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“Shake It” Buffalo (or BBQ) Chicken Salad

on September 23, 2013

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One of the hubby's favorites!

One of my hubby’s favorites!

I’m lucky tonight’s dinner ever made it to the table.  Half of it was on the floor about 5 minutes before I ate it and 15 minutes before Ozzy and Josh ate it.  Well, we didn’t eat the part that was on the floor.  Let me explain…

Baby Danny and I picked Ozzy up from school around 3:30 as we usually do on Mondays.  His little report for the day said that he didn’t take a nap, he just “laid quietly on his cot.” Crap.  At two and a half, this kid still really needs naps.  In fact, at home, his naps are more often than not 3 hours long!  Nevertheless, this non-napper was doing pretty well.  As I was buckling him into his car seat, he spotted an orange and white stripped cat walking across the grass and asked (as he does all day long), “What is that?”  I responded (as I often do), “You know what that is.  What is it?” He said, “A tiiiiiger?!?” Haha!  “Noooo, it’s a cat!”  … “Bye bye kitty!” he said and waved as we drove away…

When we got home, I gave Oz a snack, fed Baby D, and we played for almost an hour before starting dinner.  The baby was sleeping so I put him in his swing and Oz and I got to work.  He helped for awhile and then decided he wanted to pick the ripe tomatoes on the deck.  How do I know he made that decision?  Because he told me 400 times.  Each time I told him that we had to wait until the chicken was done frying.

At last it was done and we went outside to pick them.  He washed them, ate them, and then helped me wash the veggies for the salad.  He used the salad spinner – a favorite cooking task of his.  All in all, he was surprisingly happy without having had a nap.

It was time to shake the salad to coat it with dressing.  By this time Ozzy was done helping and was playing with some toys.  That’s when Josh got home.  That’s when Danny woke up.  That’s when I apparently didn’t “zip” the bag very well and shook lettuce and carrots and celery and scallions and cheese and, worst of all, ranch all over my sweatshirt, the counter, and the floor.

Boooooooo!  Luckily, I had more lettuce in the fridge.  Luckily, Josh was home.

Josh moved Danny into the kitchen with me.  Then, scooped Ozzy up and took him for a bath (I love that man.)  I got the kitchen and myself cleaned up.  Then, I ate while “chatting” with Baby Danny and listening to bath time splashing and playing in the background.  Danny and I went in the other room to have some “tummy time” while Josh and Ozzy ate.  Josh and I look forward to the day we can all eat at the table.  For now, we’ll tag-team it.

Anyway, I’ve never called it “Shake it” before tonight when I was typing this up.  I realized you do a lot of shakin’ along the way…

You shake the breading ingredients to combine.

You shake the breading ingredients to combine.

You shake the chicken with the breading to coat.

You shake the chicken with the breading to coat.

You shake (gently) the chicken with the sauce.

You gently shake the chicken and sauce to coat.

And you can shake the veggies with the dressing to get it on every piece!

And you can shake the veggies with the dressing to get it on every piece!

Ingredients for the Chicken:

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken
  • 1 c buttermilk
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 c flour
  • 1 ½ t baking powder
  • ½ t cayenne pepper
  • ½ t dried oregano
  • 1 t onion powder
  • black pepper to taste
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • ¼ cup butter and ¼ c hot sauce OR BBQ sauce of choice

Instructions for the Chicken:

  1. Cut chicken into nugget-size pieces.
  2. Combine buttermilk, salt, and chicken in covered dish and refrigerate for 1 hour or more.
  3. Put flour, baking powder, cayenne, oregano, onion powder, and pepper in a sealable bag, seal it, and shake it to combine.
  4. Heat oil in a large skillet.
  5. Drain chicken with a slotted spoon, put it in the bag with the flour mixture, seal it, and shake it!
  6. Fry until golden and done through.
  7. Drain on a wire rack.
  8. Melt butter and mix with hot sauce in a sealable container.
  9. Add chicken to container, close it, and shake it gently.

Ingredients for the Salad:  (Amounts are up to you.)

  • romaine lettuce
  • carrots
  • celery
  • scallions
  • shredded cheddar
  • ranch or blue cheese dressing

Instructions for the Salad:

  1. Wash and chop lettuce, carrots, celery, and scallions.
  2. Combine the veggies, cheese, and dressing in a sealable bag.
  3. Shake it to coat the veggies evenly with dressing.

Here is an idea to get your “kid cook” involved:

  • She can do all the “shake it’s!” Make sure you check the zip/seal first!  Also, turn the bag down (see picture above) before adding chicken to ensure you don’t get any raw chicken on the outside of the bag.

Modifications for Kids:

  • Keep some chicken out of the sauce and let kids eat them like chicken nuggets.
  • Serve their salad on the side without lettuce if they have trouble chewing it.
  • Use softer veggies such as tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers if necessary.
This is my kid cook's portion waiting for him to get out of the bath tub.

This is my kid cook’s portion waiting for him to get out of the bath tub.

And here he is enjoying it! :)

And here he is enjoying it! 🙂

The idea for this salad came from a menu item at the restaurant I worked at in college.  I modified the chicken recipe slightly from here: Cully’s Kitchen

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