Tropical BBQ Chicken Salad

Tropical BBQ Chicken Salad
Last week Texas got a taste of fall comfort- the cooler (80 degree) weather over the course of about 4 days made for perfect patio seating on a Friday night.  Too bad it was short-lived.. the next day we were busting 90 degrees by 8 o’clock in the morning.  How rude.  Seventy days of 100+ degree heat- I’m totally over it already.  Alas.. yesterday brought cooler winds and a high of just 81 degrees.  Please let this be the start of something glorious.  While it was a bit cooler last week I was meal planning for this week and decided it was time for a easy weeknight meal solution- my crock*pot.  Assuming it was the end of the hot weather- I thought a homestyle slow-cooker meal would be delicious.  I have blogged numerous times about my relationship with my crock*pot.  She never fails me.  Besides, on a busy evening having dinner ready when I walk in the door makes for a much smoother transition than trying to develop something elaborate and delicious.  Mostly associated with it’s use during the cooler months- bring it on– the crock*pot can still be utilized during warmer weather, too.  I will say I am partial to use it more September-February than I am during the summer time.  I still use my slow cooker throughout the entire year- but I just use what is going in there in a different way.  For example.. this meal is perfect not only on this end of summer (if I say it enough, it will eventually hurry up and be here) salad, but when it is a tad bit cooler out, layer the chicken over a warm baked potato, or creamy pumpkin polenta.  Oh.. better yet.. butternut squash polenta.  Total comfort.
(Warning.. a hint of rambling is about to happen in 3..2..1..)


I’m ready for the fall weather SO incredibly bad.  I have a slight love affair with fall vegetables and cannot wait for them to be at their peak.  My fireman pointed at the cover of one of my latest foodie magazines- fresh out-tha mailbox- boasting a beautiful butternut squash, ‘I can’t wait for those to start making it into our dinner meals..‘ too, my sweet husband.  Me. Too.

Southwest Salad

with Tropical BBQ Chicken

4-5 (4ounce) chicken breast halves
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 1/2 cups bottle barbecue sauce of choice (I use Sweet Baby Ray’s)
1 cup pineapple juice
1/4 cup Worchestershire sauce
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons ketchup
3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
4 Tablespoons Red Wine Vinegar
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
The juice of one lime
4 cups Mixed Greens
1 cup tomato, diced
1/2 cup red onion, sliced
2 green onions, diced white and light green parts only
1 cup (4 ounces) reduced fat cheddar cheese, shredded
1 (15 ounce can) black or pinto beans, drained and rinsed
1 (14 ounce can) whole kernel corn, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1/2 cup chopped avocado
2 cups tortilla chips, crushed

For the chicken; layer breasts in the bottom of your crock*pot.  Sprinkle with garlic powder, paprika, and chili powder.  Combine the remaining ingredients in a medium sized bowl, make sure sugar dissolves.  Pour over chicken breast.  Set on LOW for 6-8 hours.  Removed chicken from pot and shred.  Reserve.

For the dressing; combine all ingredients in a food processor or whisk together in a small bowl.  Set aside.

To build the salad, combine the lettuce, tomato, red and green onions, cheese, black beans, corn, and cilantro to a serving bowl. Drizzle with the vinagrette and give it a good toss- making sure all the greens are dressed. Portion out about 2 cups salad to each of 6 bowls.  Sprinkle the diced avocado evenly over the bowls, about 1 tablespoon each.  Top with about 3/4 cups shredded chicken (about 3 ounces) and drizzle 1 tablespoon extra BBQ sauce. End with about 1/3 cup crushed tortilla chips on top for some crunch!

Nutrition Information

Serves 6

Calories: 420

Fat: 12.8 g

Carbohydrate: 49 g

Fiber: 13 g

Protein: 28.7 g

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Eva Rosenberg

Eva Rosenberg

Welcome to Eva's Kitchen where I share my adventures in cooking. My creations may not always turn out Pinterest perfect, but I usually end up with a funny picture or an interesting meal. Thanks for stopping by!


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