Quinoa Buffalo Chicken Salad

I’ve got another healthy buffalo flavored recipe for you today…

Protein Packed Quinoa Buffalo Chicken Salad. Recipe from The Tasty Fork #buffalo #chicken #quinoa #salad

On Sunday when I made Spicy Buffalo Chicken, I grilled too many pieces of chicken. It was one of those days when my eyes were bigger than my stomach… And I’m never one to waste food, so I wanted to create a new recipe with the leftovers.

Quinoa Buffalo Chicken Salad is a protein packed salad! Quinoa is pretty much the healthiest food in the world. :) You should be eating it if you aren’t already! Quinoa is prepared like rice but I like to cook it in some kind of broth/stock to give the quinoa extra flavor. Since this is a salad, let’s talk about all of the veggies! Shredded carrots, celery, green onions and red peppers give this salad a lot of crunch. Top this salad with some blue cheese crumbles and you have dinner!

By using leftover chicken, this Quinoa Buffalo Chicken Salad came together in no time at all. When the quinoa was cooked and slightly cooled, all of the veggies were chopped, chicken was shredded and the buffalo garlic salad dressing was ready. Only thing left to do was eat!

Figure friendly summer #salad #recipe. Quinoa Buffalo Chicken Salad

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Quinoa Buffalo Chicken Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 2 cups chicken stock/broth
  • 2 cooked chicken breasts, chopped or shredded
  • 1 fresh red pepper, chopped
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 3 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup hot sauce
  • low fat blue cheese crumbles

Instructions

  1. In a sauce pan, cook quinoa according to package directions. Use chicken stock instead of water to give the quinoa more flavor.
  2. When the quinoa is cooked, add it to a large bowl. Mix in chicken, red pepper, green onions, celery and carrots. Set aside.
  3. In the same sauce pan, over a medium heat, add garlic and oil. Stir and cook until you can smell the garlic. Add hot sauce and bring to a boil. Remove from heat. When you're ready to eat, pour buffalo garlic salad dressing over quinoa. Top with blue cheese crumbles. Salad can be eaten warm or cold.
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19 Responses

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  5. leslie says

    Where does the oil come in?

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  10. Lisa says

    My first time making quinoa and it was so good! If you like spicy food you will love it! Any idea of how many calories per serving?

    • admin says

      Hi Lisa. I’m not 100% sure of the calorie count. I’m so happy you like the recipe!!

  11. Heather @ Sugar Dish Me says

    Yay! Buffalo Quinoa!!!

  12. Julie says

    That looks good! I love quinoa. Thanks for sharing!

    • admin says

      Me too! It’s the new rice in our house!

  13. Lisa @ Wine & Glue says

    Looks delicious Meghan!

    • admin says

      Thanks girl!!

  14. Rachel @ I Love My Disorganized Life says

    Meghan this is phenomenal! I have yet to make quinoa and now I can’t wait to try it!

    • admin says

      You really should make it! It’s so good for you. Perfect “diet” food :)

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