Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Chili

Your new favorite chili recipe is here! Try our incredible Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Chili topped with a delicious Greek Yogurt blue cheese dressing.

buffalo chicken in bowl with spoon

Buffalo Chicken Chili – It’s a thing!

We know there are a lot of buffalo chicken lovers out there! Some of our most popular recipes are our healthy buffalo chicken and our buffalo chicken wrap.

So? We took it upon ourselves to turn chili season into buffalo chicken chili season! This recipe has all of your favorite buffalo chicken flavors including:

  • hot sauce
  • chicken
  • carrots
  • celery

Top your bowl with some ranch or blue cheese and it’s a true dream in a bowl.

Is this buffalo chicken chili spicy?

Buffalo chicken is naturally spicy, so yes, this chili is spicy. BUT, don’t worry, we’d call it more of a 6/10 spice-wise.

How can you make this chili less spicy?

Simply use less hot sauce. You’ll see that this recipe calls for 1/2 cup of Frank’s hot sauce. Start with 3 tablespoons and go from there! Another option is adding more Greek yogurt. This helps combat the spice.

chili ingredients on cutting board

Ingredients You Need

This buffalo chicken chili recipe is rather simple. It mixes classic chili flavors with buffalo chicken flavors. Here are the main ingredients you need:

  • onion
  • carrots
  • celery
  • garlic
  • crushed tomatoes
  • buffalo sauce
  • spices
  • chicken breast
  • beans
  • corn
  • maple syrup
  • chicken broth
  • Greek yogurt

Add-In Ideas

Feel like your buffalo chicken chili is missing some of your favorite ingredients! Take it upon yourself to add whatever you please! Here are some ideas:

  • green chiles
  • salsa
  • jalapeños
  • sweet potatoes
  • rice

ingredients in instant pot

How to Make Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Chili

Step 1: Saute Veggies

First things first, we must saute the veggies. Add olive oil to your Instant Pot and turn on the saute feature. Then, add the onion, carrots, celery, and garlic.

Saute veggies for a couple of minutes and then remove them from the Instant Pot

Step 2: Add, sauces, spices, and chicken

While the Instant Pot is still hot, add crushed tomatoes, buffalo sauce, and spices and mix.

Then, submerge chicken breasts in the sauce and close your Instant Pot.

did you know…

If you use the saute feature before closing your Instant Pot and setting the timer, it actually helps preheat your Instant Pot FASTER! So, work quickly on this step and don’t let your Instant Pot cool off too much.

Step 3: Pressure Cook

Put the lid on your Instant Pot and turn the valve to seal. Then, turn it to manual >> high >> and set the timer for 8 minutes.

Your Instant Pot will likely take 10-15 minutes to build pressure, but eventually it will count down from 8 minutes!

chili ingredients in instant pot

Step 4: Add Ingredients & Shred Chicken

Once the timer goes off, quick release the Instant Pot. Then, remove the lid and place the cooked chicken breast on a large plate or cutting board.

Use 2 forks to carefully shred the chicken breast. Be careful though, because they’re going to be hot! Then, place the shredded chicken back into the Instant Pot and add the rest of the ingredients.

Step 5: Mix and add Greek yogurt

Mix everything together inside of your Instant Pot. Then, last but not least, add in about 1/4 cup of Greek yogurt.

What does the Greek do? The Greek yogurt is going to help cut the spice while keeping the buffalo flavor. So, if it’s still too spicy for you, add more Greek!

Step 6: Serve

Serve your Buffalo Chicken Chili with green onions and fresh parsley. Then, top it with your favorite buffalo chicken dipping sauce. Try our homemade sauces:


Store Buffalo Chicken Chili in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-5 days.

Freezer Instructions

To freeze, let buffalo chicken chili cool completely. Then, transfer into a freezer-safe container or gallon-size bag.

Remove as much air as possible and then seal. Freeze for up to 3 months. Check our our How to Freeze Soup and Chili tutorial HERE.

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chili in bowl

Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Chili

The best buffalo chicken chili recipe on the internet made in your Instant Pot! This buffalo chicken chili is flavorful, packed with veggies, and spicy just…just the way you like it! 

Prep: 20 minutesCook: 20 minutesTotal: 40 minutes

Yield 6 1x


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 yellow onion, finely diced
  • 2 medium carrots, finely diced
  • 2 medium celery stalks, finely diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 28-oz. can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup buffalo sauce (we used Frank’s Red Hot Sauce)
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1 15-oz. can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 15-oz. can white navy beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 15-oz. can sweet corn
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup nonfat Greek yogurt


  1. Turn on your Instant Pot’s saute feature and then add olive oil. Once olive oil is fragrant, add onion, carrots, celery, garlic, and salt. Saute veggies for 2 minutes then remove from the Instant Pot.
  2. Turn off the saute feature and then add crushed tomatoes, buffalo sauce, chili powder, cumin, and garlic powder and mix. Then, submerge chicken breasts in the sauce and close your Instant Pot.
  3. Seal the valve and turn Instant Pot to manual > high pressure and set the timer to 8 minutes. It will take around 10 minutes for your Instant Pot to build enough pressure to start counting down from 8.
  4. Once the timer goes off, quick release your Instant Pot by opening the valve. Take the top off and then remove the chicken and set aside.
  5. Add sauteed veggies, pinto beans, navy beans, sweet corn, maple syrup, and broth and turn on the saute feature.
  6. Meanwhile, use 2 forks to shred the chicken breast into small pieces and then add the chicken back into the Instant Pot and mix to combine.
  7. Let the chili simmer for 5 minutes. Finally, stir in Greek yogurt and mix to combine.
  8. Serve with green onion, fresh parsley, and Greek yogurt blue cheese dressing.

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