This weekend we had our annual family reunion and I was asked to bring something savory. Ugh. When I go to a get together, church dinner, girls night in, I prefer to bring something sweet. I am just better at doing sweet. I had no idea what I was going to bring with me to the reunion.
I knew I wanted it to be something easy to prepare, something quick, and something delicious. As we were walking around Walmart, my hubby had a brilliant idea. He suggested making a Buffalo Chicken Salad and serving them on a ciabada roll with a piece of lettuce. Seriously, the man in brilliant.
We walked around the store for a bit gathering the ingredients and trying to decide if there should be cheese in the salad. I loathe blue cheese so that was NOT an option, but a cheddar or mozzarella would be OK. We decided to just not put cheese in it. Next we had to decide on the wings. I wanted something quick and easy. Naturally, premade frozen wings popped into my head. But then I would have to cook them and I just did not have time for that.
As we headed to the back of the store, where the deli is located, I started wondering if the deli department carried fresh, ready made, wings. To my surprise....they DO! Perfect! I grabbed a pound, a few other ingredients, then we headed home to whip the salad up! Of course, once home, I wanted to try the wings before deboning. They were delicious! Just the perfect amount of spice. The wings were super easy to work with and easy to debone. I especially loved that they were already cooked and ready to be used, this made my night so much easier.
My sweet cousin Meghan was the first to try the sandwiches. She thought they were pretty good.
Buffalo Chicken Salad
1 lb Bone-In Chicken Wings (deboned and shredded)
1/3 C Carrots - finely diced
1-2 Stalks Celery - finely diced
1/3-1/4 C Mayo
1 tsp Dry Ranch Dressing Mix
12 Mini Ciabatta Rolls
In a medium bowl, combine deboned/shredded Chicken Wings, Carrots and Celery.
In a small bowl combine Mayo and dry Ranch mix. It is best to allow this to sit in fridge overnight to let the flavors blend. You can use it right away if needed.
When ready to prepare sandwiches, combine Ranch Mayo with the Chicken mix and stir to combine.
Place a leaf of lettuce on each Ciabatta Roll then place 1-2 TBS Buffalo Chicken Salad onto each roll.
Serve immediately or store in fridge until ready to serve.
The sandwiches were a hit! I will be serving these as a meal this week to my little family. By adding some baked beans and a side of fruit, these would make a delicious dinner!