This is a cold garden salad tossed with warm and saucy barbecue chicken them topped with crisp hot sweet potato fries and drizzled with ranch dressing. It sounded just crazy enough when I initially imagined it, I had to try it and I am so glad I did!
This was inspired by a dinner I made earlier this week that I impulsively chopped up and tossed together on my plate. I liked it so much that I made it again for lunch the next day, just so I could photograph it. My oldest son liked this so much; he even requested that I share the salad with him the next day. For the record, despite their initial doubts, my husband and brother both agreed that the combination really worked.
* You can certainly make your own oven fries, but I was limited on time and motivation for this meal. If you decided to make your own fries, be sure to slice them pretty thin, so that the salad isn't overwhelmed with big chunks of potato. I just tried these fries* for the first time and really liked them. I have yet to achieve a truly crispy sweet potato oven fry from scratch, although I do keep trying!
BBQ Chicken Salad with Sweet Potato Fries
Yield: 4 servings
1 lb sweet potato fries, baked according to directions
2 cups cooked chicken, diced bite-size
1 cup barbecue sauce, I used this sweet and tangy homemade barbecue sauce
1 head romaine lettuce chopped small
1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
1 cucumber, halved lengthwise and sliced thin
3 mini bell peppers, sliced very thin
ranch dressing, I used this homemade ranch dressing
Preheat the oven for the fries and then bake according to directions, I actually baked mine at higher heat (425 degrees) and for an extra 10-15 minutes to get them good and crispy. While the potatoes are baking, combine the chicken and the barbecue sauce in a small saucepan. Warm over medium low heat, stirring occasionally. When the chicken is hot, remove from the heat and cover with a lid to keep warm.
Prep the rest of the salad and layer it onto plates. When the fries are crispy, remove from the oven. Top each plate of salad with a scoop of the saucy chicken and a serving of fries. Drizzle with ranch dressing just before serving. Enjoy!
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* Alexia Foods has no idea who I am, I just really liked their fries!