Grilled Buffalo Chicken Salad Recipe

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When you’re craving wings, but need to eat more salad. This Healthy Grilled Buffalo Chicken Salad recipe satisfies all your wing cravings, without the guilt.

This Grilled Buffalo Chicken Salad recipe is also Keto friendly, gluten free, sugar free, low carb, and can easily be adjusted for Paleo and Whole 30.

Grilled Buffalo Chicken Salad in a large black serving bowl

Damn, this is just one friendly salad!

Buffalo style chicken wings are our family’s #1 weakness. Even the kids are on board with the spicy goodness and deliciousness of perfectly cooked wings drowned in the dreamy flavors of Frank’s RedHot hot sauce. It’s just something we can’t kick, and something we’ll never willingly give up in our house. Can’t stop won’t stop.

Buuuuut over the holidays we indulged a bit too much, and realize it’s time to cut back. Unwilling to give up those delicious flavors, we just simply satisfy those cravings in different ways. We’ve got buffalo chicken pizza, buffalo chicken dip, buffalo chicken jalapeño poppers, and more. But when it comes to trying to eat a bit cleaner this month, we’re in need of some vegetables, and health(ier) proteins (sorry fried wings, we need a break). So enter….

Grilled Buffalo Chicken Salad

Holding a Grilled Buffalo Chicken Salad in a large bowl

We take boneless skinless chicken breasts and simply coat them with our go-to Ultimate Dry Rub, then place them on the grill for about 5-6 minutes per side. Then, when they’re close to being done on the grill, we finish with the Buffalo sauce mix. Once we pull them from the grill, we coat them one more time in the hot sauce/butter mixture, then slice to serve.

2 Grilled Buffalo Chicken Breasts on a sheetpan

Now you could serve this grilled chicken over some romaine lettuce. But come on. I said we were going full in on this salad adventure. We’re adding all the stops to make it the ultimate grilled buffalo chicken salad!

Grill Corn and Bacon While Chicken Cooks

Since we’re grilling the chicken, might as well throw on some corn on the cob (if you can find some this time of year), and some bacon. Just a smidge of bacon in your salad isn’t going to ruin your diet, and it will add great flavor and crunch to this salad. The corn will add color and just a touch of sweetness (and creates some balance to that spicy hot sauce).

Checking temperature of grilled chicken with a digital thermometer

Just cook the bacon and corn on the grill next to your chicken until they’re done. Cook the chicken to 165 degrees (F), the corn till soft, and the bacon till crispy. Next crumble the bacon, and slice the corn from the cob, and set aside to mix into your salad. Can[t find corn due to the season? Sweet canned corn drained of liquid works too.

Best Toppings for Grilled Buffalo Chicken Salad

At restaurants, it’s traditional to serve your wings with celery and carrots, so we’ve gone ahead and added them to the salad so you don’t miss the nostalgia the restaurant provides.

Other optional salad toppings:

  • Grilled crispy bacon
  • Grilled corn (or warmed up frozen corn if you can’t find any seasonally)
  • Cherry tomatoes, halved (for color and flavor, and well, more veggies!)
  • Red onions, thinly sliced
  • Avocado, sliced
  • Crumbled blue cheese (or gorgonzola)
  • Drizzle with ranch or blue cheese dressing

Which Dressing is Best for the Salad?

Well, if you live in a divided house, like I do, then you have both blue cheese and ranch on hand. I’m from the southwest, where ranch is king. Sean is from Rochester, NY, where there is only one answer – blue cheese. The way we compromise is by using homemade ranch dressing and topping with blue cheese. Marriage involves compromise, and I like to think we do that well when it comes to food 😉

Ranch Dressing being poured over a salad

There you have it.

This is truly my favorite salad of all time, because I get my veggies and my wings craving all in one delicious (guilt-free) dish!

Is This Salad Keto, Paleo, Whole 30 approved?

Yes! With some substitutions this is friendly to Keto, Paleo, and even Whole 30.

  • If you’re Keto, go all in! This salad is very Keto friendly.
  • With Paleo you will want to make sure to use a Paleo friendly ranch dressing and possibly ditch the blue cheese (if you’re not eating any cheeses).
  • If Whole 30, similar to Paleo, go with a Whole 30 approved ranch dressing (there are SOO many good ones out there), and just leave out the blue cheese crumbles. I promise, it will still be great! With the Buffalo sauce, just sub your favorite butter substitute for the sauce.

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Grilled Buffalo Chicken Salad in a large black serving bowl
5 from 5 votes

Grilled Buffalo Chicken Salad

Healthy Grilled Buffalo Salad recipe that satisfies all your wing cravings, without the guilt. Keto friendly, gluten free, sugar free, low carb, and can easily be adjusted for Paleo and Whole 30.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 12 minutes
Total: 22 minutes
Servings: 2 people


  • 1 chicken breast (medium to large in size)
  • 1 tablespoons Ultimate Dry Rub , (link in notes below)
  • 2 pieces bacon
  • 1 corn on the cob , (optional)
  • 1/2 cup Franks RedHot hot sauce, (or your favorite wing sauce)
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

For the Salad and Optional Toppings

  • 1 head romaine lettuce chopped
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 red onion sliced thinly
  • 1/2 avocado, sliced
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 1 celery stalk, sliced
  • 1/4 cup blue cheese crumbles
  • ranch dressing (pour to your preference)
  • salt and pepper to taste


For the Chicken and Grilled Bacon and Corn

  • Prepare grill for direct heat.
  • Season chicken breasts liberally with dry rub.
  • Place chicken over direct heat, and grill, roughly 6 minutes each side or until an instant read thermometer reads 155 degrees. Glaze the hot sauce onto both sides of the chicken and then continue cooking until the internal temperature reads 165 degrees F (this should only be another 2 minutes or so).
  • At the same time, add bacon and corn to the direct heat of grill and grill bacon for 6 minutes per side or until crispy. Watch for flare ups due to grease, keep lid to grill closed or move bacon around outer edge of grill. Grill corn until soft. 

For The Sauce

  • In a small saucepan on low heat combine the hot sauce and butter and stir until butter is melted into sauce. About four minutes.

For The Salad

  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl, add sliced chicken, add preferred dressing, toss together, and serve.


Recipe for the Ultimate Dry Rub.
Note: I also like to add a bit more of the hot sauce/butter mixture drizzled over the top of the salad for added flavor. 
**This recipe written above is for  2 servings. The photos in this post represent a 2 serving portion. The recipe, however, can easily be doubled for a family of 4. When we make this, we’re making it for a family fo 4, and simply double the recipe. 2 chicken breasts, 2 corn on the cobs, 4 pieces of bacon, etc…

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Course: Entree, Salad
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2 people
Keyword: Buffalo Chicken Salad, Buffalo Wing Recipes, Grilled Buffalo Chicken
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  1. 5 stars
    We had this for dinner tonight and it was amazing!! I concur with the recommendation of a little extra Buffalo sauce drizzled over the top. The Buffalo was subtle until we added that. I also used canned mini-corn as a shortcut. Highly recommend!!!

  2. What a beautiful salad!! I love buffalo chicken and blue cheese crumbles mixed with the fresh lettuce and toppings 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    YES please! I’ll take anything with buffalo chicken on it! And, I need all the healthy boosts I can get right now after the holidays for sure! This salad looks delicious Mary!

  4. 5 stars
    I love recipes like this that redo dishes that are terrible for you and make them into something you could eat every week!

  5. 5 stars
    OMG this looks so good! Buffalo sauce on anything is my weakness but it is hard sometimes to find it without being fried or just mixed with other naughty things like fries, tots, etc. I’m definitely going to try this! Thank you!