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    Gluten-Free Buffalo-Style Chicken Salad

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      This mix of lettuce, spinach and cabbage, apple celery and cucumber gets a big boost from chicken, bacon, blue cheese, and gluten-free Buffalo-style sauce.

    Gluten-Free Buffalo-Style Chicken Salad
    Caption: Who doesn't love the flavor of Buffalo wings?! Image: CC BY 2.0--yurilong

    Celiac.com 03/07/2020 - If you're looking for a spring-tastic off-the-wall, sure-to-please salad, then this zesty, zingy buffalo chicken salad might be just the thing. This salad is a blend of everything spring. A celebration of lettuce, spinach, cabbage, celery and cool cucumber dancing with bacon, blue cheese and zingy buffalo chicken.


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    • Ingredients
    • 16 tablespoons (1 cup or 8 ounces) unsalted butter
    • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
    • 1⅓ cups hot sauce, like Frank’s or Crystal


    • 1½ pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
    • 1 cup Gluten-free buffalo wing sauce
    • 2 tablespoon honey
    • Juice of 2 limes 
    • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
    • ½ teaspoon onion powder 
    • Kosher salt
    • Freshly ground black pepper
    • 1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil


    • ½ cup mayonnaise
    • ½ cup sour cream
    • ½ cup buttermilk
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • ¼ cup freshly chopped parsley
    • 2 tablespoons freshly chopped dill
    • 2 tablespoons freshly chopped chives
    • 1½ teaspoon kosher salt
    • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    • ½ teaspoon onion powder
    • Pinch of cayenne pepper


    • 4 cups chopped romaine lettuce
    • 2 cups baby spinach
    • 1 cup chopped purple cabbage
    • 1 cup of chopped Fuji apple
    • 2 stalks celery, sliced
    • 1 carrot, shredded
    • 1 Persian cucumber, cut into half moons
    • ½ red onion, thinly sliced 
    • 1 cups halved cherry tomatoes
    • ¾ cups blue cheese crumbles
    • ⅓ cup crispy bacon, chopped

    Make the Buffalo Sauce

    Here's a video link to this great, super simple gluten-free Buffalo wing sauce from Inspired Taste.



    Melt butter in a medium pan over medium-low heat until melted. Remove pan from the heat to prevent the sauce from breaking.

    Whisk in the garlic powder and hot sauce until a cohesive sauce forms, about 1 minute.

    Make Chicken
    In a large bowl, combine buffalo sauce, honey, lime juice, garlic powder, and onion powder. Season with salt and pepper. 

    Reserve ⅓ cup of the marinade. 

    Add chicken to remaining marinade and toss until well-coated. 

    Marinate 30 minutes at room temperature, or cover and refrigerate for up to 2 hours. 

    When it's time to cook, heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. 

    Remove chicken from marinade, letting as much marinade drip off as possible, and add to skillet. 

    Cook until golden, 6 minutes, then flip and brush cooked chicken with reserved marinade. 

    Continue cooking another 6 to 8 minutes, until the chicken is no longer pink inside, and juices run clean when poked with a fork. 

    At this point, use the marinade to generously coat the chicken as it cooks. Turn chicken as needed and coat thoroughly.

    Remove cooked chicken to a plate or cutting board and let rest 5 minutes. When cool enough to handle, cut chicken into bite-sized strips.

    Meanwhile, make dressing: In a medium bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, sour cream, and buttermilk.

    Add remaining ingredients and stir until combined. 

    Refrigerate until ready to use. 

    Make Salad
    In a large bowl, toss together romaine, spinach, celery, cabbage, carrots, cucumber, apple, red onion, tomatoes, bacon, and crumbled blue cheese. 

    Top with chicken and drizzle with dressing just before serving. Or, serve dressing on the side, as desired.

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  • About Me

    Jefferson Adams is Celiac.com's senior writer and Digital Content Director. He earned his B.A. and M.F.A. at Arizona State University, and has authored more than 2,500 articles on celiac disease. His coursework includes studies in science, scientific methodology, biology, anatomy, medicine, logic, and advanced research. He previously served as SF Health News Examiner for Examiner.com, and devised health and medical content for Sharecare.com. Jefferson has spoken about celiac disease to the media, including an appearance on the KQED radio show Forum, and is the editor of the book "Cereal Killers" by Scott Adams and Ron Hoggan, Ed.D.

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