From the menu of: Community Q BBQ

From the menu of … Community Q BBQ, 1361 Clairmont Road, Decatur. 404-633-2080;

Q. I’d absolutely love the recipe for Community Q BBQ’s Redneck Chicken Salad. I come up from Macon just to get it. It has an incredible smoky flavor. I usually don’t like chicken salad with grapes and nuts, but this one is amazing. I’m drooling now just thinking about it. Thanks!

Brooke Bullard, Macon

A. David Roberts sent us the recipe, a dish they make fresh daily. For the restaurant, it’s a great way to use some of their bone-in barbecued chicken. Home cooks will either have to go to Community Q BBQ to buy some chicken, make their own or make do with plain cooked chicken.

This recipe makes 9 cups of delicious chicken salad. Scale down according to your needs.

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Community Q BBQ’s Redneck Chicken Salad

Hands on: 20 minutes

Total time: 20 minutes

Makes: 9 cups

3/4 cups pecan pieces


1 3/4 cup mayonnaise

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 1/2 tablespoons tamari

1 tablespoon hot sauce

2 1/4 pounds smoked chicken, cut into bite-size pieces

1 1/2 cups red seedless grapes, cut in half

1 cup finely diced celery

1/2 cup finely diced red onion

1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh dill

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Have a rimmed baking sheet ready.

Sprinkle pecans on baking sheet and bake until lightly toasted, about 5 minutes. Remove from oven, lightly salt and allow to cool.

While pecans are toasting, make dressing: in a medium bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, lemon juice, tamari and hot sauce. Set aside.

In a large bowl, toss chicken, grapes, celery, onion, dill and reserved pecans together. Add dressing and stir to evenly coat all ingredients. Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to 2 days.

Per 1/2-cup serving: 253 calories (percent of calories from fat, 75), 14 grams protein, 3 grams carbohydrates, 1 gram fiber, 22 grams fat (3 grams saturated), 40 milligrams cholesterol, 269 milligrams sodium.