Buffalo Chicken Cobb Salad

Buffalo Chicken Cobb Salad is a fun twist on the classic Cobb salad. This recipe features buffalo grilled chicken, celery, blue cheese and blue cheese dressing paired with classic ingredients like lettuce, egg, and avocado.

Buffalo Chicken Cobb Salad

Cobb Salad is one of my favorite salads. It has been since the first time I had it back during my freshman year of college.

I recently had a few friends over for a cheese night and had a bit of leftover Blue Cheese. So I decided I was going to make something like that with the leftovers, but I had a craving for Buffalo Wings too. I love the combo of Blue Cheese and Buffalo Chicken I thought a Buffalo Chicken Cobb Salad would be a fun twist on the traditional cobb salad.

It has some of the traditional cobb salad ingredients — hard boiled egg (try these tips for Easy to Peel Hard Boiled Eggs), blue cheese, lettuce, avocado. But, I wanted to play off some of the traditional Buffalo Wing Flavors too.

I made a marinade of Red Hot Sauce, lime juice, and olive oil for the chicken. Not only did I grill the chicken, but I smoked the chicken breast for about an hour first on my friend’s Traeger Grill before grilling the chicken to give it a little bit of that smoky wing flavor to pair with the hot of the hot sauce.

Tip: If you want to smoke your chicken too, I have an Easy Smoked Chicken Recipe.

The smoky, spicy Buffalo Grilled Chicken paired with the blue cheese, green onion, and celery really gave the salad a classic Buffalo and Blue Cheese Flavor. To round things out in the salad and give some nice crush I added bell pepper, diced cucumber, Fisher Nuts Walnut Halves and Pieces. Nuts might not be a traditional Cobb Salad ingredient, but I loved the addition of Fisher Nuts Walnut Halves and Pieces in this Buffalo Chicken Cobb Salad.

The tender, yet crunchy, walnuts really paired well with the Blue Cheese and added some interesting dimension to the whole salad.This Buffalo Chicken Cobb Salad was so filling and really hit the spot for a big summer lunch! I hope you like it as much as I did.

Buffalo Chicken Cobb Salad Ingredients

Not sure what’s in a cobb salad? Here’s what I used in the chicken cobb salad:

  • Romaine lettuce
  • Avocado
  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Bell pepper
  • Celery
  • Walnuts
  • English cucumber
  • Green onions
  • Blue cheese crumbles
  • Blue cheese salad dressing

And for the buffalo chicken and marinade, I used:

  • Frank’s Red Hot Sauce
  • Lime juice
  • Olive oil
  • Chicken breasts

For the complete ingredient list and detailed instructions, scroll to the bottom of this post for the FREE printable recipe card.

Buffalo Chicken Cobb Salad Recipe

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How to Make Chicken Cobb Salad

This buffalo chicken cobb salad requires a little prep work, but once everything’s been sliced and diced it comes together quickly.

  1. Marinate the chicken in the buffalo sauce for 3 hours or overnight.
  2. Grill the chicken until done (I’ve given detailed instructions in the recipe card below).
  3. Prep the veggies for the salads.
  4. Assemble the buffalo chicken cobb salads and drizzle with dressing.

Can I Use Chicken Thighs Instead of Breasts?

Yes, although chicken thighs may require more or less time on the grill to cook through fully.

Can I Prep Chicken Cobb Salad in Advance?

Yes, you can cook the buffalo chicken ahead of time, then slice and serve it later. You can also prep all the veggies and store them in individual containers until you’re ready to assemble the salads.

Tips for Making Buffalo Chicken Cobb Salad

I included most of the traditional cobb salad ingredients in this recipe, but you’re welcome to mix and match the veggies as you see fit.

Likewise, you can omit the hard-boiled egg or blue cheese crumbles if you’re averse to eating one or the other.

If you know you’ll have leftovers, be sure to pour the blue cheese dressing only on the portions you’ll be eating right away. The veggies and lettuce will wilt in the fridge if they’re covered in dressing.

More Easy Salad Recipes:

Looking for some more healthy salads? Here are a few more great salads to try:

This Layered Chicken Taco Salad in a Jar is a great way to experiment with this trend. I love layered salads for their ease of use as well as customization.

In this Massaged Kale Salad recipe, kale is lightly massaged with olive oil, salt and pepper. Then, it’s tossed with roasted delicata squash, roasted red onions, herbed goat cheese, and pepitas.

Do you love Olive Garden’s famous house salad? Learn how simple it is to make at home with this Olive Garden Salad Recipe so you can enjoy your favorite flavors without the cost of eating out!

This Easy Black Bean Salad is packed with corn, tomatoes, cucumber, and more. It’s tossed with a lime-cumin dressing that’s full of flavor!

This Zucchini Tomato Basil Salad with Lemon Basil Vinaigrette is a light and refreshing summertime salad and perfect when your garden is exploding with tomatoes, basil, and zucchini in the later summer months.

What’s your favorite salad at the moment?

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Buffalo Chicken Cobb Salad

Buffalo Chicken Cobb Salad

Yield: serves 6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Optional Marinade Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 35 minutes

Buffalo Chicken Cobb Salad is a fun twist on the classic Cobb salad. This recipe features buffalo grilled chicken, celery, blue cheese and blue cheese dressing paired with classic ingredients like lettuce, egg, and avocado.

Ingredients

For the Salad

  • 1 head Romaine Lettuce, chopped
  • 1 large Avocado, diced
  • 2 Hard Boiled Eggs, chopped
  • 1 Orange, Red, or Yellow Pepper, diced
  • 2 ribs Celery, sliced
  • 1/2 cups Walnuts
  • 1/2 of an English Cucumber, diced
  • 2 Green Onions, sliced
  • heaping 2/3 cup Blue Cheese Crumbles
  • 6 tablespoons Blue Cheese Salad Dressing

Buffalo Chicken Marinade

  • 1/2 cup Frank's Red Hot Sauce
  • 1 large Lime, juiced
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1.5 pound Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast

Instructions

Buffalo Chicken

  1. Combine Frank's Red Hot Sauce, Lime juice, Olive Oil, Black Pepper, and Salt.
  2. Add the chicken and the marinade to a large zip top bag.
  3. Optional: refrigerate for 3 hours or up to 24 hours.
  4. To cook: Preheat the grill to medium. Remove chicken from marinade.
  5. Set marinade aside for basting, if desired.
  6. Place the chicken on clean grill grates and cook.
  7. Grill the chicken uncovered 10-20 minutes (this depends on the thickness of your chicken breasts), turning twice.
  8. Use a meat thermometer to test the thickest part of the chicken for doneness.
  9. When the internal temperature reaches 150 degrees you can baste the chicken if desired.
  10. Discard remaining marinade.
  11. Chicken is done when the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees F.
  12. Remove from grill and allow to rest 5 minutes before cutting and serving.
  13. Slice the chicken diagonally and set aside for the salad.

For the Salad

  1. On a large plate or shallow serving bowl, fill with the lettuce.
  2. Layer the remaining ingredients on top of the lettuce.
  3. Serve with Blue Cheese Dressing.

Notes

To smoke and grill the chicken:

Smoke the chicken for 1 hour first, then follow the remaining instructions for grilling. Grilling time may vary based on the doneness level of the chicken after smoking and the temperature of your smoker.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 562 Total Fat 36g Saturated Fat 9g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 24g Cholesterol 187mg Sodium 955mg Carbohydrates 15g Fiber 6g Sugar 5g Protein 47g
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