Let’s talk about soup for a minute… I lOVE soup, I will eat it all year long but let’s face it, there is nothing quite like a warm bowl of soup on a chilly fall/winter day and dare I say this delicious buffalo chicken soup has we wanting the cool fall days to hurry up and get here! This recipe might just be my new favorite and I’m excited about all the portions I stocked up in the freezer. It is easy to make and to my fellow buffalo chicken lovers this one sure does have a kick to it, but if you like less spicy just use less franks. I used my zero point ranch dressing recipe to keep the points low, makes 12 servings at just 1 smart point each on WW freestyle.

Buffalo chicken soup

1-2PP, 1SP blue & purple, 2SP green
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 10 mins
Course Soup
Servings 12


  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 2 garlic cloves diced
  • 7 cups chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup Franks hot sauce *if you want spicier you can add more to taste later on
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • Dash of salt & pepper
  • 4 cups 16oz cooked shredded chicken
  • 1/2 cup of ranch dressing *I used my zero point dressing
  • 2 oz light cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup reduced fat shredded mozzarella
  • Green onion to garnish *optional


  • Turn crockpot to high and add your chicken broth, veggies, garlic, tomato paste, hot sauce and salt & pepper, stir well and cook on high for 3 hours.
  • Add in your ranch, cheese and chicken and stir well. Let cook 1 more hour and stir to melt cream cheese into soup.
  • Serve warm, makes 12- 1 cup servings. Store in fridge or freeze.
  • *Note- you can make this soup on the stovetop as well, over medium heat, the cooking time will be a lot less, likely approx 1 hour for the carrots/celery then 30 minutes once you add the chicken/cheese.


Personal Points- 1-2 depending on your 0PP foods 
Freestyle SP- (blue & purple) 1 using WW recipe builder
Smart Points- (green) 2 using SP calculator
Points Plus- 2 using PP calculator
Nutritional info (incl all ingredients) Calories.. 103...Fat 2.6g...Sat fat 0.6g...Carbs 4g...Fiber 0.7g...Sugar 1.9g...Protein 15.2g using My Fitness Pal





  1. This soup is absolutely delicious! I added a can of puréed cannellini beans to thicken it a bit and kept the freestyle points the same! Thank you Kate for a great recipe!

    • Drizzle Reply

      You are very welcome, so glad you enjoyed it and thanks for the tip with the beans 🙂

  2. Karen Williams Reply

    I made this yesterday. I’m usually not a big soup fan, but, I really loved this one! I used the zero point ranch dressing, cooked it in my slow cooker, and followed the recipe directions exactly. It turned out perfectly with a nice little “kick” to it. It was a huge hit with our sons and their wives – there was none left over! I will definitely make this again!!

    • Drizzle Reply

      Hi Karen, I am so happy to hear you all enjoyed it, it is a keeper in this house too!

  3. Would it be possible to cook the chicken in with the broth in the slow cooker?

    • Drizzle Reply

      Hi Blair, I prefer to add the chicken cooked but you could probably cook it in with the broth and veggies

  4. I am not a fan of ranch. Any suggestions for a substitute? Or do you think it would be ok to just omit the ranch?

    • Drizzle Reply

      You could leave it out or use plain greek yogurt or blue cheese dressing

  5. Made this last night and had it for lunch at work today… yet another recipe from you that is delicious! Definitely a keep, and definitely one I’d make again.

    • Drizzle Reply

      Hi Crystal, so glad you enjoyed the soup, I just took some out of my freezer to enjoy later 🙂

  6. Sherry Patterson Reply

    Made this on the weekend….so good!! It will be going into the rotation for sure! Nice little bit of heat without being overbearing. Perfect buffalo chicken taste! Reheats great too!

    • Drizzle Reply

      Yay, so glad you enjoyed it Sherry, it’s easily becoming one of my favorite soups 🙂

  7. Could you use hidden valley ranch dressing packet? Not sure how many points those are though.

    • Drizzle Reply

      Hi Leigh, yeah I think that would work, I’m not too sure on the points either but I don’t imagine many

  8. Hi there!

    Just wondering what kind/brand of chicken broth you used!? 🙂

    • Drizzle Reply

      Hi, I usually but either Campbells or no name, depending if one is on sale 😉

  9. Hi love the soup! I added a can of corn and was a yummy addition. I divided mine into 6 servings but I’m wondering about the points… says here 2 sp per cup but when I calculated 1/12 of a cup of cheese (that should work out to the servings in my six bowls) and the light cream cheese divided by 6 I just got 2 points for 2 cups…. am I missing something?
    Thanks so much!

    • Drizzle Reply

      Hi Krista, here is a break down of my points (from my App) 1SP point for the 6 cups broth, 5SP for the light cream cheese, 1SP for the tomato paste, 2SP for the cheese (I used trader joes reduced fat) my app has 1 serving at 1SP which is what I have listed in the recipe (for freestyle that is) so 2 cups would be 2SP .. you might have looked at the old SP value which I still list after the freestyle value

  10. shea kopen Reply

    If I wanted to make this in an instant pot, how long would I put it in for?

    • Drizzle Reply

      Hi, sorry I don’t have an instant pot so I am not too sure, I only know how I made it, maybe google some soup recipes in instant pots to get an idea

  11. Instead of ranch dressing, could I use a ranch seasoning packet? I haven’t been a fan of fat free and light ranch dressings…they taste too bitter to me. But I was curious if just a seasoning packet wouldn’t provide enough “thickness” to the soup….

    • Drizzle Reply

      Hi Amy, yeah it is hard to say, I think it will still be ok, I’d say give it a go 🙂 feel free to share if you do

  12. I made this soup on my instant pot yesterday and I am blown away with how good it is! Added all ingredients except cream cheese and shredded cheese and set to manual pressure for 20 minutes with a quick release. Added cream cheese and cheese after and it was perfect! Just thought I would comment for all of the IP lovers out there 🙂 thanks for the awesome recipe!

    • Drizzle Reply

      Hi Meagan, yay so glad you enjoyed it and thanks for sharing the IP method, I don’t own one so that is perfect for those that do, I appreciate it 🙂

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