Buffalo Chicken Salad to Liven Up Lunch

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Salads never need be boring! Liven up your salad plate with spicy chicken and tangy Blue Cheese dressing in this Buffalo Chicken Salad.

Buffalo Chicken Salad | Good Cheap Eats

Buffalo wings are a wonderful party snack, but there isn’t a whole lot of substance to them. As good as they are, they do not make a meal. Really. They don’t.

I’ve taken it upon myself to take delicious favorite flavors of traditional dishes and tweak them. Jalapeno Poppers Potatoes? Yes, please. Nicoise Salad Wraps? Sign me up.

One of my favorite tweaks: Grilled Buffalo Chicken. I took typical buffalo wing seasonings and doused them on boneless, skinless chicken breast.

Cook up extra and toss that chicken on a bed of greens with grape tomatoes, chopped celery, and blue cheese dressing? Yum! And throw on a good handful of cilantro, just for kicks. Yum-O!

That’s what you get with this Buffalo Chicken Salad – all the flavors of the classic Buffalo Wings plate and then some.

Note: if you’re doing paleo or Whole 30, swap out the dressing for this one.

(Psst. It’s also good all rolled up in a wrap, too.)

Buffalo Chicken Salad | Good Cheap Eats

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Updated April 22, 2017.

About Jessica Fisher

I believe great meals don't have to be complicated or expensive. There's a better way, and it won't take all afternoon.

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  1. Wow that looks fabulous! I love buffalo chicken and blue cheese, so I’m DEFINITELY going to try this recipe. I wonder if shredded carrots would be a good addition also?

  2. This sounds great! Love buffalo flavored anything!

  3. I have been making Pioneer Woman’s Buttermilk Chicken Strips and them dousing them in hot sauce and using them to top our salads….we love buffalo chicken! I think we’ll be adding this to the menu again very soon!

  4. Buffalo chicken pizza is my favorite pizza, so I’m thinking this salad would be a great, healthier alternative!

  5. It’s my day for a blog hop, I’d love it if you came over and shared one of your great recipes at savory sunday!! Have a great day 🙂

  6. Anna says

    That looks delicious. The picture made my mouth water!

  7. P Reis says

    I just love the idea of buffalo wings flavor on REAL pieces of chicken. Wings don’t cut it for me either! This looks great and I will definitely be trying it.

  8. Holli says

    As far as the buffalo chicken pizza goes, what is the base sauce people use? Thanks whoever has ideas!

    • Jessica says

      I haven’t tried it yet, but when I do, I’m going without sauce.

    • Dana says

      When I make buffalo chicken pizza I season the chicken breasts with salt, pepper, granulated garlic, italian seaoning, whatever you like then bake till done. Chop into little pieces and set aside. For the sauce I take FRANK’S Red Hot Sauce, and some butter not a lot but a some and pop it into the microwave, when its done I stir it well use it as a base sauce and then assemble my pizza. Once its done baking I use a little more of the base sauce as a drizzle then serve with ranch or blue cheese dressing as a dipping sauce. Mmmmmmm I love hm pizza night at our house!!!

      • Holli says

        @Dana, that made my mouth water!

      • claire says

        @Dana, I am from Buffalo and we just call them chicken wings, LOL. Put them on Pizza and yumma! We have a weekly pizza night and I make Chicken wing pizza about once a month. Just the way Dana suggested. I do add a regular amount of pizza sauce on the bottom. You could just put blue cheese dressing on for a sauce. Man recipes suggest that. It is soooooooooooooooo gooooooood!

  9. Katie says

    This sounds sooo good. I have been wanting to try a buffalo chicken salad for a long time! I do the same as you…turning all of my favorites into pizza or a salad 🙂

  10. I love to see a green salad with sort of a greek bent to it. I like Romaine or leaf lettuce with spinach, olives, tomatoes, Pepperoncini peppers, feta cheese, fresh ground pepper, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, sea salt and some cucumbers….

  11. Brenda says

    When I make buffalo pizza, I use ranch dressing instead of sauce and I also throw some bacon bits on.

  12. Christina says

    My family loves buffalo chicken. If I attempt to make a salad without buffalo flavoring on the chicken, my husband and sons *must* doctor their salads to make them buffalo. They love my buffalo chicken pizza, too.

    • Jessica says

      How do they doctor them?

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