BBQ Chicken Quinoa Salad

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

BBQ Chicken Quinoa Salad from (@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! Hands down this is one of my favorite salads that you absolutely have to try!

BBQ Chicken Quinoa Salad

Author: Gaby Dalkin
5 from 12 votes
This Loaded BBQ Chicken Quinoa Salad is one of my favorite make ahead meals!!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Salad, Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 3 servings


  • 1 ½ cups cooked quinoa
  • ½ cup fresh corn cut from the cob
  • ½ cup black beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup shredded BBQ chicken can use a store bought chicken and tossed with a little BBQ sauce
  • 1 avocado chopped
  • 3-4 tablespoons White Cheddar cheese shredded
  • BBQ sauce
  • 2 scallions chopped
  • cilantro for garnish


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


This recipe calls for already cooked chicken so plan ahead! If I have time, I prefer to cook my chicken in the crockpot, using 6 chicken thighs, 1 white onion sliced and ½ cup of BBQ sauce. I cook on low for about 6-7 hours and then shred and refrigerate for later.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 418kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 0.003g | Cholesterol: 55mg | Sodium: 149mg | Potassium: 804mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 389IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 151mg | Iron: 3mg
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Photo by Matt Armendariz / Food Styling by Adam Pearson / Recipe from What’s Gaby Cooking


  1. 5 stars
    Do you really just put your chicken thighs in the crock pot with just an onin and 1/2 cup of bbq sauce?! Easy peasy and sounds delicous!
    Thank you!!!

  2. 5 stars
    Delicious! I’m so glad my daughter introduced me to www:whatsgabbycookingthisweek! I doubled the recipe for leftovers.

  3. 5 stars
    I made this true to recipe and loved it, my husband too! I even last min changed my entry for a potluck this weekend so I can make this for my girlfriends! I like that it uses ingredients I often have on hand, but in a different way than I normally would. The fresh cilantro really brightens up all of the flavors. Thank you!!

  4. I just recently discovered your website and have enjoyed every recipe I've tried from here. Thank you!! I looked at this recipe a week ago, and somewhere I read instructions for cooking chicken thighs in the crockpot with barbecue sauce (I thought?). For some reason I can't find those instructions now.

  5. Hi there! I’ve got a question. Everytime I save one of your recipes to Pinterest & go to it later, after I tap on the picture there is never a recipe attached. I’ve tried it several different ways & it always seems to be with your website. Do you have any suggestions? Thx!

5 from 12 votes (3 ratings without comment)

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