Buffalo Chicken Tender Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing

Buffalo Chicken Tender Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing Recipe from bakedbyrachel.com

Isn’t it weird how vacation times are so vastly different around the country? The vacation weeks seem to vary from March through April. When is spring break in your area? We’re on school vacation here this week finally, of course we don’t get out of school until mid to late June in New Hampshire. I’m hoping I manage to stay as sane as possible with three rambunctious children in the house, we’ll see how well that goes. I think at least a few outings are a must in addition to running around outside to burn off extra energy. But have you ever noticed how running around outside doesn’t always tire kids out? Sometimes they seem to only have more energy. They’re like little energizer bunnies. Speaking of which… where did the energizer bunny commercials go?

Also, everyone is finally back to good health! Thanks for all of the well wishes! It took us a solid 2 weeks to get rid of the pink eye from everyone completely, since it spread from one kid to the next. Oy… I truly hope we never have to go through that again.

Buffalo Chicken Tender Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing Recipe from bakedbyrachel.com

I made this salad for the Mr a few weeks back. And he of course had to wait to eat this until after I took some photos. I felt rushed so he could eat it, so I’m blaming that on the crappy pictures. I swear these don’t do the salad justice. It’s such a simple salad but it’s so worth making, especially if you love buffalo sauce or blue cheese dressing. I cheated and used store bought dressing. Maybe sometime I’ll make my own but since we rarely use blue cheese dressing, this is the better option for now. The chicken is of course coated in buffalo sauce and then a seasoned panko breadcrumb mixture prior to baking.

I have this weird requirement when it comes to recipes with buffalo sauce, they must include celery. So to keep with tradition, I went a non-traditional route for this salad and shaved celery and carrots. It gave a unique texture to the standard salad fixings. Let’s of course not forget the blue cheese crumbles, which are totally necessary here even on top of the blue cheese dressing.

Yield: Serves 1-2

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25-30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Buffalo Chicken Tender Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing

Your favorite bar snack in salad form, full of flavor and crunch.

Ingredients:

  • 1 chicken breast, trimmed and pounded thin
  • 1/4C buffalo sauce
  • 1/2C Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp celery seed
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • Chunky blue cheese dressing, to taste
  • 6oz Romain lettuce
  • 1/4C blue cheese crumbles
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 celery stalk

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Add buffalo sauce to one bowl. Add Panko breadcrumbs, pepper, celery seed and onion powder to another small bowl.

Slice chicken into small pieces. Coat well in buffalo sauce, before coating with seasoned Panko mixture. Place on prepared baking sheet. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until center reads at least 165 degrees.

Shave carrots and celery into long strips. Toss romain, carrots and celery in chunky blue cheese dressing. Add blue cheese crumbles and buffalo chicken tenders prior to serving.

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24 Responses to “Buffalo Chicken Tender Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing”

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    Tracey — April 22, 2013 at 7:34 am

    I still haven’t developed a taste for blue cheese but I would love these buffalo chicken tenders! Panko makes the best crispy coating for chicken!

    • Rachel — April 22nd, 2013 @ 8:21 am

      LOVE Panko! :)

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    Tieghan — April 22, 2013 at 8:58 am

    My favorite salad. Seriously, my favorite. Buffalo + blue cheese is my go to combo!

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    Laurie {SimplyScratch} — April 22, 2013 at 9:59 am

    Oh heck yes! I love this salad… and the dressing… GAH! Sounds so good Rachel!

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    amanda @ fake ginger — April 22, 2013 at 11:36 am

    Get rid of the celery and I’d be all over this!

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    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry — April 22, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    I hate blue cheese with a passion but this salad looks as if it could change my mind. And those chicken tenders, gah!

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    Anne @The Cooking Campaign — April 22, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    I can’t say that I’ve yet grown to love blue cheese, but this salad looks soo good!

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    Marie @ Little Kitchie — April 22, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    Now this is a salad I am SERIOUSLY on board with. YUM!

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    Mr. & Mrs. P — April 22, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    Beautiful salad!! Don’t know why but it reminds us of the chills buffalo salad!! Much lighter than that version though!!

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    natalie@thesweetslife — April 22, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    double the blue cheese…i like the way you think!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — April 22, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    I want this SO badly right now!

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    Julie @ Table for Two — April 22, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    ahhh i really want to have a big bowl of this salad right now. i all of a sudden got a craving for blue cheese and romaine. weird, i know, but man, that buffalo chicken on top would just make me devour the entire thing!

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    Renee @ Awesome on $20 — April 23, 2013 at 12:55 am

    I’m generally anti-vegetable, so it takes something special to get me interested in making a salad. I’m going to give this one a try. It looks divine.

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — April 23, 2013 at 2:27 am

    Glad everyone is feeling better! This salad looks so good! Its hard for me to get my husband to eat salads, but he loves buffalo so he might go for this one!

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    Cassie | Bake Your Day — April 23, 2013 at 9:13 am

    we love buffalo chicken salads. can’t wait to make this dressing for my hubs!

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    Carla @ Carlas Confections — April 23, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    I love the breaded buffalo chicken. I can handle something healthy like this as long as weve got those Panko bread crumbs! yummmm!

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — April 23, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    Spring break started March 15th here in CO, crazy! We get done the last week of May as well, but go back mid August. So I guess there is a trade off no matter what!

    This salad looks awesome! Love the chicken tenders, and the dressing is perfect!

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    Wendy — April 23, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    This is my favorite kind of dinner salad! Crunchy, creamy, spicy, cool. Yum. I will switch out the blue cheese (just too strong for me) for feta and make this soon. Thanks!

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    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — April 23, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    This salad is calling my name, yum! You’re right, when I have the kids outside, I would think they would be exhausted after running around for hours, but they never want to come in. They have a ton of energy and wear me out, lol.

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    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — April 24, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    Seriously. If salad were always this delicious I would eat it every day.

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    Paula — April 24, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Glad to hear the family is well once again. Kids here go to school until the last week of June as well but their Spring break is the second week of March.

    Your salad looks delicious.

    • Rachel — April 24th, 2013 @ 7:56 pm

      Isn’t it funny how all over the place vacations are? And thank you :) I’m thrilled they’re all better.

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    Nutmeg Nanny — April 25, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    Good to hear you are all doing well again :) this salad looks amazing! I love blue cheese and I bet that chicken tastes wonderful.

    • Rachel — April 26th, 2013 @ 6:57 am

      Thanks Brandy!

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