BBQ Chicken Salad

A combination of barbecue sauce and ranch dressing make this crunchy salad the perfect slightly-healthy meal.

04 July 2018, 1:32pm

Photo by Heami Lee

Servings: 4
Prep: 20 minutes
Total: 35 minutes


for the ranch dressing:
1/2 cup|125 ml buttermilk
1/2 cup|125 ml mayonnaise
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon mustard powder
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1 tablespoons finely chopped chives

for the salad:
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
3 tablespoons canola oil
1/4 cup barbecue sauce, plus more for serving
8 ounces|240 grams iceberg lettuce, thinly sliced
5 1/2 ounces|156 grams butter lettuce
1/2 cup|88 grams cooked black beans
2 ears corn, kernels removed
1/2 jicama, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch cubes
4 ounces|100 grams grated Monterey Jack cheese
2 vine-ripe tomatoes, diced
8 basil leaves, thinly sliced
2 sprigs cilantro, chopped
1 scallion, thinly sliced
2 avocados, peeled, pitted, and diced
2 ounces tortilla strips or chips
lime wedges, to serve


1. Make the dressing: Whisk all ingredients in a small bowl. Refrigerate until ready to use.

2. Make the salad: Season the chicken all over with salt and pepper. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium. Add the chicken and cook, flipping once, until cooked through, 10 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board and let rest 10 minutes before cutting into 1/2-inch cubes. Cool slightly, then toss with the barbecue sauce.

3. To plate the salad, divide the lettuces among 4 bowls. Top each with the remaining ingredients. Drizzle with the ranch dressing and barbecue sauce and serve with lime wedges. Alternatively, toss all the ingredients in a large bowl with half of the ranch dressing. Divide among 4 bowls and drizzle with more ranch and barbecue sauce.

This article originally appeared on Munchies US.