Recipe: Buffalo Chicken Salad

I have a confession to make – I don’t like chicken salad.  In fact, I hate most chicken salad.  It’s odd, too, because I like all other compound salads like egg salad (my dear mother made the best ever.  EVER!), tabbouleh, tuna salad and potato salad in all it’s many incarnations.  But chicken salad is at best tolerable and usually unpalatable.  I especially detest those sweet chicken salads with fruit and nuts and sugar – that crap is more dessert than salad.

So I decided that since generations of cooks hadn’t done it I would just have to fix chicken salad.  Here’s a chicken salad that is perfect for your next tailgate or March Madness party.

Buffalo Chicken Salad
Recipe Type: Entree
Author: Stuart Reb Donald
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 1 hour
Total time: 1 hour 15 mins
Serves: 4
  • 4 cups diced boiled chicken
  • 1 stalk celery, cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 1 carrot, shredded
  • 2/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup Ranch or Bleu Cheese dressing
  • 2 TBL Frank’s Red Hot or other cayenne-based hot sauce
  1. Mix all ingredients thoroughly.
  2. Refrigerate at least two hours before serving.

Buffalo Chicken Salad


The leaves from your celery would make a great garnish for this chicken salad as would a few bleu cheese crumbles.

Serve as a wrap, on a leaf of lettuce or in a toasty baguette. Or just throw it in a bowl with a sleeve of saltines next to it.


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Stuart is a celebrity chef, food activist and award-winning food writer. He penned the cookbooks Third Coast Cuisine: Recipes of the Gulf of Mexico, No Sides Needed: 34 Recipes To Simplify Life and Amigeauxs - Mexican/Creole Fusion Cuisine. He hosts two Internet cooking shows "Everyday Gourmet" and "Little Grill Big Flavor." His recipes have been featured in Current, Lagniappe, Southern Tailgater, The Kitchen Hotline and on the Cooking Channel.

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