Friday, February 9, 2024

A 15-minute chcken dinner? Hold my beer...


So last week I wrote about the easiest yummy chicken marsala that you can get on the table in 15 minutes. This week I topped myself with this quick and satisfying Cowboy Chicken Salad salad. 

I actually had this for the first time at Tim's aunt's annual Christmas lunch - Linda is a fabulous cook, and there is always tons of yummy food when the Hulseys get together. The version was a meatless side, and even with all the gooey, carb-loaded holiday goodies, everybody went back for seconds. 

I made it this week and added some rotisserie chicken for some protein to make it a one-dish dinner. It seems to be a riff on a Ree Drummond recipe, with a few simplifications.  Seriously, you can throw this together in five minutes, so it's FANTASTIC on a night when you want something super easy and not too heavy. 


  • 2 cups diced rotisserie chicken
  • one head romaine lettuce, chopped
  • one can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • one can corn, drained
  • 12-15 ish grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar or pepper jack cheese (whatever floats your boat)
  • 1/2 medium red onion, chopped (or a few green onions)
  • optional - some sliced jalapenos or avocados, fresh cilantro, crunchy tortilla strips


  • 1/4 cup each - mayonnaise, barbeque sauce, lime juice, whisked together
  • a dash of chipotle hot sauce or powder if you like things a little spicier

Toss everything together in a big bowl, and you're good to go!

Thinking out loud, this would probably be amazing if you skipped the chicken and added some sliced grilled flank steak instead. Keeping that idea for when it's warm enough to break out the grill again!


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