Today’s BBQ chicken salad recipe gives you a fantastic idea for either a light meal or an easy tasty side. In just about 20 minutes, you’ll have a gorgeous-looking dish with golden-brown pieces of chicken thigh, fresh green lettuce, sweet corn kernels, buttery black beans, and juicy tomatoes, all tossed in a simple yet flavorful BBQ sauce.
Good news, you don’t need anything fancy to whip up this quick and easy BBQ chicken salad. The ingredients required for this dish are listed below:
Chicken: We opt for skinless boneless chicken thighs as they are extra moist and juicy, and can absorb the seasonings beautifully.
BBQ sauce: Simply marinate the chicken in a deliciously sweet and tangy BBQ sauce made of ketchup, paprika, chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder, honey, and lemon juice.
Vegetables: We combine fresh romaine lettuce, ripe tomatoes, sweet corn kernels, and mildly sweet black beans for a tasty veggie mix. Some other delicious additions are carrots, kidney beans, chickpeas, etc.
Dressing: You’ll only need 2 ingredients for this simple yet extra creamy and delicious dressing: Japanese mayonnaise and plain Greek yogurt. Give them a good mix and drizzle on top of your salad before serving for a visual effect and satisfying taste.
Toppings: Some sprinkles of chopped parsley and shredded cheddar cheese on top add a boost of color and flavor to our salad.
Is BBQ Chicken Salad Healthy?
Yes, our BBQ chicken salad is a healthy menu item.
Due to the addition of both chicken and vegetables, this BBQ chicken salad contains a considerable amount of protein and vitamins. Being low in calories and carbs, this dish is awesome as a light meal or a side to accompany the main course.
Our chefs opt for skinless boneless chicken thighs for this recipe, with each serving providing about 16 grams of protein. Consuming enough protein can help you stay full, alert, and active for longer, as well as build and maintain the body's muscles.
For the vegetables, we put together fresh romaine lettuce, tomatoes, corn kernels, and black beans. These wholesome ingredients give our dish a boost of fiber, vitamins, and minerals.
For the dressing, we simply combine Japanese mayonnaise and plain Greek yogurt together. If you’re concerned about the unhealthy fats in the mayonnaise, then rest assured that there are only 2.8 g saturated fats for one serving. Just make sure you don’t go overboard with the sauce because it tastes so good.
How to Store the Leftovers
For the best taste and quality, you should consume an already-dressed BBQ chicken salad within 24 hours since it's made.
If the salad isn't tossed, then the chicken, the sauce, and the chopped vegetables can last in the fridge for about 2 to 3 days in separate containers.
After the storing period, simply reheat the chicken in an air fryer at 400°F for about 3 minutes, then assemble the salad ingredients before serving.
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Our BBQ chicken salad recipe is quick and easy to make: In just about 20 minutes, you'll have a delectable dish with gorgeous BBQ chicken on a colorful bed of veggies. Sprinkle the top with chopped parsley and cheddar cheese, then drizzle with the mayo-yogurt sauce to tie everything up.
Cut the chicken into small pieces: On a cutting board, cut 10 oz skinless boneless chicken thigh into 1/2-inch pieces.
Cut or chop the romaine lettuce into 2-inch pieces.
Slice the onion: Half the onion lengthwise and slice off the root and head. Grip the half by the side and make 1/8" slices across the half.
Slice the tomatoes into 1/2-inch pieces.
Finely chop the parsley.
Marinate the chicken: In a medium bowl, add the chicken slices, 1/2 tsp paprika, 1/2 tsp chili powder, 1/2 tsp onion powder, 1/2 tbsp honey, 1/2 tsp lemon juice, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, and 2 tbsp Heinz ketchup. Toss well to coat evenly.
Air-fry the marinated chicken: In a parchment-lined air fryer’s basket, add the marinated chicken. Scatter to create spaces between the meat. Bake at 400°F for 10 minutes, then remove from the heat.
Make the dressing: In a small bowl, add 3 tbsp Japanese mayonnaise and 1 tbsp plain Greek yogurt. Stir well to mix.
Assemble the salad: On serving plates, put together 4 oz romaine lettuce, 2 oz tomato, 1 oz corn kernels, 1 oz canned black bean, 1 oz red onion, and the chicken. Then sprinkle the top with 0.5 oz cheddar cheese and 2 tbsp parsley.
Drizzle with the sauce before serving. Enjoy!
BBQ Chicken Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 224Calories from Fat 110
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 2.8g
Trans Fat 0.1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.9g
Monounsaturated Fat 1.4g
Vitamin A 3019.8IU
Vitamin C 7.1mg
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Tuyet Pham is an award-winning Saigonese chef who believes that joy is the secret ingredient to delicious food. At Healthy Recipes 101, Tuyet personally tests and simplifies every recipe, ensuring maximum flavor with minimal effort. With a background at prestigious French restaurants P’TI Saigon and Le Corto, Tuyet knows how to make every dish exceptional.
Luna Regina is an accomplished writer and author who dedicates her career to empowering home cooks and making cooking effortless for everyone. She is the founder of HealthyKitchen101.com and HealthyRecipes101.com, where she works with her team to develop easy, nutritious recipes and help aspiring cooks choose the right kitchen appliances.
The dressing adds a tangy and sweet taste, making it a perfect summer meal.