BBQ Chicken Salad

Fresh and flavorful BBQ chicken salad is always a crowd pleaser! It’s topped with juicy chicken, creamy ranch and tangy BBQ sauce.

 

Sweet and tangy BBQ chicken salad comes together in only 30 minutes! Plus it’s a great way to use up leftover odds and ends. Sometimes we’ll clean out the fridge after making this dish or this soup and we can toss in those small amounts of random ingredients, another win!

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If you’re looking for a delicious AND healthy tex-mex style salad, look no further. This one is great for busy weeknights or entertaining. It easily feed a crowd or be portioned out into containers for weekly meal prep.

I know some people think salads are boring, or even impossible to serve to little kids, but you just have to choose your ingredients wisely. Since we have a 3 and 5 year old eating with us, I try and make sure that when serving salads as the main dish, they are loaded with all of their favorite toppings.

This salad was perfect because it didn’t have cherry tomatoes (they’re not a fan) or any kind of hot pepper (they like a little heat but nothing too overpowering). Instead it was topped with fresh corn, black beans, finely diced red onion, avocado, cilantro, tortilla strips, shredded cheese, our favorite chicken, BBQ sauce, and ranch dressing. All of which get two big little thumbs up.

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Making the salad

CHICKEN. Follow instructions for cooking chicken breast

CORN + BEANS. While the chicken is baking, in a small skillet set over medium-low heat, add the oil. When the oil is hot, add the corn and cook for 2-3 minutes, then stir in the black beans. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.

TOPPINGS. In an extra large bowl or four individual salad bowls, add the greens, onion, cilantro, tortilla strips, cheese, avocado, corn, and black beans. Cube chicken and add on top.

DRESSING. Drizzle with ranch and BBQ sauce, serve immediately.

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Storing Info

To STORE this salad, do not pour dressing over all the salad. Instead just add dressing to individual servings. This will make it so much easier to store the salad without it getting gross and soggy.

You can make different parts of this salad ahead of time: chop the chicken and mix together your greens ahead of time. Right before serving, mix everything together and drizzle the dressing over individual servings. You could even make a BBQ Ranch dressing combo to put on your salads.

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More Salad Recipes:

Apple harvest salad

Cobb salad

Cranberry apple pecan salad

 

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BBQ Chicken Salad

This fresh, flavorful BBQ chicken salad is always a crowd pleaser! It's topped with juicy chicken, creamy ranch and tangy BBQ sauce. Low carb and packed with protein!
5 from 10 votes
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Course: Salads & Sides
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Servings: 1 XL party salad or 4 dinner salads
Author: Natalie Dicks
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Ingredients

  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 5 oz. mixed spring greens - washed and dried
  • 2 tsp. olive oil or avocado oil
  • 1 c. fresh or frozen corn
  • 1 c. black beans - rinsed
  • 1/4 c. finely diced red onion
  • 1/4 c. chopped cilantro
  • 2/3 c. tortilla strips
  • 1 c. shredded colby jack cheese
  • 1 avocado - cut into 1/2-inch chunks
  • 1/4 c. BBQ sauce
  • 1/4 c. ranch dressing

Instructions

  • Follow instructions for cooking chicken breast here.
  • While the chicken is baking, in a small skillet set over medium-low heat, add the oil. When the oil is hot, add the corn and cook for 2-3 minutes, then stir in the black beans. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
  • In an extra large bowl or four individual salad bowls, add the greens, onion, cilantro, tortilla strips, cheese, avocado, corn, and black beans. Cube chicken and add on top.
  • Drizzle with ranch and BBQ sauce, serve immediately.

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About the Author

Natalie

Wife, mother, baker and photographer. Recipe developer & author of Life Made Simple. A self-professed peanut butter lover and fond of anything that involves pumpkin, cookie dough, or sprinkles

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