Buffalo Chicken Salad
with blue cheese dressing
This Cook Smarts take on a game day favorite first appeared in 2021. We've taken all the things we love about spicy Buffalo chicken wings and turned them into a hearty but fresh salad.
Smarts: Feel free to add as little or as much hot sauce as you'd like (you can even drizzle some on the salad at the end) - it's great either way.
- Ketchup - 1 1/2 Tbsp
- Hot sauce - 1 1/2 Tbsp (more or less to taste)
- Honey - 1 Tbsp
- Lemon juice - 1 tsp
- Garlic powder - 1/4 tsp
- Carrots - 8 oz , thinly sliced
- Celery - 2 stalks , thinly sliced
- Chicken breasts, boneless and skinless - 1 lb , cubed
- Cornstarch - 1 Tbsp
- Lettuce, romaine - 8 oz , chopped
- Cucumbers - 8 oz , chopped
- Blue cheese - 3 oz , crumbled
- Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
- Blue cheese - 1 oz
- Green onions - 1 stalk , finely chopped
- Mayonnaise - 3 Tbsp
- Yogurt, plain or Greek - 1/4 cup
- Vinegar, white wine - 2 tsp
- Lemon juice - 1 tsp
Make dressing - Warm blue cheese (portion for dressing) in the microwave until soft / melted, ~15 seconds. Chop green onions. Whisk together blue cheese, green onions, mayonnaise, yogurt, vinegar, and lemon juice (portion for dressing). (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
Make buffalo sauce - Whisk together ketchup, hot sauce, honey, lemon juice (portion for buffalo chicken), and garlic powder. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
Carrots / Celery - Prep as directed and combine. If prepping ahead, cover with cool water and store in the refrigerator to help them retain their crunch. Drain well before using. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
Chicken - Cube chicken. Tenderize with a fork. Toss with cornstarch and some salt and pepper. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
Lettuce / Cucumbers / Blue cheese (portion for salad) - Prep as directed.
Give dressing a stir. If it is too thick to easily pour, stir in some water a small amount at a time.
Heat a skillet or wok with cooking oil over medium-high heat. Cook chicken on one side without moving until lightly browned on the bottom, 3 to 4 minutes. Flip chicken and pour buffalo sauce over top, stirring to combine. Continue cooking until chicken is cooked through and is completely coated in sauce, 3 to 4 minutes more. Taste chicken and add more hot sauce if you’d like.
Assemble salads by forming a bed of lettuce with cucumbers, carrots, and celery. Top with warm chicken and blue cheese crumbles. Finish with dressing. Enjoy!