Buffalo Chicken Salad

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Ever since the Buffalo Wing Hummus, I have been trying to come up with ways to create more buffalo wing recipes. Last night I was home alone trying to figure out what to make for dinner and decided to make some simple chicken salad. Then it dawned on me that I could easily make Buffalo Chicken Salad by substituting Blue Cheese dressing for the mayo and then adding some carrots, celery, and Frank’s Hot Sauce. I also added some additional blue cheese crumbles and a tablespoon of Greek Yogurt to make it come together a bit more. It was delicious, tastes like a great version of a buffalo wing without all the guilt.

How to Serve Buffalo Chicken Salad

  • Lettuce Wraps: 
  • Sandwich or Wraps
  • Salad
  • Cucumber slices of boats

Recipe Ideas and Tips (for the Best Buffalo Chicken Salad!)

  • Add blue cheese: For buffalo and blue cheese lovers, you need to add some crumbled blue cheese to the chicken salad. You can also drizzle some dressing right on top or replace some of the yogurt with your favorite light blue cheese dressing.
  • Add ranch dressing: Drizzle the chicken salad with your favorite healthy ranch dressing or stir some right into the salad. If you are adding it right into the chicken salad, consider using a little less yogurt so the chicken salad doesn't get watery.
  • Add ranch seasoning: If you can get enough buffalo and ranch, add some ranch dressing seasoning to your chicken salad. Start small and taste along the way to make sure it doesn't get too strong.
  • Try it with sour cream: Replace the mayo with sour cream for a slightly different flavor option. Just remember, it will be extra tangy from the yogurt if you go this route.
  • Fresh herbs: Fresh herbs add freshness and brightness to this dish. Consider adding some chopped cilantro, dill, or chives.
  • Cream cheese: For a creamier, cheesier option, add in a few tablespoons of low-fat cream cheese to replace some of the Greek yogurt. Some people also like to add some shredded cheddar or jack cheese to the mix.
  • Whole30 friendly: For a Whole30 buffalo chicken salad, replace the Greek yogurt and mayonnaise with a Whole30 compliant mayo. Also make sure to grab an approved buffalo sauce, like the one by Primal Kitchens,
  • Keto: For a lower carb option, use full-fat Greek yogurt and mayonnaise. Also, make sure to choose a buffalo sauce that doesn't have any added sugar. Frank's is a good option.

How long can I keep chicken salad in the fridge?

Generally speaking, you want to eat your chicken salad within 3-5 days. Make sure to store it in an airtight container. If you like your veggies nice and crunchy, consider packing them on the side and stirring them in right before serving. This assumes the chicken you are using is freshly cooked. If your chicken has already been cooked in the fridge for a couple of days, your chicken salad won't last as long.

Can I freeze chicken salad?

Chicken salad doesn't freeze well due to the mayonnaise. If you want to freeze chicken salad, your best bet is to make the chicken in advance since that can be frozen. Then let it defrost overnight in the fridge and make the chicken salad with the cooked, defrosted chicken.

How to cook chicken for chicken salad?

If I am being honest, 99% of the time I make chicken salad it is with a rotisserie chicken. However, if you want to make it fresh, almost any method of cooking chicken will work. You can grill the chicken, poach it, or cook it with a touch of chicken broth in the slow cooker. 

The Recipe
Buffalo Chicken Salad

Buffalo Chicken Salad

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  • 1.5 cups cooked boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1/4 cup celery, diced
  • 1/4 cup carrots, diced
  • 1/4 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 3 tbsp reduced fat mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp buffalo sauce (more to taste)
  • 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp celery seed

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Mix together the greek yogurt, mayonnaise, lemon juice, onion powder, salt, pepper, and celery seeds.


Stir in the chicken and celery. Taste and season if needed.


If possible, store in the fridge an hour before serving for the flavors to deepen and combine.

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Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 1/2 cup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 136
Calories from Fat 39
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g
Saturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 65mg
Sodium 190mg
Total Carbohydrate 2g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 1g
Protein 20g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.

† SmartPoints™ and PointsPlus® calculated by Slender Kitchen; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.
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