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BBQ chicken salad with ranch dressing.

BBQ Chicken Salad

  • Author: Megan
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 - 6 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This loaded BBQ Chicken Salad is quick, easy, and so satisfying! It's drizzled with a creamy, thick homemade ranch dressing that's a healthier version of classic ranch and uses Greek yogurt as the base.


  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • ¾ cup barbecue sauce*
  • 5 cups romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 (15 ounce) can corn, drained
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • ⅓ cup sliced red onion
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro, optional

Ranch Dressing:

  • 1 cup plain greek yogurt (whole fat, not non-fat)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice (from about 2 lemons)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Water


  1. Cook the chicken: preheat the oven to 425°F. Place the chicken on a parchment paper or foil-lined baking sheet. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes, until cooked. The chicken should be cooked through, no longer pink in the middle and have an internal temperature of 165°F.
  2. Make the dressing: while the chicken cooks, mix your dressing. Add all of the ingredients except for the water to a small bowl and stir. Add 2 - 3 tablespoons of water (or more), until the dressing reaches your desired thickness.
  3. Cut the chicken: remove the chicken from the oven, let it rest for 10 minutes and then cut it into bite-sized pieces. Toss the chicken in the barbecue sauce until coated.
  4. Mix the salad: add all of the salad ingredients to a large bowl and drizzle as much as preferred of the dressing on top. Toss to mix.
  5. Serve: serve immediately. If preparing the salad ahead of time, wait to mix in the dressing just before serving.


*I find that a sweet, dark BBQ sauce works best for this recipe (like Sweet Baby Ray's®).

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: chicken, bbq, romaine, lettuce, ranch, healthy, dressing, yogurt dressing, barbecue, salad