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posted: 01/28/20

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This Buffalo Chicken Salad is a delicious hearty lunch or light dinner. The great taste of buffalo and the perfect ranch dressing make this recipe a winner!

overhead view of a buffalo chicken salad dressed with ranch dressing in a large metal tray with blue cheese, wooden serving utensils, fresh dill, and a red and white napkin around it

My kids have had approximately 84 days off of school this month – I’d rather if you didn’t check my math on that – and it has completely thrown me off.

I’m walking around not sure which day of the week it is, or exactly what I should be doing. It’s making it extra hard to eat healthy, which is what I need to be doing given the vast amount of butter I consumed in December.

So. Even if your kids have only had 37 days off this month, you might be there with me and ready for this amazing Buffalo Chicken Salad.

I could eat all things buffalo all the time. But it’s not always packaged the healthiest way. Grab this recipe to indulge in your favorite buffalo flavor while still feeling like you are sticking to those resolutions you made 61 days ago. (Again, no checking the math please.)

HOW TO MAKE BUFFALO CHICKEN FOR SALAD

One of the important aspects of this recipe is the buffalo chicken. You want just enough buffalo flavor to give it a kick without it overpowering the whole recipe.

  1. Heat a little olive oil in a pan, and pan sear the chicken tenders.
  2. Add buffalo sauce to the pan and cook for 5 minutes, covered, or until the chicken is cooked through.

CUTTING ROMAINE LETTUCE FOR SALAD

Nathan helped me prep this salad, and when I told him how I wanted the lettuce cut, he looked at me like I had four heads.

And that is when we decided to do process photos for you.

  1. Take a Romaine heart, and cut it down the middle length wise.
  2. Turn it and cut it length wise the other way.
  3. Now cut it into strips width wise.
cutting a romaine lettuce. heart length wise for a salad
slicing a romaine heart width wise into strips for a salad

A NOTE ABOUT DILL

This recipe calls for fresh dill, and I love the great flavor that it brings to the recipe.

We will definitely be growing dill in our garden this summer so I can eat this salad all summer long.

That said, if you don’t want to buy fresh dill, skip it for the salad and for the dressing opt for dried dill (but note the difference in amount you will need).

overhead of a buffalo chicken salad recipe in a galvanized metal try with buffalo chicken, spinach, romaine lettuce, carrots, red onions, and tomatoes

THE PERFECT RANCH DRESSING

My favorite part of this salad is the ranch dressing. Ranch and buffalo go together like a good marriage, each bringing it’s own strengths to the recipe.

You definitely can replace this homemade ranch dressing with a store bought version. That said, I literally had the store bought and my recipe side by side and my homemade dressing wins every time.

side view of a buffalo chicken salad in a galvanized metal try, dressed with homemade ranch dressing and full of fresh vegetables

SERVINGS

This recipe makes a lot of salad. It is enough to feed four adults for dinner.

If you serve the dressing on the side, this would be perfect for lunch left overs the following day.

OTHER GREAT BUFFALO RECIPES

If you are like me and can’t get enough buffalo recipes, here are some other great dinner ideas:

OTHER GREAT SALAD RECIPES

And if your January needs a few more salads that can double as meals . . .

If you make this buffalo chicken salad recipe or any of my other recipes, please leave me a comment and let me know what you think!

buffalo chicken salad recipe on two white plates that are stacked, dressed with homemade ranch dressing, the rest of the recipe in the background
overhead view of a buffalo chicken salad dressed with ranch dressing in a large metal tray with blue cheese, wooden serving utensils, fresh dill, and a red and white napkin around it
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Buffalo Chicken Salad

Serves: 4 dinner salads
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Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
This Buffalo Chicken Salad is a delicious hearty lunch or light dinner. The great taste of buffalo and the perfect ranch dressing make this recipe a winner!

Ingredients

FOR SALAD

  • 1 pound chicken tenders
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup buffalo sauce
  • 3 ounces baby spinach
  • 2 Romaine hearts chopped (see notes in the post about chopping)
  • 1/2 small red onion sliced
  • 2 celery ribs sliced
  • 1 medium carrot cut into thin strips
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill (optional)
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes sliced in half
  • 1/4 cup blue cheese

FOR RANCH DRESSING

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise I used reduced fat
  • 1/4 cup sour cream I used reduced fat
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon fresh dill (or 1/2 teaspoon dried)
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried chives
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder (please make sure it is garlic powder and not garlic salt)
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt (more to taste)
  • dash of black pepper (more to taste)

Instructions

  • Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Season the chicken tenders with salt and pepper and add them to the skillet. Cook for two minutes on each side, then add the buffalo sauce, cover and cook for 5 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees. Allow to cool for a few minutes, then slice.
  • In a medium bowl whisk together the ingredients for the salad dressing. Taste and add more salt and pepper as needed.
  • In a large serving dish, toss the spinach, chopped romaine, and other vegetables.
  • Add the chicken and blue cheese. Serve with the dressing on the side.
Serving: 3cups Calories: 308kcal (15%) Carbohydrates: 14g (5%) Protein: 31g (62%) Fat: 16g (25%) Saturated Fat: 3g (19%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g Monounsaturated Fat: 5g Cholesterol: 86mg (29%) Sodium: 604mg (26%) Potassium: 296mg (8%) Fiber: 2g (8%) Sugar: 7g (8%) Vitamin A: 103IU (2%) Vitamin C: 22mg (27%) Calcium: 49mg (5%) Iron: 8mg (44%)
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
overhead view of a buffalo chicken salad dressed with ranch dressing in a large metal tray with blue cheese, wooden serving utensils, fresh dill, and a red and white napkin around it

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