Buffalo Chicken Sandwich

November/December 2013

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This healthy Buffalo chicken sandwich recipe takes the traditional accompaniments to Buffalo chicken wings—carrots, celery and blue cheese dip—and turns them into a crunchy slaw to top the sandwich

Buffalo Chicken Sandwich

Makes: 4 servings, 1 sandwich each

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  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup coarse dry breadcrumbs (panko), preferably whole-wheat
  • 4 large boneless, skinless chicken thighs (about 1 1/4 pounds), trimmed
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper plus 1/8 teaspoon, divided
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons hot sauce, such as Frank’s RedHot
  • 3/4 cup thinly sliced celery
  • 3/4 cup thinly sliced carrot
  • 1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-fat sour cream
  • 4 small whole-wheat hamburger buns, toasted


  1. Place flour, egg and breadcrumbs in three separate dishes. Sprinkle chicken with 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Coat both sides of the chicken with flour, shaking off any excess, then dip in egg. Finally, coat both sides with the breadcrumbs, pressing to help the crumbs stick.
  2. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the chicken and cook, turning once, until golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Remove from heat, cover and let stand until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers 165°F, 2 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a clean bowl and toss with hot sauce.
  3. Combine celery, carrot, blue cheese, sour cream and the remaining 1/8 teaspoon pepper in a medium bowl. Top each bun with chicken and 1/3 cup of the slaw.


Per serving: 468 calories; 22 g fat (6 g sat, 10 g mono); 131 mg cholesterol; 37 g carbohydrates; 4 g added sugars; 31 g protein; 6 g fiber; 700 mg sodium; 467 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (87% daily value), Zinc (24% dv), Iron (19% dv), Vitamin C (17% dv), Magnesium (16% dv)

Carbohydrate Servings: 2

Exchanges: 2 starch, 1/2 vegetable, 3 lean meat, 1/2 medium fat meat, 1 1/2 fat

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Type of Dish
Main dish, poultry
Health & Diet Considerations
High fiber
Ease of Preparation
Total Time
45 minutes or less
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