This easy and healthy Buffalo Chicken Salad makes a great lunch or protein-packed snack. Made with tangy buffalo sauce and plenty of fresh herbs, this chicken salad is full of that buffalo wing flavor you know and love.

Quick and Easy Buffalo Chicken Salad

Buffalo wings in the form of a chicken salad? I’ll take it! Buffalo sauce is personally one of my favorite condiments. I love the tang and the little bit of kick from the heat, it’s just so good.

Naturally then, I love buffalo chicken anything (wings, meatballs, you name it…) and this buffalo chicken salad is another one of my favorite ways to use buffalo sauce.

This chicken salad is a little spicy, tangy, creamy, and crunchy, everything you want in a chicken salad. It uses a combo of mayo, fresh herbs, buffalo sauce, and seasonings to give you the flavor of a buffalo wing dipped in ranch dressing. Keep reading to get all of the details on how to make this delicious chicken salad!

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How to Prepare Your Chicken

This recipe calls for a little over two cups of shredded or diced chicken breast. One of the most common questions I get is how to make the chicken for chicken salad. There are a couple of different ways you can prepare the chicken for this recipe and they are all great options. Here are a few great ways to make your chicken:

  • Roast bone-in split chicken breasts – this is my favorite way to prep the chicken. I season two bone-in split chicken breasts with salt, pepper, avocado oil, garlic powder, and onion powder and then roast them at 400 degrees for around 40-45 minutes until completely cooked through. Once they have cooled, I remove the skin, pull the meat from the bones, and dice up the meat.
  • Bake boneless skinless chicken breasts – if you have some boneless skinless chicken breasts on hand, this another great option. Drizzle the chicken with oil and season the breasts with garlic powder, salt, pepper, and onion powder. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes until the chicken is cooked through. Once cooled, dice up the meat.
  • Poach boneless skinless chicken breasts – if you prefer, you can poach your chicken breasts in boiling water until they are cooked through.
  • Use leftover roasted chicken – another great (and easy!) option is just to use leftover chicken from a whole roasted chicken. You could even use a combination of white and dark meat if you like.

buffalo chicken salad ingredients

Buffalo Chicken Salad Ingredients

Celery: I really like to add extra texture to my chicken salads by incorporating fresh veggies and celery is a great option. It has a nice crunch and the perfect flavor that compliments the buffalo sauce.

Mayo: This adds a bit of creaminess and that classic mayonnaise flavor found in chicken salad, and helps to bind everything together.

Greek Yogurt: To add a bit of extra tang and protein to the chicken salad we’re using Greek Yogurt. It also helps to cut some of the richness from the mayo.

Buffalo Sauce: Of course you cannot have buffalo chicken salad without the buffalo sauce. This is my favorite brand of Whole30 compliant buffalo sauce.

Green Onion: Fresh green onion really helps to amp up the flavor in this recipe and makes everything taste so good.

Fresh Dill: This fresh herb is a must-have in buffalo chicken salad. It helps give the chicken salad the flavor of ranch or blue cheese dressing that we all love to dip our buffalo wings in. Don’t leave this out and feel free to sprinkle a little extra on top for good measure.

chicken salad ingredients in bowl

How to Make Buffalo Chicken Salad

Step One: Add all of the ingredients to a large mixing bowl.

Step Two: Stir until everything is well combined.

Step Three: Serve the chicken salad immediately or you can store it in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to three to four days.

chicken salad with buffalo sauce

How to Serve

There are several different ways you can serve your buffalo chicken salad. You can serve it on its own with fresh celery and carrot sticks, or try making a lettuce wraps with bibb lettuce leaves. Another option is to make a collard green wrap with fresh collard green leaves. You can also use your favorite bread to make a traditional sandwich with lettuce and tomato.

chicken salad with lettuce and lemon on plate

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I hope you give this Healthy Buffalo Chicken Salad a try! It’s a great quick option for lunch and easy to prep in advance! If you do give this recipe a try, let me know! Leave a comment with a star rating below. You can also snap a photo & tag @allthehealthythings on INSTAGRAM. Your reviews and ratings help support All the Healthy Things and make it possible for me to continue to create the recipes you trust and love.

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Healthy Buffalo Chicken Salad

  • Author: Ashlea Carver
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Lunch
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free
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  • Author: Ashlea Carver
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Lunch
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Ingredients

  • 3 cups cooked chicken breast, diced or shredded
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 cup buffalo sauce
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onion
  • 1/4 cup fresh dill, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • juice of one lemon

Method

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir until well combined.
  2. Serve immediately or store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

Keywords:

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15 Comments

  1. I’ve made a few different Buffalo Chicken Salad recipes but I keep coming back to this one – it’s just the best! The first time I made it, I wasn’t sure about adding dill but I miss it in the other recipes I’ve tried, it adds a little something that just works so well with the other ingredients. I usually mix in shredded carrot and top with cherry tomatoes and avocado but really it’s delicious as is.

    1. Ashlea Carver says:

      So happy you loved it, Mandy! Thanks for sharing with us!

  2. This was awesome! So much FLAVOR! I even cut down on the Mayo since I’m doing WW. Thank you! Adding this to my lunch rotation!

    1. Ashlea Carver says:

      I’m so glad you loved it, Heather!

  3. Daniela Torres says:

    This recipe was so easy to make and full of flavor. It was a hit with my husband. Can’t wait to make it again! 🤤

  4. Caroline C. says:

    I made this with leftover rotisserie chicken for lunch and it is so easy and delicious!

  5. This recipe is amazing! I substituted the mayo for Greek yogurt as suggested and it was perfect. I actually ended up making more after my fiance and I finished the first batch. Excellent lunch option and macro-friendly with the yogurt. This is probably my favorite chicken salad recipe to date. I ate it by itself but my fiance chose to make it into a wrap. 10/10 for sure.

  6. This was so delicious! We made a little too much sauce for the amount of chicken that we cooked so we made the chicken salad into a salad by adding some lettuce and it was perfect. Quick and easy to make – definitely becoming a staple meal for our list.

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  8. So good! I’ve made several Whole30 buffalo chicken salad recipes before. This is my new favorite! Spicy and tangy without being too mayo-y. That’s a thing for me. I only tolerate mayo to make yummy dishes like this! 🙂

  9. Margaret Mitchell says:

    im so glad i found you, im looking forward to all your recipes!

  10. So simple but delicious. Thanks

    1. Ashlea Carver says:

      So happy you liked it, Amy! Thanks for taking the time to leave a review!

  11. Just made this last night and couldn’t stop snacking on it right out of the bowl, delicious!

  12. This recipe sounds delicious! I wish you had a link on your recipes to print them out 🙁