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Kosher Buffalo Chicken Salad Recipe

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Leah is a follower of the 21-Day Fix. She works in mental health.

All dressed up and ready to eat.

All dressed up and ready to eat.

Once it gets warm out, I get cravings for salads—all kinds of salads—but they have to be interesting and full of flavor. Additionally, if I'm making them at home, it has to use only kosher ingredients. Buffalo chicken salad is one of my favorites, but it's always been hard to make because if I'm making chicken, the dressing would have to be dairy-free. This creates quite a dilemma because buffalo chicken is almost always served with blue cheese (or ranch) dressing. But this week, I was determined to make it work.

Spicy foods basically beg for a creamy dressing or sauce to cool off the heat. And while the hot sauce I used isn't overwhelmingly spicy, it's spicy enough. Without using dairy, I wound up using an old family favorite—homemade Russian dressing. It worked out so well I'm already looking forward to lunch tomorrow. Here's my masterpiece for you to enjoy as well!

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Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

5 min

20 min

25 min

Serves 4 people

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken breasts, boneless, skinless
  • 1/2 cup hot sauce
  • For the dressing:
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons relish, or a finely chopped pickle

Instructions

  1. Wash the chicken breasts and place into a Ziplock bag with the hot sauce to marinate. I let them sit for about 5 minutes, but feel free to marinate longer.
  2. Place the chicken on your grill on medium heat. I used super thick chicken breast, so I cooked it for 20 minutes, turning every 5 minutes. If you have chicken breasts of regular thickness, cook for 5 minutes on each side. Either way, make sure to cut one breast open in the thickest part to make sure there's no pink left. If there is, just cook it a little longer.
  3. Cut up whichever salad ingredients you would like to use (see below for ideas).
  4. For the dressing: mix the mayonnaise, ketchup, and relish (or diced pickle) together. Add 1/4 teaspoon of water at a time to thin the dressing to desired consistency.
  5. Cut the chicken into bite sized pieces, and serve it over the salad. Top with dressing—I used about 2 teaspoons.

What About The Salad Part?

I didn't specify the salad ingredients, because this can be tailored based on your personal preference. Originally, I had planned this with romaine, but I ran out, and it was too late to get more. So as usual, I improvised and used what I had handy. Here's some options:

  • Start with a leafy base—romaine lettuce, iceberg lettuce, mesclun greens, spinach, kale, arugula, or even cabbage.

Add any combination of toppings to the salad:

  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Raw onion
  • Zucchini
  • Hearts of palm
  • Radishes
  • Shredded carrot
  • Black olives

For the exact salad I made in the picture above, I used a combination of mesclun greens, cucumber, zucchini, and tomatoes. It's just what I had in the fridge, after a coworker presented me with a ton of extra produce today (thanks Liz!)

Tag me in your creations using #leahskosherfix. I'd love to see what you come up with!

My Favorite Hot Sauce Ever

Cholula hot sauce.

Cholula hot sauce.

Cholula!

Many years ago, I worked in a local Mexican restaurant. We had a bottle of Cholula on every table, and I quickly fell in love with the flavor. I'm a huge fan of adding heat with flavor, but not finding myself tearing up with my nose running at the table. This is where Cholula fits perfectly for me. It's got the perfect combination of flavor with a bit of heat. If you like hotter sauces, use your favorite kind, or add some extra on top of the grilled chicken. While I only marinated the chicken for about 5 minutes, letting the chicken marinate for longer would work too. It kept the chicken breasts juicy, which is a big endorsement from a lover of dark meat.

Almost Ready

Grilled buffalo chicken.

Grilled buffalo chicken.

Chicken Is Ready!

This was my chicken fresh off the grill. I cut it into bite sized pieces using a kitchen shears, but this could also be done with a cutting board and knife. I like to use the shears because they're quick and easy, and it's much easier to wash, which is a huge selling point for me.

Container Count

For 21 Day Fix, container counts as I prepared the meal are as follows:

  • 2 red containers (count 1 if you use a smaller or thinner chicken breast).
  • 2 green containers (just measure your vegetables and adjust if you've added more or less).
  • 2 teaspoons (again, adjust this if you've used more or less).

© 2018 Leah

Comments

Travel Chef from Manila on July 13, 2018:

The chicken looks so delicious! Now, I'm missing grilled foods. I will try this recipe.