Buffalo Chicken “Chili” A Game Day Favorite for #SundaySupper

By January 31, 2016 Chicken, Main course, Recipes 23 Comments

Football season is such an exciting time, isn’t it? In our house it’s not a party without Buffalo Chicken Wings, the Buffalo Chicken Dip that is so famous, or both. To add some variety to the family traditions I developed this Buffalo Style Chicken Chili.

IMG_4724No matter what time of year, my family’s favorite and most requested food has always been buffalo style wings. They go hand and hand with our football parties, family gatherings, or just because.  Steve makes the best, grilling them to perfection and tossing them in a mixture of melted butter garlic and buffalo style hot sauce. I have to admit I love the wings but they are a bit messy for me. Most parties happen with a plate in one hand, drink in the other, napkin at the ready, sitting and balancing the plate on my knees while trying to eat this miniature drumstick.


I started thinking about this. Why did the wings have to be so hard to eat? Why not serve it in a bowl? I started tinkering with the concept. In developing this recipe I started with ground turkey/chicken. That is a nice variation but my peeps prefer the texture of shredded chicken. The buffalo sauce is a no brainer but finding a balance with the tomato’s require the stock, and a blend of diced or crushed tomatoes with equal amounts of tomato sauce. I know you think the amount of butter is excessive but I encourage you to use it. It gives the Chili a luscious mouth feel that only fat can give. Sometimes I just throw in the entire stick!


We lapsed into calling this a Chili, I’m not sure that is the correct term but the name stuck in our household. Now it’s a favorite for game day and beyond. The family requests it throught the year and that works for me.


It has really simplified my game day preparations. I serve this chili with a tray of carrots and celery with either ranch or blue cheese dressing and everyone is happy. The guests can round out the offerings with chips, salsa, guacamole or their favorite finger foods.  Most of my guys could care less about sweet stuff, or anything else for that matter. As long as it works with beer they are happy.



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Buffalo Chicken "Chili"
  • 1 Cup Onion, finely diced
  • ½ Cup of Carrots, finely diced
  • ½ Cup of Celery, finely diced
  • 6 Tablespoons of Butter, divided use
  • 4 Cloves of Garlic
  • 1 Teaspoon of Red Pepper Flakes
  • 4 Tablespoons of Tomato Paste
  • 8 Cups of Cooked Chicken, Shredded*
  • 1 Quart of Chicken Stock
  • 1 12 oz Bottle of Buffalo Wing Sauce**
  • 1 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes
  • 2 16 oz can of tomato sauce
  • 1 Can (4.25 oz) of Diced Green Chili’s
  • Salt, pepper, and additional pepper flakes to taste
  • Shredded cheddar cheese, Crumbled Blue cheese and corn chips for garnish
  1. Melt the 3 tablespoons of butter over medium heat in a 6-7 quart pot or Dutch oven. Add the Onion, Carrots and Celery and cook, stirring constantly, over low heat for 5-7 minutes until the onion becomes translucent, add the garlic, pepper flakes, and tomato paste, cook, stirring frequently for 1 -2 minutes. Add the cooked chicken, chicken stock, the remaining 3 tablespoons of butter, 1 cup of the Buffalo sauce, the crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce and the diced green chili’s. Bring this to a boil, lower the heat and simmer until the flavors blend, about 30 – 40 minutes. Adjust the seasoning with salt, pepper, pepper flakes and the remaining buffalo sauce to taste.
  2. Meanwhile prepare small bowls of grated cheddar cheese and/or blue cheese crumbles, corn chips and any remaining Buffalo sauce to use as garnish
  3. Serve the chili in warmed bowls, allowing each guest to finish the chili to their personal taste.
**I use two rotisserie chickens from the store. Remove the skin, shred the white and dark meat, removing the bone and gristle. Place the meat in a bowl until ready to use and discard the skin and bones. This will give you approx. 8 cups of shredded chicken.

** Use your favorite Buffalo Flavored Wing Sauce such as Franks Red Hot, Texas Pete’s, Crystal Hot Sauce, etc.

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