Buffalo Chicken Salad.

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This buffalo chicken salad is another creative way to get that buffalo chicken wing taste in your mouth without that guilty feeling, since it is, technically, a salad. Anytime you feel guilty eating something, put some greens under it. That usually solves the problem. Another bonus is, if you eat it over the kitchen sink, all the calories go away. Or you can eat it over the bathroom sink, but I’m trying to keep it sanitary here…

I also made buttermilk fried chicken for this recipe. Buttermilk fried chicken is supposed to be marinated for like, two days, but we’ve only got 30 minutes in our day now, haven’t we? Marinate for 2 days if you’d like, but if you just had jury duty, and got home late, and wanted buttermilk fried buffalo chicken salad that instant, you shall receive it!!

Buffalo Chicken Salad (serves 4)

printable recipe

Prep time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 heads of Romaine lettuce, washed and chopped
  • 1 large celery stalk, diced
  • 1 lb. chicken tenderloins, cut in small pieces
  • pepper
  • salt
  • paprika
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • Oil for deep frying (Corn, Canola, Grape Seed are all good)
  • Blue cheese, crumbled for salad topping

Hot Wing Dressing:

Directions:

1) Cut chicken into small pieces. Sprinkle salt, pepper and paprika. Dunk into bowl of buttermilk, then dredge into bowl of flour, shaking off excess flour. Set chicken pieces on a plate for frying later.

2) Pour enough oil in a deep pot for frying. Oil should cover entire surface of chicken. Heat on medium – medium high. To test the heat, drop a small piece of batter into the oil. If it bubbles, it’s probably ready. Fry chicken pieces until golden, and alternate between medium and medium high heat to avoid burning. Using a slotted spoon, pick up chicken pieces and drain on paper towels.

3) To make the hot sauce dressing, mix Saucy Mama Hot Wing sauce with Blue Cheese dressing.

4) Place chicken pieces on top of a bed of chopped Romaine lettuce and diced celery. Drizzle hot sauce dressing over salad. Top with crumbled blue cheese. Serve.

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I was really disappointed that our supermarket only carried Low Fat Cultured Buttermilk. Where was the regular buttermilk? Then I found out that since buttermilk is naturally low in fat, they probably marketed it so. Aughhhhh. So don’t panic if they don’t sell ‘regular’ buttermilk, because this is probably it.

It’s like those ‘fat free’ stickers I see on all the bananas. Huh? Yea, I was confused too…

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Dunk chicken pieces into buttermilk, dredge into flour mixture, shaking excess flour off.

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Pour enough oil in a deep pot for frying. Oil should cover entire surface of chicken. Heat on medium – medium high. To test the heat, drop a small piece of batter into the oil. If it bubbles, it’s probably ready. Fry chicken pieces until golden, and alternate between medium and medium high heat to avoid burning.

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Using a slotted spoon, scoop up chicken pieces and drain on paper towels.

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To make the hot sauce dressing, mix Saucy Mama Hot Wing sauce with Blue Cheese dressing.

Place chicken pieces on top of a bed of chopped Romaine lettuce and diced celery. Drizzle hot sauce dressing over salad. Top with crumbled blue cheese. Serve.

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It tasted exactly like Buffalo wings. With the right combination of blue cheese, celery, hot wing sauce and chicken.

If you don’t believe me, my husband loved it. And his word is as good as any.

10 Thoughts on “Buffalo Chicken Salad.

  1. April in CT on August 25, 2009 at 12:38 pm said:

    You had me at fried chicken. I’m from GA so this speaks to me…looks delicious.

  2. Sounds delicious! I love buffalo chicken, and I agree that putting greens under something always makes me feel so much better about it. :)

  3. We are very fond of Saucy Mama’s Hot Wings sauce. It’s very spicy which is the way we like it! The buffalo chicken salad sounds awesome!

  4. April – I had to make this a second day in a row for my husband now. He loves it as much as I love the BLAST. But yes, fried chicken is good :)

    Jen – It’s a salad, right? Anything with green is considered a salad!! :P

    Natasha – We loved the saucy mama hot wing sauce too. I was amazed that it tasted exactly like Buffalo hot wings. But without all the added butter. I’m pretty sure the bottle we have will be empty pretty soon :)

  5. Yummy! Absolutely irresistible.ye buffalo chicken salad looking delish!!

  6. I made Candy make it for lunch for me today b/c I HAD to have more. This one is really, really good!

  7. Thanks Nora! :)

    And Chris usually never makes an appearance on my comments section unless he absolutely loves something. So I’d take his word.

  8. Candy, do you buy the Saucy Mama’s Hot Wing Sauce locally (where), or order it online? Gotta try this recipe!

  9. Chey – I will e-mail then and ask where it is sold. As of now I can see it’s sold through their website, but I’m not sure as to which stores or locations.

  10. Hello! I wanted to let you know that I followed your method pretty closely last night for buffalo chicken bites and it worked out pretty smashingly so thanks! :D

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