Game Day Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Soup (+Cooking Video!)

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So get this. When I made this soup, both my sister-in-law and my husband said this was the best soup they had ever eaten. And believe me…they aren’t ones to toss around compliments, especially when it comes to food. These two could care less about food. Sometimes my sister-in-law will tell me that she forgot to eat until 4pm. What.The.F*ck. When she says some bullsh*t like that, I’m disappointed in being related to her. But I like to think that maybe I came into her life to help open her eyes to the love of food. And I succeeded for once with this soup! And guess what? It’s totes perfect for the Super Bowl this weekend!

Speaking of the Super Bowl, I’ve been trying to decide how I want to celebrate the end of football season on Sunday. I’m thinking about getting some work done in the AM, getting some photos of a recipe done, then going to grab a gluten free donut and maybe skip through the park while I chow down. Doesn’t that sound wonderful? Answer: yes.

PaleOMG Game Day Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Soup

Soooooo I don’t know if I’m just way behind or if I’m ahead of the curve but I have found my new favorite show on Netflix and already binged watched all the seasons. Have you watched Wentworth yet?! It’s like an Australian version of Orange is the New Black but 100% better. We got bored after the first season of OISNB and stopped watching it. But Wentworth is addictive. It’s sooooooo good. Please go watch it so we can talk incessantly about it! GO! (it’s soooooo much better than just watching football)

OMG, you guys. Ever since I’ve been back in Denver, I’ve been grumpy. Probably because social media has been exhausting and people keep biting my head off any chance they can get. But also the cold weather after being in Arizona for a few days is just dragging me down! BUT just the other day, a friend texted me a photo of an absolutely adorable english bulldog that was for sale because the family of 6 just couldn’t take care of her anymore. We’ve been thinking about getting Jackson a brother or sister for a while, but we decided to just let it happen and if something comes up, we will look into it. Well, this adorable little girl came onto our radar and my husband said we should sleep on it before contacting the owner. The next day he told me to text the owner and guess what? Someone already picked her up. I got myself all excited about Jackson having a new friend and now I’m totally bummed. Poop.

I think the Sunday gluten free donut will make everything better.

PaleOMG Game Day Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Soup


Game Day Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Soup

  • Yield: 4-6 1x


  • 2 tablespoons ghee
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1/2 white onion, minced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 cups cauliflower florets (I used a frozen bag of cauliflower that was defrosted – it cooks quicker and a little better)
  • 32 ounces chicken bone broth
  • 2/3 cup Frank’s Red Hot Sauce (less if you don’t like it as spicy)
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 rotisserie chicken, pulled and shredded
  • fresh cilantro, for garnish
  • chopped green onions, for garnish
  • Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil Ranch, for garnish


  1. Place ghee in the basin of the instant pot then press the sauté button. Once the ghee begins to melt, add the carrots, celery, onion and garlic and sauté for about 5 minutes, until onion becomes translucent.
  2. Press the keep warm/cancel button, add the cauliflower, chicken broth, hot sauce and a hefty pinch of both salt and pepper, then secure the lid, close off the pressure valve and press the Soup button. This will cook for 30 minutes once it comes up to pressure. Once the soup is done cooking, you can let it naturally release or do a quick release. Once you remove the lid, use an immersion blender to blend the soup until completely smooth. Taste to see if the soup needs any extra salt or pepper.
  3. Turn the soup back onto the Saute function and add the rotisserie chicken and let cook down for 8-10 minutes, stirring every 2 minutes to keep from sticking. Press the keep warm/cancel button before serving.
  4. Garnish soup with a swirl of ranch, hot sauce, green onions and cilantro.

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81 thoughts on “Game Day Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Soup (+Cooking Video!)”

  1. Do you have instructions on how to prepare this without the Instant Pot? Either stovetop enameled cast iron dutch oven or slow cooker would be fine!

    Thanks…LOVE your blog and podcasts!!!!!
    Also, totally agree about Wentworth. I finished it in week because I couldn’t stop! Soooooo much better than OITNB!

  2. Omg Wentworth is amazing. It gets better each season!!! The characters are amazing! It is way better then oitnb. Wait until you get introduced to new people in season 2!

  3. Sorry, this might be a dumb question, but can you make this in a crockpot or regular pot on the stove if you don’t have an instant pot?

    1. Yes! I made a recipe very similar to this one in my crockpot last weekend. I used whole chicken breasts instead of a rotisserie chicken. Add everything except the last 3 ingredients to the crockpot and cook on high for 4 hours. Remove the chicken breast and shred. Blend the rest of the ingredients. The recipe I used didn’t have any hot sauce and I was thinking that it needed some so I bet this recipe is just perfect.

  4. Colorado winters are so much warmer and sunnier than most of the Midwest and east coast! Just check the weather there when you feel grumpy ????

  5. I’ve seen some of the maddness (the other day on IG) and I feel you should just automatically delete the hateful comment (this will eliminate it and also keep your photo of a beautiful roasted chicken and veggies from being bogged down by people fighting in your honor v. the hater). It’s your feed and content- delete delete delete and you never have to justify yourself to anyone- I wouldn’t even mention those people, mention social media hate, explain or reason to anyone… put good vibes only out there- no one deserves an explanation or acknowledgement who is looking to troll! Cause you’re awesome! aaaannnd this soup looks DELISH. Buffalo Chicken is the best.

    1. i had to do that actually, i had to erase an entire post because there were so many angry/mean comments. and i definitely delete ones regularly, out of sight, out of mind!

  6. That looks awesome! I share your love for spicy food.

    I never understand people who say they forgot to eat either. I think about food ALL day! It’s bizarr to me!

  7. I am loving the instant pot recipes. I am going snowboarding on super bowl sunday, but I usually go shopping.

    Where ever you go that’s always unbearably crowded and it pisses you off, wait and go on super bowl sunday. It will be empty.

  8. Wentworth is the bestbestbest show on Netflix. Love Franky. Love Bea. Ugh…just love it. I binged on season 4 in 1 weekend…after waiting 16 months or something for it to come out. Also, I am making this recipe this weekend. It looks like perfection.

  9. Thank you for the Netflix recommendations! Please keep them coming! I just finished The Fall after you mentioned it awhile back. Did you end up finishing that one? My husband wouldn’t watch it with me, and there were times I was certain Paul Spector himself was inside my home. So damn creepy, but I couldn’t stop!

  10. I love Wentworth too! One of the best shows on Netflix. Thanks for all you do- it’s appreciated and you have touched more lives than you probably realize. I just did one of your workouts from Cassy’s Fed and Fit book and it kicked my butt!

  11. I’m loving your Instant Pot recipes. Made your smoky bacon chili the other day. Delish. This soup will be going in my Pot, instantly!!! Thanks so much!

  12. Torsten Fleischer

    Good morning from Germany – Berlin. That looks sooo fantastic. Although it is only breakfast time, I just get huge hunger for this delicious soup! Thanks for the great and healthy recipe!

    Greetings from Berlin

  13. I made this and it was amazing! Thank you for another great recipe. I love your Bacon Smoked Chili recipe too. I have been hoping you convert other things to the Instant Pot. It really is amazing! Thank you again. ????

  14. I love your blog, many of your recipes are on rotation at my house. Just wanted to send you some love! Not sure why people feel the need to comment on things negatively – seriously, get a life. Anyways, if I saw you, I would totally fangirl out. I’m starting to sound like a creep, but felt that you needed to know that you bring a lot of happiness and great food to so many peeps – try not to let the trolls bring ya down! Keep on being you and eff everyone else 😉

  15. Just made this and it’s AMAZING! I just keep spooning it straight from the Instant Pot into my mouth. No bowl necessary. You are the best!

  16. I made this for the big game, and it was AWESOME. Everyone loved it, and I loved that they were eating a ton of vegetables with no idea they were doing so. Thanks for all your wonderful recipes. Your hard work is much appreciated.

  17. I love this recipe!! Buffalo chicken is one of my favorite things and this is such a cool and different way to try it!

    Thank you!

    – Camille, a Nashville-based blogger and 80/20 paleo

  18. We all LOVED it! Hubby and I added avocado, and the kids had NO IDEA they were eating vegetables! This will definitely be made again. Made it in the crockpot, on low for 8 hours. Cooked the chicken separately and added at the end.
    Thank you for the awesome recipes!

  19. Made this last night and absolutely LOVE it! I ate it for dinner and breakfast 🙂 So easy and delicious! Thank you for this wonderful recipe!

  20. I finally made this last night and it was great! I can’t handle too much spice, so I only did 1/3 cup of hot sauce and it was plenty spicy for me!
    I had some boneless chicken thighs on hand, so instead of getting a rotisserie chicken I just made those in the instant pot while prepping the veggies (toss thighs in pot, add 3/4 c water, manual for 10 min, remove and shred). Later, I used the liquid the thighs cooked in as some of the broth.

    You would not know there are so many veggies in this! The cauliflower makes it really creamy.

  21. Just made the soup and it blows my mind. I made some adaptations…used more cauliflower, did it in crockpot (haven’t taken the InstantPot plunge yet) and used organic chicken breasts that cooked with the rest of the soup. I fished them out and shredded them, used the immersion blender, and then put the chicken back in. SOOOO crazy good.
    I was thinking of posting my variation of the soup on my happy, healthy and hot blog, giving you credit for the inspiration and linking back to the original recipe. But wanted to check with you first…lmk!

  22. Juli- I made this Thursday pm and it freaking ROCKS!!! My husband and I agree it’s one of the best soups I’ve ever made. We are huge fans of buffalo flave and always appreciate your recipes that cater to those cravings. Thanks a bunch- btw, LOVE your podcasts!

  23. Hey girl! Please don’t laugh ???? if this is a dumb question. I don’t have one of those hand blenders. Can I pour the soup into a mixer and mix it, then put back into the pot?

  24. ashley sanogueira

    Is there a way to cook the chicken in the instant pot with this recipe? I don’t have access to a precooked rotisserie chicken this weekend. But want to make it for the playoffs

  25. Juli this is so delicious and I love that you thought to use a rotisserie chicken. I made it tonight and my husband and I are already planning when we can make it again, probably for the super bowl! Happy post-football season!

  26. I LOOOOOVE Wentworth! It is so much better than OINB, in my opinion. I can’t wait for a new season! My sis-in-law got me hooked and I thank her profusely!

    I made this recipe the other day, and I only had a food processor, which was not adequate in blended the soup to be creamy. Just a “heads up” for any others who might attempt this. I also added a bit of greek yogurt to cool me heavy-hand with the Frank’s.

  27. I REALLY REALLY LOVE this soup! It’s sooooooo good and I love that it’s just a whole bunch of vegetables under the guise of buffalo chicken 😉 so smart and tasty, thank you for another winner! Love all of your recipes and I can’t wait to make more IP recipes since I just got mine!

  28. Hands down, if you are a wing lover like me… this takes the cake! Thanks Julie for this amazing soup! It made my Thursday night awesome and now I am super pumped for Friday’s lunch!

  29. Love this! Thank you so much. My son and I used to love the buffalo wing soup from the local supermarket. However, as you can imagine the list of ingredients was not on the healthier side. This is delicious, easy and healthy. Thank you!

  30. Most soups that involve cauliflower don’t cook the cauliflower that long to soften…30 min seems really long. Thoughts?

  31. Love this to make healthier buffalo chicken soup….I sautéed the cauliflower a bit a the beginning and put in frozen chicken breasts then cooked for 15 min in high pressure. Cauliflower was soft and chicken cooked. Puréed the cauliflower with a cup of Greek yogurt, shredded the chicken and added back with some fresh chopped celery. Then half a cup of cheese. I would do less broth next time for I Iike a thicker soup but it was delicious. Thanks for the inspiration.

  32. I can’t believe I’ve never commented on this recipe. I make it at least once a month (sometimes once a week!) in the cooler months. I’ve used varying amounts of every ingredient based on what I have at home, as well as both fresh and frozen cauliflower, and it always comes out great! I usually top with some crumbled raw blue cheese, sliced chicken breast and diced celery. Heaven every friggin time. Thanks, Juli!

  33. This soup is the!! So easy to make and so freaking delicious. Totally gonna do some bleu cheese on top a well!

  34. Delish! I was so skeptical, as I have never eaten cauliflower, ever! But, my husband is lactose intolerant and I really wanted to find a recipe for this soup that didn’t contain some sort of dairy. Oh my goodness, this was so good and so healthy! This recipe is a keeper! I will be making it again, and again! Thank you!

  35. Another amazing recipe of yours! Next time, I want to try using the ranch dressing from your latest book as a garnish.

  36. This soup is so delicious. Comforting, warm, spicy! And EASY. I’m so excited to eat it for dinner tonight.

  37. Holy schnikeys, this is tasty! Made this tonight, on a freezing cold day where we had an “atmospheric river” of rain. I added a smidge of blue cheese as a topper because it felt right. LOVED this dish! Thank you Juli!

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