Buffalo Chicken Salad*

Buffalo Chicken Salad from www.thenovicechefblog.com

I have a love for EVERYTHING Buffalo flavored, but I can’t eat buffalo wings. We have talked about it before, but I just seriously can not eat meat off a bone. This is the main reason I know I could never go on to judge something like Top Chef. Sure, I can touch bones, clean meat off of them and do anything like that. But ask me to eat a drumstick? A rib? Or worse yet, bone marrow?! ::shudder:: Tom Colicchio would laugh me right off set and Padma would give me her pity face.

But my bone phobia hasn’t kept me away from my love of Buffalo Wing Sauce! For starters, just about everywhere offers boneless wings these days. Hot boneless buffalo wings, blue cheese dip and a super cold beer? That is my JAM. As you know, my love of buffalo has corrupt other normal things like enchiladas and salads too. I just can’t stop my obsession for that sinus clearing burn. 😉

Buffalo Chicken Salad from www.thenovicechefblog.com

A few months ago, I stopped in at The Fresh Market to get some obscure product that no regular grocery store carries in my area (Grey Sea Salt…but I also bought a wedge of Humboldt Fog while I was there and ate it for dinner with a bottle of wine — I would do so well in France). While there, I saw a wrap filled with Buffalo Chicken Salad in their prepared foods section. Of course, I had to buy it and it was just funky enough for me to fall in love.

So last week, I found myself with a Rotisserie Chicken and a carton of Voskos Greek Yogurt. I love using fat free plain greek yogurt in place of mayo in chicken salads (like in my favorite Michigan Cherry Chicken Salad). I also had a half used bottle of my favorite Frank’s Red Hot Wings Buffalo Sauce tucked away waiting for the perfect recipe. Plus, Jorge — the blue cheese hater — was out of town! It was like fate! I was destined to make this Buffalo Chicken Salad. I was really happy surprised with the final product. While I would usually do half Voskos Greek Yogurt and half mayo in chicken salads, the addition of crumbled blue cheese added plenty of creaminess all on it’s own.



Buffalo Chicken Salad with Voskos Greek Yogurt

recipe note: this makes for a medium heat buffalo flavor. If you like it even spicier, just add in a little more buffalo wing sauce!


  • 1/2 cup non-fat plain Voskos Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 cup Franks Red Hot Wings Buffalo sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 4 cups of cooked shredded chicken
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, minced
  • 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese


In a large bowl, whisk together Voskos Greek Yogurt, buffalo sauce, salt, garlic powder and black pepper.

Fold in chicken, celery, cilantro and blue cheese.

Serve on crackers, in a wrap, or as a sandwich!

This post is sponsored by Voskos Greek Yogurt, however all opinions are 100% my own. :)

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53 Responses to “Buffalo Chicken Salad”

  1. 1

    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — February 18, 2013 @ 7:22 am

    Why haven’t I done this before?? Sounds insanely good!

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    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — February 18, 2013 @ 9:08 am

    I love using greek yogurt to replace fats in different dishes! This buffalo chicken salad sounds perfect!

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    Cassie | Bake Your Day — February 18, 2013 @ 9:48 am

    I am not so big on eating meat off the bone but I can get down with this. L.O.V.E.

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    shelly (cookies and cups) — February 18, 2013 @ 9:57 am

    Love this! Also, you crack me up with the bone thing :)

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    Bev @ Bev Cooks — February 18, 2013 @ 10:13 am

    OMG, this looks so good. What if I put it on a bone? Jk!

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    Meghan — February 18, 2013 @ 10:29 am

    I watch an absurd amount of cooking competition type shows (chopped, iron chef, top chef to name a few) and I constantly can never decide whether I would actually want to be a judge or not. I mean, amazing food? Of course count me in. But some of the ingredients make me feel queasy sometimes too. (I’m okay with eating meat off the bond, which btw is an adorably hilarious phobia, but geoduck?? That freaks me out. And figs, for example,..ick.) so yea, I’d probably be laughed out too.

    This looks really good though! This I could try.

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    Karly — February 18, 2013 @ 10:29 am

    I’m with you on the buffalo sauce AND the meat from bones. I can do it, but only if I pretend I’m not. I much prefer boneless!

    This looks absolutely delicious. I just did buffalo chicken meatball subs, but now I’m craving this chicken salad!

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    Jess @ On Sugar Mountain — February 18, 2013 @ 11:50 am

    omg Buffalo Chicken Pizza is one of my favorite foods ever. This is like the sandwich version and I. Love. It. 😀 Looks out of this world!

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    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — February 18, 2013 @ 12:32 pm

    Love this! So creative using the Greek yogurt!

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    Janani — February 18, 2013 @ 2:11 pm

    I am vegetarian but my hubby is not this looks perfect even to my eyes must try it for my hubby. Lovely recipe.

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    Wendy — February 18, 2013 @ 6:52 pm

    I love the way the yogurt take the edge off the hot sauce. Yum.

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    Whitney @ The Newlywed Chefs — February 18, 2013 @ 9:53 pm

    Yum! This looks like a fabulous recipe to share with friends at a bridal or baby shower!

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    Megan {Country Cleaver} — February 18, 2013 @ 10:48 pm

    Seriously, I’m with you – I hate meat off a bone. I can eat a couple of wings just because of the sauce – but I can’t suck them clean like some people it just grosses me out. I know I could devour this with a shovel, no bones needed.

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    Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) — February 19, 2013 @ 11:35 am

    I’m similar–I don’t like eating things off the bone, but I think it’s mostly because I HATE food gunk under my fingernails! I actually use a fork and knife when I have buffalo wings that have bones. My friends laugh at me.

  15. 15

    Holly T — February 19, 2013 @ 4:14 pm

    Unable to pin for some reason :(

  16. 16

    Stephanie — February 20, 2013 @ 2:43 pm

    Yum, can’t wait to try this tonight.

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    Karla Landrum — February 20, 2013 @ 4:28 pm

    I have not been able to make myself eat Greek yogurt, I try but it just tastes sour to me. Does the spice of the buffalo sauce help cut that sour taste out?

    • Jessica replied: — February 25th, 2013 @ 12:49 pm

      I enjoy that taste (but then again, I also love sour cream). But no, I don’t think it has a sour taste once mixed with all the buffalo sauce. However if you are nervous, you can also do half greek yogurt and half mayo!

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    Karen — February 22, 2013 @ 1:16 am

    Love this idea for chicken salad, buffalo sauce is best! (And you hit the nail on the head with Padme’s pity face, got me chuckling :) )

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    Liz — February 22, 2013 @ 10:27 pm

    I just discovered your blog and after reading this post, I think we are soul mates. I absolutely refuse to eat meat off a bone, but Im obsessed with buffalo sauce. Cant wait to try this recipe!

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    Chris — February 24, 2013 @ 11:39 pm

    So how many lbs of chicken are you thinking for this? 1 lb?

    • Jessica replied: — February 25th, 2013 @ 12:18 pm

      I would say yes, about 1 lb or 4 chicken breasts! :)

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    Shirley Rossi — February 25, 2013 @ 12:22 am

    This looks delicious. In answer to Chris, 1 pound of boneless chicken yields about 2 cups of chopped meat, so you would need 2 pounds unless you cut the rest of the recipe in half. Hope that helps.

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    ErinsFoodFiles — February 28, 2013 @ 2:02 pm

    What a delicious idea!

  23. 23

    Kristin — March 1, 2013 @ 1:52 pm

    Any idea the nutritional facts for this? Looks delicious!

  24. 24

    Debbie Wilmoth — March 1, 2013 @ 3:24 pm

    I would love to know nutritional value also, so i can figure we points

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    Angie D — March 3, 2013 @ 11:41 pm

    Thank you! Now I have lunch for the week!!!

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    elizabeth — March 7, 2013 @ 10:55 am

    Has anyone tried this recipe with a cheese other than blue cheese?

    • Jessica replied: — March 12th, 2013 @ 11:22 pm

      You could use Gorgonzola cheese instead!

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    Nicole — March 10, 2013 @ 8:14 pm

    I just made this using 2 slabs of tempeh instead of chicken. I’ve made curried “chicken” salad using tempeh in the past. This was my first Buffalo go. It turned out great! I can’t wait to make a wrap with it. Or honestly, just eat most of it straight from the bowl.

    • Jessica replied: — March 12th, 2013 @ 11:23 pm

      Fun! I am so glad it works well with tempeh instead!! :-)

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    Amber — April 1, 2013 @ 11:38 am

    Can you use something different then blue cheese? Not a fan of it haha

    • Jessica replied: — April 2nd, 2013 @ 12:53 pm

      Sure, I would recommend gorgonzola. Or you can always just leave the cheese out completely! :)

  29. 29

    Katherine — April 12, 2013 @ 3:40 pm

    Has anybody tried this with ranch rather than blue cheese? Recipe sounds awesome, but me and my husband are both ranch instaed of blue cheese people. Thanks!

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    Kyla — April 17, 2013 @ 10:54 pm

    I love everything buffalo and can’t wait to try this recipe. We use buffalo sauce on so many things. It’s amazing in salads, and my new favorite is on popcorn!

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    susan — April 27, 2013 @ 9:26 pm

    Ribs were my favorite all time foods until after I had my second son, then I could not stand eating anything off a bone. I can cut steak from a bone, take meat off the bones with my hands, etc.

    The hubby loves buffalo flavors, so I need to try this.

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    Julie — May 1, 2013 @ 3:29 pm

    Whoa! Very good! I did not have cilantro, so had to skip that (but can’t even imagine how much more delicious this could get!) and I also omitted the salt and don’t miss it a bit. Very, Very good,will surely make many times! Thanks for sharing this!

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    Lynette — July 24, 2013 @ 12:04 am

    I am defiantly going to try this!! I LOVE BUFFALO anything and have Passed This Love to My Kids And Hubby !! and Will Never Eat Off A Bone It RepuIve I WoulD probably Starve If That Was All That Was To Eat People Are Always Making Fun Of Me And Telling Me How I’m Missing Out On Ribs and Wings Ect Uuhgg Yeah Noooooo Thanks!!!!!

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    Teresa — October 23, 2013 @ 2:29 pm

    How do you think it would taste with sour cream instead of yogurt and cut out the blue cheese?

    • Jessica replied: — October 28th, 2013 @ 9:53 pm

      In this recipe, I really think I would stick with the yogurt. But sour cream might work out ok. And yes – you could cut out the blue cheese – however it does add a lot to the overall taste!

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