Top Review by WorkingMom2three
I made this for a pot-luck cook out, and it was very good - a little more work than your ordinary green salad, but worth it. Here are the (slight) modifications I made: I used chicken tenders for ease of cooking, and I let them sit in the sauce mixture about 20 mintues before I grilled them. I added a chopped cucumber to the salad, and I used light ranch dressing to cut out some of the fat. It makes A LOT of dressing - way more than I would use on a salad. I also did not like the look of any of the bagged salads, so I used 2 heads of torn up romaine. It was probably a little too much lettuce, but as I was bringing it to a large gathering, I wanted it to go further. I really resisted adding bacon or bacon bits to this salad. I thought it would be a good addition, but I wanted to see how the original recipe was. The original is great, but I think it would be a good addition to have the bacon - probably just 3 or 4 slices cooked and crumbled. I loved the sloppy joe seasoning for the chicken (although, mine came out more of a paste than a sauce), and I think I will use it to grill chicken as a stand-alone meal.
- 1 (1 1/4 ounce) package sloppy joe seasoning mix (Williams if you can get it)
- 5 tablespoons barbecue sauce, divided
- 1 tablespoon melted butter
- 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
- 1 3⁄4 cups ranch dressing
- 1 (1 1/4 ounce) package taco seasoning mix
- 1 (16 ounce) bagtossed mixed salad greens
- 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
- 3 green onions, chopped
- 1 tomatoes, chopped
- 1 1⁄2 cups shredded cheddar cheese or 1 1⁄2 cups monterey jack cheese or 1 1⁄2 cups colby-monterey jack cheese
- 1 1⁄2 cups chili-flavored corn chips or 1 1⁄2 cups barbecue-flavored corn chips
Directions See How It's Made
- Blend together sloppy joe seasoning mix, 1 Tbsp barbecue sauce and melted butter; brush over chicken breasts.
- Grill chicken over medium heat about 5-7 minutes per side or until fully cooked.
- Meanwhile, blend together ranch dressing, remaining 1/4 cup barbecue sauce, taco seasoning; set aside.
- Toss together salad, black beans, green onions and tomatoes in a large salad bowl.
- Cut grilled chicken into thin slices and arrange over salad.
- Top with cheese and chips.
- Serve with dressing.
- Any left over dressing may be refrigerated and served on favorite salads, tossed with pasta or used as a sandwich spread.