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Lighter Buffalo Chicken Salads

Ready in only 40 minutes, our fresh chicken salad get a little kick courtesy of cayenne pepper and buffalo wing sauce.

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  • Prep Time 35 min
  • Total Time 40 min
  • Servings 2

Croutons:

4
cups rustic bread, cubed
2
tablespoons olive oil
1
clove garlic, grated
Big pinch salt

Dressing:

1/4
cup Yoplait® Greek 100 plain yogurt (from 2-lb container)
1-2 tablespoons low-fat milk
1/2
clove garlic, grated
1
tablespoon chives
Scant 1/4 teaspoon salt
Pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)
2
tablespoons crumbled blue cheese

Salad:

1
chicken breast, cubes
1/4
teaspoon salt
1/4
teaspoon black pepper
2
tablespoons buffalo wing sauce, plus more for serving
4
cups chopped romaine lettuce
1/4
cup thinly sliced carrot
1/4
cup thinly sliced celery
3
thinly sliced scallions
10
grape tomatoes, halved

Directions

  • 1 Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • 2 In a bowl combine the bread cubes, oil, garlic, and pinch of salt. Toss to combine and spread onto a baking sheet. Bake in the oven for about 15 minutes, or until the bread is golden, stirring about halfway through. Remove from the oven and cool completely. Store croutons in an airtight container on the counter for several days.
  • 3 For the dressing, combine the yogurt and milk, whisk to combine. Stir in the grated garlic, chives, salt, cayenne (if using), and blue cheese crumbles. Set aside or store in the refrigerator in a lidded container until ready to use.
  • 4 In a skillet with about 1 tablespoon olive oil, cook the chicken with the salt and pepper until the chicken is opaque all the way through and golden on the outside. Stir in the buffalo wing sauce to coat.
  • 5 Divide the romaine between bowls and sprinkle over the carrots, celery, scallions, and tomatoes. Scatter the coated chicken over the tops of the salads, along with some croutons, and a drizzle of the dressing. Top with a few additional dashes of buffalo sauce if desired. Serve immediately.

EXPERT TIPS

Expert Tips

This recipe makes plenty of croutons, just store any extras in an airtight jar at room temperature for a week.

If you don’t like blue cheese, shredded cheddar or even goat cheese crumbles would make a fine substitute.

To make salad assembly super-quick, I like to prep all of my vegetables ahead of time. You can even do this a day or two ahead and store the ingredients in separate containers in the refrigerator, making it easy to throw together a quick and hearty lunch or dinner salad.

To make this even quicker, sub in shredded chicken breast from a store-bought rotisserie chicken.

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