(Let's pretend I got an email from a fan asking me what to do with leftover BBQ chicken? OK? Cool. )
The other day I got an email from a fan asking me if I had any great ideas for leftover BBQ chicken. Oh I sure do! Leftover BBQ chicken makes the best buffalo chicken salad--perfect for those nights when you do not want to cook during the 1000 degree heat waves. And if you're like me, and love spicy buffalo sauce with cold blue cheese crumbles in your chicken salad, then this would be the salad for you. What a great question. Thanks for the email and question! :-) I hope this salad is exactly what you're looking for.
Who else had a heat wave? We did. It wasn't so much hot, but really humid here on cape cod. With humidity my appetite goes away. I just want to eat ice cream. But sadly I cannot eat ice cream every minute err day. So when I saw, sitting in the back of the fridge, a nice big bowl of leftover BBQ chicken. I knew it was going to be transformed into the best buffalo chicken salad ever. Why? Because I LUCKILY had all the ingredients in the fridge. LOL
Please note: in the pic I have Trader Joe's mayo, DO NOT use this. Use Hellmans instead. Hellmans went better than the slightly sweet Trader Joes. OK?
buffalo chicken salad
Please note these measurements are to my liking; you may need more or less depending on likeness on level or heat and/or mayo. Also if you don't have as much leftover chicken you might need to scale down. As with anything, it’s best to taste test as you go along.
Leftover BBQ chicken (about 2-3 breasts), cold & chopped
¼ cup red onion, chopped
½ cup or more of broccoli slaw (you can use regular cole slaw too)
3-5 TB Hellmans mayo
¼ cup (or more) blue cheese, chopped
2-4 TB hot sauce
Salt & pepper to taste, if needed
Lettuce for decoration and/or extra crunch
Chop up leftover BBQ chicken. In a bowl mix the mayo, hot sauce, blue cheese crumbles. Taste and see what it needs. Add in the red onions and chopped chicken, then the broccoli slaw. Mix well.
Serve on lettuce or rolls.