Get ready for an insanely delicious (and healthy!) BBQ season by whipping up this bold-flavored BBQ Chicken Salad!
This post is sponsored by True Made Foods.
Can you all believe Memorial Day is only a week away? That means summer is almost upon us, and I couldn’t be more excited. I love spending long weekends outdoors, whether it’s in the parks of Brooklyn or upstate at the lake.
I’m also pretty pumped for summer foods – lemonade, ice cream and of course, barbeque! The only problem I face with barbeque is that a lot of sauces are bogged down with corn syrup or other additives that I can’t pronounce. Why, world, why must you be so cruel?
Just as I was contemplating trying to create my own healthy BBQ Sauce, I learned about a company called True Made Foods.
Co-Founded by two fathers, Kevin Powell and Abraham Kamarck, True Made Foods’ aims to create healthier versions of America’s favorite condiments, including ketchup, bbq sauce and hot sauce.
It all started when Kevin Powell, a detester of veggies, was on a mission to lose weight. He and his wife wanted to figure out a way to sneak veggies into his diet, so they created a ketchup that included some unlikely ingredients – spinach, carrots and butternut squash.
Powell soon teamed up with the business-savy Kamarck. Kamarack, a father of four, did a taste test of the ketchup with his kids. When it passed with flying colors, he was in! Before long, Powell and Kamarack created True Made Foods with the hope of offering healthier versions of mainstream foods to appeal to American families.
So, how are they doing with that mission? True Made Foods debuted in July 2015 and has since won accolades at several food startup events. It’s become a favorite in Blue Apron boxes (and for all my Blue Apron fans, the BBQ sauce will be shipped out in another box in June). FORBES Magazine even featured Powell and Kamarck just last month! Since it’s start, the company has sold more than $100,000 worth of ketchup, hot sauce and barbeque sauce, all of which are gluten-free, vegan and non-GMO. Saucy stuff, True Made Foods. Saucy stuff!
I was lucky enough to get to try True Made Foods’ BBQ sauce and have to say, it is DELISH! You would never know it has carrots, squash and spinach in it. If you have reluctant kids or a veggie-hating boyfriend, this is a great way to sneak some veggies into their diets.
Anywho, I decided to create a classic summer bbq staple: BBQ Chicken, but took it up a notch on the healthy scale by adding it to a scrumptious salad.
Unfortunately, my Brooklyn apartment doesn’t have a grill, so I made this guy on the stove top. However, I imagine a grill will take this to a whole other level. I will definitely be bringing this sauce up to the lake house next weekend for some grilling magic.
Besides being delicious and nutrient rich, this BBQ sauce also has half the calories of all the major BBQ sauce brands on the market and 25-50% less sugar. Plus, you can pronounce all of the ingredients on the label. Major win in my book.
- 4-5 button mushrooms, sliced
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 1 small boneless, skinless chicken breast
- 2 Tbsp True Made Foods' BBQ Sauce
- 2-3 cups spinach
- 10 grape tomatoes, cut into halves
- 1/2 avocado, diced
- Spray a small-medium skillet with non-stick spray and heat over medium heat.
- Toss mushrooms into the pan with garlic powder and pepper and toss until cooked through (2-3 minutes). Remove to a plate and set aside.
- Place your chicken breast in the skillet, coat with BBQ sauce and cook in the skillet - 3-4 minutes per side.*
- While the chicken is cooking, create your salad by placing spinach on a plate and tossing with cooked mushrooms, tomatoes, and avocado.
- When the chicken is done, slice and place on top of the salad.
- Optional: I used an extra tbsp of BBQ sauce for dressing, but you an use whatever you like!
- Eat up!
- *Alternatively, you can toss the chicken with the bbq sauce in a ziploc bag, allow to marinate for a few minutes, and then cook on a grill.
Are you excited for BBQ season?
Which of the 3 sauces are you most excited to try?