Ok, I might be a little bit embarrassed to admit that I have never eaten at Panera Bread. I know exactly where one is… it’s actually across the street from Pei Wei and we love to eat there. But Panera Bread?!?
Have I been missing out on something yummy and delicious? Are you guys eating there often and I’m missing out?
I’m thinking so!
When I saw a recipe for a Barbecue Chopped Chicken Salad over at Cheerios and Lattes I thought it looked really yummy and that I might want to try it. I was especially interested in it because it was a Panera Copy Cat Recipe and since I haven’t eaten there yet I thought it would be a good indicator if I would like their food.
I’m happy to say that we all loved this salad! Even my picky teenager. I switched out the tortilla chips for Nacho Cheese Doritos and I think it complimented the salad perfectly!
Barbecue Chopped Chicken Salad (Panera Copy Cat)
- lettuce of your choice we used pre-washed mixed greens... romaine or butter lettuce would be delicious too
- 3-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (using a rotisserie chicken would be faster)
- garlic salt
- 1 can of sweet corn; drained
- 1 can of black beans; drained
- 1/2 of a red bell pepper diced
- Monterrey Colby Jack cheese shredded
- Doritos Nacho Cheese Chips crushed into smaller pieces
- 1 large avocado chopped into bite sized pieces
- 1/8 - 1/4 cup of your favorite Barbecue Sauce you can always add more if you want
- 3/4 cup Ranch Dressing
- Begin by lightly sprinkling your chicken breasts with garlic salt. Cook them on the barbecue until the chicken is done and the internal temp reaches 165°.
- Spray a medium skillet with cooking spray and add your red bell pepper. Cook for about 3 minutes and then add your corn. Continue cooking for another 3 minutes and then add your black beans until they are heated through. Once this mixture is done cooking dump your mixture out on a large plate to allow it to cool so that it won't cook your lettuce when you add it to your salad.
- When your chicken is done cooking chop it into bite sized pieces and allow it to cool for a couple of minutes too.
- Mix your barbecue sauce and ranch dressing in a small bowl. Add more or less barbecue/ranch depending on your taste.
Super important... don't add hot ingredients directly over the top of your lettuce. Let it cool for a while so it won't cook your lettuce.
Here are a few other recipes you might enjoy today while you’re here: