Grilled BBQ Chicken Salad


This fresh and crisp bbq chicken salad is packed with veggies, tender grilled chicken, and topped with bbq sauce and a green chile ranch dressing!


Lighten up your dinners with this all-star entree salad.  Salads like this bbq chicken salad can be expensive at a restaurant, so save some money and use great ingredients to make it at home instead!

**This post was sponsored by Stubb’s BBQ Sauce.  I was compensated for my time, but my opinions expressed here are my own.**

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Now that the weather is warming up, it’s time to break out some of my favorite kinds of meals… like entree salads!!  For all intents and purposes, I’m NOT a salad kind of girl.  I’m more of a big, juicy, messy burger and fries kind of girl.  Ask my husband… on our first date I ordered a 1/2 lb burger and ate every last bite.  #sorrynotsorry  LOL.  But… when it’s hot and humid outside, an entree salad just hits the spot.  It has the delicious meat on a bed of cool and crisp lettuce and other veggies.  Plus, the dressing!!

One of my favorite salads to order at a restaurant is a bbq chicken salad.  The mesh of flavors is just perfect!  However, who wants to spend $12 on a freakin’ salad??  Definitely not me!

BBQ Chicken Salad | This fresh and crisp bbq chicken salad is packed with veggies, tender grilled chicken, and topped with bbq sauce and a green chile ranch dressing! | http://thechunkychef.com

BBQ Chicken Salad | This fresh and crisp bbq chicken salad is packed with veggies, tender grilled chicken, and topped with bbq sauce and a green chile ranch dressing! | http://thechunkychef.com

Since the BBQ sauce is a big part of this recipe, I wanted to use a brand I know and trust to use real ingredients… like Stubb’s Original BBQ Sauce.  The flavor is really amazing, and they have so many sauces to choose from!  I wanted to tone down the heat with this salad, and this Original BBQ sauce does not disappoint.  If you’d like a spicier salad, Stubb’s Spicy BBQ Sauce would be an excellent one to use!

The chicken in this bbq chicken salad gets it’s flavor from both a homemade quick rub and a basting of the delicious BBQ sauce.

BBQ Chicken Salad | This fresh and crisp bbq chicken salad is packed with veggies, tender grilled chicken, and topped with bbq sauce and a green chile ranch dressing! | http://thechunkychef.com

It’s been raining here most of the week, so I “grilled” my chicken by sauteing it in a skillet… but trust me, grilling it will impart SO much more flavor, so definitely fire up the grill if you’re able.

Since we’re making a salad, we’re going to need a killer dressing.  I mean, after all, the dressing is just about the best part of a salad right?  Introducing, the green chile ranch dressing!

BBQ Chicken Salad | This fresh and crisp bbq chicken salad is packed with veggies, tender grilled chicken, and topped with bbq sauce and a green chile ranch dressing! | http://thechunkychef.com

You can whip up this dressing in about 1 minute, and let me tell you, it is downright ahhh-mazing!  I combined our favorite bottled ranch dressing with some Stubb’s Anytime Green Chile Sauce and viola… dressing perfection.

Last but not least, now it comes down to what to put IN the salad (other than chicken and lettuce).  This is totally up to you!  I went with some classic ingredients… fresh corn, black beans, red onion, shredded cheese, sliced tomatoes, and shelled edamame.  I love adding the edamame to these salads… they add a little protein kick to compliment the protein rich black beans and chopped chicken.

BBQ Chicken Salad | This fresh and crisp bbq chicken salad is packed with veggies, tender grilled chicken, and topped with bbq sauce and a green chile ranch dressing! | http://thechunkychef.com

I hope you’re ready for the warmer temps… they’re coming!  Now you’ll be ready with this easy to make, bbq chicken salad that’s perfect for a busy weeknight!

For more great recipes using Stubb’s sauces, check out their Pinterest and Facebook.

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Grilled BBQ Chicken Salad

This fresh and crisp bbq chicken salad is packed with veggies, tender grilled chicken, and topped with bbq sauce and a green chile ranch dressing!
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Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Recipe Author The Chunky Chef

Ingredients

  • FOR THE GREEN CHILE RANCH DRESSING:
  • 8 oz your favorite bottled ranch dressing 1 cup
  • 1/4 cup Stubb's green chile sauce can substitute with 1 small can of diced green chiles
  • FOR THE CHICKEN:
  • 2 chicken breasts trimmed of excess fat
  • 1/2 cup Stubb's Original BBQ sauce or your favorite
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • FOR THE SALAD:
  • 3 cups romaine lettuce hearts cleaned and chopped (about 6 )
  • 2 roma tomatoes chopped
  • 1/2 cup corn kernels (cut off the cob canned or defrosted frozen corn)
  • 1/2 cup black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup red onion diced
  • 1/4 cup shelled edamame
  • 3/4 cup colby cheese shredded
  • handful of tortilla strips
  • 1/4 cup Stubb's Original BBQ sauce
  • 1/4 cup green chile ranch dressing

Instructions

  • GREEN CHILE RANCH DRESSING:
  • Add ranch dressing and green chile sauce to a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth and combined.
  • Place in airtight container and place in refrigerator until ready to use.
  • BBQ CHICKEN:
  • Rub chicken breasts with paprika, onion powder and salt and pepper.
  • Grill over MED heat for about 5 minutes on each side, until chicken is cooked through and juices run clear.
  • The last minute of grilling, baste liberally with bbq sauce.
  • Let chicken rest for 5 minutes, then dice into bite-sized pieces.
  • SALAD:
  • Assemble salad by placing romaine lettuce in a large serving bowl. Top lettuce with grilled chicken, roma tomatoes, corn kernels, black beans, red onion, shelled edamame, shredded cheese, and tortilla strips.
  • Drizzle salad with both bbq sauce and prepared green chile ranch dressing and toss to combine.
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BBQ Chicken Salad | This fresh and crisp bbq chicken salad is packed with veggies, tender grilled chicken, and topped with bbq sauce and a green chile ranch dressing! | http://thechunkychef.com

BBQ Chicken Salad | This fresh and crisp bbq chicken salad is packed with veggies, tender grilled chicken, and topped with bbq sauce and a green chile ranch dressing! | http://thechunkychef.com

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27 comments on “Grilled BBQ Chicken Salad”

  1. Thanks Amanda for 2 things 1 is you look like 1 of mine friend her name is Amanda and she lives in Australia and 2nd you have make such a great recipe for a quick meal.

  2. Tasty looking salad (and its not often that I say that lol!)

  3. Such a fresh and zingy salad. I was lucky enough to be able to get some Stubs sauces (amazing) so I followed the recipe almost exactly. Such a perfect summer meal, full of flavor and healthy too. It will be standard at every family bbq. Thanks .

  4. This looks like the perfect chicken salad! I’d love it for lunch! Definitely trying that dressing.

  5. That is one awesome looking salad. I can’t wait to make it for my family!

  6. Mmm, I love all of the flavors in this salad. Can’t wait to try that green chile ranch dressing

  7. I would choose this salad over a big burger any day of the week. This looks fantastic!

  8. I literally want to dive through my screen and grab that bowl – this salad looks amazing!

  9. These looks amazing! I’m a salad junkie and the combination of the BBQ sauce and the salad is just genius! I’ll be making this very soon!

  10. This looks like the perfect lunch idea!

  11. This looks like my new favorite salad! Gorgeous photos as always!

  12. Stubbs is my go=to BBQ sauce for sure! They know how to make it!! BTW your photos are amazing dear! Wow. 😀

  13. OMG, Yes! This is the kind of salad I like. Lots and lots of flavor and yummy grilled chicken. Looks great!

  14. Green chile ranch dressing?! Mmm, mmm, mmm! This is such a gorgeous salad I’m dying to dig in! What a great dish!

  15. I love a good salad for lunch, and this goes above and beyond! It looks AMAZING! (And the green chili sauce? GENIUS.)

  16. Love this on so may levels! Perfect for summer! I know Mountain Man will love this.

  17. What a delicious looking salad! This looks super easy to make and healthy!