Buffalo Chicken Salad

A bowl of buffalo chicken salad, tessemae's creamy ranch dressing

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! 

A Bowl of Buffalo Chicken Salad

Oh my, 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 hit 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.

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.  

Franks hot wing sauce, chicken breasts in instant pot
Buffalo sauce and chicken breasts in instant pot
Buffalo sauce being poured over chicken breasts in instant pot
shredded buffalo chicken

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! 

a bowl of Buffalo shredded chicken, a bowl of romaine, a bowl or tortilla strips, carrot shavings, green onions, tessemae's creamy ranch dressing

A bowl of buffalo chicken salad, tessemae's creamy ranch dressing
5 from 1 vote

Buffalo Chicken Salad

Spicy, crunchy, creamy, yummy!

Course Salad
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Yield 4
Author Katie


For the Buffalo Chicken

  • 1.5 lb chicken breasts
  • 1 cup buffalo wing sauce like Frank's
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 4 tbsp butter

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

  1. Place the chicken, apple cider vinegar, and buffalo sauce into the instant pot.  Close the lid and sealing valve.  Cook on Poultry or Manual (high) for 15 minutes.  Allow the pressure to manually (npr) or quickly (qr) release.  Remove and shred the chicken with two forks. Place the chicken back into the pot along with the butter.  Mix with the buffalo sauce until the butter has melted.  Set aside.

  2. Alternatively, place the chicken, buffalo sauce, vinegar, and butter 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.

For the Salad

  1. 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.

  2. Assemble all ingredients into a large bowl and enjoy!

A bowl of buffalo chicken salad, tessemae's creamy ranch dressing

Just look at that salad.  Come to mama!!  Speaking of salads… BBQ Chicken Salad is also the bomb.

2 Replies to “Buffalo Chicken Salad”

  1. Looks delicious. And good for you. Can’t wait to try it.

    1. I think you’ll love it!

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