BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad

This post was sponsored by S&W Beans and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.On the beautiful Central Coast of California, we have heat waves in the fall. While everyone else is celebrating Autumn with turning leaves and pumpkin spice everything, we are having beach weather! I never want to turn on my oven on these hot days, so I want to share one of my favorite salad recipes with you. This has been on our family’s dinner menu rotation for years and it never fails to please. I serve it with some bread and butter and it makes for the perfect dinner on a hot Indian Summer day!  I have two ways to make this salad easier at dinnertime. 1. Use a rotisserie chicken 2. Wash and prep all of the ingredients early in the day and pop them in the fridge. I try and get it done during June’s nap time and it makes dinnertime a breeze!  The black beans and chicken give you lots of protein and make this a very hearty, filling salad. S&W Beans have so many different varieties of beans to add to your salads! They have all organic, 50% less sodium, and chili style which have onion and spices included. I have tried buying off-brand beans and have been so disappointed by them. There’s nothing like opening up a can of beans, pouring them into the strainer to rinse, and having them fall apart under the water. It feels like such a rip off! With S&W, there is none of that business. Their beans look great AND taste great! They’ve been doing this for over 120 years, so I guess you could say that they’ve got it down to a science. Here is the recipe, below. Scroll to the bottom of the post if you’d like an S&W Beans coupon!

BBQ Chicken Salad
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  • 2 large chicken breasts, cooked and cubed
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce
  • 1 head Romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1 can corn, drained
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 bunch green onions, chopped
  • ½ bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 4 Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 2 avocados, diced
  • cheddar cheese, shredded
  • tortilla chips, crushed
  • Ranch dressing
  1. Stir cubed chicken in with the BBQ sauce until coated, set aside.
  2. Toss together the lettuce, cilantro, green onions, corn, beans, and chopped veggies.
  3. Top with chicken, cheese, and crushed tortilla chips. Drizzle ranch dressing over salad and enjoy!

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White Chicken Chili with S&W Beans

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I love a good bowl of chili! It’s hearty, filling, healthy, and my whole family will eat it. You can’t go wrong with a one-pot meal that will do that! My girls especially love crunching up tortilla chips and blowing/sprinkling them on their chili a la Nacho Libre :) S&W Beans sent me a big old box of beans to try out and I was excited to see some new (to me) varieties in there! The White Chili Beans on the left were perfect for this recipe, as pointed out on the label. I’m so creative ;) Have you ever opened a can of beans before and they aren’t the best quality? I recently bought an off-brand and was so disappointed while rinsing them. They started to fall apart in the strainer! S&W Beans aren’t like that. They’re better…they look great and taste great. It’s no wonder, since they’ve been holding the bean industry to the highest standards for over 120 years! Their beans are beautiful to look at and healthy to eat. One of baby June’s most favorite foods right now is beans! She loved these after they’d been softened, cooked, and cooled down of course. I love having another healthy option to feed her, and all of us for that matter!  This chili won’t be around for long. My husband was scraping the pot for the rest of it once he had a taste and realized how healthy it was! If you don’t like heat, I’d add less jalapeño pepper and cumin to start. To get a great deal on your own S&W beans, see the coupon link at the bottom of this post!

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White Chicken Chili
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  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can S&W white beans
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can S&W white chili beans
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 medium jalapeño pepper, seeds and ribs removed, minced
  • 1 medium Anaheim pepper, seeds and ribs removed, minced
  • 1 large red onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 rotisserie chicken, skin removed and meat shredded
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • Sour cream, for topping
  • Tortilla chips, for topping
  1. Drain and rinse the canned white beans, set aside.
  2. Add the canola oil to a large French oven and heat over medium-high heat. Add the peppers, onions, and garlic and sauté until soft and fragrant, about 5 minutes. Season the vegetables with salt and pepper to taste. Add the cumin (less than 1 Tablespoon if you want to stay on the mild side) and chili powder and continue to sauté for 1 more minute. Pour in the chicken stock and lime juice and bring to a simmer. Add the beans and continue to simmer for 20 more minutes. Use an immersion blender, or transfer some of the chili to a blender, to blend to desired consistency.
  3. After 20 minutes of simmering, taste for seasoning, and adjust if necessary. Stir in the shredded rotisserie chicken and cilantro and simmer until heated through, about 5 more minutes. Serve the chili in individual bowls topped with a dollop of sour cream, crushed tortilla chips, and cilantro.


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Chicken Chipotle Sauce Taquitos

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For this recipe, I used La Morena Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce. They give the chicken filling a nice smoky flavor, and you can add as many or as little as you’d like depending on how much heat you can handle! I had to make mine mild for my girls and I; Matt would love to have the whole can in there :)

La Morena Chipotle Sauce Taquitos (1 of 12)

I bought them at Vallarta Market downtown, that place is so much fun! My girls love shopping there and my husband loves the fresh Mexican food. He got a burrito + sides for $7. Their produce section is amazing and I’m so excited a new one is coming closer to us on Broadway, right across from the new El Toro! Mmm :) La Morena items can also be found at Food 4 Less.

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These taquitos are so easy to make! I like to do the chicken filling ahead of time and refrigerate it until I’m ready to roll the taquitos up and bake them. I put all of the ingredients in my Kitchen-Aid and let it do the work of shredding and mixing it all! La Morena Chipotle Sauce Taquitos (3 of 12)Get your station ready:La Morena Chipotle Sauce Taquitos (4 of 12) Place your chicken filling on top:La Morena Chipotle Sauce Taquitos (5 of 12)Roll it up as tight as you can,La Morena Chipotle Sauce Taquitos (6 of 12)Like so:La Morena Chipotle Sauce Taquitos (7 of 12)And place on a greased, foil-lined sheet.La Morena Chipotle Sauce Taquitos (8 of 12)Bake at 425 degrees for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown. La Morena Chipotle Sauce Taquitos (9 of 12)Serve with salsa and guacamole (recipe below), or dips of your choice. I made this salsa that is always a favorite! La Morena Chipotle Sauce Taquitos (10 of 12)Enjoy! La Morena Chipotle Sauce Taquitos (12 of 12)

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Chicken Chipotle Taquitos
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  • 4 cooked chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, chopped
  • 7 ounces green salsa
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon diced garlic
  • 1 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 green onion, sliced
  • 2 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • flour tortillas
  • queso fresco
  1. In a stand mixer with paddle attachment, add chicken, chipotle peppers, green salsa, lime juice, onion powder, garlic, cilantro, green onions, and cheddar cheese. Mix on low speed until chicken is shredded, speeding up as necessary to combine all ingredients to make taquito filling.
  2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees and spray your pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. Scoop about 3 Tablespoons of the chicken filling onto each tortilla and wrap tightly. Lay taquitos next to one another in your pan, not touching, seam facing down.
  4. Spray or rub tops with oil and bake for 15-20 minutes or until crunchy and golden brown.
  5. Sprinkle with green onions and crumbled queso fresco.
  6. Serve with salsa, guacamole, and/or sour cream.
  7. Enjoy!

La Morena Chipotle Sauce Taquitos (11 of 12)
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Homemade Guacamole
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  • 4 avocados
  • 2 cups chopped tomatoes
  • ½ cup chopped white onion
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  1. Slice and pit avocados, place in a medium bowl & mash. Add tomatoes, onion, cilantro, lemon juice, salt & pepper, and mix to combine. Add more seasoning as necessary.


Our Picnic Dinner with Stouffer’s Satisfying Skillets

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As you all know, we just moved. Needless to say, there have been a lot of pizza and fast food dinners going on in our house recently. It’s so hard to prepare meals when you don’t have anything unpacked. I barely got the kitchen boxes emptied and our dining room table set up yesterday!

I missed not having a WalMart nearby when we lived in Santa Cruz. Three years ago, I never would have dreamed that I would say those words! But it’s true, I missed it. The Santa Maria WalMart has a new grocery addition, where Linens-n-Things used to be. It is so bright and new, and was empty when I went shopping at 8 PM! #Dinner4Two #shopMatt & I put the girls down to bed and decided to have our own little picnic dinner in our new house. We got crazy and even busted out some sparkling cider! It was fun to toast to this new chapter in our lives, talk, laugh, & eat a simple meal uninterrupted.#Dinner4Two #shop#Dinner4Two #shopI was impressed with the food! When I thought of Stouffer’s before, I thought of squishy lasagna and single-serve freezer meals. These are different. They are in the frozen section, but in a bag. You just have to place it in the pan on medium for 8 minutes then stir, then cook 10 more minutes stirring frequently (there is also a microwave option). I thought they tasted fresh and flavorful, and were perfect for us. Each package serves 2, so we had more than enough food with leftovers for lunch. These would be a welcome meal for a new mom, busy family, or new neighbors! #Dinner4Two #shop

Chicken Salad Endive Cups

On Valentine’s Day, this beautiful bouquet of endives arrived at my door! California Endive Growers sent them to me, and I couldn’t have been more pleased. Thank you so much!! I made this salad with some them, and decided that I’d make a chicken salad to eat the rest of them with. It was a fabulous idea…you should definitely try it!Chicken Salad Endive Cups
The endives are already the perfect little utensil. Just scoop some salad in, and eat the whole thing! You can be like Gene Wilder in Charlie & The Chocolate Factory when he drinks the tea and then eats the dandelion cup and saucer :)Chicken Salad Endive Cups

Chicken Salad Endive Cups
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Serves: 12
  • 4 cups cooked chicken, cubed
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 2 teaspoons grated onion
  • 1 cup seedless red grapes, sliced in half
  • ½ cup sliced almonds
  • ⅔ cup mayonnaise or Miracle Whip
  • Juice of half a lemon (more to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon pepper
  1. Combine chicken, celery, onion, grapes, and almonds in a large bowl. In a separate, small bowl, whisk together the mayo, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Pour dressing mixture over the salad and fold in until all of the ingredients are coated. Spoon chicken salad into individual endive leaves and arrange on platter. Serve & enjoy!

Chicken Salad Endive Cups

Pesto Pasta Chicken Salad

My aunt and uncle came up to visit us a few weekends ago, it was such a fun time! We went to the Boardwalk & walked along the wharf. Aunt Lizzie with Lola & I:

On their way up, I texted and asked if they wanted to grab lunch somewhere when they arrived. My uncle responded with, “What, you don’t have a gourmet meal waiting for us?” I knew he was kidding, but then realized that I had this awesome pasta salad sitting in the fridge! So we had a good laugh and ate it when they got here.

This salad tastes wonderful warmed up, or cold straight out of the fridge. I love a versatile dish!

As I was slicing the mozzarella, Ada walked up behind me and said, “Oooooohhhhhh! CHEESE! That’s good for me, right?” Right, little one. You are so completely right :)

Pesto Pasta Chicken Salad Recipe

adapted from Real Simple

1 lb. whole wheat penne pasta

4  boneless, skinless chicken thighs (3/4 pound)

1  tablespoon  olive oil

kosher salt and black pepper

1/2  cup  chopped pitted kalamata olives

1  cup  halved bocconcini (small mozzarella balls)

3/4  cup  walnut pesto

Walnut Pesto Recipe:

1 cup walnuts

1 garlic clove

1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoons olive oil

Salt to taste

2 Tablespoons parmesan cheese

2 cups fresh basil leaves

Toss walnuts, garlic, 1 teaspoon salt, cheese, and basil into food processor. Pulse while adding olive oil in a stream.

Once desired consistency is achieved, taste and add salt if needed.

Pasta Salad Directions:

Cook  pasta until al dente, according to the package directions. Drain and return to pot to let cool.

Heat oven to 400° F. Rub the chicken with the oil and season with ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper.

Place on a rimmed baking sheet and roast until cooked through, 20 to 25 minutes; shred. (You could sub any chicken

here. I took the time to cook the thighs and could taste a difference; my husband said he thought he was eating a

rotisserie chicken the whole time! So I’ll be saving myself the work and using easier chicken from now on).

Toss the pasta, shredded chicken, olives, and bocconcini with the pesto and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper.

Top with seasonings to taste and freshly grated parmesan. Enjoy!

Three Bean Chicken Chili

My husband is a college grad! I am so proud of him. The week of his finals, I took the girls down to visit family while my sister was visiting from Texas. These girls love their Auntie Linds!

It’s better for Matt when we’re gone so that he can live at the library and not worry about coming home. In past finals weeks, he’d always call around dinner time and ask what I’d made. It was sad. So, I took the girls down south, let him get some uninterrupted sleep, and left him a big pot of chili to live off while we were gone.

I made this recipe up unintentionally. I thought I had all of the ingredients on hand for this chili, but I was wrong. And, on a rainy evening before leaving town, there was no way I was dragging two little girls and myself to the grocery store. So I winged it! The result was this hearty, satisfying, husband & toddler approved dish.

Three Bean Chicken Chili Recipe

3 large chicken breasts, cooked and sliced or shredded

1 Tablespoon dried, minced onion

1 package taco seasoning

1 package Ranch dressing mix

1 (15 oz.) can pinto beans

1 (15 oz.) white kidney beans

2 (16 oz.) cans dark red kidney beans

1 (14.5 oz.) can sliced stewed tomatoes

2 (14.5 oz.) cans diced peeled tomatoes

1 (15 oz.) can whole kernel corn, drained

Throw all ingredients into a pot. Stir to combine ingredients. Cover with lid and let simmer over medium-high heat for an hour.

Serve with ranch dressing or sour cream, and grated cheese. Enjoy!

Santa Rosa Chicken Salad Recipe

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A couple of weeks ago, we had our friends over for FHE. I made this salad and this one…both delicious and filling! We love, love, LOVE this salad and it’s always a hit whenever I bring it anywhere. Hope you like it!

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Santa Rosa Chicken Salad
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  • 1 box Uncle Ben's long-grain wild rice
  • Rotisserie chicken, cubed
  • 4 green onions
  • 1 cup sliced or slivered almonds
  • 1 yellow or green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 handfuls of cooked asparagus, chopped
  • Cherry tomatoes, sliced
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • Dressing:
  • ⅓ cup rice vinegar
  • ⅓ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  1. Combine dressing ingredients and set aside. Cook rice according to package directions (I don't use the seasoning packet) & cool.
  2. Toss rice together with all salad ingredients and add dressing. Refrigerate for a few hours before serving to let flavors marinate. (I thought it tasted better for lunch the next day!) Serve and enjoy.

Barbecue Bacon Chicken

Yet another winning recipe from The Worldwide Ward Cookbook! This was so impressive and perfect to make when you have company over. Although we didn’t when I made it…it is one of those dishes that is so easy to prepare and seems fancier than it really is.

3 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1 bottle barbecue sauce

Cooked bacon – 2 pieces for each breast

Colby cheese, sliced (I only had shredded cheese & used that)

2 tomatoes diced (I used cherry tomatoes, yum!)

2 avocados, diced

Sour cream

Remove any fat from chicken, and lay breasts in 9×13 pan. Cover with barbecue sauce and bake at 300 degrees for an hour or until chicken is fully cooked. Remove from oven and top each breast with cheese and bacon. Return to oven just until cheese is melted. Serve topped with tomatoes, sour cream, and avocados. Enjoy!

Taquitos & Mango Quinoa Salad

These taquitos are easy to make and so delicious! My mom made them for us while she was here for Lola’s birth, along with the mango quinoa salad. Thanks Mommy!! I found the recipes on Our Best Bites & made them again when we had the missionaries over for dinner this week.

Baked Creamy Chicken Taquitos
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  • ⅓ C (3 oz) cream cheese
  • ¼ C green salsa
  • 1 T fresh lime juice
  • ½ t cumin
  • 1 t chili powder
  • ½ t onion powder
  • ¼ t granulated garlic
  • 3 T chopped cilantro
  • 2 T sliced green onions
  • 2 C shredded cooked chicken
  • 1 C grated cheddar or mozzarella cheese
  • tortillas (I used whole wheat flour ones)
  • kosher salt
  • cooking spray
  1. Heat oven to 425. Line a baking sheet with foil and lightly coat with cooking spray.
  2. Heat cream cheese in the microwave for about 20-30 seconds so it's soft and easy to stir. Add green salsa, lime juice, cumin, chili powder, onion powder and granulated garlic. Stir to combine and then add cilantro and green onions. Add chicken and cheese and combine well.
  3. You can prepare up to this step ahead of time. Just keep the mixture in the fridge.
  4. Place 2-3 T of chicken mixture on the lower third of a tortilla, keeping it about ½ inch from the edges.
  5. Then roll it up as tight as you can.
  6. Place seam side down on the baking sheet. Lay all of the taquitos on the baking sheet and make sure they are not touching each other. Spray the tops lightly with cooking spray or an oil mister and sprinkle some kosher salt on top.
  7. Place pan in oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until crisp and the ends start to get golden brown.
  8. Serve with ranch dressing (my favorite dip of choice), guacamole, or salsa.

Now for the quinoa salad. It’s been floating around the internets for a while and now I see why it’s so popular. It is tasty & beautiful, look at how colorful it is. Bonus –  it’s really good for you!

2 cups cooked quinoa at room temperature, or chilled (cooking it in a saucepan with 4 c. chicken broth is perfect)
1 14 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 medium mango, peeled and diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
6 green onions, thinly sliced
1 handful chopped cilantro (or two or three…)
4 tablespoons red wine vinegar
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1-2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
kosher salt
freshly cracked black pepper

Place cooked quinoa in a large bowl.  Add mango, red pepper, green onion, black beans, and cilantro.  In a small bowl combine vinegar, olive oil, and lime juice.  Whisk until smooth and pour on top of salad.  Toss to combine and add salt and pepper to taste.  Chill for at least one hour before serving. The longer the flavors meld in the fridge the better; I like it even more for lunch the next day. Enjoy!