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Cooking with Rania: Barbecued Chicken Salad

Cooking with Rania: Southwestern BBQ Chicken Salad
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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) -- Rania Harris is showing Celina another great salad for summertime!

Barbecued Chicken Salad

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  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast tenders
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • ¾ cup store-bought barbecue sauce, divided


  • 2/3 cup buttermilk
  • ½  cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 4 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  • 2 tablespoons sliced fresh chives
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper


  • 8 cups romaine lettuce, thinly sliced
  • 1 – 15 ounce can black beans, rinsed, drained
  • 1 large vine-ripened tomato, chopped
  • 1 cup shredded Pepper Jack cheese
  • 1 cup fresh corn off of the cobb – steamed for 1 minute and then cooled
  • 1 cup fried tortilla strips
  • ¼ cup finely chopped red onion


Place chicken to a large bowl; season all over with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Pour ½ cup of the barbecue sauce over chicken. Turn to coat and let marinate, tossing a few times, for 15 minutes at room temperature.

In a medium bowl, whisk buttermilk, mayonnaise, sour cream, garlic, parsley, dill, chives, cayenne, sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste; set dressing aside.

Heat a grill pan at medium-high heat until hot.

Grill chicken, basting with additional barbeque sauce, until cooked through. Do not overcook the chicken as it will dry out. Transfer to a cutting board and let cool slightly. Slice the chicken into bite-sized pieces.

In a large bowl, toss chicken, lettuce, beans, tomatoes, cheese, corn, tortilla strips, and onion. Drizzle with some of the reserved dressing and remaining ¼  cup barbecue sauce and toss again to combine. Serve remaining dressing alongside.

Serves: 4

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