Large, fresh and totally an entree type dish, our delicious BBQ Chicken Salad is full of flavor and texture! We paired our salad with a bbq ranch dressing that's made a little healthier by using yogurt instead of mayo and/or sour cream! It can feed a bunch of people and takes only 30 minutes to throw together!
2fresh corn on cobb, charred under broiler and kernels removed (cobbs discarded)
1/4red onion, diced
1/2jicama, peeled and diced
2 green onions, sliced on bias
Place large skillet over medium-high heat. Once skillet is hot add oil.
Generously season chicken thighs on both sides with salt and pepper.
Sear thighs for 3 to 4 minutes. Lower heat to medium and flip thighs. Continue to cook for an additional 5 to 6 minutes or until thighs have just cooked through.
Transfer thighs to a cutting board and allow them to rest for about 5 minutes. Chop chicken into bite sized pieces and transfer to a mixing bowl. Add bbq sauce andtoss together until well coated. Set aside.
Place all dressing ingredients into a mixing bowl and whisk together until smooth.
Combine romaine and cabbage together in a large bowl and toss together. Transfer mixture to a platter.
Top greens with black beans, tomatoes, corn, red onion, jicama, and bbq chicken.
Sprinkle salad with sliced green onion. Serve with dressing.
Variations and SubstitutionsThere are indefinite ways to make this entree salad, but a few variations we like from this version are:
Adding chopped apples in place of the jicama.
Finely dicing cauliflower and tossing it in a little oil and salt for a healthier option to replace the corn.
Adding some crumbled queso fresco for a salty bite.
Adding diced avocados in place of or in addition to the black beans for a fresh and creamy texture.
Replacing the chicken for some flaked salmon
Replacing the chicken thighs with boneless skinless chicken breasts
Some seared and diced tofu or roasted chickpeas also works great to replace the chicken for a vegetarian option
Use a store-bought rotisserie chicken to save on time.
Replace the green onion for fresh cilantro leaves or sliced chives.