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BBQ Chicken Salad with Avocado Crema

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My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is truly a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and enjoying adequate exercise. By experimenting in the kitchen and openly sharing my meals, I learned that healthy eating is hardly boring and that by making a few adjustments, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my personal fitness goals. Our bodies are built in the kitchen and sculpted in the gym.

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BBQ Chicken Salad Recipe

Ingredients

Ingredients for 4 servings

  • Olive oil spray
  • Chicken
    • 1 1/4lb raw chicken breast (or tenders)
    • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1 teaspoon onion powder
    • pinch of sea salt & pepper
    • 8 tablespoons low-calorie BBQ sauce
  • Salad
    • 2/3 cup frozen corn
    • 1 large head green leaf lettuce
    • 3 cups fresh spinach
    • 1/2 red bell  pepper, chopped**
    • 1/2 orange bell pepper, chopped**
    • 1 medium cucumber, chopped
    • 1/2 cup red onion, slices
    • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro
    • Garnish
      • fresh cilantro
      • green onion
  • OPTIONAL

** Note: Alternatively you can just use 1 large bell pepper.

Steps
  1. Set oven to 420F.
  2. Season chicken breast with garlic, onion and sea salt & pepper.
  3. Set a skillet on high heat.  Once hot, spray with olive oil then toss in corn.  Allow the corn to sear for about 3 to 5 minutes before stirring in the skillet.  As you stir, add a pinch of sea salt & pepper, then remove it from the skillet.
  4. Set the skillet back on medium-high heat and spray with a bit more olive oil.  Add the chicken breast and allow the chicken to sear on each side for 2 to 3 minutes, until the outside edges are brown.  Then reduce the heat to medium and pour in the BBQ sauce.  Toss the chicken in the sauce, then place the entire skillet in the oven for 6 to 8 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through.
    BBQ chicken salad with avocado crema
  5. While the chicken is baking, add the contents of the salad to a large cutting board or sheet.  Using the sharpest knife in your kitchen, while being extremely careful, chop up the salad.  As you chop, mix the salad together so that the salad naturally mixes and its natural flavors meld together.
  6. Place the chopped contents in a large mixing bowl, then add in the chopped corn and any other garnish such as more fresh cilantro or fresh green onion.
    BBQ chicken salad with avocado crema
  7. Enjoy the salad with a serving of BBQ chicken with some avocado crema as dressing.
    BBQ chicken salad with avocado crema
    Alternatively, you can chop up a serving of chicken, mix it in with the salad and stuff it in a whole wheat wrap.
    BBQ chicken salad with avocado crema

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Calories
266
Protein
26g
Fat
2g
Carbs
25g
Sodium
Fiber
4g
Sugar
14g
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Quick Avocado Crema

Ingredients

BBQ chicken salad with avocado crema
Ingredients for 28 servings (14oz)

Serving size: 2 tablespoons
  • 1/2 large ripe avocado
  • 1 cup 2% Greek yogurt
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro with stem
  • juice from 2 limes
  • 3/4 cup water
  • sea salt & pepper to taste
Steps

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.  Season to taste with sea salt & pepper and add more water (or lime juice) to thin it out as desired.

Calories
12
Protein
1g
Fat
1g
Carbs
1g
Sodium
Fiber
0g
Sugar
0g
About the author

FitMenCook

My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is truly a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and enjoying adequate exercise. By experimenting in the kitchen and openly sharing my meals, I learned that healthy eating is hardly boring and that by making a few adjustments, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my personal fitness goals. Our bodies are built in the kitchen and sculpted in the gym.