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Buffalo Beer Chicken Wing Soup

Buffalo Beer Chicken Wing Soup


It occurs to me that in the event of a zombie apocalypse I have no useful skills. No one is weeks deep in a bunker, unshowered, clothes unchanged and thinks: "What I really need is someone to take a great picture of this MRE before I eat it."

Oh, but food! (you must be thinking this, please be thinking this of me). Sadly,  I can’t even keep an air plant alive, there is no hope I could re-populate the earth with produce. My only useful skill is the ability to improvise and the possibility that I can make expired canned goods edible.

This, my friends, is how my brain works. Years ago I woke up in a panic after too many zombies-eat-the-world dreams and I had to make a Zombie Plan in order to put my mind at rest and resume the ability to sleep.

So, I decided to make a soup out of just what I had on hand to test my ability to be useful in case of an apocalypse of some sort (possibly also fueled by current-political-climate-induced-fears, I’m sure).

Although the stop-motion-video would be of little use in the event of worldwide system failure, the soup turned out fantastic.

And yes, If you’re wondering, I really am that nuts. Sometimes. (most of the time).

Buffalo Beer Chicken Wing Soup

Servings 4 servings



  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup white onions chopped
  • 2 ribs celery chopped
  • 2 large carrots chopped
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 lb chicken thighs boneless and skinless
  • 1 cup pale ale beer
  • 2 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 4 cups chicken broth low sodium
  • ¼ cup buffalo wing sauce
  • ½ cup Mexican crema or 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • Salt and pepper


  • 1/2 cup blue cheese crumbled
  • Chopped green onions
  • Chopped cilantro


  • Melt the butter in a stockpot or Dutch oven over medium high heat.
  • Add the onions, celery, and carrots, cooking until the vegetables have softened and started to brown.
  • In a shallow bowl stir together the flour, chili powder and salt.
  • One at a time dredge the chicken in the flour mixture until well coated.
  • Push the vegetables to the edge of the pot making a hole in the center. Add the chicken one or two at a time until seared on all sides.
  • Sprinkle the remaining flour mixture over the pot.
  • Pour in the beer, scraping to deglaze the bottom of the pot.
  • Stir in the tomato paste, broth, and wing sauce.
  • Lower heat to medium, stir in the crema, cover and simmer until the chicken is cooked through and the broth has thickened slightly, about 15 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve topped with blue cheese, green onions and cilantro.


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Colleen October 14, 2017 um 4:40 am

Weird…nah…I hold zombie plan discussions in my head all of the time! In some cases, I think I can totally survive…in others, not so much!!!


Jackie October 14, 2017 um 10:55 am

We would totally survive!


Megan October 16, 2017 um 8:28 am

Sounds amazing!!! How many does this serve? Thanks


Jackie October 16, 2017 um 10:28 am

About 4 🙂


Aimee from Run Eat Drink Podcast @runeatdrinkpod October 21, 2017 um 4:29 pm

I have no skills that would save me in a zombie apocalypse but now I want to try this soup!


Josh December 6, 2017 um 9:55 am

I made this and my wife and I were blown away! We absolutely loved it, and I’ve already made it again just a week or two later! Such a great soup! My wife was skeptical because she’s not much for buffalo wings, but she was the one asking me to make it again this week. lol


Jackie December 6, 2017 um 10:23 am

Look at you! Such a good husband. Nice job 🙂


Tate Stark March 23, 2019 um 9:07 pm

We are OBSESSED with this soup! It is so good. We make it all the time. I’ve learned that it’s got a better texture when I hand chop the veggies compared to when I use the food processor. This soup is one of our favorite soups now and we are so grateful Beeroness!!!


Jackie March 25, 2019 um 10:42 am

oh good, I’m so glad you like it!!


Kaity April 29, 2020 um 1:48 pm

Would this work with IPA instead of pale ale?


Jackie April 29, 2020 um 2:59 pm

yes, but the beer flavor will be a lot more pronounced.


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