A box of Kentucky Fried Chicken popcorn chicken nuggets makes this shortcut fried chicken salad recipe both super easy and super delicious!
Things I am not shy about include the following: That I am totally willing to put bacon into pretty much anything, including all forms of dessert. That I keep a bag of puffed Cheetos in my house at all times in case of, you know, emergency. Puffed, not the crunchy kind.
That every once in a while, it is okay to serve your family Frito Chili Pie for dinner, so long as you make them something super-healthy both the day before and the day after. And that there is a time and place for working KFC chicken into your fried chicken salad, and that if you do, your fried chicken salad is going to taste all kinds of magnificent.
And on a whole other level of things that I am not shy about, I am not shy about telling the entire world how proud I am of my smart and sassy daughter.
Last weekend she received the Blue Key Award from Clemson University’s School of Education. This award goes to one student in the college who has distinguished themselves in terms of academic scholarship and campus leadership. For this year it’s my bunny.
I’m not shy about saying I am overwhelmed with admiration and love and I spent most of the ceremony just looking at her and remembering when she was three and would only eat raisins and her favorite book was The Little Red Hen and now she is winning The Blue Key Award and how did things go by so fast?
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let’s make shortcut fried chicken salad!
Anyway, back to dinnertime. This is my version of the fried chicken salad that the Southern husband always orders whenever he sees it on any menu at any time.
It’s basically a combo of lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, ranch dressing and the star of the show, little pieces of fried chicken, and the reason I have never made it is because the thought of frying chicken for a salad always made me immediately need to take a nap.
And then one day, lightening struck in my head.
A box of Kentucky Fried Chicken popcorn chicken nuggets makes this shortcut fried chicken salad recipe both super easy and super delicious! What chicken does the Southern husband love above all others (yes, even above mine?) Hint: he talks about The Colonel like he is a member of the family, and whenever I am out of town I know I am going to come back and find those square KFC boxes in the trash. And KFC makes what they call popcorn chicken nuggets – otherwise known as little boneless nuggets of fried chicken that are tailor-made for fried chicken salad.
And the rest is history.
We may be having fried chicken salad on a weekly basis now that I have finally figured this out.Print
A box of KFC popcorn chicken nuggets makes this fried chicken salad both super easy and super delicious!
- 1 large container KFC Popcorn Nuggets chicken, either warm or a room temperature
- 1 head romaine lettuce, rinsed and chopped into large pieces
- 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1 cucumber, diced
- Ranch dressing
- Put all ingredients into a large bowl. Drizzle about 1/4 cup ranch dressing over the top and toss gently with clean hands (yes hands – they are the best salad tossers you have) until everything has a light coating of dressing.
- Place salad on plates, drizzle a little more dressing on top for garnish if you like and serve.
- Wasn’t that the easiest salad recipe EVER?
Hi there! I’m Kate, and I’m a recipe writer, food photographer and devoted bacon lover. I started Framed Cooks in 2009, and my mission is to create and share family-friendly recipes that make cooking both easy and fun…yes, I said FUN! My kitchen is my happy place, and I want yours to be that place too. And if you make this recipe, I would love you to tag @FramedCooks on Instagram so I can see the deliciousness!