These one pan spicy buffalo chicken lettuce cups are the prefect weeknight meal. They’re light, healthy and loaded with flavor. Perfect for days when you want a high protein meal without a lot of fuss, this one pan spicy buffalo chicken is a winner. Drizzle with my homemade yogurt ranch for the ultimate flavor bomb!

Guys, this recipe is spicy, cheesy and lean. It truly checks all the boxes. Plus, you’ll feel totally full and satisfied after trying this recipe. There are multiple ways to enjoy this spicy buffalo chicken recipe. Meal prep it for lunches for the week ahead. Or you can enjoy it for dinner. This spicy buffalo chicken mixture can be served in a lettuce cup, tucked in a wrap or in a deconstructed burger bowl. This recipe reminds me of a buffalo chicken sloppy joe but healthier!

As an added bonus, you only need one pan for this entire dish, so cleanup is a breeze. Let me know if you give this recipe a try.

Spicy Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Cups – Healthyish Foods

Ways to Enjoy One Pan Spicy Buffalo Chicken

  1. Lettuce cups
  2. Tucked in a wrap
  3. Burger bowl
  4. Baked in bell peppers
  5. Tacos
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Ingredients Needed for One Pan Spicy Buffalo Chicken

Lettuce – You’ll need 8-10 lettuce cups for this recipe. I used lettuce boats, but you can use butter lettuce, romaine lettuce or whatever you enjoy most.

Chicken – You’ll need 1 – 1.5 pounds of ground chicken for this recipe.

Avocado oil – This recipe calls for avocado oil. You’ll use the oil to sauté the vegetables and ground chicken in the pan.

Vegetables – You’ll need diced celery, diced carrots and diced sweet onion for this recipe. Be sure to dice all the vegetables the same size for even cooking.

Seasoning – Season this dish with salt, black pepper and garlic powder.

Chicken Broth – You’ll need about a ¼ cup of chicken broth for this recipe. Option to use chicken bone broth for more nutrients.

Buffalo Sauce – You’ll need about ¼ cup of buffalo sauce for this recipe. I used Frank’s Red Hot buffalo sauce, but you can use whatever you enjoy most. Mild, medium or hot will all work fine.

Cheese – You’ll need about 1/4 – 1/3 cup of whipped cream cheese for this recipe. The whipped cream cheese melts faster than traditional cream cheese, but either option will work fine.

Garnish- Option to top your lettuce cups with a few cracks of black pepper, sliced green onion, and a drizzle of homemade yogurt ranch.

Spicy Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Cups – Healthyish Foods

How to Make One Pan Spicy Buffalo Chicken

Heat a non-stick skillet over medium high heat. Add the avocado oil. Once the oil is hot but not smoking, add the diced celery, diced carrots and diced sweet onion. Sauté for 3-4 minutes then season with salt, black pepper, and garlic powder.

Once the vegetables are soft and begin to lightly brown, add the ground chicken. Using a spatula break up the chicken into small pieces as it browns in the pan. Once the chicken is cooked through, deglaze the pan with the chicken broth.

Then, add the buffalo sauce and mix well. Finally, add the whipped cream cheese. Once the mixture is well combined, load it into the lettuce cups. Top with cracked black pepper, sliced green onion and a drizzle of my homemade yogurt ranch. Serve hot and enjoy.

Spicy Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Cups – Healthyish Foods

Storage

Extra dressing can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for three to four days. Leftover buffalo chicken mixture can be stored in a separate airtight container in the refrigerator for three to four days. Reheat the chicken mixture in the microwave. Extra lettuce can be stored in a sealable bag in the refrigerator for two to three days.

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Spicy Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Cups – Healthyish Foods

One Pan Spicy Buffalo Chicken

These one pan spicy buffalo chicken lettuce cups are the prefect weeknight meal. They’re light, healthy and loaded with flavor. Perfect for days when you want a high protein meal without a lot of fuss, this one pan spicy buffalo chicken is a winner.
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Ingredients

One Pan Spicy Buffalo Chicken

  • 1 -1.5 lbs. ground chicken
  • 1-2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • ½ cup sweet onion, diced small
  • cup carrot, diced small
  • cup celery, diced small
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ cup chicken broth
  • ¼ cup buffalo sauce
  • ¼ cup whipped cream cheese

Homemade Yogurt Ranch

  • 1 cup 0% Greek yogurt
  • cup mayonnaise
  • 2-3 tablespoons chives, fresh, chopped
  • 2 tablespoon warm water
  • 2 teaspoon lemon juice, fresh squeezed
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

Equipment

  • 1 large, non-stick skillet

Instructions 

How to Make One Pan Spicy Buffalo Chicken

  • Heat a non-stick skillet over medium high heat. Add the avocado oil. Once the oil is hot but not smoking, add the diced celery, diced carrots and diced sweet onion. Sauté for 3-4 minutes then season with salt, black pepper, and garlic powder.
  • Once the vegetables are soft and begin to lightly brown, add the ground chicken. Using a spatula break up the chicken into small pieces as it browns in the pan. Once the chicken is cooked through, deglaze the pan with the chicken broth.
  • Then, add the buffalo sauce and mix well. Finally, add the whipped cream cheese. Once the mixture is well combined, load it into the lettuce cups. Top with cracked black pepper, sliced green onion and a drizzle of my homemade yogurt ranch. Serve hot and enjoy.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1serving or 1/8th of the spicy buffalo chicken mixture, Calories: 129kcal, Carbohydrates: 2g, Protein: 11g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Trans Fat: 0.04g, Cholesterol: 56mg, Sodium: 442mg, Potassium: 355mg, Fiber: 0.3g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 1006IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 17mg, Iron: 1mg