Buffalo Chicken Salad

I don’t know about you, but I wasn’t ready to be done with all those delicious spicy game day foods, like buffalo chicken wings. The problem is, even though I love spicy chicken wings more than anything, all that fatty chicken skin is not good for my hips. That’s when I remembered I can use boneless skinless chicken breasts, and make a buffalo chicken salad with all the same delicious flavors but without all the fat and calories. This salad has carrots, celery tomatoes, and crumbled blue cheese over fresh romaine lettuce. For the wing sauce I used only hot sauce. Most recipes add butter to hot sauce to make a wing sauce, but to save on calories, I left out the butter.  I also included my homemade blue cheese recipe, but feel free to substitute pre-made dressing. If you want to make a milder version, like I did for my son, don’t season the chicken with cayenne pepper or toss in the hot sauce.

Buffalo Chicken Salad Recipe

Ingredients

1 head Romaine, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
2 tomatoes, chopped
1 cup matchstick cut carrots
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
4 slices crispy bacon, chopped
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut in half lengthwise to make thin cutlets
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon paprika
salt and pepper
your favorite hot sauce or wing sauce
homemade blue cheese dressing recipe

Blue cheese dressing ingredients

1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
1 clove grated garlic
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
a drop or two of Worcestershire sauce

Method

1. Preheat grill or skillet. Add bacon and cook until crispy. Season chicken breasts with salt, pepper, cayenne pepper and paprika. Remove bacon when done. Add chicken to the same skillet and cook until done.

2. Prepare salad by adding romaine, celery, tomatoes, carrots, blue cheese and cooked bacon to a large bowl.

3. When chicken is done, slice and add to a large bowl. Toss with hot sauce. Add to salad. Add all ingredients for blue cheese dressing to a bowl and mix well. Drizzle dressing on salad and serve.

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