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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

BBQ Chicken Salad

At my Publix there is always this cute little man cooking something up that my kids just have to try. A couple weeks ago he was making a BBQ Chicken Cobb Salad and it was great! He made it with breaded chicken tenders and lots of cheese and those fried onion things it was really good, but it wasn't a healthy salad! But I knew I could skinny it up, make it cleaner and healthier without losing any of the flavor. My kids never even noticed that mine didn't have the junkie ingredients that are full of additives, preservatives and artificial flavors. This was a great weeknight dinner for me, I prepped the salad and chicken while my son was at school, then just chopped the apple and added the chicken on top right when we were ready to eat.

3 heads of Romaine, cleaned and chopped
1 large Granny Smith Apple, diced
2 tomatoes, diced
1 cucumber, sliced and quartered
2 ears of corn, kernels removed
1/4 cup red onion, diced
1/4 cup BBQ Sauce plus 2 Tablespoons
1/4 cup light ranch
3 cups cooked chicken breasts, diced

Toss the diced chicken breast with 2 T of the BBQ sauce and set aside.  Next, spread the lettuce in the bottom of a large serving dish. Then in rows spread the following ingredients cucumbers, corn, chicken, apple, tomatoes, red onion. Next mix the ranch and BBQ sauce together and serve on the side.

You could use a rotisserie but I just took some chicken breast, seasoned them with salt, pepper and paprika and sauteed them in a pan.

Then I diced them up and tossed them with my sauce.

Once the chicken was cooled I added it to the salad.

Don't cut the apple until right before you are ready to serve!

Tips: I layered mine in a large Tupperware dish so I could save the salad and eat it all week. I pulled out part of it and tossed it in a separate bowl with the dressing for my family so the dressing wouldn't wilt the lettuce. If you want, add some lemon juice to the apple before you throw it on your salad to keep it from browning in the leftovers part.
Weight Watcher Friends: The salad without dressing has 4 points for 2 cups. The points of the dressing you use will depend on your BBQ sauce and Ranch. I make my own BBQ sauce and use Naturally Fresh light ranch. I need to post my homemade BBQ sauce recipe just need to take some pictures the next time I make it!

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