bbq chicken & avocado salad

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By Susan Feliciano
from Oak Ridge, TN

This is my variation of a great recipe I found on a website called Fruits & Veggies, More Matters. http://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/main-recipes You could grill your chicken with barbecue sauce if you like, but I found the method of oven-roasting to be time effective, as I could put the chicken in the oven and fix the salad ingredients while it cooked. This was a big pleaser for dinner last night. The Cilantro-Lime-Ranch dressing is fantastic! We served it with homemade cornbread.

serves 4
prep time 15 Min
cook time 25 Min
method Roast

Ingredients For bbq chicken & avocado salad

  • 1 lb
    boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1/2 c
    favorite barbecue sauce
  • 10 oz
    package romaine lettuce or romaine blend
  • 1/2 c
    chopped fresh cilantro, divided
  • 1/2 c
    corn, cooked and cooled
  • 1/4 c
    finely sliced green onions with tops
  • 1 can
    black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 c
    shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 c
    grape tomatoes, cut in quarters
  • 1 lg
    avocado, sliced
  • 1/2 c
    ranch dressing - the best you can find or make
  • 1 Tbsp
    lime juice
  • 1 tsp
    lime zest (optional)
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How To Make bbq chicken & avocado salad

  • 1
    Place oven rack in the middle and preheat oven to 375°. Line an iron skillet or 8"-square metal baking pan with 2 sheets of aluminum foil. Place chicken breasts on foil and cover with barbecue sauce. Cook chicken for 25 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 170°. Let chicken cool slightly and slice on the diagonal.
  • 2
    In a large bowl, combine lettuce, 1/4 cup of the chopped cilantro, corn, green onions, black beans, cheese, and tomato. Toss until all the vegetables are distributed evenly. Pour the salad onto a large platter, or onto individual serving plates. Top with the cooked chicken and avocado slices.
  • 3
    In a small bowl, stir together the ranch dressing, lime juice and zest, and remaining 1/4 cup cilantro. Top the salad with the dressing.
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