a beauty queen she is not but this one pan buffalo chicken and broccoli is a weeknight favorite. protein + vegetable + one pan = winning at weeknight dinner. plus, we’ve got spicy AND sweet going on here, so we basically can’t lose.
truth be told, i usually don’t even like buffalo sauce or things flavored with it but it works for me here. i think it’s because the vinegar and sugar add a bit more depth to the flavor so it’s not just full-on buffalo sauce flavor.
and now that i’m thinking about, we’ve always made this with chicken but as i am right now typing this, it is occurring to me that this would likely be delicious with tofu too. i shall have to try that and report back to you, team. in the meantime, i’ve included my preliminary ideas about how i would replace the chicken with tofu in the notes below the recipe so if you beat me to the punch and try it out, let us know how it goes in the comments, ok? team effort here.
in the meantime though, this original version, with chicken, was recently declared a “top 2 chicken dish” by my husband (the other dish in the top 2 has the word “fried” in the title, so it’s not even really a fair fight). i’m pretty sure he would happily eat chicken for dinner every night, if only i was willing to endure prepping raw chicken that often (it’s just so… yeah, ugh, i can’t even get into it…), so a “top 2” accolade coming from him is pretty legit.
and there you have it: a buffalo flavored dish for those who don’t usually like buffalo sauce and a chicken dish for those who LOVE chicken. also, did i mention? one. pan. because, weeknights.