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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


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

Cook's Notes

This meal makes the most of supermarket ingredients. Even in small amounts, blue cheese and cayenne pack enough flavor to satisfy the whole family.

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  • MS112607397
    17 JUN, 2013
    Made this for hubby, a Father's Day treat. He loved it but now the oven needs to be cleaned. Only downside, lots of splattering. But he's worth it . . .
  • wibaker12
    12 JUN, 2013
    This was exactly like hot spicy chicken wings, but easier to prepare. The salad was good but The amount of dressing was really too much for 1 head of romaine. Next time I will make a smaller amount of dressing. My chicken had to bake for 28-30 minutes until it was done. Over all I like this recipe.
  • claritygolden
    21 OCT, 2011
    Love this recipe. It's so simple and tastes great. We usually grill the chicken just to avoid the mess of broiling, but otherwise it's a great and easy recipe!
  • bicma2000
    20 OCT, 2011
    This is my new favorite go-to recipe. To feed my larger family, and have leftovers, I triple the chicken, double the sauce and fix the same amount of salad, using only 1/3 cup of blue cheese. Fast, easy-and makes my hot wing loving family happy!