This Whole30 buffalo chicken ranch meal prep is Whole30 meal prep perfection! Totally loaded with flavor, protein, healthy fats, and fiber, this Whole30 meal prep is the best way to go into lunch swinging. With cauliflower rice and homemade ranch dressing, this Whole30 buffalo chicken ranch meal prep is one of my very favorite Whole30 meal prep recipes for sure.
This is the first thing I ever fed my assistant.
We’d decided to work together as a sort of last-minute thing. I knew I needed to hire someone to help out with the day-to-day tasks here but was a bit terrified. But then one of my oldest friends came to me, it made sense, and working with one of your besties sounded like a damn good idea. So I hired her.
The first day she came to the office, I begged her to take one of those Whole30 buffalo chicken ranch meal preps off my hands. I’d been eating them for 5 days straight at that point and couldn’t stomach the thought of another bite! She agreed readily and devoured the meal prep at the kitchen counter.
“You seriously… have… to give me… this recipe,” she stated simply between bites.
“I would seriously… make this… all the… time.”
And I get why! Tender shredded buffalo chicken over cauliflower rice, topped with sweet cherry tomatoes, creamy avocado, and drizzled with a homemade ranch dressing? I’m exceptionally partial to my Greek healthy meal prep, but this Whole30 buffalo chicken ranch meal prep is a very close second.
Bonus points: preparation is the #1 piece of advice for any Whole30, forever and ever. Prep! Prepare. Make preparations. Do all the things that will help you go into each and every meal, that will help you meet every little hunger pang with an answer. And for lunch, your answer is a fervent
Whole30 buffalo chicken ranch meal prep.
This Whole30 meal prep comes together pretty easily on a Sunday, requiring just a bit of chopping and prepping, mostly relying on the punch of flavor that comes from the tender, shredded buffalo chicken and the richness of a homemade ranch dressing.
I’ll be sharing my favorite ever immersion blender ranch dressing recipe (also known as “dump ranch,” and, yes, I know.) soon, but here’s a little trick: you can combine all the ingredients for my best Whole30 ranch dressing in the jar of an immersion blender, substituting 1 cup light-tasting olive oil, avocado oil, or fractionated coconut oil + 1 egg + 1 teaspoon mustard powder for the mayo. Push the head of the immersion blender down to the bottom, blitz until the mixture at the bottom thickens, then slowly move the immersion blender up to incorporate the rest of the liquid. So easy!
I recommend dicing the avocado right before you eat it, otherwise you’ll end up with a browned mess.
To make this Whole30 meal prep, I used…
Buffalo Chicken Ranch Whole30 Meal Prep (Whole30 Meal Prep)
This Whole30 buffalo chicken ranch meal prep is healthy eating perfection! Totally loaded with flavor, protein, healthy fats, and fiber, this Whole30 meal prep is the best way to go into lunch swinging. With cauliflower rice and homemade ranch dressing, this Whole30 buffalo chicken ranch meal prep is one of my very favorite Whole30 meal prep recipes for sure.
- 2 medium boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 1/4 cup Frank's Red Hot Sauce
- 2 Tbsp. ghee
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 Tbsp. compliant mayonnaise
- 2 12-ounce bags frozen cauliflower rice
- pinch turmeric if desired
- 1 head romaine lettuce shredded
- 1 cucumber diced
- 1 cup grape tomatoes halved
- 1 bunch green onions sliced thin
- 2 avocados peeled, seeded, and diced before serving
- Whole30 ranch dressing for drizzling
- celery sticks for garnish
- Instant Pot
- meal prep containers
If you do not have an Instant Pot, see Note for alternate directions for chicken using a slow cooker.
Make your shredded chicken: combine chicken breasts, Frank's Red Hot Sauce, ghee, and salt in the pot of an Instant Pot. Do not add water. Secure lid and cook on Manual, high pressure for 20 minutes. Quick release pressure and remove chicken breasts from pot. Shred with two forks then return to pot. Add in 1 tablespoon mayonnaise and cook on Sauté mode a few minutes until sauce is absorbed.
Put frozen cauliflower rice in a saucepan with a lid and place over low heat. Cook until thawed and cooked through, seasoning with salt. Add a pinch of turmeric for color, if desired, and stir very well to combine. Remove from heat.
Assemble your meal prep: evenly divide all ingredients among 4-6 meal prep containers. Spoon cauliflower rice into 1/3 of each container, place romaine into 1/3 of each container, then place chicken in other 1/3. Top with tomatoes and cucumbers, then sprinkle with green onions. Serve with freshly diced avocado, cucumber sticks, and plenty of Whole30 Ranch dressing.
If you do not have an Instant Pot, make chicken in a slow cooker instead of an Instant Pot: In the pot of a slow-cooker, combine chicken, Frank's Red Hot Sauce, ghee, and salt. Do not add water. Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours, or cook on high for 4 to 6 hours. After about 3/4 of the time, shred the chicken breasts with two forks then add 1 Tbsp. mayonnaise. Stir to coat and let chicken cook a few minutes longer, or until sauce is absorbed.