Sunday, January 17, 2010

CPK BBQ Chicken Salad

California Pizza Kitchen BBQ Chicken Salad
from Ryan Parsons

Are you ready to eat the most delicious salad ever? My brother made this salad for us a while back but I have yet to try it. Finally, this Friday night I decided to make it. The chicken was so moist and flavorful, the dressing was creamy, and the vegetables and tortilla strip toppings were perfect!

Fried Tortilla Strips:
vegetable oil for deep-frying
8 corn tortillas, cut into 1/4-inch-wide strips

Garden Herb Ranch Dressing:
1/2 tsp dry mustard
1/4 tsp cold water
2 3/4 cups mayonnaise
1 cup buttermilk
7 TBS sour cream
2 1/2 TBS apple cider vinegar
1 1/2 TBS thinly sliced scallions (greens and whites)
2 tsp minced garlic
2 tsp minced fresh Italian parsley
1 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp minced fresh dill
1/2 tsp minced fresh oregano (or 1/4 teaspoon dried)
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/4 tsp minced fresh basil

Grilled Garlic BBQ Chicken:
1 1/3 TBS olive oil
1 1/3 TBS minced garlic
2 tsp soy sauce
2 tsp salt
Four 5-ounce boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/4 cup good quality bottled sweet-and-spicy barbecue sauce

1/2 head iceberg lettuce, cored, rinsed, dried, and cut into 1/8-inch-wide strips
1/2 head romaine lettuce leaves, separated and trimmed, rinsed, dried, and cut into 1/8-inch-wide strips
12 large fresh basil leaves cut into 1/8-inch-wide strips
1 pound jicama, cut into 1/4 x 1/4 x 3/4-inch strips
2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup canned sweet white corn kernels, drained
3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
2 pounds ripe fresh tomatoes, cut into 1/2-inch dice
1/2 cup good quality bottled sweet-and-spicy barbecue sauce
1/4 cup thinly sliced scallion greens

  1. To Make the Fried Tortilla Strips: In a deep, heavy frying pan, heat several inches of vegetable oil to a temperature of 375 degrees F. Working in batches if necessary to prevent overcrowding, carefully add the tortilla strips to the hot oil, submerging them with a metal skimmer or slotted spoon. Fry the tortilla strips until evenly golden, 1 to 2 minutes. Carefully lift them out with the skimmer or slotted spoon and transfer them to paper towels to drain and cool. Set aside, uncovered.

  2. To Make the Garden Herb Ranch Dressing: In a mixing bowl, use a fork to stir together the mustard and cold water, forming a paste. Set aside for 10 minutes. Add the remaining dressing ingredients to the bowl and, using a handheld electric mixer at low speed or a whisk, blend together just until smooth, taking care not to incorporate too much air into the dressing. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.

  3. To Make the Grilled Garlic and BBQ Chicken: Preheat a stovetop grill or the broiler. In a mixing bowl, stir together the olive oil, garlic, soy sauce, and salt. Turn the chicken breasts in this marinade and leave to marinate at room temperature for about 15 minutes. Grill or broil the chicken breasts until cooked through, 5 to 6 minutes per side. Chill thoroughly in the refrigerator. Cut the chicken breasts into 3/4-inch cubes and, in a bowl, toss with the barbecue sauce to coat well. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.

  4. To Make the Salad: In a large mixing bowl, toss together the lettuces, basil, jicama, Monterey Jack cheese, beans, corn, cilantro, dressing, and half of the Fried Tortilla Strips. Transfer the salads to chilled serving plates. Surround each salad with diced tomatoes and the remaining Fried Tortilla Strips. Top each salad with chunks of Grilled Garlic BBQ Chicken and drizzle the chicken with the barbecue sauce. Garnish with the scallion.

All I can say was that this salad was delicious!! The chicken marinade was wonderful. I have since used the marinade for just some BBQ chicken.


Hoenes Family said...

That looks Delish! I love your recipe blog! Keep it up! I have done 2 of your recipes and both I would make again. I am going to try the Terriyaki sauce tonight! I love to see that you have tried these recipes and like them.

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