These days, a lot of the workforce has (or is in the process) transitioned to a work from home arrangement to stay safe during these tough times. Working from home does indeed afford plenty of benefits — chief among them, less time commuting on the road — and making your own lunch is certainly another one of them. For some, crafting your own meals may seem like a hassle, especially when you’re used to ordering take out or going out to have a bite with your colleagues, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be.
There are tons of simple and easy-to-do recipes out there on the World Wide Web for you to take and adapt to your palate. And as far as recipes that don’t take a lot of time go, chicken salad is definitely one of THE go-to meals. It’s literally as simple as playing a game i.e. really, really easy. Take a bowl, toss in a bunch of fresh greens, add in chicken slices (or whatever protein you like), croutons, and also a dash of salad dressing. Voila!
What you have is an easy, healthy, and tasty meal made within the fraction of the time it takes you to say, order takeout.For a twist on the classic healthy bowl, BBQ chicken salad is recommended. The initial recipe remains the same but throwing in some beans, crushed chips, and a hefty drizzle of savoury BBQ sauce also gives this salad dish an additional kick in flavour and texture. Plus, the chicken will remain tasty as leftovers for the next couple of days, if you keep it well-sealed and properly refrigerated.
As for the vegans, you may use grilled tofu instead of chicken for this recipe.
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 tablespoons BBQ sauce (the store-bought sauce will work here)
6 cups chopped romaine lettuce
1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
1 cup canned low-sodium black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup canned corn, drained
1/4 cup diced red onion
Crushed chips (tortilla is recommended)
Chopped fresh cilantro
Ingredients For The BBQ Ranch Dressing
1/3 cup light ranch dressing
1 tablespoon store-bought BBQ sauce
- Preheat the pan to medium-high heat. Drizzle olive oil on both sides of the chicken breast and season liberally with salt and pepper. Grill each side of the chicken for four minutes. While grilling, apply a generous brush of BBQ sauce on the grilled sides each time you flip it over. Continue grilling until the chicken is cooked through, then remove the chicken breast to a serving plate and add a final brush of BBQ before covering and letting it rest. After resting, chop into appropriate bite-size pieces or shred with two forks.
- In a separate small bowl, combine the ranch dressing and BBQ sauce. Make sure to taste and adjust the ratio as desired and add a pinch of salt and pepper to the sauce as needed.
- Combine the ingredients in a large bowl. Drizzle the salad with the ranch dressing, then toss lightly to coat. Top it with crushed tortilla chips and cilantro and serve.