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Buffalo Chicken Salad Sandwich

Buffalo Chicken Salad Sandwiches are piled high with shredded chicken, carrots, and celery tossed in a spicy, creamy dressing. 

Buffalo Chicken Salad piled onto a fluffy poppy seed bun with green leafy lettuce

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In North Carolina we have strong opinions about food. 

The cornbread is supposed to be savory (my mom is from the midwest and I am all about that SWEET cornbread – blasphemy). The burgers need slaw AND chili (Carolina Style Burgers for the win). The hot dogs also require chili and slaw (Carolina Style Hot Dogs taste like summer). Oh! And don’t mention barbeque unless you are ready to throw down. 

I have entire comment threads where readers are PASSIONATELY arguing with me about how to cut cabbage for coleslaw, and others where we are debating the merits of putting pulled pork on breakfast biscuits.  

Do you want to know one thing we literally never disagree about, though? 

Duke’s Mayonnaise. 

A jar of Duke's mayonnaise with Buffalo Chicken salad sandwiches in the background

Duke’s Mayonnaise makes the Best Rotisserie Chicken Salad. It makes The Best Dang Egg Salad Ever. Need a tomato sandwich? Put Duke’s Mayonnaise on this Ultimate ‘Mater Sandwich. This tangy, bold mayo makes perfect Maple Sriracha Aioli for Breakfast Burgers. And it is exactly what you need to make Buffalo Chicken Salad Sandwiches.  

Ingredients for the Best Buffalo Chicken Salad Sandwich

This recipe is SUPER simple. The flavor mimics that of buffalo wings, but with a creamy zing, and the carrots and celery are no longer feeling sad off to the side. I love a good shortcut, so instead of cooking chicken, we are going with your favorite grocery store rotisserie chicken. THE WHOLE CHICKEN. 

Here’s what you will need for this recipe:

  • 1 whole rotisserie chicken, shredded
  • 1 cup celery, diced
  • 1 cup matchstick cut carrots
  • 1 cup Duke’s Mayonnaise
  • ⅓ cup hot sauce, plus more depending on your preferred level of heat
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon granulated garlic
  • ½ teaspoon paprika to garnish

Hot or Not

I love most things with a little heat, and this recipe is no different, but it is SUPER simple to tailor the level of heat to your preferences. 

For more heat, douse the shredded chicken, celery, and carrots with your favorite hot sauce and toss to coat. This is my preferred way to make this recipe. I love the spice paired with the creaminess of the mayonnaise-based dressing and the crunch of the veggies. 

Shredded chicken, matchstick carrots, and chopped celery are doused with hot sauce to add a little extra heat to Buffalo Chicken Salad Sandwiches

Choose your favorite hot sauce, but know what you are getting into! I prefer a hot sauce with a vinegar base and cayenne peppers. This is going to give you the most classic buffalo flavors, but if you want to go bananas with a sauce made with hotter peppers I won’t try to stop you. 

For less heat, skip drenching the chicken with hot sauce BEFORE adding the dressing. You can also cut the hot sauce called for in the dressing by half. This will make the chicken salad a little bit thicker, but the consistency is still great. Adding a tablespoon of honey can also sweeten things a bit further and cut some of the heat. 

Make it a Platter

We make this buffalo chicken salad often. It is DELICIOUS, and I love having a container of it in the fridge for quick lunches and snacking, but also for when my husband comes in the door starving and I am not interested in caring about what to feed people. 

It is also REALLY great as a make-ahead appetizer and works well on a platter with chopped veggies and bagel chips and crackers. Like a spicy chicken salad cheese board. 

You’re welcome. 

A bagel chip heaped

More Recipes You can Make with Duke’s Mayo

Duke’s is a staple for a reason! It is LOVED by chefs for its texture and flavor. There’s no sugar which gives it a bold tang, and honestly there’s no better way to bind your favorite salads or zazz (is that a word? Seems like yes.) up your sandwiches. Here are a few other favorite recipes to make with Duke’s Mayonnaise: 

Buffalo Chicken Salad piled onto a fluffy poppy seed roll with leafy lettuce.
Yield: serves 12

Buffalo Chicken Salad Sandwiches

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Buffalo Chicken Salad Sandwiches are a heated twist on a sandwich classic. Get a little bit spicy with this chicken salad recipe that works well on sandwiches or as a dip.

Ingredients

  • 1 whole rotisserie chicken, shredded
  • 1 cup celery, diced
  • 1 cup matchstick cut carrots
  • 1 cup Duke’s Mayonnaise
  • ⅓ cup hot sauce, plus more depending on your preferred level of heat
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon granulated garlic
  • ½ teaspoon paprika to garnish

Instructions

  1. Toss together the shredded chicken, diced celery, and matchstick carrots. If you like a spicier chicken salad, you can toss this mixture with hot sauce, to taste.
  2. In a large liquid measuring cup whisk together the Duke's Mayonnaise, hot sauce, white vinegar, granulated sugar, onion powder, and granulated garlic until smooth.
  3. Pour the dressing over the chicken mixture and stir to evenly coat. If you like a "less-dressed" chicken salad, just add the dressing a little at a time until it is your desired consistency. Save the remaining dressing for dipping veggies or pouring over a salad.
  4. Spoon the chicken salad onto soft rolls for sandwiches or serve with crackers and veggies as a dip!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 182Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 32mgSodium: 383mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 7g

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Cyd

Tuesday 10th of November 2020

Love a great rotisserie chicken recipe for weeknights especially. Thanks for sharing this! My husband and 19 year old will go nuts for these.