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Firecracker chukar sits atop a bed of lettuce.

Firecracker Chukar Salad

Jack Hennessy
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 2 people
Calories 708 kcal


  • 2 chukars plucked, preferably skin-on, and spatchcocked
  • salt and pepper

Buffalo sauce

  • 1 cup Frank’s Red Hot
  • ¼ cup Pureed chipotle (in adobo sauce)
  • 4 tbsp salted butter
  • 1 tbsp garlic freshly minced


  • cup Montana Wild Huckleberry Syrup
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • ½ oz basil freshly minced
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper


  • Spring mix
  • ¼ red onion finely minced
  • Bleu cheese crumbles
  • Crushed pistachios for garnish


  • Spatchcock chukars (remove spine and open like a book) and dust front with kosher salt and freshly cracked pepper. Allow to sit and dry in fridge for couple hours prior to grilling.
  • Puree chipotle peppers in adobo sauce and add ¼ cup of puree to 1 cup Frank’s Red Hot sauce. To make buffalo sauce, heat this mixture on medium-low and slowly add 4 tablespoons of salted butter 1 tablespoon at a time, then 1 tablespoon freshly minced garlic. Stir often and do not burn.
  • Grill chukar evenly for crispy exterior and 160-degree Fahrenheit internal temp. When done, remove and let chukars rest a few minutes.
  • Gently mix together dressing ingredients. TIP: it may help to microwave syrup bottle, cap off, for 10-20 seconds to make it easier to pour.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add buffalo sauce and gently toss chukars in bowl to fully cover in sauce.
  • Assemble salad with a spring mix and finely diced red onions. Spring bleu cheese crumbles over the top and add chukar covered in buffalo sauce.
  • Add a little bit of dressing and garnish with crushed pistachios.


Serving: 1gCalories: 708kcalCarbohydrates: 65gProtein: 22gFat: 40gSaturated Fat: 19gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 142mgSodium: 4505mgPotassium: 306mgFiber: 4gSugar: 53gVitamin A: 2721IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 56mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Chukar, Grilling, upland game birds
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