BBQ Chicken Quinoa Salad

BBQ CHicken Quinoa SaladWe are loving quinoa at our house especially in light of our latest gluten free adventure.  Quinoa is a nice alternative to rice and is so much better for you.  It’s protein!  I love how versatile it is too. It pretty much picks up the flavor of whatever you add to it.

Remember this Coconut Lime Rice Quinoa with a nice Asian  flavor to it – so good!  We also loved this Black Bean and Tomato Quinoa.  Quinoa works great as a side dish but it can easily work as a main dish too.  Especially when  you add a little more protein into it with some chicken like today’s BBQ Chicken Quinoa Salad.

BBQ CHicken Salad

One of my favorite salads I get at California Pizza Kitchen is their BBQ Chicken Salad.  Today’s recipe reminds me of that salad but it is on a bed of quinoa rather than lettuce.

BBQ CHicken  SaladThis salad is a yummy combination of  tomato, black beans, corn, tomatoes, avocado, cheddar cheese, chicken and a dressing made of BBQ sauce and Greek Yogurt. Pretty darn healthy!

BBQ CHicken SaladThis is a great dish to make when you ever leftover rotisserie chicken which helps it come together quickly and easily. So nice when clean eating can be pretty & delicious!

BBQ CHicken  Salad

For other quinoa recipes try these:

Coconut Lime Rice Quinoa Black Bean & Tomato Quinoa Salad


BBQ Chicken Quinoa Salad
  • 1 C quinoa, rinsed
  • 2 C chicken broth
  • 1½ C shredded chicken
  • 1 C corn kernels
  • ½ C black beans, drained and rinsed
  • ¼ C chopped cilantro
  • ½ C shredded medium cheddar cheese
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • ¼ C plain Greek yogurt
  • ¼ C BBQ Sauce (plus extra to coat chicken)
  1. Rinse quinoa in a fine mesh sieve under cold water.
  2. Combine with chicken broth in a pan and bring to a boil. Cover with lid and lower temperature and cook until quinoa is tender. About 15-20 minutes.
  3. Shred chicken. Coat in BBQ sauce.
  4. Mix together yogurt and ¼ BBQ sauce.
  5. Place quinoa in bowl. Top with chicken, corn black beans, avocado, cheese.
  6. Top with yogurt/BBQ dressing.
  7. Garnish with cilantro


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Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. auntie M says

    This recipe sounds like a winner! I’ll have to scout out a good source for quinoa next time I’m in the Portland area. Prices are a bit high in my small town grocery store.

  2. Michelle says

    The BBQ flavoring is a nice take on this. I would sub out tofu for the chicken and use a bag of frozen fire roasted corn from Trader Joes.

  3. Lisa says

    Have you ever cooked your quinoa in apple juice? Yum! Then chill. Toss with diced apple, craisins, slivered almonds or nuts do choice, mandarin oranges, strawberries or blueberries or both.. Then add an orange vinegrette and tosss. Delicious! One of my favorites!

  4. says

    Wow never even thought to top my quinoa with BBQ sauce, as a pescatarian I will substitute cod for the chicken. This looks absolutely delicious, thanks for sharing. Beautiful pics, Pinned!

  5. says

    This sounds super yummy! I love corn and black beans together, and I just tried quinoa for this first time this week. I really liked it! Definitely going to give this recipe a try. : ) I found you at the Eat Create Party link up!


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