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Barbecue Chicken Salad Skewers

Barbecue Chicken Salad Skewers – Quick and easy yet utterly delicious appetizer or snack for entertaining, after school, or game day.
Barbecue Chicken Salad Skewers ~ The Complete SavoristOur 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. Jonathan and Shelby ~ The Complete Savorist(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.

Plus the idea I had in my head would work great when I host book club next month. Thus Barbecue Chicken Salad Skewers made their way to my table.Barbecue Chicken Salad Skewers ~ The Complete SavoristBarbecue Chicken Salad Skewers ~ The Complete Savorist

Barbecue Chicken Salad Skewers

Servings: 15
Author: Michelle De La Cerda
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Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. Cook the chicken according to package directions.
  2. While the chicken is cooking, prepare the reminaing ingredients.
  3. Drain the olives.
  4. Rinse the cherry tomatoes.
  5. Cube the cheese in order to have 15 large cubes (or however many skewers you can get from your box.)
  6. 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.
  7. Once the chicken has been tossed with the sauce packet, and cool enough to handle, begin to assemble the skewers.
  8. Bundle one romaine piece and pierce through the vein, slide it down 3/4 of the skewer.
  9. Add one piece of chicken, coming to stop at that romaine leaf.
  10. Add another bundle of romaine.
  11. Push a cube of cheese onto the skewer and then another romaine slice.
  12. Add an olive, then another romaine slice.
  13. Finally push the tomato through the top of the skewer.
  14. Either drizzle the bbq ranch dressing or serve it along side the skewers for dipping.

Recipe Notes

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.

Barbecue Chicken Salad Skewers ~ The Complete Savorist

Barbecue Chicken Salad Skewers ~ The Complete Savorist

Barbecue Chicken Salad Skewers ~ The Complete Savorist

Barbecue Chicken Salad Skewers ~ The Complete Savorist

Barbecue Chicken Salad Skewers ~ The Complete SavoristTell me in the comments below how you might create your own Farm Rich Snack hack.

Barbecue Chicken Salad Skewers ~ The Complete Savorist

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.

Thank you for sharing!

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44 Comments

  • Reply
    betty
    August 1, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    They look so good and what a great idea for a BBQ. Love it, must try them.

    • Reply
      Michelle
      August 1, 2015 at 11:18 pm

      Thank you, I think you’d enjoy them and they are super simple.

  • Reply
    Ashley
    August 1, 2015 at 11:03 pm

    Looks perfect for a summer BBQ!

  • Reply
    Erin
    August 2, 2015 at 9:23 pm

    I will do ANYTHING to avoid the grocery store! LOL. Thank goodness for online ordering. 😉 I love the idea of putting chicken bites on a skewer with othr veggies. Very fun!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      August 3, 2015 at 3:32 pm

      Online ordering takes all the fun out of it. 🙂

  • Reply
    Alice
    August 2, 2015 at 11:00 pm

    I absolutely adore how they look all skewered up! Love BBQ chicken!

  • Reply
    Adriana Martin
    August 3, 2015 at 12:46 am

    So convenient and tasty you can really take advantage of those prepared foods available at the supermarket to create a good recipe at home.

    • Reply
      Michelle
      August 3, 2015 at 3:32 pm

      The prepared foods can be a life saver.

  • Reply
    Joanne T Ferguson
    August 3, 2015 at 1:53 am

    What a healthy and great way for entertaining! I have this bookmarked for my next party! Pinned and shared!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      August 3, 2015 at 3:33 pm

      Thank you Joanne, hope you all enjoy these.

  • Reply
    Christie
    August 3, 2015 at 6:24 am

    What a cute idea and a fabulous way to get kids to eat their veggies too.

    • Reply
      Michelle
      August 3, 2015 at 3:33 pm

      It really got my daughter to eat the veggies…or the lettuce.

  • Reply
    Marye
    August 3, 2015 at 6:25 am

    These look so easy and so yummy!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      August 3, 2015 at 3:33 pm

      Thank you Marye, they really are easy and yummy.

  • Reply
    Christine from Cook the Story
    August 3, 2015 at 8:33 am

    There’s just something about eating food from a stick that makes it so much more appealing to kids, and heck, it’s so easy, why not?

    • Reply
      Michelle
      August 3, 2015 at 3:34 pm

      I think stick food appeals to adults as well.

  • Reply
    Florian @ContentednessCooking
    August 3, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    This looks fantastic, perfect summer dish!

  • Reply
    Jamie @ Coffee With Us 3
    August 3, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    You always make the yummiest looking food, Michelle, and this is no exception! I love that these are something that both the kids and I would enjoy!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      August 3, 2015 at 3:36 pm

      Healthy, easy, and kid-friendly for the win.

  • Reply
    Debra @ Bowl Me Over
    August 3, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    Love your idea of salad on a stick, you are so creative! And your daughter is loving them too – go mama!!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      August 3, 2015 at 3:36 pm

      Thank you Debra, it was a big win here to get her to eat the lettuce.

  • Reply
    Diana Rambles
    August 3, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    Yes, an adorable couple! This recipe is so yummy!! A winner with kids!

  • Reply
    Britney
    August 3, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    This looks and sounds so good! We will definitely be trying it!

  • Reply
    Meagan
    August 3, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    This looks awesome! I love what you’ve done with the skewers and how healthy they are. Definitely putting this on my list!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      August 4, 2015 at 2:27 am

      Thank you Meagan, hope you get the chance to open them.

  • Reply
    LydiaF
    August 4, 2015 at 6:06 am

    This looks like a fun recipe to make with younger children…and definitely something we would love to eat!

  • Reply
    Melanie
    August 4, 2015 at 6:48 am

    These would be great to take to a cookout or porluck!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      August 4, 2015 at 11:52 pm

      Yes, they really would be perfect.

  • Reply
    Sandra
    August 4, 2015 at 10:57 am

    Great nugget choice and super creative using them in kabobs! Love the veggies you added. These would be a great meal to take on a picnic!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      August 4, 2015 at 11:56 pm

      Thank you Sandra, they are perfect a picnic.

  • Reply
    Rebecca
    August 4, 2015 at 6:32 pm

    This looks so easy and yummy, what a great addition to a party!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      August 5, 2015 at 12:01 am

      Easy is the name of the game.

  • Reply
    lizzy
    August 5, 2015 at 11:19 am

    I love this idea!!!! What a creative way to make an easy salad for company.

    • Reply
      Michelle
      August 5, 2015 at 5:44 pm

      Exactly, easy and fun.

  • Reply
    Joy @ Joy Love Food
    August 7, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    What a great idea, these skewers sound delicious! I bet I could get my kids to eat more veggies if I served them on sticks with these chicken nuggets, I will have to give this a try!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      August 7, 2015 at 11:22 pm

      That was my secret plan, to get my girl to eat more veggies, and it worked! Good luck to you.

  • Reply
    Jillian @ Food, Folks and Fun
    August 9, 2015 at 2:30 am

    Such a clever idea, I can’t wait to try it!

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