Buffalo Chicken Taco Salad

Your plate called. It wants you to make this Buffalo Chicken Taco Salad, stat!

Your plate called. It wants you to make this Buffalo Chicken Taco Salad, stat! This is totally my new favorite way to use up leftover chicken!

Guys, I think I found an express pass to my husband’s heart.

It’s buffalo chicken anything. Pizza, won-ton cups, spaghetti squash, wings, dips, stuffed peppers, bananas… anything! Ok fine, I made that last one up. But seriously, this man LIGHTS UP when I break out the Frank’s Red Hot.

Pun intended.

Today I get to add another buffalo chicken dish to our arsenal that won’t result in a purchase of new stretchy pants for yours truly. It also won’t result in me doing any actual cooking since I can snag leftover chicken breast from the fridge and have this bad boy on the table in a matter of minutes.

Buffalo Chicken Taco Salad: it’s a game changer, folks!

I feel like us food bloggers say that way too often… but in what world would a tasty buffalo chicken taco salad not jazz up your salad routine? If you’re vegetarian? Vegan even? Buffalo Chickpea Taco Salad. BAM! Game changed.

Fine, I’ll go sit in the corner… but I still really want to buffalo my chickpeas.

Not to be confused with my chickpea.

I’ll behave one of these days. Until then, let’s show Taco Tuesday what we’re all about with this buffalo chicken taco salad recipe!

Your plate called. It wants you to make this Buffalo Chicken Taco Salad, stat! This is totally my new favorite way to use up leftover chicken!

Buffalo Chicken Taco Salad

Your plate called. It wants you to make this Buffalo Chicken Taco Salad, stat! This is totally my new favorite way to use up leftover chicken!
5 from 8 votes

Buffalo Chicken Taco Salad

This tasty buffalo chicken taco salad is a fun twist on the classic!

Course Main Dish
Cuisine Tex-Mex
Keyword Buffalo Chicken Taco Salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 370 kcal
Author Jenn Laughlin - Peas and Crayons


  • 1 cup cooked chopped/shredded chicken
  • 3 TBSP Frank's Red Hot sauce or equivalent
  • 2 TBSP butter
  • 6-8 oz chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1 jalapeno sliced
  • 1/2-1 cup chopped/diced tomato
  • 1/4-1/2 cup black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1/4-1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 6-8 cheesy tortilla chips


  • I topped mine with an all-natural ranch dressing and an extra drizzle of hot sauce. Feel free to follow suit! You can also try it with blue cheese dressing or snag your favorite salsa/guacamole to use as a fiesta-worthy salad dressing! Yum!

TASTY TOPPINGS (choose your favorites)


  1. Prep your chicken (see notes below) and chop your veggies for the salad.
  2. Melt butter and combine with hot sauce, whisking to mix.
  3. Pour sauce over chicken and serve over lettuce with all your favorite toppings from the list above!
  4. Drizzle with dressing of choice (I opted for ranch and a hearty drizzle of hot sauce) and dig in.

Recipe Notes

This chicken is a fabulous use for leftover or rotisserie chicken! You can also cook it up fresh via your favorite cooking method. Grilled, poached, pressure cooked, slow cooked, baked... anything goes!

Making this salad for a crowd? It's easily doubled, tripled or quadrupled to feed your hungry family and friends!

The general rule of thumb is that a serving of chicken is 4 oz, which equates to a 1/2 cup of shredded/chopped chicken. Multiply the chicken and sauce ingredients as needed and then just wing the lettuce and topping measurements, since those are totally customizable and a breeze to toss together.

Nutrition Facts below are estimated using an online recipe nutrition calculator. Adjust as needed based on choice of dressing and any extras added. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Buffalo Chicken Taco Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 370 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 105mg35%
Sodium 978mg43%
Potassium 573mg16%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 29g58%
Vitamin A 8290IU166%
Vitamin C 17mg21%
Calcium 162mg16%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Your plate called. It wants you to make this Buffalo Chicken Taco Salad, stat! This is totally my new favorite way to use up leftover chicken!

special diets and swaps

Vegetarian + Vegan friends: Guys, I was so super serious about those chickpeas! Roast up some tasty little legumes via this uber easy method (season them with salt, pepper, and garlic powder) and toss them in the homemade butter-based buffalo sauce above or swap some earth balance for the buttah ooooor go super spicy and just use the hot sauce to saucify the chickpeas. Buffalo cauliflower is also a super-tasty + super Pinterest-worthy swap if you’re in the market for some extra veg.

so . . . how was it?!

This Buffalo Chicken Taco Salad was PHENOMENAL! It’s essentially the salad counterpart of my buffalo chicken spaghetti squash bowls which makes me super giddy, because I now have TWO super tasty lightened up ways to get my buffalo chicken fix! Cue happy dance.

Jazz it up with all your favorite toppings. Cilantro, rice, bell peppers, and guacamole… anything goes! Empty your crisper and put all those tasty veggies to good use.

PS: If your local stores carry Late July tortilla chips… run, don’t walk to those bad boys! I’m a huge fan of using their Jalapeño Lime and Buffalo Queso corn chips as crunchy salad toppers. Paul and I stumbled upon them recently and are now super obsessed. The Jalapeño ones taste like a kicked-up version of Cool Ranch Doritos without the pesky + sketchy additives; I’m in love!

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  • Barb Heyn

    5 stars
    My husband and I just loved this. It is so good. It is a winner. I will be making this again.

    • I’m so thrilled you enjoyed the recipe, Barb — thank you! The buffalo chickpeas are amazing in soft tacos too. So versatile!

  • Wilma

    5 stars
    This was so delicious, my husband and I couldn’t stop eating it. He said I could eat this once a week. It was easy and pretty healthy. YUMMY

    • Ahhhh yay! So glad y’all love it, Wilma! xo

  • Claire

    5 stars

    With so many social shares, I just knew I had to try this and it didn’t disappoint.


    • I’m so stoked it’s been a hit, thank you Claire! xo

  • Linda

    5 stars
    Your husband sounds like mine, the spicier the better! And yes to Frank’s Hot Sauce! I love to fix taco salads and next time I get around to it I am definitely going to give this recipe a whirl. It sounds easy and delicious and, since I always have some type of cooked chicken in the fridge, the perfect go-to dinner.

    • Hope you adore it Linda, thank you! You can even hand the hot sauce over to your hubs and let him make his extraaaa spicy! hehe

  • LL

    5 stars
    This was good and Easy. I like jalapenos but i didn scrape out the seeds and it was mUch too spicy.

  • Roshani

    Oh my! Hubby would love this! Pinning now! Thanks for sharing!! Insanely adorable and delicious!

  • 5 stars
    This salad was amazing! It was a big hit in our house and will be back on the menu very soon!

    • So happy to hear it Mandy! Thank you!! 🙂

  • 5 stars
    LOVE this go-to recipe!!! so simple, this is seriously perfect for the workweek grind

  • Sandra

    5 stars
    I already had dinner tonight. After seeing/reading this I want to eat it right now! It sounds incredibly tasty.

    • Thanks Sandra!!! <3 It's seriously so good, we can't wait to make it again!

  • This salad would definitely be the express ticket to my boyfriend’s heart! He’s all about some shredded saucey meat, and this flavor-blasted refreshing salad looks perfect for these toasty evenings we’ve been having. I could definitely see this being a staple in my house, for sure!

    • Aw thanks Julia! Can’t wait for y’all to try it! 🙂

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