Even living a healthy lifestyle, sometimes I just want junk food. Comfort food. Pub food. Buffalo chicken nachos from the neighborhood sports bar, for example.
I might as well order a salt lick and prepare to be bloated for the next seven days.
But that doesn’t mean the craving has to go unchecked. One convenient thing about a low-carb diet is that many of your calories come from fats. Which, as it happens, are the base of just about every delicious, lip-smacking sauce you’ve ever had.
So here’s my low-carb, low-sodium, Creamy Buffalo Chicken recipe. Twice as satisfying as the restaurant chicken, and zero accompanying bloat.
Ingredients for Creamy Buffalo Sauce
1 tbs butter
1 tbs coconut flour
1/8 tsp xanthan gum
8 oz. heavy whipping cream
1/4 tsp garlic powder
2 oz cream cheese
1 cups shredded cheddar blend
1/4 cup frank’s red hot
Salt and pepper to taste, if necessary
Combine coconut flour, xanthan gum, garlic powder, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Then melt the butter in the bottom of a saucepan until it’s sizzling and fragrant, but don’t let it burn. Add the coconut flour mixture to the melted butter and whisk together over medium heat to form a paste. Slowly whisk in the heavy cream, stirring continuously. The mixture should gradually thicken as you stir for about 3-5 minutes. After you reach the desired consistency, turn heat to low and add cream cheese and cheddar. Stir the cheeses into the hot mixture until they melt and are fully incorporated. Add Frank’s Red Hot gradually until you reach the level of heat you want. I stopped at about 1/4 a cup.
This will make one to two cups of sauce. It will keep in the fridge for up to 7 days. Since this is a fat-based sauce, it will re-solidify in the fridge, but it melts again nicely for meals throughout the week.
Creamy Buffalo Chicken Wrap
1 chicken breast, cooked and cut into cubes
¼ cups Creamy Buffalo Sauce
Green leaf lettuce
Toss the chicken in the Creamy Buffalo Sauce. Place the leaf lettuce on a plate and pour the coated chicken over top. Add extra hot sauce if you desire and garnish with fresh thyme. It really adds a little something to each bite!
Something to note: All of the cheeses do make this quite calorie-dense, so I really don’t recommend eating more than a ¼ cup of the sauce per serving. It’s an incredibly satisfying dish so you definitely won’t feel hungry, and it should do the trick to scratch that junk food itch!