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February 2, 2011

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Buffalo Chicken Soup { game day idea }

Madigan made...         hot wing chicken soup.


The big football game is this coming weekend...
...Need a unique dish for your game day menu?


Try this Buffalo chicken wing soup. I made it this past Sunday and Mr. Madigan and I both really enjoyed it.

It was soo good. It tastes just like you are eating chicken wings!
(and there is nothing wrong with that!)

A few recipe notes:
  • The reviews on the original recipe I found advised adding more liquid, so I did. If you like thicker soup, leave out a cup or two of liquid.
  • Adjust the cayenne and hot sauce to your temperature preference. We like things hot, so I added more than a 1/2 cup of hot sauce.
  • I added beer for another layer of flavor (wings and beer seemed like the perfect combo). This could be substituted with milk or broth, if you wanted to omit the alcohol.
  • Instead of the leek, you could try a whole onion instead.
  • I threw everything in my crock pot to cook for several hours. You could do it on the stove top, too. (you also could use precooked chicken, which would cut down on the cooking time)

Buffalo Chicken Soup
Inspired by this recipe on Food.com



Ingredients:
1 leek, cleaned and chopped
1/2 onion, chopped
2-3 stalks celery, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup flour
2 cups milk
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup beer
1/4-1/2 cup hot wing sauce (or more, if you like it hot)
1 lb boneless chicken breasts
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1/4 tsp cayenne
Garnish of choice: sour cream, blue cheese, cheddar cheese, celery, ranch dressing etc.

Directions:

Saute:  Saute the leeks, onion and garlic in butter for 5-10 minutes until translucent.
Roux: Add flour to vegetables and cook for 1-2 minutes. Then carefully add the milk and broth and stir.
Transfer: Transfer mixture to a crock pot. Add the rest of the ingredients.
Cook: Cook the soup for several hours on high in the crock pot. Stir occasionally to ensure the cheese melts completely.
Shred: Prior to serving, pull the chicken breasts out of the pot, shred them and place them back in the soup.
Serve: Serve the soup with garnish and enjoy.

Instead of ordering a bunch of wings for the big game, consider serving a wing soup instead!