Best Buffalo Chicken Chili

This is the best buffalo chicken chili you’ll ever need.

The fall after I originally posted this recipe, I started getting emails from people who said they made this chili and it won their office chili cook-off, block party cook-off – as the months and years went by, I was thrilled that this recipe helped win so many contests!

Well, at the suggestion of my friend Heather, I entered this recipe and it won $5,000 – I won $5,000 and I got to give $5,000 to charity.

You can read about  my winning here.  Basically it was named the best slow cooker recipe in America! (ha!)

I’ve made this chili dozens of times since then.  I hope you give it a try!  Let me know if you do. 

I’ve left the bottom part of this post as it originally posted.  Sadly, my husband passed away in 2014 – I miss him!

How do you make the best buffalo chicken chili?

If you have a food processor, I suggest grinding your own chicken breasts.  Simply cut into chunks and pulse until it’s coarse like ground chicken.  It’s a fraction of the cost of buying store bought ground chicken, and it’s really hard to find ground chicken breast meat where I live.

Is buffalo chicken chili spicy?

I like to call this chili “company” chili because it has a kick to it.  My daughter Hannah doesn’t like spicy food and she can eat this.  But start with 1/2 the chili powder and 1/2 the buffalo sauce and add more to taste.

How many calories are in buffalo chicken chili?

My chili comes in at 278 calories, 9 fat, 18 carbs, 6 fiber and 31 grams of protein per 1.5 cups.  This makes a lot!

Can you use fresh tomatoes in buffalo chicken chili?

Yep!  I used three pounds of heirloom tomatoes for all the tomatoes in this recipe – simply puree the fresh tomatoes with the carrots, celery, garlic and red peppers.



This Buffalo Chicken Chili!!  Tony says that I have to stop patting myself on the back on this one, but EVERYONE said that my chili was the best chili they ever ate!  The best part is that this is only ONE POINT per serving.  I made this recipe serve 12 people – or about 1.5 cups per serving.  For each additional 1.5 cups, it’s one more point.  

But first I had another repeat breakfast – my sourdough/apple/cheese melt with Chobani and granola.  Steve, you have to try the cheese/apple combo – you won’t look back!

I suggested a chili party at my office since its Superbowl weekend.  Everyone was on the bandwagon!   One co-worker brought in corn muffins with jalapeno cumin butter! It was so good!  Another person brought in bread, blue cheese and cheddar cheese, and someone else brought in sour cream.

Of course, Tabasco was on the table!

I decided to make three batches of chili and it was almost all gone!  I brought home about 2 cups!  Two batches filled the crockpot up to the top:

this is a bowl of the best buffalo chicken chili

Best Buffalo Chicken Chili!

Yield: 8 servings
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour

Hands down the best buffalo chicken chili you'll ever make.  I first posted this in February of 2010 and since then dozens and dozens of people have won chili contests with it - including me!  


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 large carrots
  • 3 stalks celery
  • 1 large red pepper
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 5 tablespoons of chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1/2 cup Frank’s Hot Sauce
  • 2 (15 oz) cans tomato sauce
  • 1 (15 oz) diced tomatoes
  • 1 (15 oz) black beans, drained
  • 1 (15 oz) chili beans in sauce (do not drain)
  • salt and pepper to taste


Put chicken breasts in food processor to grind up – if you can find ground chicken breast, you can use that too.  Heat oil and add ground chicken and cook about 10 minutes on medium heat until no longer pink.  Rinse out processor and add carrots, celery, garlic and red pepper and puree.  Add to chicken mixture and cook about 5 minutes until veggies start to soften.

Next add the rest of the ingredients, put stove on simmer and cook for 1 hour.


On my WW plan, each 1.5 cup is 2 WW points.  Click this link to see what the points would be on your WW plan.

Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g

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This stovetop buffalo chicken chili is some competition winning chili! Chicken chili soup is a classic but the addition of the buffalo sauce really takes it to the next level. #buffalochicken #chickenchili #chili #ww #weightwatchers

Good points:  low in saturated fat, high in fiber,  niacin, potassium, vitamin A, vitamin B6 and vitamin C!

love the flavor of the sauce in this can of beans!
if you want a spicier chili, just add more Frank’s – 1/2 cup made a medium spiced chili, which is good for a big crowd
here is how it looks after simmering for 30 minutes
of course I kicked mine up with fresh sliced jalapenos!
maybe I had a second bowl??!!

This recipe is a keeper! 😀

I put Tony in charge of dinner last night – and even though it was snowing, that didn’t stop him from grilling!  When I looked at the meat he bought, I saw it was a boston roast, and when I googled that, all the recipes called for cooking low and slow.  I was a bit skeptical about doing it on the grill, but Tony is the grill-master – it was so tender!  He felt it was a little overdone, but I thought it was perfect!

With baked potatoes and crunchy bread on the side – perfect date night in! 😀  Thanks Tony!

When Tony was at the store, he bought me four of this tiny fruit, but we can’t find any information about it!  On the label it says “Guataba de Mexico.”   Does anyone know what fruit this is?

Not sure if you can eat the seeds?

Plans for the Day:

  • Japanese grocery store
  • Seigelman’s Deli for lunch
  • menu/meal planning
  • wash sheets
  • vacuum living room
  • mop kitchen floor

Don’t forget, you can vote every day for my three recipes on the right side of my blog – thanks to everyone who has voted already! 😀

Happy Saturday! 😀