Buffalo Chicken Salad

Spicy Buffalo Chicken Salad is filled with buffalo seasoned chicken, crumbled blue cheese, and ranch. It’s your favorite wings in salad form!

Buffalo chicken salad is spicy and tangy thanks to your favorite buffalo sauce. For more buffalo inspired dishes try Crock Pot Buffalo Dip, Buffalo Chicken Pizza, and Buffalo Chicken Sliders.

buffalo chicken salad in a white bowl

Spice Up Your Salad!

Salads are the perfect way to cool off in the summertime. This Buffalo Chicken Salad adds a little bit of a spicy kick to your basic salad.

With that said, you can make this salad as simple or complex as you like.

You can serve it as a plain bed of romaine with the buffalo chicken and bleu cheese ranch, or you can include additional vegetables and toppings.

Regardless, this salad has a great kick to it and is perfect as a stand alone main dish, or an accompanying side.

chicken simmering in buffalo sauce in a skillet

how to make buffalo chicken salad

DRESSING. Make dressing by mixing mayo, milk, and ranch mix. Stir in bleu cheese and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

CHICKEN. Add vegetable oil to a large skillet and cook on MED-HIGH heat. Add the chicken cubes and cook until slightly browned and cooked through.

SAUCE. Reduce heat to low and add butter, hot sauce and salad seasoning mix. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove chicken keeping any of the hot sauce needed to toss in with the salad.

ASSEMBLE. Toss together the lettuce and bleu cheese ranch dressing. Top with the chicken pieces, croutons and bleu cheese crumbles. Serve immediately.

Variations

For a tasty twist try wrapping the buffalo chicken salad in a tortilla or serving it as a sandwich on bread.

To make it a crispy salad use our crispy baked chicken finger recipe and drench with buffalo sauce (or our boneless buffalo wings). 

Honestly whatever you love in a salad would make a great dish. Possible mix ins could include:

  • Croutons
  • Fresh corn
  • Bell peppers
  • Avocados
  • Broccoli
  • Snap peas
  • Celery
  • Carrots
bleu cheese ranch dressing in a white bowl

Tips + Storing Info

One of the easiest ways to reduce the heat index of buffalo wings is to look for a mild sauce at the grocery store. Another easy way is to mix the hot sauce with some melted butter. Just keep adding butter until you reach the desired amount of heat.

By serving the dressing on the side you allow each person to be able to add as much as they’d like. Also, leftovers store better without dressing. 

Prepare this salad AHEAD OF TIME by storing cooked and cut ingredients in separate airtight containers in the fridge until you’re ready to toss them all together and serve. 

STORE leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 1-2 days. Perhaps longer, but the sauce and dressing may make the lettuce soggy.

chicken buffalo salad in a white bowl topped with croutons

For more Delicious Salads, try:

Buffalo Chicken Salad Recipe

5 from 7 votes
Spicy Buffalo Chicken Salad is filled with buffalo seasoned chicken, crumbled blue cheese, and ranch. It's your favorite wings in salad form!
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 644 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna

Ingredients

  • 2 boneless, skinless, chicken breasts cut into 1 inch cubes
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • ½ cup hot sauce
  • 1 tbsp salad seasoning mix McCormick Salad Supreme Seasoning
  • 2 heads romaine lettuce cut into small pieces
  • 1 tbsp crumbled blue cheese plus 1 tbsp for garnish
  • croutons

Bleu Cheese Ranch Dressing

  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 ½ tbsp ranch salad dressing mix
  • cup bleu cheese crumbles

Instructions
 

  • Make dressing by mixing mayo, milk, and ranch mix. Stir in bleu cheese and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Add vegetable oil to a large skillet and cook on MED-HIGH heat. Add the chicken cubes and cook until slightly browned and cooked through.
  • Reduce heat to low and add butter, hot. sauce and salad seasoning mix. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove chicken keeping any of the hot sauce needed to toss in with the salad.
  • Toss together the lettuce and bleu cheese ranch dressing. Top with the chicken pieces, croutons and bleu cheese crumbles. Serve immediately.

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Comments:

  1. 5 stars
    Ok, my husband LOVES all things buffalo chicken and this is a great way to make sure he is getting his veggies too (;

  2. 5 stars
    Yum!! Love buffalo chicken & love salad, so together, it’s the best meal!! Not spicy at all & tastes delicious!

  3. 5 stars
    I know it’s nuts, but I swear it’s good… I LOVE pineapple with my buffalo chicken! So, of course, I had to throw some pineapple in my salad, too! Next time I might get some fresh pineapple and grill it and then eat it with the salad. Delicious salad. LOVE blue cheese with buffalo sauce! Tangy, rich, creamy…perfect combo! Especially if there’s pineapple, too… 😉

    1. Ooh that sounds fun to add a little pineapple with the buffalo chicken. I’ll have to give that a try sometime!

  4. 5 stars
    This was an easy salad to make. The Buffalo hot sauce doesn’t “stick” to the chicken like it does for breaded chicken, but the flavor was there and this is a bit healthier.
    Definitely worth making and bakes a great on the go salad too.