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Chicken Cobb Salad with Buffalo Ranch

February 12, 2021



Chicken Cobb Salad with Buffalo Ranch Dressing in a large white bowl. Next to the white bowl is Primal Kitchen Buffalo Sauce and a white and blue napkin.

A classic chicken cobb salad presents a dichotomy of taste and texture with a blend of proteins and produce accented with sharp, pungent blue cheese crumbles and either an acidic vinaigrette or cool and creamy dressing.

What makes a cobb salad a cobb salad? A classic cobb salad recipe includes crisp romaine or iceberg lettuce, chopped tomatoes, sliced chicken, hardboiled eggs, blue cheese, bacon crumbles, and sometimes cucumbers, thinly sliced red onions, and diced avocado.

If you like your food saucy and a little spicy, you’ll especially love our chicken cobb salad with a unique cool, creamy, peppery, and kicky salad dressing. We combined our cayenne-spiced Buffalo Sauce with our voluminous, velvety Ranch Dressing to provide the flavor of a deconstructed buffalo chicken wing in a salad.

You get all the classic taste of pub-fave crisp chicken wings coated in buffalo sauce with cool blue cheese dressing and celery sticks on the side in a produce-packed bowl—no messy deep-fried skin or bones to remove.

Chicken Cobb Salad with Buffalo Ranch 

Chicken cobb salad with Buffalo Ranch dressing in a large white bowl. Next to the bowl is Primal Kitchen Buffalo Sauce, a silver fork, and half of an avocado.

Time: 30 minutes

Servings: 1

Ingredients

 

 

Instructions

  • Pour avocado oil in a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, add the seasoned chicken thigh.
  • Cook chicken thigh for about 10 minutes per side. Remove the cooked chicken thigh from the skillet and rest for 5 minutes on a cutting board.
  • When the chicken is cooled, slice into bite-sized pieces and set aside.
  • Wash, dry, and chop the romaine lettuce. Place the lettuce at the bottom of a large bowl.
  • Add tomatoes, hardboiled egg, avocado, blue cheese crumbles, and celery on top of the lettuce. Add cooked, sliced chicken. Drizzle with Ranch Dressing and Buffalo Sauce.

Nutrition info (per serving):

Calories: 573

Carbs: 17 grams

Net Carbs: 10 grams

Fat: 44 grams

Protein: 31 grams

Nutrition info calculated using Cronometer.

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Cobb Salad vs. Chef’s Salad

Cobb salad can be confused with its salad cousin, the chef’s salad because they can contain similar ingredients. Cobb salad and chef’s salad contain lettuce, meat(s), and often cheese and hardboiled eggs.

The salad dressings can vary from vinaigrettes to ranch or even blue cheese. Cobb salad often contains fruits like tomatoes and avocados, and chef’s salad does not.

Cobb salads typically feature chicken, bacon, and blue cheese, whereas a chef’s salad can have sliced turkey or ham, and strips or shreds of cheddar or Swiss cheese. Deli meats and deli-thin cheese slices are often cut and added onto the bed of lettuce for easy assembly.

How to Cook Chicken for a Cobb Salad

A cobb salad often contains grilled, broiled, or pan-fried chicken breast or chicken thighs. We bronzed a chicken thigh in a cast iron skillet on the stove before slicing and adding it to our cobb salad recipe, but you could also bake, grill, or poach chicken breasts or thighs, or even use shredded pulled chicken or rotisserie chicken.

Three boneless, skinless chicken thighs cooking in a cast iron skillet

While a cobb salad includes piquant and sharp blue cheese, buttery avocado, clean and cool lettuce, juicy tomatoes, and hardboiled eggs—in short, myriad flavors and textures—the chicken that tops the salad is usually seasoned simply with salt and pepper (we also used paprika for extra perk).

That said, if you want to use up leftover chicken or add more flavorful chicken to your cobb salad, try one of these chicken recipes:

Chicken Cobb Salad Dressing

Hand pouring Primal Kitchen Buffalo Sauce over a chicken cobb salad

Our chicken cobb salad dressing combines two zingy Primal Kitchen flavors—our NEXTY Award-winning Buffalo Sauce with perennial favorite Ranch Dressing—to make a zesty, creamy, medium-heat spicy salad dressing.

The acidic punch of vinegar combined with the tingle of cayenne pepper and garlic marry with cashew butter to calm the sharpness in Primal Kitchen Buffalo Sauce. Our Ranch Dressing made with Avocado Oil and egg yolks add the thick, creamy backdrop that allows the cayenne kick of the Buffalo Sauce to linger on the tongue. Teamed up, the buffalo ranch dressing transforms everyday skillet-bronzed chicken thighs into a remarkable meal.

In fact, we love the mashup of Ranch Dressing and BBQ sauce—the smoky, savory notes of BBQ sauce mixed with the tangy, herbaceous, buttermilk-redolent flavor of the Ranch—so much that we crafted a BBQ Ranch Dressing that would also be tasty drizzled on top of this chicken cobb salad.

If you’re not feeling Ranch or a feisty sauce to dress those greens, here’s a simple keto salad dressing that tastes great with this cobb combo: extra virgin olive oil or extra virgin avocado oil whisked with apple cider vinegar or white wine vinegar and a teaspoon of chopped fresh herbs. Primal Kitchen Greek, Italian, or Balsamic Vinaigrette are ready-made keto salad dressings whose acidity allows the bold, contrasting flavors of this chicken cobb salad to shine.

Are Cobb Salads Bad for You?

Heck no. Primal Kitchen founder Mark Sisson coined the term Big Ass Salad and we valiantly defend the choice to eat big salads and feel good about it.

Our chicken cobb salad features crisp romaine, snappy celery, a bit of buttery avocado, half a handful of cherry tomatoes, and plenty of protein from the skillet-cooked chicken thigh and sliced hardboiled egg. A handful of blue cheese crumbles adds enough salty bite that we didn’t need to add bacon.

Is it possible to create a junk-food cobb salad? Of course. Pile an innocent bowl of greens with breaded onion straws fried in canola oil, copious crumbled bacon, salad dressing made with soybean oil and added sugar, breaded and fried chicken tenders… and that’s a salad with about a thousand calories (or more), excess sodium and fats we don’t love.

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