If you’re looking for a healthy version of your favorite chicken salad recipe, you’ve come to the right place.
Buffalo Chicken is deep fried, and made with the chicken wings or drummettes. I can’t do that here, after all, this is a light cooking blog. Far too many added fat and calories for me.
I used lean chicken breast, and some really colorful salad ingredients to get those same big flavors. Gotta love that hot sauce!
I would have used a light blue cheese dressing, but the hubby loves Ranch, so Ranch wins. After all, he’s devoted the past two weekends to moving our children, and fixing brakes on cars. He’s a pretty handy guy to have around.
- 8 ounces chicken breast, cut into 1" strips
- ¼ cup hot sauce
- 4 cups mixed salad greens
- ½ small red onion, thinly sliced
- ½ medium bell pepper, thinly sliced
- 1 cup tomatoes, Baby Bell, halved
- 4 tablespoons light cheddar cheese, shredded
- 4 tablespoons light ranch dressing, or light blue cheese
- 1. Preheat oven to 350.
- 2. Toss sliced chicken in hot sauce and bake for 10 minutes until cooked through. Chicken should no longer be pink, but don't over-cook or chicken will be dry and chewey.
- 3. Layer lettuce, onion, bell pepper and tomatoes on a large plate.
- 4. Top with chicken and cheese.
- 5. Serve dressing on the side.
What’s good for me in this dish?
Chicken is a complete protein, with less saturated fat than beef. Much of the fat is in the skin, so it is best eaten without the skin, with chicken breasts being the leanest choice. Chicken provides 67% of your daily protein needs. It also has cancer protecting B vitamins, including Niacin and B6 for energy.
Leafy greens (not iceberg lettuces) are high in vitamins K, A, and C. They also contain folate, manganese, magnesium and potassium. All contribute to heart health, and healthy blood pressure. They also work together to prevent the oxidation of cholesterol. Full of phytonutrients, leafy greens help protect against cell damage.
Amount Per Serving
Total Fat: 7.34g
Total Carbs: 14.83g
Dietary Fiber: 2.35g
Weight Watchers PointsPlus 7
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