To say that we love buffalo chicken is an understatement. In fact, we had it earlier this week again for my husband's birthday dinner. When I was asked to develop a recipe with celery, I immediately thought of my boneless buffalo chicken recipe. I always serve it with celery.
The folks at Duda Farm Fresh Foods have just been so awesome. Their products are sold under the brand Dandy Fresh and I just love that a lot of the celery I buy is grown right here in Florida. Before I even worked with Duda Farm Fresh Foods, their celery has always gone into my shopping cart just about every week. We are always cooking with celery and I can pretty much guarantee you that there's always a bag of Dandy Fresh celery in my crisper. We have it with cream cheese and paprika for an appetizer and whenever I'm putting a chicken or a roast in the slow cooker, celery goes in there as well.
This recipe is very simple to make and you can even simplify it even more by using store bought boneless fried chicken and/or store bought buffalo wing sauce.
I always chop all of my vegetables before cutting up raw meats. So the first thing I do is cut up the celery and start the buffalo sauce. The buffalo sauce is really quick and easy to make as it utilizes store bought hot sauce (I prefer Frank's hot sauce).
Before cutting up the chicken into strips, I slice and then crumble the blue cheese so that's all ready. Put this back in the refrigerator before you go onto the next step.
After frying the chicken, I chop it up on a completely different cutting board (a clean one). Place chopped up chicken into a large bowl and mix in the buffalo sauce. Now you're ready to arrange your lettuce wraps.
Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Celery and Blue Cheese
- 1 stick of margarine
- 1/4 tsp celery salt
- 1/4 tsp red pepper seasoning
- 1/4 tsp chili powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 11.5 oz hot sauce, or more to taste (I prefer Frank's red hot sauce which ends up being 1/2 a bottle)
- 2 cups flour, all-purpose, unbleached
- 1/2 - 1 tsp cayenne red pepper
- 1 tsp each salt and pepper
- 2 - 3 eggs
- 1 1/4 pound chicken breasts, cut into cutlets and then into fingers, whatever sizes you prefer
- vegetable oil for frying
- 3 celery stalks, chopped
- 2-3 oz. blue cheese, sliced and then crumbled
- 12 Boston or bibb lettuce leafs, separated, washed and dried with a paper towel
- Melt margarine in sauce pan with all seasonings, then add hot sauce.
- Leave covered on warm heat setting while preparing chicken.
- In frying pan or skillet, add enough 1 1/2 to 2 inch layer of vegetable oil and heat on low.
- Prepare plastic zip bag with all dry ingredients. Close bag and blend together ingredients with your hands.
- Place eggs into a shallow dish and beat them. Add 1-2 tsp of beaten egg to plastic bag, close and blend together with your hands.
- As you're cutting up the chicken, add to dish with eggs. When finished, add to plastic zip bag and close. Blend chicken with flour mixture with your hands making sure each piece of chicken is evenly coated.
- Adjust heat of pan up to medium or medium-high. Brown chicken pieces for 4-6 minutes on each side. Cook in batches if needed.
- Drain on plate with paper towels. Allow to drain for a couple of minutes before cutting cooked chicken on a clean cutting board into bite-sized pieces.
- In batches, put some pieces of chicken into a glass mixing bowl and add 1/4-1/2 cup of the sauce mixture. Toss gently with tongs.
- Make lettuce wraps by adding chicken, celery and blue cheese. Serve on a platter or place ingredients on platters to allow everyone to make their own.
Do you have a favorite dish or appetizer that you make with celery? I want to hear about it. If you have a link to your blog or your favorite recipe, please share!
PS You should head on over to their facebook page, they are giving away Vidalia onion prize packs. They are awesome, I just received one in the mail this week. Can't wait to share with you what I'm making with them.
Disclosure: Duda Farm Fresh Foods is a sponsor of mine. Opinions are always my own and I only share with you my favorite products and brands.
Wow! These look so good Julie!
Wow! This looks really interesting. I would never think to use hot chicken (spicy) chicken in a lettuce wrap. I’ll have to try this (although a mild version).
Tired Mom Tésa says
These look and sound amazing! My husband would love these especially when he tries to watch his carbs.
Rachel @ Yellow Tennessee says
I love buffalo chicken with blue cheese. I’m going to have to try these. Thanks!
Heidi @ Food Doodles says
Yum! That looks incredible. I make some asian chicken lettuce wraps but I think this would be an amazing variation. I’m going to give it a try 😀
This looks SO yummy! I printed your recipe and I am going to try it. I will have to substitute blue cheese though. My husband has an allergy.. Anything you recommend? These look SO yum!
Ken G. says
Brought the fryer along and made these while camping (luckily we had electricity). I was able to set some aside, not “saucing” them for my little ones and everyone was happy, happy, happy! Thank you for the recipe! After dinner we all gave out a hearty cheer for lil’ kitch! Upon my return I found my Kerrigold giveaway winnings in the mail. Time to go shoppin’!!! Thanks again.
These sound wonderful, I cannot wait to try! I just posted chicken lettuce wraps on my blog recently too!
I love buffalo everything! Haven’t done lettuce wraps in forever. These look great! Your pictures of the step by step are awesome!
Julie Deily says
Thank you, Aggie! I would think you could even do this with cooked chicken (not fried) so it would be a little healthier. 🙂
Virginia from That Bald Chick says
My husband loves buffalo chicken, so we may just give this one a whirl! Thanks!
Such a good idea, love this 🙂
Yum! These look great!!
Linda @ My Name is Momma says
Oooh I want to try!
[email protected] says
This looks great!! What a wonderful appetizer for the 4th of July too. Love it.
YUM!!!!!! I want some!
Hmmmm – this looks delicious and love how easy they are to make.
Hmmm – this looks perfectly delicious. And love how easy it is to make.
Those look SO good! We too love Buffalo chicken – I’m going to have to try this recipe!
You take the best pictures and make the yummiest looking food.
blueviolet @ A Nut in a Nutshell says
Those look sensational!
Elizabeth Q fr AsianinAmericamag says
This is an amazing recipe idea for summer…hearty, healthy but light and easy to prep. Thanks for sharing. Can’t wait to try it. What a great site you have!
Kasandria Reasoner says
Crystal @ Simply Being Mommy says
That looks delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe.
I love these. Love how light they sound plus they are pretty!
What a great idea. These look delicious. Any particular reason you use margarine instead of butter? (never really used so I am not familiar with it.) 🙂
Julie Deily says
Supposedly, genuine buffalo wing sauce is made with margarine and not sure how I can explain it but in this case it actually tastes better with it. But it tastes just fine with butter, we have made it with butter when we ran out of margarine. I actually only keep margarine in the fridge just for this recipe. Everything else, I use REAL butter. 🙂
Shop with Me Mama (Kim) says
Thanks for the recipe! Looks very good 🙂
Love the presentation Julie!
This looks so yummy and good for you
Maris(In Good Taste) says
this looks so good and I know my brother will love this. I am going to make this for him next time we are home together
This looks so good and light! We love meals like this in the summer. They would also be fun for football season – my favorite time of year 🙂
Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says
Hubs would love this – he’s a buffalo fan 🙂 Thanks for the idea and recipe! 🙂