Barbecue Chicken Salad Skewers – Quick and easy yet utterly delicious appetizer or snack for entertaining, after school, or game day.
Our schedule has been slightly intense lately. I’ve shared with you all our travels and summer hijinks. Sadly we’ve eaten too much out on the road, and often not making the best of food choices. As any true 5 year old, my daughter is obsessed with chicken nuggets. Every drive through we’ve hit, her reply is the same, chicken nuggets, even if we’re at a Mexican fast food joint.
Last weekend we were up in Idaho for my youngest brother’s wedding. It was a great time, the whole family was together to celebrate the nuptials of our baby brother (who towers over me by nearly a foot, so not so baby.) When we left to head home after all the festivities, we stopped at what I planned to be the LAST drive thru for at least a month. As I expected, she asked for nuggets and her request was granted. (Aren’t they adorable? Photo Credit: my sister, Jennifer Edling of Jennifer Edling Photography)
The morning after we returned home, we had to get to the store. We were out of milk, half and half, which is the same as being out of coffee, and many other things. We went to Walmart. Side note: I’m not sure if I have mentioned that I love to grocery shop. I usually roam up and down each aisle looking at what is on sale, what catches my eye, all for future recipe ideas. Well, we were roaming down an aisle when Elizabeth and I got talking about lunch and she said she wanted chicken nuggets.
I decided to stop at the frozen section and see what they had by way of nuggets. I have made homemade nuggets before, but I really was looking for something faster, more convenient because I knew I had a full week ahead with several of deadlines and tons of pressure, and making homemade crispy nuggets did not fit into my schedule.
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My eye caught a section of green packaging, as green is my signature color (please read that in a Julia Roberts southern accent), and saw several different types of Farm Rich appetizers and snacks. I picked up a package of the Barbecue boneless Chicken Bites. I could easily just make them and serve them on a plate to my daughter, but I have been trying to get her to eat a few vegetables that her young palate has rejected thus far. I felt the best way to do this was to make the food fun, something she could participate in, and snack-like.
Barbecue Chicken Salad Skewers
- 1-17 oz Pkg Farm Rich boneless Barbecue Chicken bites
- 1-8 oz pkg of cheddar cheese
- 5-6 leaves of romaine lettuce
- 15 black olives
- 15 cherry or grape tomatoes
- Bbq Ranch Dressing
- 15 skewer sticks
Cook the chicken according to package directions.
While the chicken is cooking, prepare the reminaing ingredients.
Drain the olives.
Rinse the cherry tomatoes.
Cube the cheese in order to have 15 large cubes (or however many skewers you can get from your box.)
Clean and dry the romaine lettuce leaves and then cut into strips, about an inch-inch and a half in width. The amount of strips you can get from each leaf will vary.
Once the chicken has been tossed with the sauce packet, and cool enough to handle, begin to assemble the skewers.
Bundle one romaine piece and pierce through the vein, slide it down 3/4 of the skewer.
Add one piece of chicken, coming to stop at that romaine leaf.
Add another bundle of romaine.
Push a cube of cheese onto the skewer and then another romaine slice.
Add an olive, then another romaine slice.
Finally push the tomato through the top of the skewer.
Either drizzle the bbq ranch dressing or serve it along side the skewers for dipping.
I do not recommend using the microwave directions for these, cook in your oven for best results.
Putting these together, after the 20 minutes of cooking, tossing in the sauce, and cooling time, was mere minutes. I was able to prep everything I needed and still had over 15 minutes to wait for the chicken to be ready. Skewering them was also quick work, just take caution as to how you hold the skewer. I might or might not have punctured myself once or twice because of how I was holding them. Silly me.
Elizabeth had a lot of fun making these Barbecue Chicken Salad Skewers. She rejected the olive and the tomato, even after she put them on the skewer, but much to my surprise, she ate all the lettuce, which was a first.