Buffalo Chicken Thighs with Celery and Blue Cheese Salad
Baked chicken with a side of greens gets a spicy upgrade in this easy and affordable weeknight dinner.
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- Servings: 4
Source: Everyday Food, July/August 2011
- 4 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs (about 1 1/2 pounds total)
- Coarse salt and ground pepper
- 1 1/4 teaspoons cayenne pepper
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 5 tablespoons white-wine vinegar
- 3 ounces blue cheese, crumbled (3/4 cup)
- 3 large celery stalks, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
- 1 head romaine lettuce, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
Preheat oven to 475 degrees. Place chicken, skin side up, on a rimmed baking sheet and season with salt, pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon cayenne. Cook until skin is golden and crisp and chicken is cooked through, 20 minutes, rotating sheet halfway through. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, 2 tablespoons vinegar, and half the blue cheese. Add celery and romaine, season with salt and pepper, and toss to combine. Sprinkle salad with remaining blue cheese.
In a small pot, melt butter with 3/4 teaspoon cayenne over medium-low. Whisk in 3 tablespoons vinegar and remove from heat; season with salt and pepper. In a medium bowl, toss chicken with butter mixture to coat. Divide chicken among 4 plates, drizzle with any extra butter mixture, and serve with salad.