buffalo chicken salad sandwiches

These buffalo chicken salad sandwiches are a perfect blend of spicy, creamy, comforting, and delicious. Much easier to eat outside than a plate full of wings, with all the fiery flavor you love!

Pre-cooked (grilled or rotisserie) chicken is shredded and tossed with  and diced celery in a creamy blue cheese and buffalo sauce dressing, and piled on a bed of romaine on a chewy ciabatta bun.  Hot or cold, this sandwich is heavenly on a springtime picnic!

Feel free to make this salad ahead… it will keep in the fridge for at least a day or so! Sandwiches and chips are always a favorite combo, and they are often on the menu since my family loves them so much.

Buffalo Chicken Salad Sandwich Recipe


  • 2 large chicken breasts, cooked & shredded
  • 2-3 large stalks of celery, chopped
  • 3/4 cup buffalo sauce (+ extra for the rolls)
  • 1/2 cup blue cheese dressing (+ extra for the rolls)
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • 4-8 romaine leaves
  • 4 ciabatta buns


In a large bowl, toss together the shredded chicken, chopped celery, buffalo sauce & blue cheese dressing. Toss to combine and season with salt & fresh ground pepper, to taste.

Spread one half of each of the split rolls with a bit of buffalo sauce, lay a romaine leaf or two on top of that and then a generous pile of the chicken salad. Spread a bit of blue cheese dressing on the top half of the bun and close the sandwich.

If you are packing these on a picnic farther than your backyard, wrap each one individually with parchment or foil and refrigerate until you are ready to leave.

Don't forget to pack your wipes, drinks, and of course, some delicious Kettle Chips to go with those sandwiches!



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  • http://www.facebook.com/mary.happymommy Mary Happymommy

    We pack Portuguese rolls, peaches, and water.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001601092799 Elena Istomina

    Pasta salad, fresh fruit, water bottles

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001601092799 Elena Istomina

    Pasta salad, fresh fruit and water bottles

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  • Loretta E

    Fresh fruit, some sort of chicken salad, and some sort of dessert if it’s available!

  • Jessica To

    We always include chips and fresh fruit.
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  • Amy @ Elephant Eats

    I always include some sort of non-mayo based pasta salad….and a yummy sandwich :)

  • Shelly Ipox

    I always include strawberries!

  • http://www.facebook.com/debra.cheuvront.5 Debra Cheuvront

    Sliced garden tomatoes.

  • http://www.chambanachik-live.blogspot.com/ chambanachik

    Something healthy-but-not, like cinnamon apple chips. :)

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  • ChanaPosen

    cucumber, carrot and celery sticks, sandwiches, drinks and chips

  • Bobbi Rham

    Of course cookies for dessert! And we love kettle chips!

  • Cory

    Fresh fruit, whatever is in season! Something baked, like cookies, yum! We love picnics, even if it’s just in our own yard.

  • Caristy Olson

    I love Kettle Chips…crunchy chips that just make me smile! I love the New York cheddar & the salt & vinegar. So yummy! My favorite picnic foods are fresh fruit, cold drinks & yummy sandwiches. We will be doing lots of fun picnics soon.

  • Ashlie Delshad

    My hubby and I have both a sweet tooth, so dessert would have to be a key part of our basket. Chocolate is my fav, so I think a rich fudgy brownie would be perfect and easily portable!

  • Maura Morton

    Sweet summer strawberries! The perfect picnic basket treat!

  • MeganM

    I always go with lemonade!

  • catharine

    Always have to pack some fruit! Like berries!

  • Caitlin Smith

    gotta have something sweet for dessert, like brownies!

  • Jeni Lutz

    strawberries and something chocolate

  • Margie

    We like to have sandwiches, chips, iced tea, and watermelon that was already cut up.

  • stephanie

    always gotta have bottled water

  • stephanie
  • Courtney Bella

    yum! i want lemonade and salt and vinegar chips

  • Courtney Bella
  • Meryl

    Crusty bread, cheese, salad, and wine.

  • Louis

    Lots of fresh fruit.

  • Brittany Rome

    I always make sure to bring a good variety of cheese cubes. Filling and tasty!

  • Brittany Rome
  • http://www.facebook.com/amy.pugmire Amy Bolda Pugmire

    I have young kids I love to pack finger foods. We love uncrustables, string cheese, carrots, grapes, granola bars, dried fruit and caparisons.

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  • Stephanie Vollowitz Light

    In my picnic basket is cheese, crackers, red wine, kettle chips (honey Dijon is my fave) and nuts and chocolate
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  • Madeline

    I like a picnic with ham and cheese sandwiches, wine, and cookies.

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  • candace

    i love having a variety of cheeses, meats, and jellies in my picnic basket!!

  • http://twitter.com/kellydsaver Kelly D

    I would pack cheese & tomato sandwiches, fruit salad, pretzels and juice drinks.

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  • Jenny G

    My picnic basket always includes delicious meats, cheeses, fruits and veggies… all healthy while feeling indulgent at the same time. Now I want to go on a picnic! LOL

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lisa-Brown/1611647164 Lisa Brown

    I would have sparkling water, potato salad, french bread, cheese, chocolate chip cookies, deli meats.
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  • nep823

    My picnic is not complete without a nice blush wine and a side of potato salad!

  • susan1215

    My picnic basket would have a sub sandwich, chips and fresh fruit
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  • Natalie S

    I always include frut and pasta salad

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06729516870952658426 Audrey

    Sandwiches, hummus and veggies, fruit, and cookies. And iced tea to drink.

  • cw

    I always include something sweet (like summer fruit) and something salty (like chips), cheese, bread, and wine.

  • Shannon Cebron

    Always potato salad!

  • agordon10

    Cheese, nuts, potato salad, water.

  • Kate F.

    I pack sandwiches, chips, and cookies.

  • paigechandler

    Fried chicken, french bread, brownies, and lemonade.

  • margaretsmith

    I’d include sandwiches, chips, fruit and cheese.

  • margaretsmith

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  • Kiara

    We have sandwiches, chips, and fresh fruit.

  • sohamolina

    cheese and french bread

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  • Sarah Ochocki

    Egg salad and spinach sandwiches, watermelon, and brownies!

  • DJ

    Fruit salad, cheese and crackers & some wine!

  • Cynthia C

    I would pack chicken salad sandwiches, chips and fruit.

  • Cynthia C
  • Kimberly Deallovingrandma Stcl

    I always pack homemade salsa

  • Lizbeth

    I have got to try those Buffalo Bleu Kettle chips soon!

  • Jimmy

    I would include turkey sandwiches, grapes, and potato chips

  • David Hollingsworth

    I would bring ham and Swiss cheese sandwiches.

  • David Hollingsworth
  • LouieInSeattle

    I’m pretty sure we take a blanket on our picnics. Chairs too. I’m too old to sit on the ground. I think I’ve been too old ever since I was 20.

  • Tamar

    Chicken fingers, BBQ wraps, and water for everyone. tamarsweeps-at-gmail-dot-com

  • http://www.facebook.com/richard.hicks22 Richard Hicks

    I would include fried chicken, chips, fruit, and more.

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  • Will

    Ham ‘n swiss, a piece of fruit, and a bit of gin.

  • JessieC

    We pack fruit salad, water , brownies and trail mix.

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  • Anastasia

    On picnics with the kids, there are always PB&J’s, chips, fruit and soda :) Then we add other stuff based on what we have or what’s on sale :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/stephanie.larison.9 Stephanie Larison

    Cheese, crackers, fruit and some sandwiches too! Oh, and some water bottles!

  • sharonjo2

    I would include turkey sandwiches (although buffalo chicken salad sounds super delicious!, chips of course, fresh fruit, and brownies for dessert. Thanks!
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  • http://www.facebook.com/feedyourpig Janna L Johnson

    pita chips, hummus, veggies, feta

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    I’d pack carrot sticks, an Izzie beverage in Clementine, roasted red pepper hummus, and a Greek salad. :)

  • Nadine L

    It varies but the go to is usually cold grilled Chicken, my homemade macaroni salad and a fruit salad

  • Nadine L
  • steff

    sandwiches, fresh fruit, fresh veggies!

  • steff
  • jlafount

    Turkey or ham sandwiches, some chips and some sodas

  • rachel

    Cut-up melon…yum! A sweet treat

  • Ellie W

    Potato salad and ham n cheese croissant sandwiches are included in my picnic basket.

  • Ellie W
  • cng261974

    we love cold fried chicken and potato salad

  • jalapenomama

    Jalapeno roll ups deviled eggs fresh fruit and flavored water.
    Thank you.

  • jalapenomama
  • Krista

    Pasta salad, cheese, and crackers! Adult beverages optional. ;)

  • mckenziesmommy

    We have fruit, pudding, chips, and a sandwich

  • Wanda McHenry

    I include grapes, brie, prosciutto wrapped melon and triscuits! Oh, and wine!

  • Wanda McHenry
  • Lisa Pecora

    I always include fruit, iced tea, and some ham and cheese sandwiches!



    I like to include juicy fresh peaches.

  • steve weber

    water, wine, fruit, sandwhiches, chips, pickles, desserts

  • jen gersch

    grape juice and pb j’s

  • jeanetteh

    Sandwiches, chips, bottled water, maybe a homemade snack(:

  • nanlara

    always need something salty like chips and fresh fruit especially watermelon or cherries

  • Marcia Goss

    I like to take fresh fruit (watermelon, grapes, cantaloupe) along with deli meat and cheese for sandwiches.

  • Marcia Goss
  • buckyandtux

    I would include a variety of sandwiches and condiments and some Kettle Chips!

  • buckyandtux
  • ashley

    sandwiches, potato salad and chocolate chip cookies

  • Maureen

    Fresh fruit, cut up veggies, artichoke dip , chips and cookies and sandwiches. With pop and juice boxes.

  • aggiashley

    My son is a fruit-a-holic, so fresh fruit is a must in addition to hummus, whole grain pita chips, cheese, nuts, and some turkey.

    ashaldridge at gmail dot com

  • AnnaZed

    Potato Salad, Ham Sandwiches, Salad, Fruit and Chips!

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  • Rebekah Arnold

    your chicken sandwiches sound wonderful! this is something i will have to try!

  • Rebekah Arnold
  • lazybones344

    I haven’t had a picnic in a long time, but I always bring sandwiches, chips and cookies.

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  • Christina Sparks

    Chips, macaroni salad, potato salad and cold sandwiches

  • catholicfanatic

    I include sandwiches, fruit, chips and drinks in our picnic baskets.

  • catholicfanatic
  • tina m

    fruit, salad, coke and juice

  • tina m
  • Lorena Keech

    We usually have fried chicken, mom’s potato salad, homegrown tomatoes and homemade lemonade.

  • Kelly Massman

    sandwiches or foil packs, fruit, chips!! Thanks for a chance to win, too! kmassman gmail

  • Lisa V.

    I like to add turkey wraps, veggies and dip, cheese, fruit and wine.

  • patricia skinner

    I like to pack chips, pretzels, fresh fruit and sandwiches.

  • http://pregnantkatiesmom.blogspot.com/ Susan C

    I like to take assorted sandwiches, fruit salad, potato salad, soda, and Kettle chips!
    smchester at gmail dot com

  • rebeccagraham

    Chips, cold sandwiches, and diet drinks.

  • Amy Tong

    hehe…my picnic basket is quite “busy”. I always put fruit, veggies, sandwiches, wraps, chocolate, chips, iced tea, juice, crackers, etc.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  • Amy Tong
  • erica best

    deli meat nice bread, cheese,fruit salad, pasta salad

  • erica best
  • Debra Ford

    I like to have finger foods like brie with cheese and some fruit.

  • Angela Kinder

    Our picnics always include a sandwich, crisp salad, and homemade potato salad. Yummy!

  • Crystal Smith

    My picnic basket always has potato salad, pasta salad, and cold cuts for sandwiches :)

  • mommyto2girlz

    We have to pack one almost every weekend for softball and it usually has chips, sandwhiches, granola bars and lots of drinks. Thank you!
    crystalfaulkner2000 at yahoo dot com

  • meredith

    my perfect picnic has some good bread, cheese, grapes (or
    better yet wine!)

  • meredith
  • gina71

    Watermelon, cupcakes & sparkling water.

  • Kerry

    I always make sure we have watermelon in our picnic basket

  • Eugenie

    Kettle Brand Krinkle Cut Potato Chips – the crispiest tastiest chip around!

  • sandra

    lunchmeats and cheeses

  • Mihaela D.

    potato salad and grapes :)

  • Carly K

    I always have lots of fresh fruit, subs, and pieces of dark chocolate in my picnic basket.

  • godan2

    cheese crackers meat fruit wine and dessert

  • paulinem

    I never leave for a picnic without my deli salad…. I found this recipe out of my taste of home magazine and it’s become a favorite in my house!

  • paulinem
  • cezovski

    I include fried chicken, chips, soda and fruit

  • Kyhere Here

    Kettle chips are a given, right? Also cold grilled chicken, home baked bread, jarlsberg slices and something sparkling.

  • Kyhere Here
  • s riches

    I put tuna salad sandwiches and pecan pie in my picnic basket.

  • Valeen N

    I always have potato salad, yum!!

  • Holly Wert

    i include cookies and fresh fruit in my picnics pry.school.1@gmail.com

  • Holly Wert
  • Jacie

    Sub sandwiches!

  • tinareynolds

    I would have sandwiches, hummus, fresh fruit especially pinapple its my familys favorite and sweet tea./water

  • tinareynolds
  • Erica Carnes

    Gotta have fresh fruit!

  • Lisa Garner

    We always have sandwiches, fresh fruit, corn on the cob and chips in our picnic basket.
    lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

  • Lisa Garner

    I Tweeted: https://twitter.com/lisalmg/status/352251601748111363
    lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

  • Lauren Harmon

    I always pack hummus and chips, coconut water, and grapes in my picnic basket! Yummy & Healthy! :) The recipe you created looks ridiculously delicious!

  • Kayla

    I always include potato salad!

  • traymona

    tuna salad, colby jack cheese, 7 layer salad, lemonade

  • AngelaLilly

    veggie boloney and cheese sammies with potato chips and homemade lemonade!

    14earth at gmail dot com

  • Krazekatlady

    I always make hummus for our picnics. It tastes great and it good for you too. I make a basic recipe then add jalapenos and roasted pasilla and bell peppers.

  • Krazekatlady
  • Sara Floyd

    I would include fruit and pasta salad

  • Sara Floyd
  • Shea Naylor Balentine

    We love Kettle chips… hubby would make sure they were the first things in the basket! =) Gotta have apples and water too!


  • Shea Naylor Balentine
  • Stephanie G

    Fruit salad, sandwiches, chips, cookies, drinks a blanket.

  • Stephanie G
  • Brenda Robinson

    iced tea, a summer fave

  • Brenda Robinson
  • Thomas Murphy

    I have sandwiches, chips, cookies, and drinks in my picnic basket.

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

  • Thomas Murphy
  • Betty Curran

    I’m traditional – fried chicken, potato salad, chips and fruit or cookies for dessert.

    willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

  • Tabathia

    seedless grapes and danimals yogurt drink

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  • Christian Alejandro

    Sandwiches, cookies, salad, chips, fresh fruit! lexbaylor17 (at) gmail (dot) com

  • Christian Alejandro

    tweeted! https://twitter.com/lieutcrunch17/status/352478997336162307

    lexbaylor17 (at) gmail (dot) com

  • AmandaSakovitz

    Turkey sandwiches and chips!

    pokergrl8 at gmail.com

  • AmandaSakovitz
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  • Maggie M

    My family is all about sandwiches so that’s usually what goes in our picnic basket. I am going to add a buffalo chicken salad sandwich this week!

  • LAMusing

    I like to add shrimp cocktail, crusty french bread, brie and grapes or watermelon.

  • Margaret Steele

    I always include iced tea in my picnic basket.

  • Whitney Lynn Bellows

    Turkey sandwich, chips/dip, salad & some fruit

  • Whitney Lynn Bellows
  • Lee

    My perfect picnic basket would include fried chicken, potato salad and fruit salad.

    hlee99 at gmail dot com

  • Denise L

    Fresh fruit of all kinds!

  • Denise L
  • K Anne

    Cheese, grapes, strawberries, crackers & champagne