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7.15.2011

BBQ Chicken Salad with Homemade BBQ Sauce


   This is my favorite salad. Ever. The flavors going on in this salad were just meant to be. Chicken, Barbeque Sauce, Zesty Ranch dressing, Corn, Black Beans, Green Onions, Cilantro........ are you with me? This was my first attempt at homemade barbeque sauce and we loved it! I found the recipe from the Neely's on the Food Network. It was super simple to make. I bet you have most of the ingredients in your pantry right now. I did! I love it when I find a recipe I want to make and I already have all the ingredients. No need to go to the store!

   One thing I will note on the sauce, when it's simmering on your stovetop you will have kind of a vinegary aroma floating through your house. PLEASE don't let that worry you, like it did me. I stressed I would have this really strong vinegar tasting barbeque sauce but that was not the case at all! The end result was simply amazing and now after having it, I know I will make it often  : )



BBQ Chicken Salad
Serves 4-6

3 cups cooked, cubed Chicken
2 cups Barbeque Sauce (recipe below)
3 Romaine Lettuce Hearts, cleaned and chopped
1 can Black Beans, drained and rinsed
1 small bag Frozen Corn, cooked
1 cup Colby Jack Cheese, shredded
2 Green Onions, chopped
1/2 cup Cilantro, chopped
Ranch Dressing
Tortilla Strips

DIRECTIONS:  In a medium bowl, add the cooked, cubed chicken and barbeque sauce. Stir to coat chicken with sauce. Set aside. 

In a large bowl add the romaine lettuce, black beans, corn, cheese, green onion and cilantro. Toss together. Divide the salad evenly among plates. Top each salad serving with desired amount of barbeque chicken. Serve with tortilla strips and dressing. Enjoy!


Homemade BBQ Sauce
Yields 3 1/2 cups

2 cups Ketchup
1 cup Water
1/2 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
5 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
5 Tablespoons Sugar
1/2 Tablespoon fresh Ground Black Pepper
1 Tablespoon Onion Powder
1/2 Tablespoon Ground Mustard
1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce


DIRECTIONS:  In a medium saucepan, combine all ingredients. Bring mixture to a boil and then reduce heat to simmer. Cook, uncovered for 1 1/2 hours, stirring often.




29 comments:

Jennifer said...

This looks so much like my favorite salad from a local restaurant. I can't wait to try it out and see how it compares.
I've never made my own BBQ sauce either but I think you've inspired me to give it a try.
Thanks for sharing this recipe. Can't wait to make it!
Jennifer

Barefeet In The Kitchen said...

YUM! This is one of my favorite salads ever. It is a regular on my meal plan. You are making it crave it this morning though.

A Bitchin' Kitchen said...

This looks really good! I love salads with a lot of "stuff" on them! I bet that homemade bbq sauce blows the bottled stuff out of the water!

- Maggie

The Country Cook said...

Oh boy! Ya know I love a good salad. What girl doesn't. Love the combo. of BBQ sauce and ranch too!!

Mary said...

Both the sauce and salad they sound delicious. They certainly are perfect for a summer meal. I hope you have a great weekend. Blessings...Mary

Mandy said...

Yum! I love the Neely's! I made their "Get Yo' Man Chicken" and it's divine! Thanks for this recipe. I can't wait to try it.

carolinaheartstrings said...

That is absolutely my kind of salad. The picture made my mouth water. Delicious!

Eccentric Kitchen (Steph) said...

Yummo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so hungry and this sounds wonderful!

Nicole@HeatOvenTo350 said...

So pretty, I think I could even get my husband to eat this, even if it IS a salad. That BBQ sauce sounds wonderful.

claire said...

looks great- i cant believe you made homemade bbq sauce!

Tina @flourtrader said...

What a fantastic summer salad. I like all your ingredients here and the sauce as well. Great post.

So Domesticated said...

Mmmm, love salads... especially in the summer!

Kathleen said...

I love a good salad for a light summer dinner. This one looks like the perfect match!

Angie's Recipes said...

The salad looks so lovely with the combination of colours and flavours.
I love your bbq sauce too!

kitchen flavours said...

You just made my day! I have all the ingredients for the sauce, spot on!
Bookmarking this to try, maybe next week! Your salad looks really yummy!
Thank you for sharing! Wish you a delicious weekend!

Mamie said...

This salad looks so good. What a great summer time meal.

Momof5boys said...

Superb salad! I ran 2 the store today 2 purchase all of the ingredients I needed. We served it for dinner and it was a Big hit!!! Every1 raved!!!!!! Thanks Holli!

Val said...

Great pics and wow does this look and sound good. I'm always buying Trader Joes...chicken bbq salad...this is on my to do list!

scrambledhenfruit said...

That salad looks really good, and perfect for a summer evening. The homemade barbecue sauce sounds spicy and delicious too. I bet it would be good for lots of other dishes as well! :)

The Stratton Family said...

Thanks for the sweet comments! Yes I gew up in Washington! I still live very close by! I love your food blog! I would love for you to add to my link party! And if you are interested in doing a blogswap let me know!

Katie @ This Chick Cooks said...

That salad looks so good. I wish I would've visited about 2 hours ago. I just now finished making some homemade bbq sauce to put on some ribs. I guess if it isn't great I will have to give the Neely's sauce a try next time.

The Stratton Family said...

Thank you for the sweet comment! Yes I am from washington! Born and raised! And I still live close by! I love your blog! I'd love it if we could get together and do a blog swap sometime! Let me know if you are interested! And head on over right now to link up at our first link party!
Stefanie
Lovelylittlesnippets.blogspot.com

Muriel Miller said...

Oh my this sounds SOOOOOO Good and refreshing too! Gosh you are making me hungry and it is way too late to go eat anything now. Dinner tomorrow maybe... I think so :)

Andrea Dellit said...

When I joined Pinterest a few months ago, this was one of the first recipes I found and the first one I tried. It's one of our favorites. I like to log my recipes on a blog I have, which is just an online recipe book so I can get to my recipes very easily wherever I am. (It's not really a blog lik yours!) My friends are also able to access them,too. I hope you don't mind that added your recipe and linked your blog! Andrea drelovesfood.blogspot.com

Jeremiah's Chef said...

Great idea to use the homemade bbq sauce recipe for a chicken salad. i will definately try this. I have used this bbq sauce recipe before for this recipe (bbq spagetti) - which is incredibly time consuming but also INCREDIBLE you won't regret it.
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paulas-party/neelys-bbq-spaghetti-recipe/index.html

great blog - found you from pintrest. Love the creative recipes & pictures. Can't wait to try this and some other stuff that sound good :)

Jeremiah's Chef said...

Great idea to use the homemade bbq sauce recipe for a chicken salad. i will definately try this. I have used this bbq sauce recipe before for this recipe (bbq spagetti) - which is incredibly time consuming but also INCREDIBLE you won't regret it.
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paulas-party/neelys-bbq-spaghetti-recipe/index.html

great blog - found you from pintrest. Love the creative recipes & pictures. Can't wait to try this and some other stuff that sound good :)

Computer Teacher said...

Wow! This is the best salad I have ever had. It is simple and delicious. Because of time constraints I used Sweet Baby Ray's Honey Barbecue Sauce. I also added avocado. My entire family loved it this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

Computer Teacher said...

Wow! This is the best salad I have ever had. It is simple and delicious. Because of time constraints I used Sweet Baby Ray's Honey Barbecue Sauce. I also added avocado. My entire family loved it this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

Joseph Carr said...

Hmmmm…Are you saying I can have such a superb combination of meals in the comfort of my own kitchen? Great! Chicken, Barbeque Sauce, Zesty Ranch dressing, Corn, Black Beans, Green Onions, and Cilantro do not just look good together. I bet they will satisfy my taste buds a lot as well. Thanks for posting! -Joseph Carr