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Chopped Chicken Salad with Pickleback Dressing

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  • Prep 45 min
  • Total 60 min
  • Servings 4
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This isn’t your average grilled chicken chopped salad — it’s so much better! With hearty toppings and a tangy pickle-spiked dressing, this potluck-friendly, make-ahead salad is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. Whether or not you start with a shot of whiskey is totally up to you.
Created Jul 19, 2017
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  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts (6 oz/170 g each)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon barbecue seasoning
  • 3 tablespoons spicy dill pickle juice (from 24-oz jar)
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 3 hearts romaine, chopped (about 10 cups)
  • 1/2 cup chopped cooked bacon
  • 1/2 cup crumbled sharp Cheddar cheese (2 oz)
  • 1/3 cup chopped spicy dill pickles
  • 1 plum (Roma) tomato, seeded and diced
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced


  • 1
    Heat gas or charcoal grill. Coat chicken in oil and barbecue seasoning. Place chicken on grill over medium heat. Cover grill; cook 5 minutes. Turn chicken; cook 4 to 7 minutes longer or until juice of chicken is clear when centre of thickest part is cut (165°F). Transfer to cutting board; cool 5 to 10 minutes or until cool enough to handle. Dice chicken.
  • 2
    Meanwhile, to make dressing, in large bowl, mix pickle juice, Worcestershire sauce and sugar until sugar dissolves. Beat in mayonnaise and garlic with whisk.
  • 3
    Arrange romaine on serving platter. Top with chicken, bacon, cheese, pickles, tomato and green onions. Serve salad with dressing.

Expert Tips

  • Tip 1
    Pickleback is bar-speak for a drink that uses pickle juice as a chaser: Follow a shot of straight bourbon with a shot of pickle juice to take the edge off the bourbon. Pork rinds are optional.
  • Tip 2
    To make ahead, cool cooked chicken completely in refrigerator before chopping. Assemble salad. Cover and refrigerate up to 4 hours before serving.

Nutrition Information

670 Calories, 57g Total Fat, 29g Protein, 9g Total Carbs

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 4 servings
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*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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