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Buffalo Chicken Rice Bowl

These buffalo chicken rice bowls are a quick, wholesome weeknight meal loaded with vegetables and tons of flavor. This recipe is dairy-free, gluten-free, and can easily be made vegan.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Lindsey Jenkins


Buffalo Chicken

  • 1 - 1.25 pounds chicken breast
  • kosher salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ cup chicken or vegetable broth or water

Dairy-Free Buffalo Sauce

  • ½ cup dairy-free butter, melted
  • 6 tablespoons cayenne pepper-based hot sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

Rice Bowls

  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • 6 cups romaine or other leafy greens, chopped
  • 3-4 stalks celery, sliced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • dairy-free ranch


  • Generously season both sides of the chicken with salt and pepper. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the chicken, and cook for 5 minutes on one side.
  • Flip the chicken over, add your liquid of choice and cover with a lid. Let it cook for another 7-8 minutes or until the internal temperature of the chicken reads 165 degrees Fahrenheit on a meat thermometer.
  • Add the cooked chicken breasts to the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, and turn on medium speed until the chicken is fully shredded. Alternatively, you can do this with a handheld mixer or in a bowl with two forks.
  • Pour the buffalo sauce into the bowl of shredded chicken and toss well to coat. (You may not need all of it.)
  • Divide the rice, lettuce, celery, cherry tomatoes, and buffalo chicken between 4 bowls and drizzle with dairy-free ranch.


In a hurry? - use store-bought rotisserie chicken instead of cooking it yourself and buffalo sauce. Primal Kitchen's Buffalo Sauce is a great dairy-free option. They also make a dairy-free ranch.
No romaine? - use any other leafy greens you'd like such as kale, spinach, or a mix.
No celery? - choose another crunchy vegetable such as cucumber, jicama, bell pepper, or radish.
No cherry tomatoes? - swap for another variety, another veg, or omit.
Make it vegan - use jackfruit, chickpeas, or tofu instead.