Southwest BBQ Chicken Salad Recipe

whiskeyandwings July 12, 2017 0
Southwest BBQ Chicken Salad Recipe

Ingredients

For the BBQ Sauce

  • 1 cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the Southwest Chicken Salad

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 6-inch corn tortillas
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 6 cups romaine lettuce, washed, dried, and chopped
  • 1 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • ½ cup frozen corn, thawed
  • 6 cocktail tomatoes, quartered or sliced
  • 1 avocado, peeled, pitted and sliced
  • ¼ red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 limes
  • ¼ cup homemade Ranch dressing or a quality store bought brand
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves

Instructions

For the BBQ Sauce

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a small pan over medium heat. Cook for 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally until flavors combine, then remove from heat.

For the Southwest Chicken Salad

  1. Prepare a grill or stovetop grill pan over medium high heat.
  2. To prepare the chicken, start at the thicker end of the chicken breast and use a sharp knife to cut the chicken breast in half into two thinner cutlets. Trim any excess fat and season both sides with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Spray the grill pan with cooking spray (or oil the grill grates) and cook the chicken breasts for 3-4 minutes on each side, or until golden brown. Lower the heat to medium and brush both sides of the chicken breasts with the BBQ sauce and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes on each side until the thickest part of the chicken reaches 160 degrees F. Transfer to a platter and tent with aluminum foil.
  3. While the chicken is cooking, cut the tortillas into thin strips. Heat the canola oil in a small pan over medium high heat and fry the tortilla strips, stirring often, until golden and crisp. You may have to do this in batches. Drain on paper towels and sprinkle with kosher salt while still hot.
  4. Arrange the cut romaine lettuce in a large bowl with the black beans and corn. Slice the chicken into strips and place on top of the lettuce with the tomatoes, avocado, and red onion slices. Squeeze the juice of 1 lime over the salad, then in a small bowl, mix the ranch dressing with the juice from the remaining lime. Drizzle the lime ranch dressing over the salad with the reserved BBQ sauce. Garnish with the chopped cilantro and the tortilla strips and serve.

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