Buffalo-chicken-salad

The Superbowl gets us all thinking about traditional “football foods” and among those are wings. Lately I’ve decided that it’s not necessarily the wings that I like, it’s the wing sauce. Once I figured that out I’ve been able to satisfy my urge in a number of ways, none of which actually involve the messy process of eating chicken wings.

First, there’s buffalo chicken salad. Toss cooked chicken chunks in a hot wing sauce like Frank’s (check their website to verify which flavors are gluten-free) or just sprinkle it on your salad in addition to or instead of the dressing. Along with mixed greens you can add some cooked quinoa, diced carrots and celery and blue cheese. Top it all with blue cheese dressing. If you’re worried about blue cheese with your gluten-free diet you can sub that out of another cheese of your choice and a different creamy dressing.

I am still working to prefect my buffalo chicken pizza. It starts with a gluten-free pizza crust. I top that with a small amount of pizza sauce or bbq sauce then cover that with cooked chicken chunks that have been tossed in a buffalo sauce. Add some blue cheese then some mozzarella on top of that and bake until hot. Serve with carrot and celery sticks or dice and add to the top of the pizza once it comes out of the oven.

Lastly, there’s buffalo chicken dip. I love this dip but it’s something I need an excuse like a football party to bring out. It makes a lot so be prepared to share.

  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts,  cooked and diced or shredded
  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup Ranch dressing
  • 3/4 cup buffalo/wing sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

Mix all ingredients and bake in an uncovered casserole dish for 20 minutes at 350F or until hot. You can transfer to a crock pot to keep warm. Serve with tortilla chips, carrots and celery.