Buffalo Chicken Salad


The other day I went to the grocery store, which is basically like every other day of my life. I mean, I’m now friends with the guy who stands in the doorway and greets shoppers because I am not exaggerating when I say “every other day of my life.” It’s a problem.

Anyway, I was at my home away from home to grab a few essentials for my children. You see, I’d been eating some weird things as part of my low carb diet for a few days and my kiddos were getting really tired of me telling them to make themselves a can of soup or a PB&J for dinner.

So, I did this thing that I pretty much never do.

Chicken salad gets a spicy update with a buffalo twist!

I filled my cart with…dinners? Meals? I don’t know what you call what was in my cart, but it wasn’t ingredients. I normally fill my cart with ingredients – fresh produce, meat, and yeah, totally a few packaged items. I mean, I’m not grinding my own wheat over here. I usually don’t even bother making mac ‘n cheese for scratch unless it’s a special occasion or it’s my pressure cooker mac and cheese. You guys, I have made mashed potatoes from a boxed mix. I’m not saying I don’t buy convenience foods. I’m just saying that I don’t fill my cart with them. I don’t buy them always. Ya know?

But this time? This time my cart was full of frozen dinners and pizzas and canned things that have no business being canned – like spaghetti.

I expected my kids to be excited, because apparently even though I’ve been doing this mom thing for 17 years now, I’m still pretty new at it.

They were horrified.

Chicken salad gets a spicy update with a buffalo twist!

What kind of mother buys their kids a bunch of processed crap in an effort to stay away from food while she’s fasting? Me. A bad mother. A very bad mother, indeed.

Anyway, my kids are still alive, don’t you worry.

I’m done fasting. That was rough, even without my judgmental children.

So. That has nothing to do with this recipe, I just wanted to share my shame with you. I thought you’d enjoy it. I can’t wait for all of the anonymous internet people to agree with my kids about my poor parenting. That part is going to be super fun. 😉

This Buffalo Chicken Salad is pretty phenomenal, you guys. I mean, all that spicy buffalo flavor is practically begging to be spread between some white bread and eaten outside by the pool.

Chicken salad gets a spicy update with a buffalo twist!

Can you tell I’m ready for summer? All food needs to be eaten out by the pool if you ask me.

I used mayonnaise in this recipe, but you can definitely swap in some Greek yogurt for some or all of it, depending on your tastes. At 1/4 cup of hot sauce, this recipe comes in with a small bit of kick, so feel free to add extra hot sauce as needed.

I drizzled the sandwiches with ranch dressing, because guys. Have you heard the news? Blue cheese is old and moldy. Whew. Feels good to get that off my chest.

So, ranch for me. Blue cheese for the rest of you weirdos. 😉

Dig in and let me know what you think! Also, if you’re low carb, this is perfect on a fork. I ate half a bowl of it for lunch the other day. No shame in my game.

Chicken salad gets a spicy update with a buffalo twist!

Buffalo Chicken Salad

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups cooked shredded chicken
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup Frank's Red Hot hot sauce
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 tablespoon dry ranch seasoning
  • ranch or blue cheese dressing, for serving
  • bread, for making sandwiches

Directions:

  1. Add the chicken, mayonnaise, hot sauce, vegetables, and ranch seasoning to a medium bowl and stir well to combine.
  2. Chill in the fridge for 3o minutes before serving.
  3. Serve with extra hot sauce and ranch or blue cheese dressing, as desired.

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