BBQ Chicken Quinoa Salad

This Loaded BBQ Chicken Quinoa Salad is one of my favorite make ahead meals!

BBQ Chicken Quinoa Salad from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

I throw around the term on brand a LOT! I’ll say something like, this restaurant is totally on brand. Wearing yoga pants daily is on brand. My bright red bike helmet… on brand. You get the idea! Today and every other day for that matter, it’s safe to say that loaded salads are totally ON BRAND. They make life colorful and delicious and it’s a great way to use whatever is left in my fridge. Yesterday I whipped up a ton of these salads for the week! I just assemble the entire thing, minus the avocado, so then we can grab them for lunch when we’re hungry and add some avocado right before we eat. Layers of quinoa, grilled corn, black beans, shredded BBQ chicken, diced avocado, BBQ sauce and a little cheese give this salad about 324 dimensions and each bite was packed with flavor.

It’s kind of like a BBQ chicken pizza but subbed with quinoa which makes it healthier and mostly guilt free! Hands down this is one of my favorite salads that you absolutely have to try!

BBQ Chicken Quinoa Salad

Yield: Serves 2-3

BBQ Chicken Quinoa Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup fresh corn, cut from the cob
  • 1/2 cup black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup shredded BBQ chicken (can use a store bought chicken and toss with a little BBQ sauce)
  • 1 avocado, chopped
  • 3-4 tablespoons White Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • BBQ sauce
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • cilantro for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, toss together the quinoa, corn, black beans, chicken and avocado. Season with salt and pepper
  2. Transfer mixture onto a bowl and top with shredded cheese, BBQ sauce, scallions and cilantro.
  3. Serve

Notes

This recipe calls for already cooked chicken so plan ahead! I prefer to cook my chicken in the crockpot, using 6 chicken thighs, 1 white onion sliced and 1/2 cup of BBQ sauce. I cook on low for about 6-7 hours and then shred and refrigerate for later.

http://whatsgabycooking.com/bbq-chicken-quinoa-salad/

Photo by Matt Armendariz / Food Styling by Adam Pearson / Recipe from What’s Gaby Cooking

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132 Comments

  1. Hi Gaby! Just wondering how long the chicken you make up in the slow cooker would last in the fridge? Thanks 🙂

  2. LOVE how easy this meal is and delicious. I use to get this BBQ chopped chicken salad all the time from a restaurant. Obviously the quinoa addition is 100% necessary. 🙂

    1. yes – the quinoa is cooked per the ingredient list. and I used canned beans so I just gave them a rinse and they are already cooked!

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