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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

BBQ Chicken Salad (like Zupas')

I am sadly not a huge salad lover, but I love Zupas' BBQ Chicken Salad. When I saw this recipe that looked just like it, I had to try it, and I loved it just as much! Yippee!

Here is my iPhone picture in the evening (no natural light!)

Here is a beautiful picture from the source. Wowza!

1 Tbsp olive oil
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts or 6 tenders
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
6 c chopped Romaine lettuce
1 Roma tomato, diced
¾ c canned corn kernels, drained (Oops! I used the whole can!)
¾ c canned black beans, drained, rinsed (Oops! I used the whole can!)
¼ c diced red onion
black olives, sliced (original recipe didn't have these, but Zupas' salad does)
¼ c shredded Monterey Jack cheese
½ c shredded cheddar cheese
¼ c Ranch dressing (optional)
¼ c BBQ sauce
¼ c tortilla strips (optional)

Heat olive oil in a medium skillet over medium high heat. Season chicken with salt and pepper, to taste. Add to skillet and cook, flipping once, until cooked through, about 3-4 minutes per side. Add a little BBQ sauce for flavor. Let cool before dicing into bite-size pieces.

To assemble the salad, place romaine lettuce in a large bowl; top with tomato, corn, beans, onion and cheeses. Pour Ranch dressing and BBQ sauce on top of the salad and gently toss to combine. (I left Ranch out for those who like it to spread it on top.) Serve immediately, topped with tortilla strips.

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