Monday, June 17, 2024

The Ultimate Southwest BBQ Chicken Salad Recipe: A Flavorful Feast

Welcome to my West Virginia Kitchen!  As I'm writing this post we are well into summer, and it is HOT!  With that being said, all I want to eat is salad, but not just any salad.  I want a delicious, hearty salad and nothing but my Southwest BBQ Chicken Salad will do.  

This Ultimate Southwest BBQ Chicken Salad Recipe is the perfect blend of smoky, spicy, and tangy flavors, guaranteed to satisfy your taste buds and keep you coming back for more.  Let's dive into the details of creating this delicious, nutrient-packed meal.  I can't wait to share it with you so...

Let's Get Started!


  1. Bursting with Flavor:  The combination of BBQ chicken, fresh vegetables, and a zesty dressing makes this salad irresistibly delicious.  
  2. Healthy and Nutritious:  Packed with lean protein, fiber-rich veggies, and wholesome ingredients, this salad is a nutritious choice for lunch or dinner.
  3. Quick and Easy:  With simple steps and easy-to-find ingredients, you can whip up this salad in no time.  


For the BBQ Chicken:

  • 2 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 1 cup BBQ Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp BBQ Seasoning (I like the Kinder's brand)
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
For the Salad:
  • 4 cups Romaine Lettuce, chopped
  • 1 cup Cherry Tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup Black Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup Corn Kernels (fresh, frozen, or canned)
  • 1 tsp Garlic Minced
  • 1 Lime, zest and juice
  • 1 cup Red Onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • French Fried Onions (for topping)
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Cilantro, chopped
For the Dressing:
  • 1 cup Greek Yogurt
  • 1/4 cup BBQ Sauce
  • 1 Lime, zest and juice
  • 1 tsp Chili Powder
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Or Your Favorite Ranch Dressing


Step 1:  Prepare the BBQ Chicken
  1. Preheat the grill or skillet over medium-high heat.  
  2. Season the chicken, on both sides, with the olive oil, BBQ seasoning, salt, and pepper. 
  3. Grill the chicken for about 6-7 minutes on each side or until fully cooked.  Brush with BBQ sauce during the last few minutes of cooking.
  4. Once cooked, let the chicken rest for 5 minutes before slicing it into strips.  

Step 2:  Assemble the Salad
  1. Place a small skillet over medium heat.  Add olive oil and the corn.  Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Add the black beans, garlic, and lime juice.  Cook for another 2 minutes. 
  2. In a large salad bowl, combine the chopped romaine lettuce, cherry tomatoes, corn and black beans, red onion, and shredded cheese. 
  3. Add the BBQ chicken on top of the salad. 

Step 3:  Make the Dressing
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the Greek yogurt, BBQ sauce, lime juice, chili powder, salt, and pepper until smooth and well combined. 

Step 4:  Serve
  1. Drizzle the dressing over the salad. 
  2. Garnish with french fried onions and fresh cilantro.
  3. Toss Gently to combine all the ingredients, ensuring the dressing coats the salad evenly

  • Use Fresh Ingredients:  Fresh vegetables and herbs make a significant difference in flavor and texture. 
  • Homemade BBQ Sauce:  If you have time, making your own BBQ sauce can elevate the dish even further.  
  • Grill for Extra Smokiness:  Grilling the chicken adds a smoky flavor that pairs perfectly with the BBQ sauce.  

Nutritional Benefits:

The Southwest BBQ Chicken Salad is not only delicious but also packed with nutrients:

  • Protein:  Chicken and black beans provide a great source of lean protein.
  • Fiber:  Vegetables and beans are rich in fiber, aiding digestion and keeping you full longer.  
  • Vitamins and Minerals:  This salad is a powerhouse of vitamins A,C,K, and minerals like potassium and magnesium.


This Southwest BBQ Chicken Salad is a flavorful, healthy, and satisfying meal that's perfect for any occasion.  Whether you're hosting a summer BBQ or looking for a quick weekend dinner, this salad is sure to impress.  Give it a try and let me know how it turned out in the comments below!  

And as always...

Happy Eatin' Y'all!

~The Kitchen Wife~


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