Buffalo Chicken Salad

Buffalo Chicken Salad

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Buffalo Chicken Salad

Whenever I’m coming out of a self imposed sugar coma, I always want flavors that a bold, flavorful and spicy. My palet gets used to too much sugary goodness, and I need equally strong and delicious flavors to combat my cravings. And if I don’t have to put too much effort in, well, that’s just an added bonus. ;)

Buffalo Chicken Salad

Have I shared my undying love of buffalo sauce? It’s on my menu scanning list. Please tell me you have one of those too? You know, you sit down at a new restaurant, open the menu, and scan for your favorites which, if you’re me, include goat cheese, avocado, roasted red peppers, bleu cheese, cilantro, and buffalo sauce. Two menu scanners in one recipe. Also, fresh crumbled blue cheese would be AWESOME on this when served, especially if you make it into a sandwich.

Buffalo Chicken Salad

But let’s be honest. This only actually ever made it to sandwich form for this photo. The rest of the time it was lucky if it made it onto a plate, and wasn’t eaten straight out of the container. What can I say? I’m kind of a gross human. And I’m lazy, but I swear I have lots of redeeming qualities. I do really great impersonations.

Buffalo Chicken Salad

And I make chicken salad. Chicken salad that is bold and spicy without being overpowering. It breaks all the chicken salad rules using no mayo and fresh, fall-off-the-bone rotisserie chicken combined with zesty ranch seasonings, crisp celery, and fresh cilantro. You will love how quickly and easily this meal comes together. It is perfect for make ahead lunches, or serving a large group. It is the ultimate taste-good-feel-good kinda meal. Just the way I like it!

Buffalo Chicken Salad

 

Buffalo Chicken Salad

yield 6-8 servings

  • 2/3 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 2/3 cup buffalo sauce (I recommend Frank’s Red Hot)
  • pinch freshly ground pepper
  • 1-2 tsp ranch seasoning
  • 1-2 tbs chopped fresh cilantro
  • meat from 1 rotisserie chicken, skin removed
  • 1 cup chopped celery

**Note: I would call this a medium on the spice level. If you’d like to make it more/less spicy, just adjust the yogurt/buffalo sauce ratio.

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together yogurt, buffalo sauce, pepper, ranch seasoning and cilantro. Set aside.
  2. Place remaining ingredients in a large bowl, and lightly toss. Stir in dressing until well combined.
  3. Eat immediately, or store in refrigerator for up to 7 days.