Mar 30, 2011

BBQ Chicken Salad - Yum!

Time for another recipe!
This is one of our favorite meals.

I used to get the BBQ Ranch Chicken Salad at Cheesecake Factory every time I went.  So yummy!  I decided to make my own version at home: 


This really is an easy and delicious meal!

The amount of the ingredients depend on how many people you are preparing it for.  This recipe will be for a serving of four.

BBQ Chicken Salad
4 Chicken breasts, grilled and diced
Iceberg lettuce - 1 head, chopped
Red leaf lettuce - 1 head, chopped
2 tomatoes, diced
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 package frozen corn (you could use canned corn instead)
1/2 yellow or purple onion (whatever you have on hand), diced
1 cup chopped cilantro
1-2 avocados, diced
1 cucumber, chopped
BBQ sauce (your favorite kind)
Ranch dressing

Start with the chicken.  I grill mine.  Make sure to season it nicely with garlic salt and pepper and any seasoning you like!  While the chicken is grilling, chop your lettuce.  I chop mine into bite-sized pieces, then wash it in the colander.

While the lettuce is drying, prepare your toppings.  Chop the cilantro, dice the tomato, onion, avocado and cucumber.  Cook/warm the corn and drain/rinse the beans.

When the chicken is done, dice it up into bite-sized pieces.  Add some BBQ sauce, maybe about 1/3 cup, to the chicken and stir to coat it.  If you want a little more, by all means, add a little more!

You are ready to assemble your salad!
Start with your lettuce and then add any toppings you want:


Add your chicken last.
For the dressing, I drizzle a little bit of ranch, maybe a tablespoon or two.  Then, I drizzle more BBQ sauce, a good couple tablespoons.  That's what makes the salad, in my opinion!  That and the cilantro - don't forget the cilantro.


Voila!  
You have a super tasty and healthy salad!
You could even throw on some green or red peppers.  
Mmmm, that would be good!

Try it out, you won't be disappointed!


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12 Nuggets of Love:

Natalie said...

Oh mercy...that looks soooo good! I miss Cheesecake Factory. *sniff sniff* I'll have to put this on my list for next week's menu! Thanks for sharing!

Oh! And you're the YW Pres, too!?! That's awesome! We must chat sometime...I'd love to know what the heck I'm supposed to be doing. ;)

The Crafty Gals said...

Yum! I love anything with cilantro!! I think you've made this for us before. It's delish.

Sammy said...

YUM! Thanks i'm so going to try this, my mouth is watering!

Katherines Corner said...

ummmmmm...yummy! Happy Friday Hugs!

Rachel said...

Mmmmm, that looks delicious! I'll have to try it out!

Rachel @ Maybe Matilda

Little Brick Ranch said...

Super delicious AND healthy! I love the cilantro!! If you get a sec, pop on over to Foodie Friday and link up! Oh, and I found you on Tatertots and Jello!

Butterscotch Caramel said...

This is my kind of recipe. thanks for sharing. Found you on Little Brick Ranch

CAS said...

Wow, Michelle, this sounds so good! We live in the desert Southwest, so we eat a lot of salads in the summer and do a lot of grilling. Perfect combo! I'm a new follower & hope you pop over to my blog & maybe follow back.
CAS

Jenny said...

Oh my, that just looks delicious. I've never had this salad at Cheesecake Factory, but think I will make it at home. YUM! Found you at TAtertots and Jello.

Desi said...

This looks sooooo good! I saw this over at Little Brick Ranch and had to see it! I love the idea of bbq chicken in a salad but have never made it like that. LOVE the addition of black beans and avocados! I am your newest follower :)

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laxsupermom said...

Yum! This looks like a fantasticly filling salad. Love adding beans to a salad. Thanks for sharing.

Lisa said...

YUM! I know my parents love that salad so I'll have to pass this on to them. My fave at Cheesecake is the Chinese chicken salad : )

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