Buffalo Chicken Salad Lettuce Cups

This recipe is totally like this old recipe. But it’s kind of different. Isn’t that what all recipes are though? Something to ponder on your Tuesday. You’re welcome.

You guys. Technology is so freaking hard. Why does it make absolute no sense? Like, absolutely none. Yesterday, my day was filled with technology frustrations. Let me explain to you how my day went. So I woke up at 5am after a terrible night sleep (I never sleep well when I know I have to wake up early), I half assed did my make up and headed to the gym to coach. Once I finished coaching at 10am, I went home and tried to entertain my dog for an hour. After sucking at that because I was continually checking my email to hopefully see the answers to my never ending tech questions, I headed to the grocery store to get some hot sauce for this recipe, then I made the recipe. Boom, boom. After making the recipe and leaving a sh*t storm in my kitchen, I gave the dog a carrot to keep him entertained while I figured out my newsletter service. Ya see, I just switched over to a new mailing service and it’s only about half done. There are things that need to be finished on it that I have no idea how to do. So I write an email asking a milli questions then I sit and wait, freaking out more and more as time goes by. Then I put together this email template that probably took me 3 hours, just to find out that I was doing it all wrong. I am ABSOLUTELY 100% going to have to get botox after this ihatetechnology day. Yep. The crease between my eyebrows keeps getting deeper with each website issue.

Then I noticed that Jackson (my puppy) thought it would be fun to just shred the carrot with his teeth instead of swallow it. So to distract myself from the meaningless template and ever deepening wrinkles, I picked up his many, many carrot scraps on the floor. He didn’t even fight me for them. Just looked at me with “you’re an idiot” eyes. Bastard.

Ok, I’m done venting. Wait no. Jackson farted. It’s horrendous.

Ok, I’m now officially done venting.

So now that I’m 26 years old, I have to get my own health insurance. I know, I know. Grow up, Juli. But for real. Because of Obama’s health rules, whatever those may be, I’ve been able to be on my parent’s health insurance until I turned 26. Well, I turned 26 a week ago and I still haven’t gotten my own health insurance. I know, I know. Grow up, Juli. I need to be a responsible adult. But I just don’t know where to start. It’s kind of like taxes. We’re expected to know everything about them even though we are taught nothing about them in college. There are just so many services out there and I’d rather not pay a bazillion dollars per month because I’m self employed, eat paleo, and workout pretty much for a living, so I’m not exactly the highest risk patient. Do you have any advice for you self employed, newly 26 years olds out there? Or really anyone. Advise me. I need you.


Buffalo Chicken Salad Lettuce Cups

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 10 mins


  • 1 pound cooked chicken, chopped (I used a rotisserie chicken)
  • ¼ red onion, minced
  • 1 small carrot, minced
  • 1 stalk of celery, minced
  • ½ cup homemade mayo (see Buffalo Chicken Pasta recipe for instructions) or Sir Kensington’s Mayo
  • ¼ cup Frank’s Hot Sauce
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • butter lettuce or iceberg lettuce
  • chopped green onions, to garnish
  • goat cheese crumbles, to garnish (optional – primal option)


  1. Place chicken, onion, carrot, celery, mayo, hot sauce, and salt and pepper in the bowl and mix well until combined.
  2. Place chicken salad in a lettuce leaf and sprinkle with green onions and goat cheese crumbles.
  3. Eat up! Easy peasy!

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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.


47 thoughts on “Buffalo Chicken Salad Lettuce Cups”

  1. Mmmmm my husband and I love ANYTHING buffalo (buffalo chicken meatloaf for dinner tonight)! Does this keep well? Like I could double it and use for lunches?

  2. Marry someone in the military and get free health insurance! KIDDING!!! Don’t do that. The doctors just throw pills at you and don’t actually help with anything. Now I’m venting 🙂

    1. After 22+ yrs of being a military dependent I have never known that to be true. My family and I always had great care.

  3. Recipe looks yum, except I’ll probably have it with eggs instead of wrapped in lettuce!

    My kids used to do the same thing your dog did with the carrot (or some kind of chew spit thing) and it was always when I was busy with something and didn’t notice till later. And I didn’t learn my lesson and kept giving them carrots. I also share your frustration with tech stuff as I’m clueless. Nothing like wasting hours accomplishing nothing 🙂

  4. Ugh! Aren’t technology problems the worst! That buffalo chicken salad looks bomb and I am totally putting that one on this weeks grocery list! My husband is obsessed with anything buffalo style so I’m sure it will be a win! Hope your techy problems get sorted soon!

  5. Ugh. Insurance. Due to job changes we just had to get private insurance and I think I lost 2 weeks of my life comparing policies. We ended up with Health Partners for a reasonable monthly rate and fairly unreasonable deductible. Ugh. Good luck!!

  6. I am newly 26! I have health insurance through my employer but I would recommend getting an HSA (Health Savings Account.) They are high deductible plans but are generally the cheapest up front and are a good choice for healthy, young people. I’ve had one throughout my twenties and I have been very happy with it. You can put money into your HSA pre-tax, it rolls over every year, and you can basically turn it into a savings account if you don’t use it for medical expenses. Look into it! 🙂

    Thanks for the delicious recipes!

    1. Totally agree! If you are young and healthy and don’t make many trips other than your standard checkups, go this route. Also – the whole turning 26 thing. I am turning 27 soon and may have possibly had a minor quarter-life crisis yesterday. I obviously blogged about it.

    2. Yes! That is a great plan. I work in healthcare and that is the plan I have for myself when I age out this August. The high deductible plans are great for me. I workout, I eat (mostly) healthy and have the benefit working for a medical professional. I don’t need the major medical plans from Obamacare. (and I don’t want them.)
      The first year’s fine should be around $90. Which is wayyy less than actual cost of health insurance.

  7. I’m newly 26 as well! But I’m an unemployed student so I haven’t been able to find something I can afford. Good luck finding something. P.S. This recipe looks so yummy

  8. I don’t have any specific advise regarding health insurance in your area, but please get it!!! I was 29 when some unexpected health problems came my way, and I was “low risk” just like you. Just saying that anything can happen at any time, so being a little prepared is a good thing. Love your blog.

  9. JB, I am newly 26 as of April 26, just a few days behind you! SUPER glad you posted this recipe and even more so about finding health insurance. I will be checking on this regularly hoping to find some guidance as well. Good luck to you and thanks for being awesome 🙂

  10. Hey Juli! I would suggest looking into a catastrophic plan if you can’t get the HSA Kristel suggested. Catastrophic plans cover you @ the bare minimum so they have high deductibles but low premiums. Not sure if you have BCBS in your area, but they offer one that even includes 2 dr visits/yr for $20 copay. I’ve had to use these kinds of plans when I didn’t have ins through work and they seemed to be a good fit for a healthy, young person. Good luck!

  11. Ask around at your gym (or wherever) to see if anyone you know works in HR or handles the benefits at their job and then get some advice from them. This is what I did for my sister, I basically helped her narrow down some of the options because I know that the Obamacare website is suuuuper overwhelming.

  12. This looks so yummy! I love easy recipes like this that can just be thrown together. Looking forward to adding it to my next meal plan. Thanks!

  13. Hi Juli,

    My mom works in healthcare and helps people just like you all the time! If you haven’t found a solution yet and you’re interested in having her help you- send me an email and I’ll send you her way.
    She nice and a mom and will do what’s best for you! Promise.

  14. http://connectforhealthco.com/

    This is the Colorado health exchange website. It has everything that is available in CO.

    I would also recommend an HSA, they are the BOMB! I had one for several years and it is so great, you never lose your pre-tax money and you can use it for just about any health related expense (the IRS has lists if you’re iffy about something). A catastrophic isn’t a bad option either, but you should qualify for an HSA plan without a problem. Good luck!

  15. http://connectforhealthco.com/

    This is the website for the CO health care exchange, all the plans available in the state.

    I had an HSA for a few years and it was AWESOME! I highly recommend one of those, you should qualify easily. There are insurance brokers that can help you too, I’m sure someone at your gym would know of a good one that could help. Good luck!

  16. In NYC we call 311 for help on anything. I don’t know if you guys have a number like that. But if you do, give it a call and ask to speak with someone about health insurance options. I went to a non-profit place and a health insurance navigator helped me out with understanding how to sign up for health insurance and what subsidies are (these are so great especially if you don’t make a ton of money. My health insurance would have been like $300 for a bronze plan (I’d recommend this over catastrophic) but my subsidy which was based off my income brought it down stupid low. ) Anyways this health insurance navigator spent like 45 mins with me and it was for free. Also I didn’t realize this but because of the affordable health care act, we ladies all get one annual physical and one annual gynecological visit for free. So no co-pay or nothin’. Your doc will know about it so just tell them you want this visit to be your freebie when ya go. Ok good luck!!

    Oh and I think you could also just walk into a hospital and see if they have anyone to talk to about health insurance. That’s what my brother did. Thanks for the recipesss!

  17. About the health insurance…Obamacare is basically a mandate that you buy private health insurance. There is no government-run health insurance other than Medicaid. So, when you log into the Obamacare exchanges, they are basically taking your information and deciding whether you qualify for Medicaid or not. If you do not qualify, then they help you find a private insurance policy. To prevent you from giving personal information to the government and getting on Medicaid (which most doctors can’t stand because they don’t get paid for 3 months or longer – my doctor can only accept a certain number of Medicaid patients and has quit taking them), just go to the private health insurance websites and compare rates. There are websites kinda like Expedia that give you a breakdown of all the major companies.

    I would also have to agree with the other commenters on here. I’m 27 years old and have had my own health insurance since I was 21 when I started working for an employer who gave it to me….but my employer always gave us options and as a healthy, young individual it is always advised to go with the highest deductible as possible and then contribute a portion of your paycheck to an HSA (Health Savings Account). The HSA acts like a bank account except money goes in and gets spent tax-free which means the savings will eventually add up enough to pay your deductible and co-pays and any other medical fee you may have. The best way is just to stay out of the system as much as possible and you do that pretty well with your lifestyle.

    One more thing…sometimes it is cheaper to just pay the Obamacare fine and pay out of pocket for everything. You would have to do this analysis, but I have found out that it is cheaper for me to NOT get dental insurance and to just pay for cleanings twice a year. My teeth are healthy and as long as I keep them that way, I won’t need anything other than cleanings. Plus, my dentist was willing to change my bill when I was $5 short the last time I paid. They wouldn’t do that with insurance patients…

  18. yeah, I’m 26 and we are currently looking into health insurance options. What is looking most hopeful to us is a catastrophic plan or even an “Accidental” plan -seriously like $20/month. (doesn’t cover critical illness, dental, vision- basically covers you if you get in a car accident kind of incident). We are using the Zander Insurance website. Instant quotes online and easy to navigate through.
    Does anyone else know much about an accidental plan?
    Good luck.

  19. Made this tonight with Sir Kensington’s mayo, so yummy and easy. I’m obsessed with your recipes, everything is so good!

  20. Seriously, can they bring back Home Ec, except have it in college and have it be about taxes, mortgages, insurance, etc…???

  21. Ho man! I just made this tonight for dinner and it was ah-mazing! Thanks so much! I’ve been following for several months now in general and I use your recipes almost every day, everything is always so amazingly good!

    Thanks again, you’re a rockstar!

  22. OMG…new favorite. I didn’t think I could find something that would top the Buffalo Chicken Pasta, but I don’t have to turn on my oven in 100* heat or do anything in depth. Can we tell I’m feeling a bit lazy??

    Anyway. So I’ve failed miserably at making the homemade mayo like, every (five) single time I’ve attempted it, so I subbed Greek Yogurt and it was AWESOME. Also topped it off with the goat cheese (we’re following primal not strict paleo) and avocado, and put the mix on a bed of shredded lettuce and made a salad.

    Seriously. Keep this shit up, it rocks!!!

  23. I made this recipe (and your apple pie nachos) for a charity competition at my work. Everyone LOVED the salad!! So much that my team ran out! 🙁 and I was asked for the recipe several times. Unfortunately, my team didn’t win the competition but we had a really great time! so, thank you!

  24. Does anyone know how to add this to the “recipe box?” There used to be a button here for recipe box, but I don’t see it anymore. Thanks!

  25. Hi Juli, thanks for the idea, although I made a different version of it, but it ended up tasting pretty nice as well! Keep on dancing and cooking;)

  26. Made these for Super Bowl. The fam didn’t even know it was paleo!, Score one for mom! I heated it a little with the goat cheese in it and used w sweet potato chips and the lettuce wraps, can’t wait for the leftovers tomorrow. I love all your recipes, never disappointed, just need to practice self control.

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