BBQ Ranch Chicken Chop Salad

BBQ Ranch Chicken Chop Salad

This super flavorful, nutritious BBQ Ranch Chicken Chop Salad is my new favorite.  It’s chock-full of ingredients I love and it’s refreshingly delicious for the hot summer days ahead.  Put all of the prepared toppings out and family members can create their own salad they way they like.  Win, Win!

I’ve included my Ranch dressing recipe, which I originally posted {here} and my favorite BBQ sauce recipe. Feel free to use bottled dressing and sauce, but homemade is about a million times tastier. You’ll need to plan ahead, though, because the BBQ sauce takes a little over an hour to prepare ~ the ingredients need time to simmer so the flavors develop and the Ranch dressing is best made about half an hour before it’s used so the flavors have time to blend.


BBQ Ranch Chicken Chop Salad

Yield: 4-6 servings

BBQ Ranch Chicken Chop Salad


  • 4-5 chicken breasts
  • Kosher salt and pepper, to taste
  • 12 cups Romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 2-3 tomatoes, diced
  • 1-1/2 cups frozen corn, thawed
  • 1-1/2 cups canned black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup red onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup Ranch dressing {recipe follows}
  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce {recipe follows}, or your favorite
  • 1/2 cup crumbled tortilla chips
  • Ranch Dressing
  • 2/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill
  • The Best BBQ Sauce
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 1-1/4 cups brown sugar
  • 1-1/4 cups red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 teaspoons hickory flavored liquid smoke
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper


    Ranch Dressing
  1. In a bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise and sour cream.
  2. Add the milk and whisk.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients and whisk well.
  4. Pour into a pint-size jar and cover with a tight fitting lid.
  5. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes for the flavors to blend.
  6. BBQ Sauce
  7. In a large saucepan over medium heat, mix together all of the wet ingredients.
  8. Add in the seasonings.
  9. Bring to a boil then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 1 hour {at least 20 minutes}, stirring occasionally. The sauce will thicken as it simmers, then even more as it cools.
  10. For the Salad
  11. Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper then either grill the chicken or cook in a medium skillet in 2-3 tablespoons oil over medium-high heat.
  12. Cool the chicken then chop into bite-sized pieces.
  13. Assemble the salad in a large bowl or let everyone make their own on their own plate: lettuce, topped with chicken, and the other ingredients.
  14. Drizzle the top of the salad with Ranch dressing and BBQ sauce, then gently toss to combine.
  15. Top with crumbled tortilla chips.


The Ranch dressing makes about 2 cups. // The BBQ Sauce makes about 7 cups. After the sauce cools I divide it into ziplock bags {1/2 cup each bag} and store them in the freezer so I can just pull a bag out when I want some BBQ sauce. {The BBQ sauce does not freeze solidly but will last for several months in the freezer.}

Enjoy your delicious salad!


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4 Responses to BBQ Ranch Chicken Chop Salad

  1. Maureen June 4, 2014 at 6:03 am #

    I love this Lori! Will be pinning and adding to my summer meal plans!

  2. JessicaJ June 7, 2014 at 5:14 am #

    Oooh my! This is a good looking salad that I know my husband would love. Definitely going to have to try it! Found you over on Weekend Potuck 🙂

    • Lori June 9, 2014 at 8:24 am #

      Welcome, Jessica. I hope you and your husband love this salad as much as we do. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Felecia August 2, 2014 at 1:34 pm #

    Hi Lori! Thanks for sharing these recipes! They sound great! I hope to try the barbeque sauce soon! Have a nice day! Blessings from Bama!

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