Buffalo Chicken Salad with Bacon & Blue Cheese Dressing

I love me some buffalo chicken wings but was not in the mood for wings and I was not in the mood for frying chicken so I said maybe I can still have the buffalo flavored chicken with out frying and the messy clean up so that is when I said instead of using wings maybe just use chicken breast and pan sear it then put it into the oven. That is just what I did and boy am I glad I did it.  This was the best darn buffalo chicken I ever made without even frying and cleaning up all that mess  plus it is a healthy way of enjoying the taste of buffalo chicken without frying.                

 

Buffalo Chicken

Buffalo chicken with toasted slivered almonds, cranberries, homemade blue cheese dressing topped with bacon bits.

for the buffalo chicken

  • 2 chicken breast (bone in)
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp granulated garlic
  • 1 tbsp olive oil (extra virgin)
  • 2/4 cup hot sauce
  • 2 tbsp butter (unsalted)
  • 2 tbsp lemon vinagrette dressing (optional) (or Italian dressing)

for the Blue cheese dressing

  • 3 oz blue cheese crumbles
  • 3 tbsp buttermilk
  • 3 tbsp sour cream
  • 2 tsp mayonaise
  • 2 tsp champagne vinegar or (white vinegar, white wine vinegar)
  • 1/4 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp granulated garlic (I used 3tsp)
  • 1 tsp black pepper (I used 2tsp)

romaine lettuce

  • 2 bunch romaine lettuce (chopped)
  • 6 strips bacon (I used butcher bacon)
  • 1/3 cup slivered almonds toasted
  • 4 tbsp cranberries (dry) or (seedles red grapes)
  1. Cook bacon in oven on 375 for about 20 minutes or until golden and crisp, I cook mine in a broiler pan that have a drip pan on the bottom. Once cooled chop bacon into 1/4 pieces put a side.
  2. Heat oven to 350 degrees and season the chicken with the first five ingredients, in the mean time heat a pan with the olive oil on medium heat once pan is hot add the chicken breast skin side down and pan sear it for about 3 minutes or until it is a light golden brown you are not cooking it just browning it a little. Once lightly brown turn skin side up and place into the oven for about 20 minutes.
  3. While chicken is in the oven heat a small pot on medium heat and add the hot sauce, butter and for some extra kick you can add 2 tablespoon of bottled Italian dressing, (I used a homemade lemon vinaigrette) and add it with the hot sauce, butter and cook for about 5 minutes until it is heated through and the butter is melted and set aside.
  4. In a small bowl add the blue cheese, buttermilk and mashed together with a fork until it is well mixed and resemble cottage cheese then add the sour cream and the rest of the ingredients and mix well, if it seems to be to thick add a little more vinegar to thin it out and store in a mason jar or a bowl with a tight lid and refrigerate until ready to use.
  5. Once chicken is done brush the chicken with half of the sauce and put under the broiler on low with skin side up for about five minutes to brown after five minutes remove from oven and brush with the rest of the sauce and let cool.  Once cooled separate the chicken from the bone and chop into bite size pieces/chunks which I prefer mine about 1/2 thick.
  6. In separate bowls add about 2 cups of lettuce add about 1/4 cup of chicken sprinkle some cranberries, almonds and the bacon bits and top with the blue cheese dressing and enjoy.

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Author: Deborah Chapman

I live in New York I am Married to Clifford aka Jack and have one daughter name Kaneen aka Nene and a beautiful Yorkie name Buttercup aka Butter, Stinkbutt and Grandma. I was raised and born in Brooklyn New York. I have a love for cooking and it is my passion as I have discovered and I would like to share it with you. I like just relaxing at home with my Buttercup while thinking of what dish I can try an tackle or in my backyard gardening. I love watching cooking shows Giada, Barefoot Contessa, The Neely's , The Pioneer Women, Rachel Ray, Paula Deen and Bobby Flay are my favorites. I love to talk to people face to face or on social media, twitter i just started and it is cool because you must say what you have to say short, sweet and fast you only get a few wpm. ( words per minute). I love house music also yes I do especially when I am driving in my car... This is a new journey that I am on and I known sometimes It may seem like a roller coaster from time to time but I am willing to try and explore new things and new recipes as well. Cooking is truly my passion I have known for a very, very long time and because I am a chatter box I guess blogging about my food and talking in general should be easy, well maybe.... I look forward to sharing the foods that I love to make and also some new ones along the way...