Buffalo Chicken Salad

buffalo chicken salad

Last week was a little heavy on the cheese and carbs, so I’ve been craving vegetables. This salad hit the spot, and was a great way to use up some random ingredients that I had around the kitchen.

I actually made the chicken the night before I ate the salad. I had this planned for dinner on Monday night, but I had a sore throat and didn’t want to eat, but the chicken needed to be cooked. The chicken doesn’t take long to make at all, but preparing it ahead of time made the salads super easy to prepare.

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In order to make the chicken tenders extra crispy but cut down on the fat, I started with boneless, skinless chicken breasts. I coated them in panko breadcrumbs and browned them quickly in some oil before finishing them in the oven. The breading came out really well this way – nice and crispy, but not greasy. They chicken also satyed nice and moist.


Buffalo Chicken Salad

  • 2 small boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 Tbs whole wheat flour
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 tsp Essence
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup Franks red hot
  • 1 head red-leaf lettuce, chopped
  • 1 handful parsley
  • 1 rib celery, diced
  • 1/2 large tomato, diced
  • 1 slice red onion, diced
  • 1 avocado, slightly mashed
  • 2 oz good-quality blue cheese (I used Rosenburg Danish Blue)

Preheat oven to 400. Cut each chicken breast into 4 pieces. Stir Essence into the panko breadcrumbs. Lightly coat with flour, then dip into egg and dredge in breadcrumbs. Heat oil in small skillet until very hot. Cook chicken in batches until browned and crispy – about 1-2 minute on each side. Arrange on a baking sheet and bake until cooked through – about 10 minutes.

Combine butter and hot sauce in  large bowl. Wokring with one piece at a time, add chicken to the bowl and gently toss to coat with sauce. Remove to a plate.

Combine lettuce and parsley. Top with chicken, onions, celery, tomato, avocado, and blue cheese.

Serves 4.


I apologize that my posting has been a little sporadic lately. In addition to being sick, last week we got a new dog! He’s a bit of a handful, but we love him anyway. Meet Leonard:


I’m submitting this to Souper Sunday over at Kahaki Kitchen


  1. I usually don’t used Panko crumbs on chicken because they tend to burn before the chicken is thoroughly cooked. I like that you finished this off in the oven sans the burned crumbs…pure genius.

    This is my kind of salad!

  2. Ahhh Leonard is adorable! It makes me laugh because that is my stepfathers name…haha. This salad looks amazing too. I love how you cooked the chicken, healthy yet crispy:)

  3. What a great combo. Healthy and delicious!

    And the puppy is so cute, hehehe.

  4. healthy, crispy chicken? Bring it on!

    Welcome to the fam leonard! Mickey wants to meet you!

  5. Mmm…buffalo chicken. Sounds good right about now. Plus having it on a salad makes it even better. =)

  6. This looks wonderful. It’s hard to resist healthy, crispy chicken. This is a really nice recipe.

  7. My boyfriend would LOVE this salad! Hi leonard! What a sweetie!

  8. I love giving dogs people names…

  9. This looks great! My tried and true salads are getting a bit old – so I can’t wait to try this for a change of pace.
    And congrats on your new addition!

  10. This sounds so delicious with the blue cheese and avocado! YUM! And Leonard is the cutest thing!

  11. Leonard is a cutie! That is a gorgeous salad–I hope you send it along this week to Souper (Soup, Salad & Sammie) Sundays. It looks really delicious!

  12. Natasha - 5 Star Foodie says:

    Your chicken looks gorgeous and I love the salad with blue cheese. I actually made chicken a similar way last night but I used regular breadcrumbs because I was out of Panko which would have been my first choice. Your new dog is adorable!

  13. Love this L, I ♥ all things buffalo.

    Congrats on the new puppy! So cute and LOVE the name Leonard!!!!

  14. I love it! The buffalo chicken looks amazing!

  15. We’ve become absolutely obsessed with Frank’s Buffalo Sauce at our house! These chicken tenders look amazing!

  16. I think that’s the cutest excuse for not posting I’ve ever seen!!!!!!!! What an adorable little pup!!!!!!

    And, you know, the salad looks phenomenal too :)

  17. Oh! Leonard is so so cute…and the salad looks so yummie, very tasty!

  18. awwwwwwwwwwww hi leonard! You’re such a cutie!!! How fun :) This salad looks very yummy. I love making the more time intensive part of dinner the night/afternoon before so that when it comes to actually putting dinner together, its ready in a snap!

  19. This is such a great way to impersonate deep-fried tenders. I’ll be trying this method out for sure.

  20. Found this recipe and tried it the same day. Very easy and very delicious.
    I made some changes based on what I had on hand. Blue cheese dressing, drumsticks and frenchs fried onions added to the little bit of bread crumbs I had on hand.

  21. The salad looks and sounds wonderful, and Leonard is adorable.

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