Hearty BBQ Chicken Salad

Make salad the main course for dinner tonight.

Sarah Warner shares this hearty BBQ Chicken Salad for a delicious weeknight meal.

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BBQ Chicken
3 -4 chicken breasts
1 jar BBQ sauce
salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 350. To save your baking Sheet cover it with foil.

Pat your chicken dry with a paper towel, sprinkle both sides of the chicken with salt and pepper . Place chicken on a baking sheet. smother the entire breast in BBQ sauce….reserving 1/3 of the sauce for later.

Cover with tinfoil and bake for 10 min. Then remove the foil and drizzle chicken with 1/2 of the remaining sauce. cook uncover for about 8 more minutes or until the chicken is no longer pink a temp of 165.

Once again, baste the chicken with a bit more sauce. Turn your oven onto broil and move your chicken to the top rack of the oven and cook for a minute or two more, or until the sauce on top of the breast becomes thick and bubbly.
Set aside.

While your chicken is in the oven prepare your dressing and fried tortilla strips.
3/4 cup light sour cream
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 jalapeno’s, stemmed and seeded
1 clove of garlic
1 Tbs chopped chives
Juice from 1 lime
2 handfuls of cilantro
1/4 tsp sugar
salt and pepper to taste

Place everything in a food processor or blender and puree.
Tortilla Strips
6 corn tortillas, halved and cut into 1/4 inch thick strips
vegetable oil

Heat about one inch of oil in a heavy duty frying pan. When the oil is hot (test with a strip it should get golden pretty quickly) add 1/2 of your strips. Fry until golden and then drain on paper towels sprinkle with salt. Repeat.
Anything you like in a salad, my suggestions are…
1 head Romain lettuce
1 head of butter lettuce
1 container grape tomatoes
1 cup corn
1 cup or more black beans
3 carrots
small can sliced olives
3 small sweet peppers
a handful of banana peppers
1 cucumber

Top salad with warm chicken, tortilla strips and ranch dressing. Enjoy!

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