Monday, March 26, 2012

Clean Buffalo Chicken Salad

I'm not sure if I've mentioned this before, but I used to work at a chain restaurant known for their burgers, and unlimited fry-refills (which now looking back is so disturbing). I worked a lot which meant I was eating at work a lot. What was I eating you ask? Let me tell you. I was having at least one basket of french fries dipped in ranch a day (usually more like 2 or 3 because they were free and easily accessible), our favorite quick snack was bread that went with the salads, dipped in ranch of course, and when I had time to actually sit down and eat a meal I loved the crispy chicken salad "buzz style" (which meant the chicken was tossed in wing sauce), with ranch for dressing of course. WHAT!? I know. So weird, gross, and most of all unhealthy. I have no idea how I did not weigh like 400lbs. 

Anyway, I bring this up because yesterday I randomly had a craving for chicken wings, which reminded me of the salad I loved so much. So, of course I had to create my own clean version. 

I actually had a bottle of Franks Red Hot Sauce sitting in my fridge, so I looked at the ingredients and they actually weren't too bad other than being pretty high in sodium. My sauce isn't Franks (because let's face it, that sauce is amazing) but it's definitely close enough to satisfy the craving. 

Ingredients (for buffalo chicken)
3-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
Sauce: (You can easily substitute the Franks Red Hot here if you're not worried about sodium.)
1/3 cup rice wine vinegar
2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (less if you don't like spice)
1 tsp paprika
2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp salt 
2 tsp olive oil 
1/2 packet of Truvia

Directions
1. Grill chicken breasts until cooked through.
2. While chicken is grilling, heat remainder of ingredients in a sauce pan until the mixture comes to a slight boil. 
3. Remove from heat and allow to cool. 
4. Slice chicken into chunks and add to saucepan with wing sauce and mix well. (It wont seem like you have a lot of sauce, but it covers 3-4 large chicken breasts just fine). 
5. Now you can do whatever you'd like with your chicken! I put mine on a salad with hard boiled egg and a carrot/celery/greek yogurt mixture. 

Today for lunch I brought my chicken in a wrap with lettuce and tomato. It's really versatile and really easy to make in bulk too. You could double the sauce recipe and double the chicken and easily have enough to get you through the week. I knew this one was a hit when B was in the shower this morning and said "I can't wait to make a buffalo chicken wrap for lunch!"
It was 7am.
Points for me! 

11 comments:

  1. GIRL! I love this!!!!!!!!!!!!

    And you know what's even better!? The addition of the egg! What an amazing meal! You can bet I will be making this Brittany :D XOXOXO

    Congrats on making such a successful recipe, love :)

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  2. I love when I am wondering what to make for dinner this week and I come across a great, healthy recipe like this! Thanks so much! I am totally making this tomorrow :)

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  3. Loooks amazing!!! Was that the heartattack cafe/grill in AZ...If so I've seen the travel channel cover it and they have a rule if your over like 300lbs ur food is free!!! Thanks for all your posts!!

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  4. What's the nutritional information?

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  5. I made your recipe yesterday is was SO GOOD! Thanks for sharing!

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  6. I love buffalo chicken so much and I'm so happy that I came across this recipe because I have been using buffalo sauce from the bottle which yes is 0 calories but OMG the sodium is insane! Cant wait to make this for a yummy wrap like you said!

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  7. How many servings does this make?

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  8. Made this tonight.. and wow was it amazing!! Thanks so much for sharing!! Loving all your recipes :)
    Beth

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  9. Omg...this is soo soo good. I normally don't care for buffalo sauce but it looked so good I tried it. I actually threw everything in a crock pot, added a bit of siriacha, and mmmmmm! Best salad I've eaten! Honestly! Thank you for the wonderful recipe.

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  10. Served this over a green salad with avocado and homemade greek yogurt ranch dressing. Yummy! I will definitely make it again.

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  11. Yes I almost fell over when I saw how much sodium was in Franks! I made roasted buffalo cauliflower with it. I will be trying this sauce alternative next time. Thank you!

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