Air Fryer Tossed Barbecue Chicken Salad

Last Updated on June 15, 2020

I’ve been hustling and bustling in the kitchen coming up with new chicken salad recipes. Part of the reason I’ve been working hard at developing new recipes is to offer my family healthier options. But if I’m being honest, I had a craving for new chicken recipes as it gets into summertime. I will never compromise on the flavor when offering healthier options to not only my family but also your family. Thus I cannot wait for you to taste my air fryer tossed barbecue chicken salad! It is…SO good! 

One way I provide both taste and advantageous options is through experimentation. I used to boil chicken because of the healthier benefits as opposed to baking or frying. Have you ever tasted boiled chicken? It’s incredibly bland. Sure, I could add in spices and seasonings, but it’s impossible to replicate that delicious flavor of barbeque chicken.

Air Fryer Tossed BBQ Chicken Salad

The sweet and smoky flavors of barbeque chicken come with a lot of calories. The question I asked myself was how can I preserve the taste without the added calories. Enter the Air Fryer. I use this magic contraption to enjoy BBQ chicken guilt-free. Oh, I almost forgot to mention that my husband and I have taste-tested all the recipes I’ve been creating cough cough, COVID. Every one of them has turned out great and have been added to my meal plan!

How to Make Air Fryer Tossed BBQ Chicken Salad?

First, you want to add the spice mix on the chicken breast and then cook it in the air fryer. Once the chicken breast has been air fried, remove it from the air fryer and add barbecue sauce. Next, air fry the chicken with the added barbecue sauce again so that it absorbs the smoked and tangy flavor of the BBQ sauce. 

This is the healthiest way to enjoy barbecue chicken without grilling, broiling or barbecuing the chicken with excess heat and oil. Cooking in minimal heat and oil will help preserve the chicken’s nutrients.

Here are two simple options to make the amazing barbecue chicken salad. You can either shred the chicken breast or cut it into small pieces before it cooks. If you like a shredded chicken salad with all the veggies and dressing, you can keep it that way. But if you like chunky pieces of chicken in your salad, make sure to cut it into small pieces before air frying it. Make sure that the chicken pieces are covered in the spice mix you prepare.

If you love the taste of barbeque chicken, you will love this chunky chicken tossed salad. Whether you want to shred the chicken or use small chicken pieces, this salad recipe tastes delicious either way. But cooking chicken pieces covered in spice will make the fryer basket or tray messier. On the other hand, cooking chicken breast and then shredding the pieces will hardly make a mess.

Air Fryer Tossed Barbecue Chicken Salad

Ingredients

              For BBQ Chicken

 

For Dressing

 

For Salad

  • 2 large Romaine Lettuce, shredded
  • 1/2 of a small head of Purple/Red Cabbage (about 2 cups), thinly sliced
  • 1 dry pint of Cherry Tomatoes, quartered
  • 1/4 cup of finely chopped Spring Onions

Directions for Tossed Air Fryer BBQ Chicken Salad

               For BBQ Chicken

Air Fryer Tossed Barbecue Chicken Salad

In a bowl, mix together garlic powder, onion, salt, and pepper. Rub chicken with the mix.

Air Fryer Tossed Barbecue Chicken Salad

Air fry the chicken.

Air Fryer Tossed Barbecue Chicken Salad

Air Fryer Tossed Barbecue Chicken Salad

Take out the chicken, and brush with barbecue sauce.

Air Fryer Tossed Barbecue Chicken Salad

Air fry for another 3 minutes.

Air Fryer Tossed Barbecue Chicken Salad

Remove, and cut the chicken into cubes.

For Dressing

Air Fryer Tossed BBQ Chicken Salad

Air Fryer Tossed BBQ Chicken Salad

Mix mayonnaise, apple cider, cream, garlic, dill, and parsley together.

 For Salad

Air Fryer Tossed BBQ Chicken Salad

Add lettuce, onions, cabbage, and tomatoes together.

Air Fryer Tossed BBQ Chicken Salad

Add the chicken and dressing.

Air Fryer Tossed BBQ Chicken Salad

Mix.

Air Fryer Tossed BBQ Chicken Salad

Serve and enjoy!

 

Can I use Other Vegetables in this Salad?

The vegetables in this salad are perfect for the BBQ chicken and the dressing. If your taste buds are screaming for a different variety, then I say don’t leave your taste buds waiting. You can add cucumbers, boiled potatoes, corn, bean sprouts, onions, or any other veggie of your choice. 

If you love chunky salads and chicken bits aren’t enough for you, make this salad chunkier. Add boiled and cubed potatoes, feta cheese, and croutons. You can also add fresh or frozen peas.

How can I make this Salad into a Complete Meal?

This salad is a perfect side dish for lunch, dinner, or any party. It also makes it into a delightful meal, as well. You can serve it with rice and a boiled egg. This salad with rice and boiled eggs are phenomenal and will leave feeling full and satisfied. 

You can also add canned or boiled beans of your choice to add more protein and fiber to this salad. Although boiled beans present a healthier option, canned beans are fine if you’re in a pinch. Personally, I prefer pinto beans or kidney beans for this BBQ chicken salad. Don’t be afraid to use a mix of beans.

If you are feeling fancy, you can use bacon bits or smoked salami to add more flavor to this salad. You can cook bacon and salami in the air fryer in a similar way you cook the chicken. If you are adding more vegetables, beans, or meat in this salad, you will need to make more dressing. You don’t want the salad to taste dry after you toss up everything together. 

Don’t forget to print out the recipe for later!

Air Fryer Tossed Barbecue Chicken Salad

Air Fryer Tossed Barbecue Chicken Salad

Yield: Serves 4

Ingredients

BBQ Chicken

  • 2 large Chicken Breasts
  • ½ teaspoon of Garlic Powder
  • ½ teaspoon of Onion Powder
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Oil Spray/Mist
  • ¼ cup of Sugar-free BBQ Sauce

Dressing

  • ¼ cup Soy-free Mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons of Heavy Cream
  • 1 teaspoon of dried Garlic Flakes
  • 1 teaspoon of dried Parsley
  • 1 teaspoon of dried Dill Weed
  • Salt and Pepper

Salad

  • 2 large Romaine Lettuce, shredded
  • ½ of a small head of Purple/Red Cabbage (about 2 cups), thinly sliced
  • 1 dry pint of Cherry Tomatoes, quartered
  • ¼ cup of finely chopped Spring Onions

Instructions

BBQ Chicken


1. Generously season both sides of the chicken breast with salt and pepper. Sprinkle both sides with garlic and onion powder.

2. Place the chicken breasts in a well-greased air fryer basket and lightly spray with cooking spray.

3. Air fry at 400F for 12 minutes.

4. Generously brush the BBQ sauce on the chicken.

5. Air fry at 400 F for another 8 minutes, or till the thickest part of the chicken breasts reads an internal temperature of 165 F.

6. Let it rest on the counter for 10 minutes, before dicing them into bite-sized cubes.

Dressing

1. In a bowl combine mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, heavy cream, garlic flakes, fried parsley and dill weed, salt, and pepper. 

2. Whisk well till smooth.

Assembling the Salad

1. In a large bowl, combine the lettuce, red cabbage, tomatoes, spring onions, and the diced BBQ chicken breasts.

2. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss well to combine. Make sure all the vegetables and chicken are completely coated in the dressing.

3. Pile high on individual salad plates and serve immediately.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 383Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 65mgSodium: 419mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 6gSugar: 23gProtein: 23g

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