6/9/11

buffalo chicken salad



(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




buffalo chicken salad
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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.

38 comments:

  1. Whoa-this looks incredible! I have to grill some chicken just so I can make this. That's how much I want it!

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  2. How fun! I wonder if greek yogurt could work instead of the mayo? Looks so delicious! Heat wave? We've been rocking around 90 degrees for weeks now down here...I'm wondering how our grass is going to survive!

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  3. This looks absolutely yummy! I'd buy a whole roasted chicken at the market just to make this. Better than firing up the stove or oven. Thanks for this one.

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  4. Hi there!
    I was wondering if I could include this recipe on my Father's Day round up. It looks oh so yummy!! If you could let me know by tomorrow that would be great. I am going on vacation Sat. Love love your site!!

    Hugs!
    Heather
    email: heathermmcmullin@gmail.com
    blog: www.madefamousby.blogspot.com

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  5. um yes, this will be made in our kitchen SOON!

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  6. yum! this looks so good dawn! it was humid as heck here in michigan too...this looks perfect for those "i am so not cooking...." nights!

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  7. Ick, I agree about TJ's mayo. I had to give a whole jar (minus a tablespoon) away - couldn't stand it. But fortunately I now have Hellman's, and some blue cheese in the fridge, and this will be on the table tonight!

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  8. I am really wishing I could have this for dinner tonight - yum!

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  9. I'm the same way -- cannot stand the thought of eating, let alone cooking, in the hot/humid weather. This salad looks perfect.

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  10. OMG....the picture itself is GORGEOUS...but I'm ready to taste it!

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  11. I'm still drooling over the teriyaki beef strips. Geez.

    This is NOT your everyday chicken salad. What a killer recipe! Your mayo photo nearly did me in. How about that over some lettuce?

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  12. No heat wave here yet. la la la. Love June Gloom! I also love the sound of this chicken salad!

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  13. Heat wave? No this was worse than a heat wave. This was the Amazon.

    But the thing is, so long as you're already sweating, you might as well consume mass amounts of buffalo sauce! Yum.

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  14. umm, i'd make bbq chicken just to make this. seriously, i want one of these sandwiches for dinner. now. do you deliver??

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  15. i never order buffalo chicken salad or make it but whenever i taste it i like it!

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  16. This is definitely a perfect hot-weather meal! It was awfully hot here outside of Boston as well... I made regular chicken salad last night, but this would have been even better!

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  17. Oh that looks good. What a great use for some leftover chicken.

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  18. Holy crap, that's a great idea! I recently did buffalo mac and cheese, but I never thought to do salad with it.

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  19. Yum! I love that you used broccoli slaw - I am currently obsessed with it. And, no need to note suggested use of Hellmans - that is the only mayo in my world!

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  20. Thank you so much!! I will be linking you up!!

    Thank you so much for offering to tweet to your fans!! That would be wonderful!! I am following you on twitter. (My twitter name is FoodMadeFamous.)

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  21. Just found your blog & I think I've entered Foodie Heaven.. I could live here forever :)

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  22. Man, I SO want this for breakfast... but alas, I just started doing Weight Watchers again. BOO.

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  23. Nice job! That really looks good.

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  24. Hellmens is the only mayo for me! Yummy salad. I love me some BBQ chicken

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  25. I like your twist on the chicken salad. My dressing is usually only mayonnaise but I think I would love your.

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  26. clever use of leftovers, dawn! and while we're pretending, i'll pretend mayo doesn't give me the heebie-jeebies. :)

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  27. I made this and it is so good and strangely addictive. I originally made it only for my H...to take to work but I found out that I liked it too! I did use a rotisserie from the store since we didn't have any leftover chicken hanging around. Plus it was ON SALE! Yay!

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  28. I love your version of chicken bread rolls and the spicy creamy sauce rocks!

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  29. OMG, that sandwich looks to die for! I love your salad. *drool*

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  30. To me that is one perfect meal

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  31. Looks even better than I originally thought. I was expecting shredded chicken, hot sauce and mayo and nothing else.

    I'd love to try this.

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  32. Ok - so now that you are making me want to go to Cape Cod, when I do go, are you going to make me this sandwich.

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  33. I am so addicted to 'buffalo chicken'! Bookmarked!

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  34. Yeah I don't have any leftover chicken, so I'm just gonna have to cook some especially for this dish! Holy salivation!

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  35. I so envy you... love the pictures of the beach...

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  36. Fancy way to use leftover chicken. Looks delish.

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