BBQ Chicken Coleslaw Salad

Coleslaw is a crucial part of a barbecue spread. It’s light, cool, crisp, and provides a refreshing balance to some of the smokier, heavier BBQ dishes on the table. And while we fully respect the supporting role coleslaw often plays, we thought it was time to promote it to the main part of the cast by turning into into a main dish. All you need is BBQ chicken and some familiar ingredients like avocado and jalapeño. Oh, and don’t forget a Taylor Farms Coleslaw Salad Kit, which features a mix of shredded green & red cabbage and carrots coated in our classic coleslaw dressing. It’s your time to shine, coleslaw — just don’t forget where you came from.

Total TIME 20 minutes


  • 1 Taylor Farms Coleslaw Salad Kit
  • Cooked BBQ chicken, shredded or sliced
  • 1/2 avocado, diced
  • 1/2 jalapeño, thinly sliced
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 cup corn kernels (fresh or canned)


  1. Prepare the Coleslaw: In a medium bowl, empty the contents of the coleslaw kit. Add the coleslaw dressing included in the kit and mix well until the cabbage is evenly coated.
  2. Add the Chicken: Add the sliced or shredded BBQ chicken to the coleslaw mixture.
  3. Top with Toppings: Top with avocado, jalapeño, chopped cilantro, and corn.
  4. Serve: Serve immediately for the best texture and flavor. Enjoy your BBQ Chicken Coleslaw Salad!


  • If you prefer a milder salad, remove the seeds from the jalapeño before slicing.
  • This salad can be made ahead of time, but don’t add the avocado until just before serving to prevent it from browning.

It’s Not a Proper Barbecue Without Lots of Sides!  

The addition of chicken to this salad definitely makes it more of a fuller meal, but no barbecue dish should ever be served alone — it needs company from some like-minded, party-ready foods! It’s not a proper barbecue if you’re not holding a plate that’s completely out of room. Here are a few ideas of some additional BBQ dishes you can serve with this salad:

  1. Cornbread: Who doesn’t love cornbread? Its sweet and crumbly texture complements the smoky flavors of the BBQ chicken and the refreshing crunch of the coleslaw.
  2. Grilled Vegetables: A medley of grilled bell peppers, zucchini, and asparagus adds a fresh and vibrant touch to a fuller BBQ spread.
  3. Baked Beans: Always an essential side, baked beans offer a hearty side that balances the lightness of the salad with their deep, smoky flavor.
  4. Macaroni and Cheese: Creamy and indulgent, mac & cheese is an all-ages crowd-pleaser that pairs well with the tangy BBQ sauce and crisp coleslaw.
  5. Watermelon Slices: Need an easy dessert? Watermelon adds a refreshing sweetness that delivers the perfect finish to a barbecue meal.

See all of our recipes for Salads with Chicken.

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