Buffalo Chicken Salad features spicy buffalo chicken on a crisp bed of romaine, with celery, carrots, and crunchy tortilla strips. Sure to satisfy your buffalo wing craving!
Oh my, this Buffalo Chicken Salad, are you kidding me? This might just be a new favorite and let me tell you it's really tough to beat that cilantro lime vinaigrette on a taco salad! It hits all the right notes between the crunchy romaine and celery, crispy tortilla strips, spicy buffalo chicken, sweet carrots, and creamy ranch. My mouth is watering again just thinking about it.
Making the Shredded Buffalo Chicken
The first thing I did to make this buffalo chicken salad, was make the buffalo chicken. Which was so easy thanks to the instant pot. Although, you could also make it in a slow cooker. All you need to do is drop some chicken in the pot of your choice with some buffalo sauce, cook, and shred.
For the Instant Pot: cook 12-15 minutes on manual
For the Slow Cooker: cook 2 hrs on high or 4 hours on low.
Prepping the Salad Ingredients
Now, you'll prep your salad ingredients.
- Shred the romaine,
- shave the carrots, and
- slice up green onion and celery.
- You could also slice up an avocado if you have it.
I found this Tessemae's organic creamy ranch at the store and I really liked it. It's dairy free but somehow creamy! Just use your favorite ranch or bleu cheese dressing. After that just pile it all in a bowl and chow down!
Uses for the Leftover Chicken
If you have any chicken leftover, obviously you can make more salads throughout the week but this shredded buffalo chicken is also great on:
- a sandwich
- Potato Skins - with Monterey Jack cheese, ranch, and green onions
- in a Quesadilla - with cheese and veggies
This Shredded Buffalo Chicken is so delicious, I often make it for uses other than this salad!
Buffalo Chicken Salad
For the Buffalo Chicken
- 1.5 lb chicken breasts
- 1 cup buffalo wing sauce, like Frank's, make sure to get 'wing' sauce
For the Salad
- 1 pkg romaine lettuce
- 2 carrots
- 2 stalks celery
- 1 small bunch green onions
- 1 avocado, optional
- ranch dressing, or bleu cheese
- tortilla strips
For the Buffalo Chicken
- Place the chicken and buffalo sauce into the instant pot. Close the lid and sealing valve. Cook on Poultry or Manual (high) for 12-15 minutes. Allow the pressure to naturally release (NPR).
- Remove and shred the chicken with two forks. Place the chicken back into the pot along with the sauce. Set aside.
- Alternatively, place the chicken and buffalo wing sauce into the slow cooker and cook on low for 4 hrs. Remove and shred the chicken. Place chicken back into the pot with the sauce and set aside.
To Assemble the Salad
- Slice the romaine lettuce, green onions, celery, and avocado (optional). Shave the carrots with a vegetable peeler. Set aside along with the tortilla strips and dressing.
- Assemble all ingredients into a large bowl and enjoy!
Just look at that salad. Come to mama!! Speaking of salads... this BBQ Chicken Salad is also the amazing!
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