Buffalo Chicken Salad with Cilantro-Cotija Dressing


Buffalo wings are delicious, so why not make a salad around those familiar flavors? We created this Latin-inspired take on the traditional combination of buffalo wings and blue cheese dressing. The parsley and blue cheese of the traditional dressing are replaced with cilantro and cotija cheese, a crumbly cheese often used to top Mexican dishes, and it’s absolutely delicious. Everyone we’ve ever served this to has raved about it.

Buffalo Chicken:

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 12-oz bottle of buffalo wing sauce
  • 4 TBSP butter
  • 1/4 cup Louisiana-style hot sauce, such as Tabasco


  1. Combine chicken and buffalo wing sauce in a gallon-sized zip-top bag. Marinate for 1 hour.
  2. Melt butter in a small pot, whisk in hot sauce to combine. Grill chicken over medium-high heat until the internal temperature reaches 170°F. Brush the butter and hot sauce mixture over the chicken during cooking.


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 to 2 TBSP lemon juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 6 dashes of Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Crushed red pepper to taste
  • 6 oz cotija cheese


  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a blender. If necessary, water can be added to thin the dressing. Taste and adjust seasoning accordingly.


  • Grilled chicken, sliced
  • 1 head iceberg lettuce
  • 2 c. grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 yellow or red bell pepper
  • 1 c. corn, roasted or grilled
  • 2 oz. cotija cheese, for garnish


  1. Mix together all of the ingredients, except for the cotija cheese, in a large bow. Toss with the dressing, plate and top with cotija cheese.

Buffalo Chicken Salad with Cilantro-Cotija Dressing:


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