Overhead view of a Buffalo Chicken Rice Bowl.

Buffalo Chicken Bowls

This easy Buffalo Chicken Rice Bowl will be your new go-to recipe when you want a hearty meal in about 10 minutes flat. It stars U.S.-grown brown short grain rice alongside shredded buffalo chicken, crispy vegetables, and a tangy blue cheese vinaigrette dressing.

This recipe is perfect for leftover rice and comes to us from our friend Anne Danahy of Craving Something Healthy in partnership with USA Rice.

  • Servings
  • Serving Size
    1 bowl
  • Prep Time
    10 min
  • Total Time
    10 min


Blue Cheese Vinaigrette

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 5 teaspoons white wine vinegar
  • 2 ounces blue cheese
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground pepper
  • pinch salt optional to taste
  • water to thin the dressing


  • 2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken meat only, no skin
  • ⅓ cup bottled Buffalo sauce hot or mild
  • 1 cup cooked short grain brown rice
  • 3 cups romaine lettuce chopped
  • ¾ cup chopped celery
  • ¾ cup grape tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1 tablespoon sliced almonds
  • 1 tablespoon blue cheese crumbles optional topping


Blue Cheese Vinaigrette Dressing

  • Combine the olive oil, vinegar, 2 ounces of blue cheese, onion powder, and ground pepper in a bullet blender and blend until smooth. Alternatively, you can put the ingredients in a bowl and blend with an immersion blender.
  • Add 1-2 tablespoons of water if the dressing is too thick. Taste and add a pinch of salt if desired. Set the dressing aside.

Bowl Assembly

  • Place the chicken and Buffalo sauce in a bowl. Using 2 forks, shred the chicken and stir in the sauce until the chicken is well coated.
  • Combine the sauced chicken, rice, lettuce, celery, and tomatoes in a large mixing bowl. Toss everything lightly to combine.
  • Divide the mixture between two large serving bowls. Top each bowl with half the almonds and extra blue cheese crumbles if desired. Drizzle dressing over each bowl.
  • Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

Substitute leftover cooked chicken breast for the rotisserie chicken.

Store cooked brown rice for up to 3 days in a tightly covered container in the refrigerator.

To meal prep these bowls, don't combine the ingredients. Keep them separated in your container so the sauced chicken and blue cheese don't wilt the lettuce. Keep the dressing in a separate jar and add the dressing just before serving.

Nutrition Facts

  • Serving 1 bowl
  • Calories 627kcal
  • Total Fat 35g
  • Saturated Fat 10g
  • Cholesterol 126mg
  • Sodium 472mg
  • Carbohydrates 31g
  • Dietary Fiber 5g
  • Sugar 3g
  • Protein 46g