BBQ chicken salad with charred corn

Sticky grilled BBQ chicken salad with charred corn, creamy avocado and feta cheese is a delicious and easy lunch or dinner recipe.

BBQ Chicken salad


Full recipe with the amounts can be found in the recipe card below.

  • Chicken breasts. Boneless chicken thighs can also be used.
  • BBQ sauce. I make my own but you can use your favorite store-bought brand too.
  • Corn. I used frozen but you could use fresh or canned.
  • Lettuce. 
  • Tomatoes.
  • Avocado.
  • Red onion.
  • Feta cheese.

How to make BBQ chicken salad

  1. Prepare the chicken: Slice chicken breasts in half horizontally, resulting in thin chicken cutlets.
  2. Make the BBQ sauce: Combine all the ingredients for the BBQ sauce and pour half over the chicken and allow to marinade for 30 minutes up to 24 hours, covered in the fridge.
  3. Grill the chicken: To cook, preheat a griddle pan or outdoor grill. Place the chicken on the grill and allow to cook for 3-4 minutes per side. Baste the chicken with the remaining BBQ sauce and allow to caramelize. Remove from the heat and allow to rest for 5 minutes then slice and serve with the salad.

How to make BBQ sauce from scratch

BBQ sauce consists of:

  1. Tomato ketchup
  2. Worcestershire sauce
  3. Cider vinegar
  4. Brown sugar
  5. Herbs/spices (optional)

Combine all the ingredients and mix well. If preferred the sauce can be simmered until thickened and then cooled and used. If used as a marinade, simply mix and pour over the protein of your choice.

BBQ Chicken salad

How do you keep chicken moist on the grill?

Marinating chicken breasts and cooking them quickly on a hot grill are both good ways to ensure juicy cooked chicken. Always make sure you rest grilled chicken for at least 5 minutes (for chicken breasts), covered, as this gives the juices in the meat chance to redistribute.

BBQ Chicken salad

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BBQ chicken salad

BBQ chicken salad with charred corn

Sticky grilled BBQ chicken salad with charred corn, creamy avocado and feta cheese is a delicious and easy lunch or dinner recipe. 
5 from 4 votes
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Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: BBQ chicken recipe, BBQ chicken salad, BBQ sauce
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Calories: 380kcal
Author: Alida Ryder
Servings: 4


  • ¾ cup tomato ketchup
  • ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • 4 large chicken breasts sliced in half horizontally to create thin chicken cutlets

For the salad

  • 4 cups frozen corn
  • lettuce
  • cherry tomatoes halved
  • feta cheese cubed
  • red onion thinly sliced
  • avocado sliced


  • Combine all the BBQ sauce ingredients and mix well. Pour half over the chicken and allow to marinade for at least 30 minutes but up to 24 hours. 
  • When ready to cook, pre-heat a griddle pan or outdoor grill until hot. Add the chicken and cook for 3-4 minutes per side, basting with the remaining BBQ sauce, until caramelized and cooked through. Remove from the grill and allow to rest, covered, for at least 5 minutes. 
  • To make the salad, heat a non-stick pan then add the corn. Toast the corn until golden brown and caramelized then remove from the pan and allow to cool. 
  • To serve, slice the chicken and serve on lettuce with tomatoes, avocado, feta cheese, red onion and corn. 


Calories: 380kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 1299mg | Potassium: 1193mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 525IU | Vitamin C: 17.3mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 2.7mg

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  1. Giving it 5 stars. The chicken came out so tasty and juicy and I loved doing the corn that way. I’d never thing frozen corn would work out like that but it did. I also really don’t like bought marinades on meat so this was good in that respect.