BBQ Chicken Salad

Earlier this week I posted a recipe for Cheesy Bread.  The picture included a salad I had made for dinner the night I served the bread – it was BBQ Chicken Salad.  I have had numerous requests for the recipe after posting the photo here and on Facebook.

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It is really more of a list of ingredients than a recipe but here it is!

It is the perfect summer salad.  Easy to put together and delicious.  It is so good in fact I made it again this week for my Beach Babe Garden dinner.  We gathered in my friend Julie’s beautiful garden for a light summer supper before heading to see Eat, Pray, Love together.  (Good movie but not as good as the book!  Take a girlfriend)

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Not only is it delicious it is also pretty in Julie’s pretty bowl.  ( I forgot to take a bowl!)

I had enough ingredients leftover from the our garden supper that I decided to have it for lunch the next day and take a few more photos.

So I got it all arranged on the plate and took a few photos…

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But I was having one of those days where you just feel slightly off all day.  Ever had one of those?  After I took the photos I realized I had forgotten to put the cheese and the cilantro on the salad.  (I didn’t have any avocado leftover or I would have forgotten to put that on too)

So I went back to the kitchen counter to add them and the plate slipped from my hands to the floor.  Yeah – it was one of those days.  The plate broke into several pieces and I had BBQ Chicken Salad all over my cupboard and floor.  I just laughed and walked away!

So here is another photo – missing cheese, cilantro and avocado!

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I put this salad together one time after having a similar salad at California Pizza Chicken.

I am sorry but there are no quantities for the recipe.  Remember I said it is really not a recipe but just a list of ingredients.  The amounts will vary on the number of people you want to feed.

BBQ Chicken Salad

Ingredients

  • Cooked, shredded chicken covered in your favorite BBQ Sauce
  • Romaine lettuce and spinach
  • Can of corn, drained
  • Can of black beans, drained
  • Grated Monterey Jack cheese
  • Chopped tomato
  • Chopped avocado
  • Tortilla strips (bought in the produce section of the store)
  • Cilantro Dressing

Instructions

  • Cooked, shredded chicken covered in your favorite BBQ Sauce. I used Sweet Baby Ray's and I cooked 2 chicken breasts for the 5 women I fed and then just squirted BBQ sauce all over it until it looked like enough. Let the chicken covered in BBQ sauce sit in the refrigerator for a while for the flavors to meld a bit.
  • For a quick trick on cooking chicken breastscheck out my post.
  • Combine romaine lettuce and spinach, Can of corn, drained,Can of black beans, drained, Grated Monterey Jack cheese, Chopped tomato, Chopped avocado, Tortilla strips (bought in the produce section of the store), Cilantro Dressing (I used one I bought at Trader Joes but I also have a recipe for cilantro dressing here. Some people prefer Ranch dressing on their BBQ Chicken Salad but I am not a Ranch fan)
  • Chopped cilantro on the top!
  • Serve with warm cheesy bread!

Enjoy – what is your favorite summer salad?

Comments

  1. 1
    Beth says:

    I am making this soon! Looks so good!

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    kelly says:

    i will be making this, i have a southwestern one that is similar, just cook the chicken in broth and some cumin.
    paradise cafe has a great bbq chopped salad but i think it would so much better at home.
    favorite summer salads are strawberry spinach and a good greek salad!
    sorry about your plate and lunch!

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    MelanieL says:

    Sorry about your “off” day but your salad looks amazing! I have half a rotisserrie chicken in my frig that would be perfect mixed with bbq sauce then added to this salad! Thanks for another great “ingredient list”!!

  4. 4

    Looks yummy and healthy!

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    k a t y says:

    Hehe, don’t know how it happened, but your chicken breast link takes you to my blog! ;)

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    Angela June says:

    I LOVE that salad @ CPK… If you google search “california pizza kitchen bbq chicken salad” you’ll get lots of options for copycat recipes… I recommend checking them out for the ranch dressing recipe… it requires lots of ingredients, but is Oh So Good! And you’ll get the exact same flavor as the restaurant’s salad. :-) Enjoy!

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    Jennifer Barker says:

    Been there, done that! Sorry about your crazy day- but the salad looks delish! I think I will do the same- invite my friends over for this salad before seeing Eat, Pray, Love. Did you like the movie?

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    Wendy Webster says:

    Can’t wait to try this ons–here is a link to a chicken pasta salad that I fell in love with this summer. It is delicious! http://www.ksl.com/index.php?nid=204&sid=9798526

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    Marjorie says:

    I made this for a luncheon this week, and the women raved about it. Thanks for sharing!

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