The Summer Rotisserie Chicken Salad That We Can’t Stop Making!

This rotisserie chicken salad may be my favorite greens salad ever! Loaded with flavor and crunch and drizzled with hot bacon dressing, it’s a serious dream. Super satisfying and lots of sweet & savory in this bowl! I’ve got dinner tonight! Remember a few weeks ago when I told you I made two incredible chicken […]

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This rotisserie chicken salad may be my favorite greens salad ever! Loaded with flavor and crunch and drizzled with hot bacon dressing, it’s a serious dream. Super satisfying and lots of sweet & savory in this bowl!

I’ve got dinner tonight!

our favorite rotisserie chicken salad

Remember a few weeks ago when I told you I made two incredible chicken salads to serve this summer?! The first was my grilled chicken blueberry salad. The second is this one! 

It.is.a.dream. 

I realize that it may not look like anything special, but it’s the combination of ingredients that makes this one flavor bomb salad. I could eat it every single day.

our favorite rotisserie chicken salad

In fact, I can’t even explain my obsession with this salad. The flavors! 

The FLAVORS!

We have crunchy things, sweet things, savory things, creamy things. You can’t go wrong!

A few months ago, one of my friends came over for lunch and we had plans to get take out, but she showed up with this amazing salad that she made. I mean, it was the best salad I had in ages. SO SO GOOD.

And you know how salads in restaurants always tend to taste better than salads you make at home? This here is an exception. It’s phenomenal. It’s restaurant worthy. 

our favorite rotisserie chicken salad ingredients

Oh, and of course, it has hot bacon dressing. I MEAN. We can probably attribute most of the deliciousness to that. 

I’ve loved hot bacon dressing long before I loved salads. Totally makes sense. But as I’ve rambled before, hot bacon dressing was mother lovett’s favorite – and it is my mom’s too – and even as kid, when I loathed vegetables I would order a salad with hot bacon dressing.

YES. 

Not saying I would eat entire said salad, but that hot bacon dressing would certainly make me eat a few green leaves. More than I was used to!

our favorite rotisserie chicken salad

Okay let’s get to it.

Here’s what you need!

First up, we have our spring greens. You can use whatever lettuce or greens you like best. I love a good spring mix! Be sure to toss the greens with a big pinch of salt and pepper.

Next, rotisserie chicken. This is why it’s so super easy. Just buy it, because we’re making some other fancy things for this salad. Get one fresh, pull it apart and chop it into cubes. It’s warm and ready to go. Now of course, you could always grill your own chicken. If you want to do that, I suggest making it like I do for this grilled chicken blueberry salad.

our favorite rotisserie chicken salad

Grilled corn is next! Corn is key – so use it however you’d like. A steamfresh bag, grilled like I did or even cut fresh from the cob (it’s so sweet and crisp!). 

I use pickled onions, which are something that I always have in the fridge. The truly do elevate every day meals. Also, dates! I love dates (but hate when they are used in desserts, claiming to taste like cookie dough, you feel me?) and they give the best shock of sweet here against the savory flavors.

Finally, goat cheese and avocado. For creamy, buttery tang. Use another cheese if you’re not into goat! Leave the avocado out if you want to make this ahead of time. No biggie.

our favorite rotisserie chicken salad

This salad is inspired by one from a local restaurant, and there’s only one part I left off. It may be the best part, but it’s also a little high maintenance.

Traditionally, this is served with cornbread croutons. I’ve made those before and we love them. You could also just make classic cornbread to serve on the side, which is what my friend did when she brought it over. It was perfect. 

our favorite rotisserie chicken salad

We absolutely LOVE this salad for lunch or dinner. It’s not exactly simple and it’s not a fancy theme, but all of the ingredients together are just wonderful. They make such an impact and the dish is incredibly satisfying. You will not be disappointed!  (more…)

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The Vinegary Bliss of Balsamic Chicken

A Big Little Recipe has the smallest-possible ingredient list and big everything else: flavor, creativity, wow factor. That means five ingredients or fewer—not including water, salt, black pepper, and certain fats (like oil and butter), since we’re gue…

A Big Little Recipe has the smallest-possible ingredient list and big everything else: flavor, creativity, wow factor. That means five ingredients or fewer—not including water, salt, black pepper, and certain fats (like oil and butter), since we're guessing you have those covered. Psst, did you hear we’re coming out with a cookbook? We’re coming out with a cookbook!


Though balsamic vinegar has been around for centuries, it didn’t catch on in the United States until the late 1970s, when an entrepreneur named Chuck Williams started selling the little-known Modena specialty at his little-known San Francisco store, Williams-Sonoma.

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Grilled Chicken and Zucchini Kebabs

During the hot summer months, we love dining al fresco. Eating outside is so fun, especially when entertaining. We love using our grill to make dinner because we don’t have heat up the house and we get to spend more time outside. The boys can run…

During the hot summer months, we love dining al fresco. Eating outside is so fun, especially when entertaining. We love using our grill to make dinner because we don’t have heat up the house and we get to spend more time outside. The boys can run around and play while we cook dinner. These Grilled…

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Grilled Chicken Blueberry Salad with Herb Sugared Marcona Almonds.

This grilled chicken blueberry salad is perfect for a summer weeknight meal. Topped with herb candied almonds and drizzled with blueberry vinaigrette that is incredible and so flavorful. This bowl is the perfect lunch or dinner to take you through the rest of the season! Oh hi! Are you loving all these summer foods like […]

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This grilled chicken blueberry salad is perfect for a summer weeknight meal. Topped with herb candied almonds and drizzled with blueberry vinaigrette that is incredible and so flavorful.

This bowl is the perfect lunch or dinner to take you through the rest of the season!

grilled chicken blueberry salad

Oh hi! Are you loving all these summer foods like I am? I am living for the wonderful seasonal dishes right now and it makes me so happy to have some amazing summer salads on hand.

I obviously have many salads on the site that I adore! But I have to say, in the last two months I’ve been making two chicken salads over and over again – ones that we can’t stop eating.

This is one of them!

perfect grilled chicken

Since my goal in life is to make non-boring chicken dinners, I’m always here for this. And since my other goal is to do anything and everything I can to make salads more delicious, all the different combinations I can find are GOLD! 

Dinner gold, lunch gold, basically any-meal-I-can-get-my-hands-on-gold.

grilled chicken blueberry salad

Right now I’m all about the tomatoes and corn – they are about to peak here any day. We eat a ton of both in the summer, like multiple days a week. So sometimes it’s nice to have dishes – especially salads – that don’t include them. Some different flavors to break up the week, add some variety into the week. 

A salad loaded with blueberries is the perfect example. 

grilled chicken blueberry salad

So much good stuff here!

Grilled chicken, that is perfectly juicy and tender.

Spring greens, cucumbers, pickled onions, tons of avocado. 

Goat cheese! Yes, you could totally do another cheese if you wanted. Feta, cheddar, whatever you’d like.

Herb sugared almonds! Oh yes. These are DIVINE.

And blueberry vinaigrette. It’s dreamy. I want to drink it! Lovely for the season, lasts in the fridge for a few days, flavors everything up. 

pouring blueberry vinaigrette on salad

Also! These almonds are SO freaking good.

I took a note from the almonds in my blueberry summer salad. I sugar the marcona almonds with herbs and these are ridiculously. In the best way possible. (more…)

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Grilled Spatchcock Chicken with Cola BBQ Sauce.

This whole grilled spatchcock chicken is smothered in a homemade spice mixture and cola BBQ sauce. It’s smoky, sweet, savory and juicy! Perfect summer meal straight off the grill. Oh boy, I can’t even HANDLE how much we loooovvve this grilled chicken. This smoky, charred chicken is absolutely incredible – and smothered in a homemade […]

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This whole grilled spatchcock chicken is smothered in a homemade spice mixture and cola BBQ sauce. It’s smoky, sweet, savory and juicy! Perfect summer meal straight off the grill.

Oh boy, I can’t even HANDLE how much we loooovvve this grilled chicken.

grilled spatchcock chicken with cola bbq sauce

This smoky, charred chicken is absolutely incredible – and smothered in a homemade cola BBQ sauce that you will be licking off the spoon. It’s absolutely delightful!

homemade cola BBQ sauce

I’ve been craving my root beer BBQ sauce lately and knew I just had to make it. Instead of using it on grilled ribs, I decided to do a whole chicken as it’s one of our absolutely favorite ways to do chicken. 

We LOVE it.

Last year I threw together a really great spatchcock chicken recipe and never ended up sharing it with you. So! I knew I wanted to do another as it’s such a great dish to make for dinner.

A wonderful way to grill chicken – and a change up on the whole beer can chicken method on the grill. 

spatchcock chicken with spices

A spatchcock chicken can seem intimidating at first but I swear it’s SO simple. You’re going to split the whole chicken by removing the backbone and flattening it out. This helps it grill quicker and more evenly than if you just threw the whole chicken on the grates.

If you’ve ever made my smothered chicken and mushrooms recipe, then you know how it’s done!

If you haven’t, get a good pair of kitchen shears and cut out the backbone. It’s not that tricky and once you’ve done it one time, it’s not a big deal. You can make this recipe all the time – and it will seem EASY!  (more…)

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The Absolute Best Way to Make Chicken Nuggets, According to So Many Tests

In Absolute Best Tests, our writer Ella Quittner destroys the sanctity of her home kitchen in the name of the truth. She’s mashed dozens of potatoes, seared more porterhouse steaks than she cares to recall, and tasted enough types of bacon to concern a…

In Absolute Best Tests, our writer Ella Quittner destroys the sanctity of her home kitchen in the name of the truth. She's mashed dozens of potatoes, seared more porterhouse steaks than she cares to recall, and tasted enough types of bacon to concern a cardiologist. Today, she tackles chicken nuggets.


On November 17, 2020—some nine months into the global coronavirus shutdowns—Leah Shutkever, 31, awoke with a single goal in mind. She donned a Jobsian turtleneck, tied back her hair, and took a seat at her counter in Redditch, England, with only a bottle of water and a large container of processed meat by her side.

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Greek Chicken Kabobs

If you are looking for an easy dinner that is full of flavor and absolutely delicious, you HAVE to make these Greek Chicken Kabobs. We make them all of the time and every time we do, they get rave reviews by our friends and family. They are always a di…

If you are looking for an easy dinner that is full of flavor and absolutely delicious, you HAVE to make these Greek Chicken Kabobs. We make them all of the time and every time we do, they get rave reviews by our friends and family. They are always a dinner winner! I mean, who doesn’t…

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Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken

Are you ready for an EASY crockpot recipe? This Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken is one of my family’s favorite meals. We make it all of the time for parties, potlucks, game day, or for an easy weeknight meal. I combine the THREE ingredients in the slow c…

Are you ready for an EASY crockpot recipe? This Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken is one of my family’s favorite meals. We make it all of the time for parties, potlucks, game day, or for an easy weeknight meal. I combine the THREE ingredients in the slow cooker and set it and forget it. I love…

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Grilled Chicken Caesar Sandwiches.

We absolutely adore these grilled chicken caesar sandwiches! They are so juicy and flavorful, smoky and simple. The caesar dressing is practically drinkable and they are super easy to throw together. Perfect for a quick summer dinner! I’ve got a new favorite dinner in the line up for you! These grilled chicken caesar sandwiches are […]

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We absolutely adore these grilled chicken caesar sandwiches! They are so juicy and flavorful, smoky and simple. The caesar dressing is practically drinkable and they are super easy to throw together. Perfect for a quick summer dinner!

I’ve got a new favorite dinner in the line up for you!

grilled chicken caesar sandwiches

These grilled chicken caesar sandwiches are one of those meals that look ridiculously simple, and well… they kind of are. But they are SO incredibly flavorful and just taste so GOOD. These are idea for a warm summer evening or even a busy weeknight. Add in a glass of chilled white wine and HELLO it is heaven.

grilled chicken caesar sandwiches ready to go

I’m always looking for easy, delish dinner ideas for weeknights and these cannot be beat. I was inspired to make them after falling in love with my grilled buffalo chicken sandwiches last year – which we freaking LOVE! They are so flavorful and delicious.

I knew we could do something similar with another combo that I adore so much – chicken caesar salad! Just… minus the salad.

But we do have some green leaves sooooo… there’s that. 

greek yogurt caesar dressing

The caesar dressing is my classic fave that I’ve used for years. You’ve read me ramble about it for ages and it’s truly the best. Greek yogurt based with a little bit of everything. Don’t skip the anchovy paste! It really makes it taste like traditional caesar and adds that savory pop. 

You can make the dressing ahead of time and store it in the fridge. I don’t use the actual dressing as marinade, but instead toss together some olive oil, garlic and dijon for a quick marinade for the chicken. The caesar dressing is just going to be our sauce/topping for the sandwiches. Or our dip! Whatever you want it to be.

marinated grilled chicken

The marinade is so easy and you can let the chicken soak for 30 minutes or even overnight, whatever you have time for. The real kicker is how smoky and wonderful the chicken tastes right off the grill!

grilled chicken caesar sandwiches

I love to use brioche buns here (they are the best) and crispy romaine leaves for the sandwiches. This combo is what really makes up the chicken caesar flavor explosion.

It goes like this:

The brioche buns are buttery and soft. They almost melt in your mouth – and if you grill them? Even better. 

The romaine is so refreshing and crisp and reminds you of that base of a classic caesar salad.

Our chicken is smoky, flavorful and juicy. I like to use thin-sliced chicken breasts, whether you buy them like that or slice them thin yourself, because that’s just what I prefer to bite in to. You know?

And then the caesar dressing finishes it all off. That stuff is drinkable, I swear. (more…)

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Chipotle Chicken Tacos

Our boys could eat tacos for dinner every single night and I honestly don’t blame them. Tacos are the BEST! One of their favorite taco recipes are these Chipotle Chicken Tacos. They are loaded with flavor and only take 20 minutes to make, which m…

Our boys could eat tacos for dinner every single night and I honestly don’t blame them. Tacos are the BEST! One of their favorite taco recipes are these Chipotle Chicken Tacos. They are loaded with flavor and only take 20 minutes to make, which makes them the perfect EASY weeknight dinner! There are two secrets…

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