Check for any unwanted debris.
  2. Chop onion, carrot and celery.
  3. In large bowl, combine beans, carrots, celery, onion, Ham-Beens flavor packet and broth or water. Stir until packet contents are dissolved.
  4. Divide chicken into two gallon size freezer bags (be sure to label bags first!) Divide soup mixture into bags over top of chicken. Freeze until needed.
  5. Cook in a 4-6 quart slow cooker on high for 4-5 hours or on low for 7-8 hours. Remove and shred the chicken with fork and add back to the crock pot.
  6. Pour in 1/2 cup buffalo sauce (or more to taste); stir to combine.  Serve with Blue Cheese crumbles.

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Ruth Soukup
Ruth Soukup is dedicated to helping people everywhere create a life they love by follwing their dreams and achieving their biggest goals. She is the host of the wildly popular Do It Scared podcast, as well as the founder of Living Well Spending Less® and Elite Blog Academy®. She is also the New York Times bestselling author of six books, including Do It Scared®: Finding the Courage to Face Your Fears, Overcome Obstacles, and Create a Life You Love, which was the inspiration for this book. She lives in Florida with her husband Chuck, and 2 daughters Maggie & Annie.
Ruth Soukup