Grilled BBQ Chicken Salad

Salads are always the summer rage and can get so boring. This salad, however, is in a league of its own. The dressing is the kind where you dump everything in the blender and walk away. It’s packed with flavor and can feed a bunch.

December 27, 2022
Grilled BBQ Chicken Salad

Grilled BBQ Chicken Salad

Alissa DiSanto
  • Prep Time
    10 min
  • Cook Time
    20 min
  • Total Time
    30 min
  • Servings
  • Difficulty


  • 3 (1lb) boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • ½ tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup of your favorite BBQ sauce- divided
  • 6 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1/2-pint cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1-15.25oz can of corn drained
  • 1-15.25oz can of black beans drained
  • ¼ cup red onion diced
  • ¼ cup shredded Monterey jack cheese
  • ¼ cup shredded sharp cheddar
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 garlic clove
  • ¼ cup cilantro
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • Chicken stock or water
  • Tortilla strips for garnish


  1. Prepare chicken by slightly pounding it so that it is even in thickness (about ½” thick). Drizzle chicken with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Using olive oil or nonstick grill spray prepare the grill prior to turning it on. Once done, preheat grill to medium high heat. *You also could use an indoor grill pan, following the same method.
  3. While the grill is heating, prepare your dressing by placing the avocado, smashed garlic, torn cilantro, sour cream, lime juice, and olive oil in a food processor or blender. Blend until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. * If dressing is too thick, add ¼ cup of chicken stock or water to the mixture and blend again. Keep doing this until you’ve reached your desired consistency. Set aside until ready to serve.
  4. Once grill is hot, grill the chicken for 3-4 minutes per side. About 1-2 minutes before the chicken is done, brush each side with BBQ sauce.
  5. Remove chicken from grill and allow to rest while you prepare your other ingredients.
    Chop your lettuce, cherry tomatoes, and red onion. Set aside.
  6. Build your salad by placing lettuce in the bottom of a bowl. Top with chopped chicken, tomatoes, corn, beans, onion, and cheeses. Drizzle the dressing over top. Leave as is or toss to combine. *Garnish with crunchy tortilla strips. Serve immediately.

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