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 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

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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 tossed with a little BBQ sauce
  • 1 avocado chopped
  • 3-4 tablespoons White Cheddar cheese shredded
  • BBQ sauce
  • 2 scallions chopped
  • cilantro for garnish

Instructions

  • 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 1/2 cup of BBQ sauce. I cook on low for about 6-7 hours and then shred and refrigerate for later.
BBQ Chicken Quinoa Salad: Chef Vision

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

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180 comments

  1. Monique @ Ambitious Kitchen

    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. 🙂

    • Gaby

      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!

  2. Marilyn

    The recipe looks great. I was wondering if the corn is raw or cut from the cob after cooking it?

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    […] 1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place chicken breasts on baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Remove from oven and let cool slightly. Shred with two forks. Set aside. 2. While chicken is baking, cook quinoa according to package directions. 3. In large bowl, combine cooked quinoa, shredded chicken, black beans, and corn. Toss to combine. 4. Top with bbq sauce, cilantro, chopped avocado, cheese, and scallions. Serves 2. Note: I like Trader Joe’s fire-roasted frozen corn. *adapted from What’s Gaby Cooking […]

  4. BBQ Chicken Quinoa Bowls : Kendra's Treats

    […] 1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place chicken breasts on baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Remove from oven and let cool slightly. Shred with two forks. Set aside. 2. While chicken is baking, cook quinoa according to package directions. 3. In large bowl, combine cooked quinoa, shredded chicken, black beans, and corn. Toss to combine. 4. Top with bbq sauce, cilantro, chopped avocado, cheese, and scallions. Serves 2. Note: I like Trader Joe’s fire-roasted frozen corn. *adapted from What’s Gaby Cooking […]

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  6. Faith Goodwin

    Hi, Gaby loved this salad! Was so good. My husband is not a fan of salads and he loved it! Thanks for this recipe!!! Love your cooking!!!!

  7. Lindsey

    Do you have a favorite brand of bbq sauce? I usually make my own but want to save time for quick lunches!

  8. chelsea

    Made it last night and loved it but I cant get the BBQ sauce right… what BBQ sauce should i use

  9. Joan

    Super delicious! Made some substitutions to accommodate what I had on hand but kept the flavor profiles. Thanks for the super simple way to make bbq pulled chicken in the crock pot. My gosh, it’s so easy! Ended up making a deconstructed CHOPPED SALAD with the bbq chicken, fresh corn, sliced tomatoes, cilantro, scallions, avocado, shredded sharp white cheddar. Super loving the new cookbook – 100% of what I’ve tried has been delicious!

  10. Susan

    Are you using bone in thighs? I didn’t want to use boneless and end up with dry chicken.

  11. Laurel

    These were delicious- thank you! My boyfriend loved them too and he’s a tough sell!

  12. gerry speirs

    There’s nothing more filling and healthier than a loaded salad bowl!!

  13. Megan

    Excited to try this recipe! About how many pounds of chicken? I have 2lbs of boneless beasts – should I be making any adjustments for the slow cooker? Thanks!!

  14. Lindsey

    If you don’t have fresh corn is there a way you can make it with frozen or canned corn?

  15. Alaina W

    Hello
    New Subscriber here, Starting with Week 12 menu. Wanted to ask what you go to BBQ Sauce is?

    • Gaby

      I don’t have a particular favorite store bought one!! But that said, I should do a taste test! Stay tuned!

  16. Gail

    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!

  17. Rachel

    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.

    • Gaby

      thanks for catching that!! some of my recipe notes didn’t come over with the redesign! It’s there now! xx