BBQ Chicken & Macaroni Salad

This tangy dish is a great variation on the tried and true macaroni salads we love and enjoy all summer long. The great kick here is you can serve it warm on the side with dinner or cold in your lunch pack. Great either way!

salad barbecue chicken

Makes about 8 cups; serves 8 to 10 as a side dish

Brining: Chicken has a tendency to get dry and tough, especially when served cold in a salad like this. That’s why you should give these boneless, skinless chicken breasts a quick brine before cooking — this ensures moist and tender shreds of chicken even after some time in the fridge. Even a quick half-hour brine makes a big difference, but don’t brine it for more than two hours or else the salt breaks down the muscle fibers too much.

Ingredients

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Goat Cheese, Mozzarella, Basil, and Tomato Mac and Cheese

This dish is like nostalgia and vacation stirred together. First, the gooey mac and cheese brings you back to the staple dinner you enjoyed as a kid, and second, the fresh tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella will make you feel like you’re dining at a piazza in Italy.

cheese tomato mac and cheese

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