Buffalo-style chicken salad

4
3
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Smartpoints value per serving
Total Time
23 min
Prep
15 min
Cook
8 min
Serves
4
Difficulty
Easy
Our riff on Buffalo chicken wings has all the classic spiciness with only a fraction of the fat and calories of restaurant versions. Get ready for a hearty lunch salad that uses lean chicken tenders, blue cheese, and loads of crunchy vegetables. Add a whole grain to the salad if you want; try 1/2 cup cooked quinoa or farro.

Ingredients

paprika

½ tsp, preferably smoked

ground cumin

½ tsp

chili powder

¼ tsp

table salt

¾ tsp

black pepper

tsp, (1/4 teaspoon plus 1/8 teaspoon)

fresh boneless skinless chicken tenderloins

1 pound(s), 12 tenders

extra virgin olive oil

1½ Tbsp

red wine vinegar

2 Tbsp

garlic clove(s)

1 medium clove(s), minced

tabasco pepper sauce

2 tsp, or to taste

romaine lettuce

4 cup(s), shredded, lightly packed

kirby cucumber(s)

1 average, diced

uncooked celery

2 rib(s), medium, thinly sliced (plus 1/3 cup celery leaves)

uncooked scallion(s)

2 medium, thinly sliced

sweet red pepper(s)

1 medium, diced

uncooked carrot(s)

1 medium, diced

blue cheese

cup(s), crumbled

Instructions

  1. To make spice mix, stir together paprika, cumin, chili powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper in cup. Evenly sprinkle on both sides of chicken tenders. Set aside.
  2. To make dressing, whisk together oil, vinegar, garlic, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, and remaining 1/8 teaspoon black pepper in small bowl. Set aside.
  3. Spray ridged grill pan with nonstick spray and set over medium-high heat. Add chicken and grill until cooked through and well browned, about 4 minutes per side. Transfer to plate; drizzle with hot sauce, turning to coat.
  4. Put lettuce, cucumber, sliced celery, and scallions in large bowl; add dressing and toss until coated evenly. Divide lettuce mixture evenly among 4 plates or bowls; top with bell pepper, carrot, and chicken. Scatter celery leaves and blue cheese on top.
  5. Serving size: 3 chicken tenders, 2 cups salad, and generous 1 tbsp cheese

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