No secret that I love to cook, because I am pretty good at it and we try a wide variety of cuisines here at the Binary household. The best part of everything we try is actually on the healthy side for you. Yes, you can have amazing meals that aren’t deep-fried or come from a box or bag. The more you read about preservatives, additives, artificial ingredients you too will learn that eating what the good Earth provides is a better way to go. I am not preaching to not enjoy life, an occasional greasy pizza or McDonald’s Sausage, Egg and Cheese Biscuit in the morning won’t kill you… eating it everyday will, but like many things in life moderation and control is key.
This evening we tried a new salad and it instantly was entered into the rotation and a deemed a winner by Mr. and Mrs. Binary. In the expansive nature of what I write about I am going to share this recipe with you.
This is the BBQ chicken salad which is basically the same type of salads you would get at an Applebees, TGIFs, Ruby Tuesday, or any pick your franchise American restaurant. Only I can guarantee you that if you made it, yours would be much fresher and contain less processed, packaged and frozen ingredients.
BBQ Chicken Salad
- 1 package chicken breasts
- Salt and pepper
- Romaine lettuce (we used a bag but fresh bunch chopped is better)
- 1 Tomato
- 3/4 cup canned corn kernels, drained
- 3/4 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1/4 cup diced red onion
- 1/4 cup Monterey Jack cheese
- 1/2 cup cheddar cheese
- 1/4 cup Ranch dressing
- 1/4 cup BBQ sauce (we used Sweet Baby Ray’s Honey BBQ Sauce)
- Tortilla Strips
- I grilled the chicken breast but you can heat oil and pan sear them. I prefer the grill. Coat them with salt and pepper, put them on the grill and get both sides seared, nice and white.
- Coat the breasts with the BBQ sauce as you cook them. Cook the chicken properly, take off and let them chill while you prepare the salad.
- In a large bowl place the lettuce. On top of the lettuce put the corn, beans, tomatoes, onions, and cheeses.
- Dice the chicken and place on top of the salad. Pour the Ranch dressing and BBQ sauce over everything.
- Gently toss the salad. Add more dressing as needed.
- Server and top with the tortilla strips.
Cooking the chicken is the longest part of this recipe. End to end it’s about 20 minutes but worth it. This turned out very well and I will be making this again, no question. There’s no real secret to this one, I hope it turns out as well as it did for us.
End of Line…. Bon Appetite!
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