Buffalo Sticky Fingers Salad with Jalapeno Ranch Dressing

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MAKES: 4 salads

YOU’LL NEED:

8 cups spring lettuce mix
1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
6 ounces sharp white cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
4 slices bacon, cooked, chopped
4 hard-boiled eggs, halved

For the chicken:
5 to 6 chicken breast, cut into strips
3/4 cup flour
3 eggs + 2 tablespoons water
2 cups panko bread crumbs
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1 teaspoon pepper

For the sticky buffalo sauce:
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup buffalo wing hot sauce (like Frank’s)
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 tablespoons water
1/4 teaspoon cornstarch

For the jalapeno ranch dressing:
1/2 jalapeno, finely minced
1/2 cup milk (add more or less for a creamier or runnier texture)
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 cup fresh parsley, minced

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 425F and grease a baking sheet with cooking spray.

In a large bowl, toss the chicken thigh strips in flour to lightly coat.

In a medium-sized bowl, mix panko crumbs, garlic salt and pepper. In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs and water. Dip flour-coated chicken strips into egg mixture, then toss in panko crumbs to coat.

Place coated chicken pieces on the prepared baking sheet. Bake 15-20 minutes until chicken is browned and cooked through.

Make the buffalo sauce. In a stove top pot over medium heat, combine brown sugar, buffalo wing sauce, garlic powder, water and cornstarch. Bring to a simmer and cook, whisking occasionally, until sauce reduces by 1/3 and thickens slightly.

Make the jalapeno ranch dressing; whisk together all dressing ingredients together in a bowl.

Toss cooked chicken tenders in the buffalo sauce.

Split all salad ingredients between four bowls. Top with chicken and drizzle with dressing. Can be served warm or cold.

From droolworthydaily.com