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BBQ Chicken Salad in a white bowl
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BBQ Chicken Salad

Crisp, fresh, and colorful, BBQ Chicken Salad is no ordinary salad. This dish has absolute layers of flavor - sweet and tangy BBQ chicken, crunchy tortilla strips, and a creamy Greek yogurt ranch dressing.
Use the recipe provide to make a quick and easy Greek Yogurt Ranch Dressing, or just grab your favorite store-bought ranch dressing to save time.
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: BBQ, Chicken Recipe, Entree Salad
Servings: 4
Calories: 439kcal
Author: Jess Smith via Inquiring Chef
Cost: $12.00


  • Wok or skillet


Greek Yogurt Ranch Dressing

  • 1/2 cup Nonfat Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1 tsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 1/2 tsp Fresh or Dried Herbs (parsley, dill, chives, or a combination)
  • 1/2 tsp Honey
  • 1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
  • Water
  • Pinch Salt


  • 1 lb Chicken breast, boneless and skinless, sliced into cubes
  • 1 Tbsp Cooking Oil (I prefer grapeseed or avocado oil for most things)
  • 1/2 cup BBQ Sauce (use your favorite)
  • 1 head Romaine Lettuce, chopped
  • 1 cup Corn (use canned corn, drained or frozen corn, defrosted)
  • 1 cup Black Beans (canned and drained)
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper (sub diced tomato)
  • 1/2 cup Shredded Colby Jack Cheese
  • 1 cup Tortilla Strips (store-bought or homemade)


Make Dressing

  • Whisk together yogurt, lemon juice, herbs, honey, and garlic powder. Add water until the dressing thins slightly and is easy to pour (start with 1 tsp and add a tiny bit more, as needed). Stir in a pinch of salt. Taste the dressing and add a bit more honey or salt if you’d like it more sweet / salty.

Make Chicken

  • Heat a wok or skillet over medium heat. Add oil and then chicken. Saute until chicken is cooked through, 5 to 6 minutes. Add some salt and pepper as the chicken cooks. Let chicken cool slightly and then toss it with BBQ Sauce.

Make Salad

  • Toss together lettuce, corn, beans, bell pepper, cheese, and tortilla strips.
    Divide salad between serving bowls.
  • Top each bowl with chicken and drizzle dressing over top.


Ranch Dressing - The recipe provided is loosely adapted from the Ranch Seasoning mix that I keep in the pantry. Don’t want to make your own dressing? Store-bought Ranch Dressing works great, of course!
If you want to make a larger batch of BBQ chicken, try Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken or Instant Pot BBQ Chicken.


Calories: 439kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 90mg | Sodium: 635mg | Potassium: 858mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 1325IU | Vitamin C: 42mg | Calcium: 177mg | Iron: 2mg