I just really wanted an excuse to show you this picture.
This is pretty much my life. I have about a thousand of these pictures – something relatively good-looking and nicely setup in the background, and Jay in the foreground all LOOK AT ME PLEASE TAKE MY PICTURE.
And so I do, because obviously.
We took this one a few weeks ago when we were making that buffalo chicken soup. I made it, we ate it, it was gone.
So I want to make it again.
The recipe is below if you missed it the first time, and here’s the original post!
- 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs
- 1 stick butter, melted and divided
- 3 cups bread cubes (any leftovers will work!)
- salt and pepper
- 1/3 cup blue cheese crumbles, plus extra for topping
- 3 ribs celery, finely diced
- 1 carrot or 1 handful baby carrots, finely diced
- 2 scallions, sliced, whites and greens separated
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 8 ounces tomato sauce
- 3 cups chicken broth
- 2 tablespoons hot sauce, plus more to taste
- Preheat the oven to 400F. In 2 separate baking dishes, arrange the chicken in one even layer and the bread cubes in one even layer. Sprinkle both dishes with salt and pepper, and drizzle each with 1/3 of the melted butter. Sprinkle the blue cheese crumbles over the bread cubes.
- Place both roasting dishes in the oven. After 10 minutes, toss the croutons and return to the oven for 5 minutes more. When the croutons are golden, after about 15 minutes, remove from the oven. About 10 minutes after that, remove the chicken from the oven when cooked through. Use 2 forks to shred the chicken, saving any juices from the roasting pan.
- Meanwhile, make the soup base. Drizzle a little bit of the remaining butter into a medium soup pot and turn the heat to medium-high. Add most of the carrots and celery (reserving some for topping), the garlic, and the scallion whites. Stir the veggies for 7 minutes to soften, then add the tomato sauce, the stock, and the hot sauce. Stir the soup, then cover and reduce the heat to low. Simmer the soup for 15 minutes or until thickened slightly and the veggies have softened.
- Uncover the soup and increase the heat to medium-high. Add the chicken and any juices and the remaining melted butter. Taste the soup, and add salt and more hot sauce to your preference.
- When heated through, serve the soup with the croutons, reserved raw veggies, and extra blue cheese crumbles.