Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Buffalo Chicken Salad

WOOHOO!  Let me say it again, readers.  WHOOOOOHOOOOO!!!  I just got my federal tax return and promptly paid off both my credit cards.  No more credit card debt for me!  What a great feeling!

This meal may seem simple, but it was all about celebration.  I knew, when my right hand hit "pay" on my credit card website, I wanted to have a beer in my left hand.  I wanted M to have one, too.  And I wanted to give a big ol' cheers and clink glasses with my husband as I kissed a big ol' chunk of our debt goodbye.  So yeah...this salad was totally planned around beer.  (What...like you've never planned a meal around a drink before.)

As I tend to do with green salads, I don't have amounts for the greens and vegetables here.  Just use the amount that looks good to you, grab a beer, and enjoy!

Buffalo Chicken Salad
an "Apple a Day" original

Ingredients:
1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/3 c. plus 3 TBSP buffalo wing sauce 
1-2 TBSP olive oil
lettuce
celery, chopped
carrots, peeled and chopped
red onion, finely chopped
bleu cheese dressing
additional bleu cheese crumbles (optional)

Directions:
1.  At least one hour before or up to overnight, marinate chicken in 1/3 c. buffalo sauce.

2.  Heat large saute pan over medium heat.  Add oil and cook chicken thoroughly, approximately 7-8 minutes per side.  Let rest and chop into bite-size pieces.

3.  Meanwhile, assemble rest of salad.  Add chicken when ready then dress and top with additional bleu cheese crumbles, if desired.

three years ago: basmati rice with sweet onions and summer herbs

14 comments :

Lindsey @ Enjoying Healthy Foods said...

Congratulations on being Credit Card Debit FREE!!!! What an exciting day!

The Salad looks awesome! Thanks for sharing!

katie said...

Congrats on being debt free!!

Do you think you could sub ranch dressing for blue cheese?

Pretend Chef said...

Kelsey congratulations! I know what a great feeling it is to have some of the debt lifted. So proud of you. This salad looks like a great celebratory meal with a beer. Almost like bringing the bar to your home. Yummy!

Kelsey said...

Katie, you absolutely could sub in ranch. My husband and I both love the traditional bleu cheese, but ranch would also work fine. Hope you enjoy it!

Erin said...

Buffalo chicken is my favorite, and it goes perfectly with a cold beer! This salad looks great! Congrats on your debt!

That Girl said...

We paid off all our cc debt last year, so I know, the feeling. I don't know the feeling of a tax return though. It's been years since we've seen one if those!

Kelsey said...

Nice work, That Girl! We are SOOOO looking forward to the day we can pay off M's debt. He has much more than I do, but we're determined!

Emily Malloy said...

I go weak in the knees for buffalo chicken anything!

This presents a great lighter alternative to buffalo chicken pizza! Haha.

MsBrownBird said...

I've been craving good buffalo chicken, I think I am gonna have to make some before the week is out. Congratulations on losing your debt! =)

innochkaskitchen said...

This sounds so simple but delicious! Perfect for a summer weeknight meal.

Torviewtoronto said...

this looks wonderfully delicious

Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) said...

I say that is definitely a cause for celebration! And what better way to celebrate than with this awesome salad?! It looks really fab and it making me reconsider my dinner plans for tonight!

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The Weight Watcher said...

Oh no, its less than an hour to midnight, and i have this huge craving for buffalo chicken now. What did you do?!

PS: COngrats on being debt-free!

PPS: Love your blog!