So I was in the mood for a really hearty sandwich and I wanted something kinda spicy… after rummaging around in my kitchen and seeing that I had some frozen chicken breasts (buy ‘em in bulk to save $$$ and freeze the rest) I thought, “hmmmm… buffalo chicken salad! (sandwich).” It was a total experiment but I think it turned out pretty good!
|1 lb.||boneless, skinless chicken breast||$2.19|
|1/4 medium||red onion||$0.20|
|1/3 cup||light mayonnaise||$0.42|
|about 30 dashes||hot sauce||$0.31|
|1 oz.||blue cheese crumbles||$0.70|
|1 bag||shredded iceberg lettuce||$1.78|
|6 pack||sandwich buns||$1.52|
Compare at $35.94 for 6 sandwiches, $5.99 each.
STEP 1: Using a counter-top grill, grill both chicken breasts until cooked thoroughly. If you have an outdoor grill, the char flavor would be AMAZING with this recipe… it would be worth firing the grill up!
STEP 2: While the chicken is cooking, finely dice the celery and red onion. Place them in a medium mixing bowl.
STEP 3: When the chicken is done cooking, cut it into small chunks and place in a separate bowl. Refrigerate the chicken until it has completely cooled.
STEP 4: Once the chicken has cooled, add it to the bowl with the celery and red onion. Add a dash of salt and pepper. Add the mayonnaise, beginning with a quarter cup. Stir the mixture well and determine if you would like more mayonnaise (this depends on your personal taste).
STEP 5: Add 1 oz. (or more if you would like) of blue cheese crumbles and stir well. Begin to add the hot sauce, 10 dashes at a time until you reach the desired level of heat and spice. Since this is a buffalo style chicken salad, I went for A LOT and ended up using about 1/4 of my bottle.
STEP 6: Give your chicken salad a final taste and adjust salt, pepper, hot sauce and cheese as desired. Toast a bun then pile the salad, tomato and shredded lettuce on top. Grab a napkin and you’re all set!
NOTE: If you have a favorite pre-made/store bought buffalo sauce, you could just use that and add a little mayo for creaminess. Other variations of buffalo chicken salad that I saw included using either ranch dressing or blue cheese dressing in place of or along with the mayonnaise.
Who needs to spend five to ten bucks on a sandwich?