Quick & Tasty Buffalo Chicken Salad

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Buffalo chicken dip is a tasty appetizer, have you found other ways to work buffalo chicken into your meal plan?! How about this buffalo chicken salad! This delicious salad recipe is great for the whole family. Make a batch of buffalo chicken and use it for salads throughout the week or a fast dinner on those busy weeknights! 

Finished salad with text and title at top.

What you’ll need to make this delicious buffalo chicken salad recipe: 

The ingredients for this buffalo chicken salad are really simple but they go together well and can be customized to your liking.

Use more or less buffalo style hot sauce to suit you and your family’s tastes! You can include the cheese or leave it out, it’s up to you!

I find that salad dressing really isn’t necessary with this one but occasionally we toss on some ranch which compliments the buffalo chicken flavor really nicely. 

  • 16 oz cubed boneless skinless chicken breast.
  • 1/2 cup buffalo-style hot sauce
  • 4 cups romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 3 beefsteak tomatoes, diced
  • 2 cucumbers, diced
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • Cheese, optional garnish
  • Ranch dressing, optional

I don’t like spicy things, will I enjoy this recipe? 

While I can’t say for sure, I think you will! This recipe is not overly spicy. The great thing is that you can use a little less hot sauce and then add more if it’s not spicy enough for your liking. 

Another great way to tone down the heat is by adding some ranch dressing to the salad. It’s a nice flavor combo and it keeps the heat at bay. 

If you like other buffalo chicken flavored things I think you’ll enjoy this salad. The cool and refreshing salad ingredients also make this recipe a little more balanced than a traditional buffalo chicken dip recipe! 

In progress images of the buffalo chicken salad recipe.

How to make a quick and easy buffalo chicken salad: 

I was not kidding when I called this a quick and easy buffalo chicken salad. You can have this tasty meal on the table in less than 30 minutes. While the chicken cooks you can prep your other ingredients and even a side dish if you want! A nice crusty bread or some homemade croutons go great with this salad!

  1. Place the chicken and the hot sauce in a saucepan and heat over medium heat until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165F, approximately 12 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat and shred the chicken using two forks.
  3. Toss all salad ingredients together and serve while the chicken is still warm.

Are there other ways to cook the chicken? 

You can cook your chicken however you’d like. If you have an Instant Pot you can cook your chicken in there very quickly. Follow the Instant Pot instructions based on weight! 

If you like to use the Slow Cooker like I do, here’s a great recipe for making chicken the easy way

When cooking your chicken in the Instant Pot or Crockpot make sure you wait until it’s done cooking to add the hot sauce. You don’t want to splatter hot sauce everywhere when venting your pressure cooker. 

How many does this buffalo chicken recipe serve? 

The recipe as listed will serve approximately four people. It’s four servings of 4 ounces chicken and 2 cups of salad. If you are serving smaller portions you may break it down anyway you choose or double the recipe if you need to serve a larger crowd. 

Up close shot of the finished salad.

Can I meal prep with this salad recipe? 

You can use this buffalo chicken salad recipe for meal prep but I would make the salad and the chicken and then keep them separated until you are ready to eat the salad. 

Separated containers like these divided meal prep containers are really helpful in situations like this! The chicken being added when warm will wilt the lettuce if it sits around for too long. Making the recipe like this you’ll be able to enjoy these leftovers or for lunches for several days with no ill effects to your salad. 

Printable Buffalo Chicken Salad Recipe:

Can’t make this tasty chicken recipe tonight? That is okay! You can print the recipe here for easy saving or you can bookmark the page and come back. Either way I hope you love this delicious salad recipe. 

Yield: 4 Servings

Quick & Tasty Buffalo Chicken Salad

Quick & Tasty Buffalo Chicken Salad

Buffalo chicken dip is a tasty appetizer, have you found other ways to work buffalo chicken into your meal plan?! How about this buffalo chicken salad! This delicious salad recipe is great for the whole family. Make a batch of buffalo chicken and use it for salads throughout the week or a fast dinner on those busy weeknights! 

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 16 oz cubed boneless skinless chicken breast.
  • 1/2 cup buffalo-style hot sauce
  • 4 cups romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 3 beefsteak tomatoes, diced
  • 2 cucumbers, diced
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • Cheese, optional garnish
  • Ranch dressing, optional

Instructions

    1. Place the chicken and the hot sauce in a saucepan and heat over medium heat until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165F, approximately 12 minutes.
    2. Remove from heat and shred the chicken using two forks.
    3. Toss all salad ingredients together and serve while the chicken is still warm.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 368 Total Fat: 15g Saturated Fat: 5g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 8g Cholesterol: 129mg Sodium: 262mg Carbohydrates: 12g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 7g Protein: 46g
I am not a medical expert. These calculations are provided as a courtesy.

Do you have any other delicious lunch and dinner recipes to share? 

I have loads of lunch and dinner recipes to share with you. I’ll narrow it down to a few favorites but remember you can see all of the delicious recipes I share here at Cook Clean Then Repeat right here in the Recipe Index

Long image showing finished buffalo chicken salad on a red plate.

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