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Sara's Grilled Chicken-Cornbread Salad

Prep time 25 mins
Cook time 5 mins
Bake time 30 mins
Yield Makes 8 servings


  • 4 applewood-smoked bacon slices
  • 1 (6-ounce) package cornbread mix
  • Smoky Chicken Thighs
  • 1 1/4 cups mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup minced Vidalia or other sweet onion
  • 2 tablespoons finely sliced fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1 cup cooked fresh lima or butter beans
  • 1 cup cooked fresh corn kernels (about 2 ears)
  • 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 8 large tomatoes
  • Garnish: chopped fresh chives

How to Make It

  1. Cut bacon into 1/4-inch pieces; cook in a 6 1/2-inch cast-iron skillet until crisp. Remove bacon, and drain on paper towels, reserving 1 tablespoon drippings in skillet. Prepare cornbread batter according to package directions; pour batter into hot drippings in skillet.

  2. Bake at 425° for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown; cool completely in skillet on a wire rack. Break or cut cornbread into small (about 1-inch) pieces; place on a baking sheet.

  3. Bake cornbread pieces at 425° for 5 minutes or until lightly toasted.

  4. Remove skin and bones from Smoky Chicken Thighs; cut meat into bite-size pieces.

  5. Whisk together mayonnaise and next 4 ingredients in a large bowl. Gently fold chopped chicken, cornbread, bacon, lima beans, corn, and red bell pepper into mayonnaise mixture.

  6. Cut a 1/4-inch slice from tops of tomatoes; scoop out and discard pulp, leaving a 1/2-inch-thick shell. Spoon about 2/3 cup chicken mixture into each tomato. Garnish, if desired.

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