BBQ Chicken Salad with Homemade BBQ Sauce

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BBQ-Chicken-Salad

 This is my favorite salad. Ever. The flavors going on in this salad were just meant to be. Chicken, Barbecue Sauce, Zesty Ranch dressing, Corn, Black Beans, Green Onions, Cilantro…….. are you with me? This was my first attempt at homemade barbecue sauce and we loved it! I found the recipe from the Neely’s on the Food Network. It was super simple to make. I bet you have most of the ingredients in your pantry right now. I did! I love it when I find a recipe I want to make and already have all the ingredients. No need to go to the store!

 

   One thing I will note on the sauce, when it’s simmering on your stovetop you will have kind of a vinegary aroma floating through your house. PLEASE don’t let that worry you, like it did me. I stressed I would have this really strong vinegar tasting barbecue sauce but that was not the case at all! The end result was simply amazing and now after having it, I know I will make it often  : )

 

 

Homemade Barbecue Sauce
 
This barbecue sauce is so easy to make and totally delicious!
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Ingredients
  • 2 cups Ketchup
  • 1 cup Water
  • ½ cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 5 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 5 Tablespoons Sugar
  • ½ Tablespoon fresh Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon Onion Powder
  • ½ Tablespoon Ground Mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan, combine all ingredients. Bring mixture to a boil and then reduce heat to simmer. Cook, uncovered for 1½ hours, stirring often.
Notes
Yields: 3½ cups

 

 
 
BBQ-Chicken-Salad
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

Homemade Barbecue Sauce
 
This barbecue sauce is so easy to make and totally delicious!
Author:
Ingredients
  • 2 cups Ketchup
  • 1 cup Water
  • ½ cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 5 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 5 Tablespoons Sugar
  • ½ Tablespoon fresh Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon Onion Powder
  • ½ Tablespoon Ground Mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan, combine all ingredients. Bring mixture to a boil and then reduce heat to simmer. Cook, uncovered for 1½ hours, stirring often.
Notes
Yields: 3½ cups


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32 thoughts on “BBQ Chicken Salad with Homemade BBQ Sauce

  1. This looks so much like my favorite salad from a local restaurant. I can’t wait to try it out and see how it compares.
    I’ve never made my own BBQ sauce either but I think you’ve inspired me to give it a try.
    Thanks for sharing this recipe. Can’t wait to make it!
    Jennifer

  2. Both the sauce and salad they sound delicious. They certainly are perfect for a summer meal. I hope you have a great weekend. Blessings…Mary

  3. You just made my day! I have all the ingredients for the sauce, spot on!
    Bookmarking this to try, maybe next week! Your salad looks really yummy!
    Thank you for sharing! Wish you a delicious weekend!

  4. Superb salad! I ran 2 the store today 2 purchase all of the ingredients I needed. We served it for dinner and it was a Big hit!!! Every1 raved!!!!!! Thanks Holli!

  5. Great pics and wow does this look and sound good. I’m always buying Trader Joes…chicken bbq salad…this is on my to do list!

  6. That salad looks really good, and perfect for a summer evening. The homemade barbecue sauce sounds spicy and delicious too. I bet it would be good for lots of other dishes as well! 🙂

  7. Thanks for the sweet comments! Yes I gew up in Washington! I still live very close by! I love your food blog! I would love for you to add to my link party! And if you are interested in doing a blogswap let me know!

  8. That salad looks so good. I wish I would’ve visited about 2 hours ago. I just now finished making some homemade bbq sauce to put on some ribs. I guess if it isn’t great I will have to give the Neely’s sauce a try next time.

  9. Thank you for the sweet comment! Yes I am from washington! Born and raised! And I still live close by! I love your blog! I’d love it if we could get together and do a blog swap sometime! Let me know if you are interested! And head on over right now to link up at our first link party!
    Stefanie
    Lovelylittlesnippets.blogspot.com

  10. When I joined Pinterest a few months ago, this was one of the first recipes I found and the first one I tried. It’s one of our favorites. I like to log my recipes on a blog I have, which is just an online recipe book so I can get to my recipes very easily wherever I am. (It’s not really a blog lik yours!) My friends are also able to access them,too. I hope you don’t mind that added your recipe and linked your blog! Andrea drelovesfood.blogspot.com

  11. Great idea to use the homemade bbq sauce recipe for a chicken salad. i will definately try this. I have used this bbq sauce recipe before for this recipe (bbq spagetti) – which is incredibly time consuming but also INCREDIBLE you won’t regret it.
    http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paulas-party/neelys-bbq-spaghetti-recipe/index.html

    great blog – found you from pintrest. Love the creative recipes & pictures. Can’t wait to try this and some other stuff that sound good 🙂

  12. Great idea to use the homemade bbq sauce recipe for a chicken salad. i will definately try this. I have used this bbq sauce recipe before for this recipe (bbq spagetti) – which is incredibly time consuming but also INCREDIBLE you won’t regret it.
    http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paulas-party/neelys-bbq-spaghetti-recipe/index.html

    great blog – found you from pintrest. Love the creative recipes & pictures. Can’t wait to try this and some other stuff that sound good 🙂

  13. Wow! This is the best salad I have ever had. It is simple and delicious. Because of time constraints I used Sweet Baby Ray’s Honey Barbecue Sauce. I also added avocado. My entire family loved it this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  14. Wow! This is the best salad I have ever had. It is simple and delicious. Because of time constraints I used Sweet Baby Ray’s Honey Barbecue Sauce. I also added avocado. My entire family loved it this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  15. Hmmmm…Are you saying I can have such a superb combination of meals in the comfort of my own kitchen? Great! Chicken, Barbeque Sauce, Zesty Ranch dressing, Corn, Black Beans, Green Onions, and Cilantro do not just look good together. I bet they will satisfy my taste buds a lot as well. Thanks for posting! -Joseph Carr

  16. I prepared this for dinner once and it is truly amazing. The kids just loved it! I guess the best part of this recipe is knowing how to make that homemade sauce. We are now using it for almost everything! Thank you for having shared this recipe! Please keep your posts coming.

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