Wednesday, June 22, 2011

BBQ Chicken Salad

This is one of my favorite meals ever.  I love, love, love it.  I make it quite a bit in the summer - it just feels like summer food.  Plus, I can use veggies from the garden.

Here's how I do it:

For the chicken, I use boneless, skinless breasts that I pound out to a thickness I can live with.  
Remember, I have the slab 'o chicken breast issue.  
I do not consider throwing up in my mouth to be an appetizer. 
Feel free to omit this step if you're not insane picky like me.

Once that's done, I throw the chicken in a bowl and douse it with BBQ sauce.  
I use bottled.  I don't make my own.  
The main ingredient is usually ketchup and ever since that bloody finger in a matchbox trick in middle school, the sight/smell of ketchup makes my stomach turn.
(You're starting to realize I'm more crazy than you originally thought, aren't you?)
I don't descriminate when it comes to the bottled stuff.   
I buy what's on sale.  
Today, I used Sweet Baby Ray's.

Once that's all stirred around, I sprinkle everybody with a ton of garlic powder.

Then I stick it in the fridge until The Dad gets home.
He's the grill master, but I'll go ahead and say you should grill it until it's done.
While he's manning the grill, I'm cutting up all the veggies.
They vary from one time to the next, depending on what I've got.
 This is what was in tonight's salad:

Lettuce from the garden, fresh spinach, carrots, celery, mushrooms, snap peas, radishes, broccoli, avocado, red bell pepper, cucumber, and tomato.

Here's dinner on my plate:

I was almost as indecisive in choosing my dressing as I was with narrowing down those photos!
I decided to go with ranch, but blue cheese is delicious too.
The Kid had honey mustard on his.
You should use what you like.
And now, I'm going to have a breakfast cookie chaser.  Or three.


  1. That looks so delicious! Beautiful photos, too!

  2. Thank you so much Diana! And thank you for coming by - I LOVE your blog!!!

  3. You are absolutely the cutest!!! I read your blog every day . . . really just to read your posts. I also make this kind of dinner regularly and is my favorite. I put fish on top also, really good. Love your yard; I'm also a gardener living by the ocean in Santa Cruz, CA. Keep it up, sweetie. You do a great job.

  4. Well that's the nicest thing I've heard all week. How sweet of you to take the time to say that. Thank you so much. You've made my day.
    I'll have to try some salmon on the salad - I'm always trying to find new ways to choke fish down. :o)

  5. Awesome. I must say I prefer a pounded out chicken breast to a big hunk of chicken breast too though I'm not yet ready to admit that I'm as ,...uh,..picky as you, lol. I like that it seems like you get so much more and it cooks up way faster.

  6. This looks so delish! I wanted to just ake a bite out of the screen! Stop by and say "Hi" if you get a second! I'm your newest follower!

  7. I like to pound out my chicken thin too! I hate having a fat piece of chicken. This looks like such a simple, but tasty salad.

  8. WOW your pictures are so awesome! It looks amazing, this is something I have to try out this weekend--great summer dish!

    I am featuring you (as usual) hahaha.


  9. My family really loves bbq salads; the secret is their wonderful taste and simplicity. Our potato and macaroni salads bowls are empty in the evening. I am here wondering if anyone knows something extra that we can hide in refrigerator for tomorrow.


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