California Pizza Kitchen BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad  

Posted by ReelTym

California Pizza Kitchen BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad

For the fried tortilla strips
Vegetable oil for deep-frying
12 corn tortillas, cut into 1/4-inch-wide strips (about 6 cups)

To make fried tortilla strips:
In a deep, heavy frying pan, heat several inches of oil to 375 degrees. 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 and transfer them to paper towels to drain and cool. Set aside, uncovered.

For the Garden Ranch Dressing:
Make hidden valley ranch as directed on pkg
Whisk together until smooth. Cover and refrigerate.

For the Grilled Garlic BBQ Chicken:
1 1/3 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/3 tablespoons minced garlic
2 teaspoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons salt
20 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/4 cup good-quality bottled sweet-and-spicy barbecue sauce

To make the grilled chicken:
Preheat the grill or broiler. In a mixing bowl, stir together the olive oil, garlic, soy sauce and salt. Add the chicken and cover with marinade for 15 minutes. Grill chicken for 5 to 6 minutes per side, or until cooked through. Chill thoroughly in the refrigerator. Cut the chicken into 3/4-inch cubes and toss with the barbecue sauce to coat well. Cover and refrigerate.

For the salad:
1/2 head iceberg lettuce, cut into 1/8-inch-wide strips
1/2 head romaine lettuce, 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 tomatoes, cut into 1/2-inch dice
1/2 cup good-quality bottled sweet-and-spicy barbecue sauce
1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions

To assemble the salad:
In a large mixing bowl, toss together the lettuces, basil, jicama, cheese, beans, corn, cilantro, 1 to 1 1/2 cups of dressing (just until lightly coated; there will be extra) and half the tortilla strips. Transfer the salad to chilled serving plates. Surround each salad with diced tomatoes and the remaining tortilla strips. Top each salad with chunks of chicken and drizzle the chicken with barbecue sauce and garnish with the green onions.

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