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BBQ Chicken Salad

This BBQ Chicken Salad is full of black beans, corn, tomato, avocado, and grilled chicken. It's tossed in a tangy cilantro-lime dressing and drizzled with BBQ sauce. Shredded cheese and crumbled tortilla chips are a perfect finishing touch!
Servings: 4
Calories: 505kcal


For the chicken:

  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • ½ tsp. onion powder
  • scant ¼ tsp. Kosher salt
  • scant 1/8 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

For the cilantro-lime dressing:

  • ½ cup cilantro
  • 3 tbsp. lime juice
  • 2 tbsp. Greek yogurt
  • 1 ½-2 tbsp. honey to taste
  • 1 tbsp. white wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • Salt & pepper to taste

For the salads:

  • 8 cups romaine lettuce washed & chopped
  • 1 cup canned black beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup canned corn drained
  • 1 large tomato chopped
  • ½ small red onion thinly sliced
  • 1 avocado pitted and cubed
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar or colby jack cheese
  • Crumbled tortilla chips optional
  • BBQ sauce for drizzling


Grill the chicken:

  • In a small bowl, combine chili powder, garlic, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Rub over both sides of chicken breasts. Heat grill to medium-high heat. Grill chicken until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F, turning once halfway through. Set chicken on a clean plate to cool and then chop into bite-size pieces.

Make the dressing:

  • Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor. Pulse until cilantro is finely chopped and everything is well combined. Taste and adjust seasonings.

Assemble the salads:

  • Place lettuce in a large bowl and toss with about half of the dressing.
  • Place 2 cups of the lettuce on each plate. Top with black beans, corn, tomato, red onion, avocado, and cheese. Place ¼ of the chicken on top of each salad. Drizzle each salad with a little more of the cilantro-lime dressing. Crumble on a few tortilla chips, if desired, and then drizzle lightly with BBQ sauce. Serve immediately.


Nutritional Information does not include optional ingredients. 


Serving: 1/4 recipe | Calories: 505kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 66mg | Sodium: 506mg | Potassium: 1039mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 9317IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 277mg | Iron: 3mg
Nutrition information is only an estimate.
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