Buffalo chicken soup with orzo

I saw this recipe way back in the spring when Cassie first posted it and immediately, it got bookmarked. I’m embarrassed to say that I still haven’t made it. I have no idea why, buffalo wings are seriously one of the best parts of life. What I would give to go back to the Hanover Grill in Carlisle, PA for 10 cent wings on Thursday nights in college… So anything that claims to taste like it, I’m in. 110%. The thought of this on a cold winter day almost makes me excited for the cooler weather when I get back. Almost.

I’m so excited Cassie was up for sharing her delicious recipe with you all. Dig in!

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Love buffalo wings? Then you’ll love this cheesy, spicy, buffalo chicken soup with orzo.
Buffalo chicken soup with orzo

Hey there, Running to the Kitchen readers! I am so excited to be here on Gina’s blog today. I “met” Gina earlier this year when we both, unknowingly, posted arugula pesto on the same day, and we have been blogging buddies since!

Buffalo chicken soup with orzo

If you have followed my rants in the kitchen for any length of time, you probably know that I have a crippling obsession with Frank’s Red Hot Sauce. As-in, it’s sort of my ketchup. My husband loves it and I love it and we are two-peas-in-a-pod with our love for buffalo wing sauce.

Buffalo chicken soup

So why not put your favorite condiment into soup? There is really no reason not to. People who love buffalo chicken wings should eat a soup that tastes like buffalo chicken wings. There is another reason you should make this soup – It. Is. So. Simple. I’m talking thirty minutes flat and dinner is on the table. And don’t let me forget to mention that the leftovers are even better.

Buffalo chicken soup with orzo

Waste no more time. Make the soup, and come and see my other buffalo chicken creations at Bake Your Day! Thanks for having me Gina, hope you are having a fabulous vacation!

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Love buffalo wings? Then you'll love this cheesy, spicy, buffalo chicken soup with orzo.
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • ½ cup uncooked orzo pasta
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • ¼ cup yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled, and cut into half moons
  • 2 teaspoons ranch dressing seasoning mix (see below for link to Cassie's own recipe for this)
  • 3 tablespoons cilantro, divided
  • 32 ounces chicken stock
  • ⅔ cup Frank's Buffalo Wing Sauce
  • 4 ounces cheddar cheese, grated
  • 4 ounces parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2 cups cooked chicken, cubed or shredded
  • ¼ cup green onions, chopped and divided
  • ¼ cup blue cheese crumbles
Instructions
  1. Cook orzo according to package directions until about half way done. Drain and set aside.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large Dutch oven. Sauté yellow onion, garlic and half of the green onions in the olive oil for 2-3 minutes until the onions are opaque and fragrant.
  3. Add carrots, ranch mix and 2 tablespoons cilantro. Stir to combine and sauté until the carrots begin to soften.
  4. Add chicken broth, buffalo sauce, cheddar, parmesan and shredded chicken. Stir to combine and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes, until the carrots are tender, but still have a slight bite.
  5. Bring the soup to a boil, add the underdone orzo and stir frequently until orzo is al dente.
  6. Serve with sliced green onions, additional cilantro and blue cheese crumbles.
Notes
Store-bought ranch dressing mix would be a great substitute if you prefer to not make it.
If you don’t have any orzo on hand, switch it out with your favorite pasta, or choose rice or quinoa.

Cassie’s ranch seasoning

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  1. 4

    Julie @ Sweetly Balanced says

    Omg! Buffalo chicken anything is amazing!! Now with “soup season” approaching I MUST try this!!! Thanks!!

  2. 8

    Antoinette Shilling says

    I cannot find Cassies recipe for the ranch dressing mix, when I click on the link it takes me to pumpkin recipe. Can someone please send me the ranch dressing recipe. thanks

    • 9

      Linda says

      I’ve been searching for the ranch seasoning recipe also and I am not finding it, like you mentioned the pumpkin seasoning pops up…help…
      I am very excited to try the soup recipe.

      • 10

        says

        Hi ladies! I’m not sure what happened to the Ranch mix, it could be from a blog migration that I did last year. Until I figure it out, here is the recipe: 1 tsp. dried parsley; 1 tsp. dried dill; 1/2 tsp. onion powder; 1/4 tsp. garlic powder; 1/8 tsp. dried thyme; 1/8 tsp. salt; Sorry about that confusion!!

  3. 18

    says

    wheeeey, I love orzos in soup. they are just tooooo delicious. you remembered me of getting a pack soon – and, that’s quite randomn, of a russian milk soup my mum used to make – more of a sweet breakfast thing. Have to ask her for the recipe anyway.

  4. 22

    says

    This soup looks amazing for a cold winter night in Chicago! Found you via daily buzz and now you have a new follow!! XX agirlandherfood

  5. 25

    cali says

    Must try this as soon as I get the rest of the ingredients. Can’t wait, I love soup on a cold, snowy, day. Thanks so much.

  6. 26

    Beth says

    This is a great recipe. Because I am allergic to dairy it would seem I leave out the most important flavors, but that’s not true. It tastes so flavorful and all I do is sauté the onions and carrots, garlic, add the broth, hot sauce, and chicken (I even use thighs it’s cheaper). I omit the ranch seasoning and cheeses…and it still ROCKS. Thanks.

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