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Instant Pot Low-Carb Buffalo Chicken Soup with Crumbled Blue Cheese

If you’re longing for spring but the weather is still saying winter, this Instant Pot Low-Carb Buffalo Chicken Soup with Crumbled Blue Cheese can warm up your tummy! We loved this tasty soup, and it’s low-carb, Keto, low-glycemic, and gluten-free. Use the Diet-Type Index to find more recipes like this one!

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Let me start out by saying that this Instant Pot Low-Carb Buffalo Chicken Soup with Crumbled Blue Cheese is a soup for people who love the strong flavors of Frank’s Red Hot Sauce and crumbled blue cheese. If you’re skeptical about either of those flavors, you’ll probably do better with one of my other Instant Pot Soups! But if you like hot spicy Buffalo Wings dipped into blue cheese, or any other variation of those Buffalo Chicken flavors, you’ll probably love this creamy soup with crumbles of blue cheese melted into the soup.

It did take me a couple of tries with Jake and Kara to come up with a version of Buffalo Chicken Soup that we thought was a winner. And then after I uploaded the photos from this final version, I wished we had ground up the thyme when we added it to the soup. (That’s what those black flecks are, and if you have a spice grinder or a mortar and pestle you can easily eliminate those, or use ground thyme if you have it!) But since we’re getting close to the time of year when it’s too hot to be posting soup recipes, I decided to tell myself that the flecks of thyme add character to the soup (and the thyme does add wonderful flavor!)

Our first tries for this soup were definitely too spicy for us, so my final advice is this: You can always add more Frank’s Red Hot Sauce to the finished soup, but you can’t take it out. The amount we ended up with for the recipe made a tasty soup that we thought was just spicy enough, but feel free to use less Frank’s Red Hot Sauce if you’re not sure how much heat you’ll want. And for fellow Buffalo Chicken fans, hope you enjoy!

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Heat olive oil in the Instant Pot on the Saute/Medium setting, add the chopped onions and celery and cook until they’re starting to soften. Add the thyme and garlic powder and cook a minute or two longer. While the veggies cook, trim the chicken and cut into lengthwise strips. Add chicken, Frank’s Red Hot Sauce, and chicken stock to the Instant Pot. Lock the lid and set Instant Pot to MANUAL/HIGH PRESSURE for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, use NATURAL PRESSURE RELEASE for 10 minutes, then quick release the rest of the pressure. Use a slotted spoon to remove the chicken to a cutting board and shred apart (or cut if you prefer chunks.)

Instant Pot Low-Carb Buffalo Chicken Soup with Crumbled Blue Cheese found on KalynsKitchen.com

While the soup cooks, cut the cream cheese into chunks and crumble the blue cheese. After you’ve removed the chicken from the Instant Pot, add the two types of cheese to the hot soup and let it melt while you’re shredding the chicken. When cheeses have melted, whisk soup together, then add the shredded chicken back into the soup.

Instant Pot Low-Carb Buffalo Chicken Soup with Crumbled Blue Cheese found on KalynsKitchen.com

Serve soup hot with plenty of crumbled blue cheese and Frank’s Red Hot Sauce to add at the table for those who want more!

More Tasty Low-Carb Options for Buffalo Chicken Fans:

Baked Buffalo Chicken with Melted Blue Cheese ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Healthy Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken ~ Family Food on the Table
Buffalo Chicken Cauliflower Rice Bowl (Slow Cooker or Pressure Cooker) ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Buffalo Rotisserie Chicken Salad ~ Aggie’s Kitchen
Low-Carb Buffalo Chicken Tacos with Blue Cheese Coleslaw (Pressure Cooker or Slow Cooker) ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen

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Instant Pot Low-Carb Buffalo Chicken Soup with Crumbled Blue Cheese

If you like the strong flavors of Frank’s Red Hot Sauce and blue cheese, you’ll probably enjoy this delicious Instant Pot Low-Carb Buffalo Chicken Soup with Crumbled Blue Cheese!

Ingredients:

  • 1 large onion chopped small
  • 2 cups chopped celery, chopped small
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed and cut into lengthwise strips
  • 1/4 cup Frank’s Red Hot Sauce (Use more or less to taste, but remember you can always add more at the table.)
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, cut into small cubes
  • 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese, plus more for serving

Directions:

  1. Chop the onion and celery. Heat the oil in the Instant Pot, using the Saute setting with medium heat. Add the chopped onion and celery and cook until they’re starting to soften, about 5 minutes. Add the thyme. (If you have a spice grinder or a mortar and pestle I would grind the thyme.)
  2. and garlic powder and cook a minute or two longer.
  3. While the veggies cook, trim the chicken and cut into lengthwise strips.
  4. Add the chicken strips, Frank’s Red Hot Sauce, and chicken stock to the Instant Pot. Lock the lid and set Instant Pot to MANUAL/HIGH PRESSURE for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, use NATURAL PRESSURE RELEASE for 10 minutes, then quick release the rest of the pressure.
  5. Use a slotted spoon to remove the chicken to a cutting board and shred apart (or cut if you prefer chunks.)
  6. While the soup cooks, crumble the blue cheese and cut the cream cheese into small cubes. After the pressure has released and you’ve removed the chicken to a cutting board, Add the two cheeses to the Instant Pot and let them melt while you shred the chicken apart.
  7. When cheeses have melted, whisk soup together, then add the shredded chicken back into the soup. (You can heat it for a minute or two using the Saute setting if needed, but it will probably still be pretty hot.)
  8. Serve soup hot, with extra crumbled blue cheese and Frank’s Red Hot Sauce to add at the table if desired.

Notes:

I use a 6 Quart Instant Pot for all my Instant Pot Recipes.

This recipe created by Kalyn, with help testing a few different versions from Jake and Kara!

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Instant Pot Low-Carb Buffalo Chicken Soup with Crumbled Blue Cheese found on KalynsKitchen.com

Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
This Buffalo Chicken Soup is a good choice for any low-glycemic or low-carb diet. It’s probably too high in fat to be officially approved for The South Beach Diet.

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18 comments on “Instant Pot Low-Carb Buffalo Chicken Soup with Crumbled Blue Cheese”

  1. Pass the extra hot sauce, please! This soup looks delicious, and I can’t wait to try it.

  2. Do you have a Crock Pot version of this recipe? Think looks delicious, however I don’t have an Instant Pot.

    • I haven’t ever made it in a slow cooker. I think you could adapt it, although this is only a guess since I haven’t tried it. I’d saute onions and celery in a pan and add to the slow cooker with the strips of chicken, Frank’s Red Hot Sauce, and chicken stock (maybe use 1/2 cup less for slow cooker.) Cook 3-4 hours on high. Then remove chicken, add the cheese to melt, shred chicken and add back into the slow cooker. I’d love to hear how it turns out if you try it!

  3. How well does this reheat? I wanted to make it earlier in the week.

  4. Looks delish! I’m loving those soup bowls, where did you get them?

  5. Is there anyway to substitute ranch for the blue cheese?

    • The blue cheese in this soup is crumbled blue cheese, so I’m not sure what ranch product would substitute for that? You could try mixing in some ranch but I’m not sure how that would taste. Maybe just leave out the blue cheese if you’re not a fan.

  6. About how many pounds of chicken? 4 breasts can really vary.  Thanks!

    • I don’t think the chicken measurement needs to be exact. I didn’t weigh the chicken but I buy the chicken breasts from Costco that come 2 in a package and they tend to be on the large size. If I had to guess I’d say about 8 ounces for each breast, although as I said, a little more or less chicken isn’t going to matter much.

  7. Have you tried doing this with frozen chicken?

    • I haven’t used frozen chicken but I definitely think it will work. I might add 2-3 minutes more time cooking at high pressure (or google how long to cook frozen chicken in the Instant Pot; I haven’t really done it at all.)

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