Buffalo Quinoa Chicken Salad

Feb 21

Growing up, my brothers drenched everything in hot sauce. I didn’t eat anything with hot sauce for years and years because the smell of hot sauce wasn’t incredibly appealing to me. And I grew up in Buffalo, NY– typing that last line almost feels like blasphemy.


It’s okay though, I am a hot sauce fan now, especially Frank’s and hot sauce from Anchor Bar, the home of the Buffalo wing! When I saw this recipe from Alida’s Kitchen, I knew I wanted to make my own (slightly adapted) version. Quinoa + hot sauce = delicious.


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  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 2 cooked boneless, skinless chicken breasts, shredded or chopped
  • 1 cup chopped/diced carrots
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 1/2 onion, minced
  • 1/2 cup hot sauce (I used hot sauce from Anchor Bar-- home of the original Buffalo wing)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tbs lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Prep time: 10 min
  • Cook time: 30 min
  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy


Make quinoa according to package instructions (1 cup quinoa to 2 cups water).

Spray skillet with cooking spray and saute all of the vegetbales until they are cooked but still crisp.

In a small bowl, whisk together the hot sauce, lemon juice, garlic powder, paprika,  and salt. Combine sauce, chicken, and quinoa. Mix well.

You can either serve it hot (this is what I did) or chill it in the fridge before serving. It will be delicious either way!


Serve with a Buffalo accessory :)


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Comments: 38

  1. Shashi @ RunninSrilankan Feb 21 at 12:07 pm Reply

    I am a huge quinoa fan – but haven’t had it with hot sauce – sounds like I am missing out!

    • Elizabeth Feb 23 at 9:56 pm Reply

      Definitely give it a try– I love quinoa and hot sauce!

  2. Robin (Masshole Mommy) Feb 21 at 1:37 pm Reply

    This sounds amazing! I would love to make this for lunch sometime soon!

    • Elizabeth Feb 23 at 9:56 pm Reply

      Please do Robin– and let me know how you like it!

  3. mer Feb 21 at 1:55 pm Reply

    I love new quinoa recipes but this is a new twist having it spicy! I bet it might convert my husband to finally enjoying quinoa! Thanks!

    • Elizabeth Feb 23 at 9:58 pm Reply

      Hot sauce is what got my hubby to love quinoa!!

  4. Helene Cohen Bludman Feb 21 at 2:43 pm Reply

    Love the sound of this! Pinning the recipe and hope to make it soon. I love quinoa!

    • Elizabeth Feb 23 at 9:58 pm Reply

      Thanks for pinning it!

  5. Sandra Feb 21 at 3:06 pm Reply

    This salad has me all over it! I love it and can’t wait to make it.

    • Elizabeth Feb 23 at 10:02 pm Reply

      thanks sandra!!

  6. lisa jones Feb 21 at 3:35 pm Reply

    Great Snack For Lunch Looks Delicious I Can’t Wait To Make Thank You!

    • Elizabeth Feb 23 at 10:02 pm Reply

      thanks lisa– i had it for lunch and dinner!!

  7. Aly Mashrah Feb 21 at 7:08 pm Reply

    That looks delicious! I’m going to try this recipe soon. Thanks for sharing.

    • Elizabeth Feb 23 at 10:03 pm Reply

      Thanks Aly!

  8. Brett Feb 21 at 9:47 pm Reply

    Yum. Buffalo chicken is a favorite of mine!

    • Elizabeth Feb 23 at 10:03 pm Reply

      Me too :) Delish!

  9. Beeb Ashcroft Feb 21 at 10:04 pm Reply

    This sounds yummy! I’d like to try this. I haven’t done much cooking with quinoa so it’d be fun to have it more often.

    • Elizabeth Feb 23 at 10:04 pm Reply

      Definitley give cooking with quinoa a try- it’s so good!

  10. Debi Feb 21 at 10:11 pm Reply

    I love buffalo chicken and I love quinoa. So a perfect combo.

    • Elizabeth Feb 23 at 10:04 pm Reply

      Thanks Debi- me too!

  11. Rachael Feb 21 at 10:22 pm Reply

    This Buffalo Quinoa Chicken Salad recipe looks delicious. I’ll have to try it sometime soon.

    • Elizabeth Feb 23 at 10:04 pm Reply

      Thanks Rachael!!

  12. DawnC Feb 22 at 12:01 am Reply

    I have not tried quinoa yet. I have it in my pantry just have not tried it. I think I have a reason to use it now. :)

    • Elizabeth Feb 23 at 10:05 pm Reply

      Yes– you definitley need to start cooking with quinoa!

  13. Danyelle Lorenzo Feb 22 at 12:16 am Reply

    I love quinoa! What a great recipe too – thank you for sharing this!

    • Elizabeth Feb 23 at 10:06 pm Reply

      Thanks Danyelle- I am a huge quinoa fan too!

  14. jenny at dapperhouse Feb 22 at 1:00 am Reply

    I am going to try to make this ! Only with tofu instead of chicken . . . I love quinoa. sounds like a great recipe with the hot sauce!

    • Elizabeth Feb 23 at 10:07 pm Reply

      Yum! It will be delish with tofu too!

  15. Terin Garrett Feb 22 at 6:50 am Reply

    I love a good chicken salad! :)

    • Elizabeth Feb 23 at 10:08 pm Reply

      Thanks Terin- me too!

  16. Danielle Feb 22 at 2:22 pm Reply

    I have been seeking out some recipes to use quinoa in, so thank you for this :)

    • Elizabeth Feb 23 at 10:08 pm Reply

      Glad to help!!

  17. Amy Qur Feb 22 at 4:46 pm Reply

    I love anything that is hot ,his is in my to do list ,planning to make it sometime soon

    • Elizabeth Feb 23 at 10:08 pm Reply

      great- let me know if you like it amy!

  18. Debbie Denny Feb 22 at 7:08 pm Reply

    I just love this recipe. I will have to try it

    • Elizabeth Feb 23 at 10:09 pm Reply

      thanks debbie!

  19. Danielle @ We Have It All Feb 23 at 11:34 pm Reply

    Ok would you believe I’ve never tried quinoa?!? I should try this!

    • Elizabeth Apr 22 at 10:42 am Reply

      You need to absolutely try it!

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