August 23, 2012

Buffalo Chicken Salad with Copycat Winger's Amazing Sauce

We used to go to Winger's all of the time, but ever since I started cooking, we haven't gone there as much.  Every time we went, I would get the same salad, which wasn't just any salad.  It was loaded with some of my favorite things.  Last time we went, which was clear back on Valentine's Day, I was sad to learn that they had changed their menu and my favorite salad was not the same anymore.  So, I have been trying to re-create it at home and this is my version of that salad I used to love.

Since I have the copycat Winger's Amazing Sauce recipe (which tastes exactly like the real thing to me), this salad tastes just like the one I remember, if not BETTER!  I did change up one thing.  The one I used to get was served with Feta Cheese and Ranch Dressing, but I have recently started to love blue cheese with buffalo sauce.  So, I made a blue cheese ranch dressing instead.  If you don't care for blue cheese, just omit that and add Feta instead.  

Buffalo Chicken Salad
From: Jenn@eatcakefordinner
(Printable Recipe) 

1 very large boneless chicken breast (or two medium-size)
   or 3 frozen breaded chicken tenders
chopped lettuce
4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 tomato, diced
1/2 c. Cheddar cheese, shredded
blue cheese ranch (combine crumbled blue cheese with ranch dressing)
Winger's Copycat Amazing Sauce

Season chicken with salt and pepper and cook on the grill (indoors or outdoors) or prepare breaded chicken according to package directions.  Then, slice or shred and toss in a little Amazing Sauce until coated.  Layer lettuce, chicken, crumbled bacon, diced tomato and shredded Cheddar.  Drizzle more Amazing Sauce and blue cheese ranch dressing over the top.  Serve immediately.  Serves: 2  

Winger's Copycat Amazing Sauce
3 Tbl. Frank's Hot Sauce (has to be Frank's)
3/4 c. light brown sugar
2 Tbl. water

Combine all ingredients and cook until sugar is dissolved.  Heat on low until ready to serve.  Once it is removed from the heat it gets super thick and sticky.  I like to drizzle it over my salad, so I keep it heated right up until I am ready to serve.  

Jenn's Notes: Feta cheese can be used in place of the blue cheese.


  1. I love their salad and I do think that the copycat sauce is amazing. I will have to try it with blue cheese, it would kick it up a notch. Haven't been to Winger's in awhile -- they don't have the Sticky Chicken Finger salad any more???

    1. They still have a Sticky Chicken Finger Salad, but it is different than I remember from a few years ago? That's okay, because I do love my kicked up version! - Jenn

  2. Jenn,
    First of all let me say YUM! This looks amazing.

    I also wanted to let you know I've nominated you for the Sunshine Award over on my blog. Stop by and check it out. Have a great day.

  3. The salad looks great but I have never heard of Wingers. The dressing sounds very interesting and will have to give it a try.

  4. Can't wait to try this sauce, we love anything buffalo flavored in our house! Thanks for sharing

  5. This looks fantastic. I'm pinning to my Buffalo Goodness board right now. Thanks for sharing at the Weekend Potluck. Have a terrific weekend!

  6. I'm stopping for a visit from Six Sisters' Stuff today!
    I've never heard of Winger's either but the salad looks amazing. How could they take it off the menu?

  7. I've never been to a Winger's ... But I love buffalo chicken & this looks so good!

  8. I've never heard of Wingers but this salad looks delicious! Has some of my favorite flavors and perfect for summer... Also following you now and inviting you to stop by and do the same if you like :-)

  9. I haven't heard of Winger's either, but this definitely sounds good to me. It's always nice to have a good recipe for a buffalo sauce too! Found your post from the Financial Friday Linky Party, thanks for sharing!

  10. I love this salad. Just had it for lunch with leftover chicken. I'vemade it several times. Just wanted to say thanks for another great recipe!

    1. Yay! I'm so happy to hear that. Thanks -Jenn