Homemade BBQ Sauce

This Kansas City-style homemade BBQ sauce recipe is super quick and easy to make, and full of the best tangy, smoky and slightly-sweet flavors that everyone is sure to love! Friends, have you ever tried making homemade BBQ sauce? If not, it’s time. ♡ And as a KC girl, I’m going to vote that you […]

This Kansas City-style homemade BBQ sauce recipe is super quick and easy to make, and full of the best tangy, smoky and slightly-sweet flavors that everyone is sure to love!

Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe

Friends, have you ever tried making homemade BBQ sauce?

If not, it’s time. ♡

And as a KC girl, I’m going to vote that you make this Kansas City-style bbq sauce recipe!  It’s super-easy to make — just stir everything together and simmer for about 15 minutes — and it’s full of that famous tangy, smoky and slightly-sweet blend of flavors that we all love in Kansas City.

We use this sauce regularly in our house to make traditional bbq chicken, pulled pork, ribs and baked beans.  But it also works great as a pizza sauce (hello, bbq chicken pizza ♡) and as a glaze (on meatballs, meatloaf, etc).  And of course, you’re welcome to get creative and add it into everything from soups to salads, tacos, burgers, casseroles and more.

So many ways to use homemade bbq sauce.  So let’s make a batch! (more…)

Cheesy Smoked Chicken Pesto Dip.

This pesto chicken dip is going to change your weekends! If you’re in major football mode like I am, then you need a good dip. Right? It’s dip season after all. I have lots of them here on the blog (I’m looking at you, white pizza dip) but am obviously always searching out new ones. […]

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This pesto chicken dip is going to change your weekends!

This cheesy pesto chicken dip is a great way to use up your end-of-summer herbs! Lots of delicious smoky flavor and tons of bubbly cheese.

If you’re in major football mode like I am, then you need a good dip.

Right? It’s dip season after all.

I have lots of them here on the blog (I’m looking at you, white pizza dip) but am obviously always searching out new ones. Especially for this time of year, when it’s still super hot outside and we’re craving summer flavors. Yet, everyone wants potluck-like tailgate recipes.

This cheesy pesto chicken dip is a great way to use up your end-of-summer herbs! Lots of delicious smoky flavor and tons of bubbly cheese.

While this dip is definitely a comfort food, it has a bit of summer swirl in to it. In my eyes, that definitely counts.

P.S. if you’re making out this outside of the summer, say, like, mid-January? Then totally use whatever you’ve got or can find in terms of ingredients. I mean, it might sound like a good idea when you’re snowed in. 

This cheesy pesto chicken dip is a great way to use up your end-of-summer herbs! Lots of delicious smoky flavor and tons of bubbly cheese.

This feels so old-school to me; like a dip I would have posted ten years ago! It’s one of those dishes that you can bring to a potluck and it will be devoured. It’s one where you think you will just have a bite or two and end up scraping the bottom of the dish with a baguette slice or cracker. 

It’s one where EVERYONE ends up asking for the recipe and one where you will find yourself making it over and over.

Those are the recipes I live for.

This cheesy pesto chicken dip is a great way to use up your end-of-summer herbs! Lots of delicious smoky flavor and tons of bubbly cheese.

This dip contains lots of delicious late summer things, like the end of the tomatoes and your own pesto. It gets mixed up with smoked cheddar, cream cheese and shredded chicken – AND a dash of liquid smoke.

That’s the kicker! Everything else may taste a leeeettle smoky with the cheese, but that liquid smoke is the key. I’ve been loving it lately! 

A note about the pesto? Use whichever is your favorite. I have a classic-ish pesto here, a pistachio pesto and even a kale pesto.

This cheesy pesto chicken dip is a great way to use up your end-of-summer herbs! Lots of delicious smoky flavor and tons of bubbly cheese.

Pesto chicken dip is like a last late summer hug. Tastes a little bit like your garden and a lot like indulgence. You’re going to loooovvvve it.

This cheesy pesto chicken dip is a great way to use up your end-of-summer herbs! Lots of delicious smoky flavor and tons of bubbly cheese.

Pesto Chicken Dip

Cheesy Pesto Smoked Chicken Dip

This cheesy pesto chicken dip is a great way to use up your end-of-summer herbs! Lots of delicious smoky flavor and tons of bubbly cheese.

  • 12 ounces cream cheese, (at room temperature)
  • 12 ounces smoked cheddar cheese, (freshly grated)
  • 2 garlic cloves, (minced)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, (chopped)
  • 1 cup shredded chicken
  • ¼ to 1/2 cup of your favorite pesto
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon liquid smoke
  • baguettes, (chips or crackers for serving)
  1. In a large bowl, stir together the softened cream cheese, grated cheese and garlic. Stir until combined and the cheeses are thoroughly mixer. Stir in the garlic, tomatoes, chicken, pesto, salt, pepper and liquid smoke. If you want more pesto flavor, stir in a little more!
  2. Scoop the mixture into a 8-inch pie plate or baking dish. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until the dip is bubbly and golden on top.
  3. Serve immediately with baguette slices, chips or crackers.

This cheesy pesto chicken dip is a great way to use up your end-of-summer herbs! Lots of delicious smoky flavor and tons of bubbly cheese.

Save me all the crackers.

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Smoky Summer Chicken Salad.

No more sad summer chicken salad lunches!  This smoky chicken salad is going to make you want to have chicken salad every.darn.day. Loaded with flavor. Super easy. And totally versatile! It may come as a surprise, but I have to freaking LOVE a chicken salad recipe in order to share it. I still have nightmares […]

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No more sad summer chicken salad lunches! 

This smoky summer chicken salad is incredible! So much flavor from grilled chicken, sweet cherry tomatoes, corn, cheddar cheese and a secret ingredient!

This smoky chicken salad is going to make you want to have chicken salad every.darn.day.

Loaded with flavor. Super easy. And totally versatile!

It may come as a surprise, but I have to freaking LOVE a chicken salad recipe in order to share it. I still have nightmares from my childhood of chicken (or tuna… or egg…) salad swimming in mayo, with barely any flavor, and worst of all – loaded with celery.

I just can’t. 

chicken salad prep

I never HATED any of the salads like some people do, but the experience from a deli or cafeteria left a lot to be desired. So when I started making my own versions, I was blown away at how much I loved them. 

And yes, in case you think you’re going crazy: I’ve made a chicken salad similar to this before. My sweet corn and bacon chicken salad is creamier than this but just as good. But the winner by far is my lemon almond roasted chicken salad. You guys love this!

This smoky summer chicken salad is incredible! So much flavor from grilled chicken, sweet cherry tomatoes, corn, cheddar cheese and a secret ingredient!

First off, this isn’t even my own recipe.

This recipe comes from Lacy (again!) and is a chicken salad she has been loving for years. She has wanted to recreate it forever, so we got down to business.

It’s SO GOOD.

The smokiness? We grill the chicken which imparts a smoky flavor (you could totally grab a rotisserie chicken in a pinch) but we also dropped some liquid smoke in the mix! Just a tiny tiny drop. Makes it tastes SO good. 

We added both corn cut from the cob (or course because #summer) and tomatoes. They are just so sweet right now, so combined with the smoky flavor? We knew it would be everything.

Scallions and cheddar cheese also found their way into the bowl.

This smoky summer chicken salad is incredible! So much flavor from grilled chicken, sweet cherry tomatoes, corn, cheddar cheese and a secret ingredient!

The dressing is a yogurt and mayo hybrid with some seasonings and again, the liquid smoke. It’s amazing! 

This salad is SO delish served in lettuce cup (like the very crunchy iceberg ones). But it also works on top of salads and inside of sandwiches. I grabbed the multigrain croissants from my local grocery store and the combo was just dreamy. They are fabulous.

This smoky summer chicken salad is incredible! So much flavor from grilled chicken, sweet cherry tomatoes, corn, cheddar cheese and a secret ingredient!
It’s also pretty amazing when you stand over the bowl with a fork and eat it like that. Or scoop it up with chips. I am very very into this.

This smoky summer chicken salad is incredible! So much flavor from grilled chicken, sweet cherry tomatoes, corn, cheddar cheese and a secret ingredient!

Smoky Summer Chicken Salad

Smoky Summer Chicken Salad

This smoky summer chicken salad is incredible! So much flavor from grilled chicken, sweet cherry tomatoes, corn, cheddar cheese and a secret ingredient!

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, (halved or chopped)
  • 1 cup sweet corn kernels ((raw, grilled, cooked, frozen, etc!))
  • ⅓ cup sliced scallions
  • ¼ cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup plain greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 ½ tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon liquid smoke
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of freshly ground black pepper
  1. Preheat your grill to the highest setting.
  2. Season the chicken thighs with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Brush them with olive oil. PLace the chicken on the grill and cook for 6 minutes per side. When finished, let the chicken rest for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, cube or shred the chicken.
  3. Place the chicken, tomatoes, corn, scallions and cheese in a large bowl. Toss it together.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the yogurt, mayo, lemon juice, liquid smoke, salt and pepper.
  5. Pour the dressing over the chicken mixture and toss well. Combine and stir until every bit is covered. Serve the chicken on croissants or toast with lettuce or microgreens.
  6. This stays great in the fridge for about 3 days. It tastes even better!

This smoky summer chicken salad is incredible! So much flavor from grilled chicken, sweet cherry tomatoes, corn, cheddar cheese and a secret ingredient!

Crunch! Flavor! I can’t get enough.

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