Rachael's lean Grilled Buffalo Chicken Salad with a lighter blue cheese dressing might have a healthy twist, but she promises it still tastes like a basket of wings.
- 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs
- Olive oil cooking spray
- Salt and lots of coarse black pepper
- 1 teaspoon smoked sweet paprika
- 2 tablespoons butter
- About 1/4 cup Franks Red Hot cayenne pepper sauce
- 1/4 cup buttermilk
- 1/2 cup low-fat Greek yogurt
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 3 tablespoons mixed fresh herbs, such as dill, parsley and chives
- 1/4 cup blue cheese crumbles
- Chopped hearts of romaine, 4-5 cups
- 2 carrots, peeled and cut into matchsticks
- 3 ribs of celery, cut into matchsticks
- 1/2 seedless cucumber, cut into matchsticks
- 4 scallions sliced on an angle
Heat indoor or outdoor grill to medium-high.
Spray chicken with cooking spray and season with salt, pepper and paprika. Grill until cooked through, about 12 minutes or so.
Melt butter in a skillet and add enough hot sauce to coat the chicken. Slice chicken into bite-sized pieces and toss it in the sauce.
For the dressing, whisk buttermilk with yogurt, lemon juice, herbs, salt and pepper. Stir in blue cheese.
Line a platter or base plate with a salad of lettuce, carrots and celery. Dollop dressing over salad, top with Buffalo chicken and garnish with scallions.