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Okay friends…I think I have finally perfected my BBQ chicken salad recipe. This is my families ALL time favorite salad recipe. We could eat it It’s so easy to put together and tastes GREAT as leftovers too. Sometimes I’ll make a large batch of BBQ chicken and then freeze half of it. Then the next time I’m craving this salad…all I have to do is pull the shredded chicken out of the freezer and let it thaw. You can also make the black bean salsa the day before. This is the perfect meal for summer nights. It’s a must try!

BBQ Chicken Salad

BBQ Chicken Salad {best salad ever!}


  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cup BBQ sauce I like Famous Daves
  • 1 recipe black bean salsa
  • 5 cups lettuce/ spinach
  • 11/2 cup ranch dressing
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • 1 juiced lime
  • 1 small tomatillo
  • tortilla strips


  1. Place chicken breast with water in crock pot over low heat. Pour BBQ sauce over the chicken. If I have onions on hand, I will put a few slices on top of the chicken. Cook chicken for 6 hours or until it shreds easily. Shred chicken.
  2. For the dressing: Combine ranch dressing, cilantro, lime and tomatillo in a blender. If you like it spicy, you could throw half a jalapeno in there. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Place desired amount of lettuce on your plate. Then add a few spoonfuls of chicken and black bean salsa. Pour on dressing and top with tortilla strips.

BBQ chicken salad


A few of my other favorite salads: Pesto salad, Poppy seed salad, Taco saladZesty Spring salad

Jamielyn Nye is the owner and managing editor of I Heart Nap Time. She aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. Her unique projects have been featured on many popular websites, including: BHG, Martha Stewart, Fox, ABC, People, Parents and more. When she’s not creating . . . Jamielyn loves to chase her two little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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34 Responses to “BBQ Chicken Salad {best salad ever!}”

    • Jamielyn

      Thank you! Whenever I pre-schedule posts the recipe disappears. Weird! Sorry, it’s up there now. :) Have a great day! xo

    • Jamielyn

      It’s back in there now. Not sure why it does that. :) I just use a store bought BBQ sauce… but I’m sure a homemade sauce would be amazing!

  1. skye @ neathering our fest

    Okay that looks delicious! I love a creative salad!!

    It was awesome meeting you at Haven! I had so much fun hanging out with like-minded people. It was definitely one of the best weeks ever!! xoxo

    • Jamielyn

      Thanks Skye! It was so good to meet you as well! There’s nothing better than being around people who “get” you! ;) Let’s stay in touch! xo

  2. Teddie Gray

    Omgosh this looks good! Please let me know when you post the recipe! I already grabbed the Black Bean Salsa! nom nom

    • Jamielyn

      Thanks Teddie! It is SO good! The recipe is back in the post. It likes to magically disappear. ;) Hope you have a wonderful day!

  3. Denissa

    This looks so delicious! SO perfect for summer when its too hot to cook! :) thanks for sharing! On my menu for the week!

    • Jamielyn

      I usually just put 1/4 cup in the bottom of the crockpot. It seems to make the chicken more moist and helps it shred easier.

  4. tanya

    This looks so good, I could jump right in! This is going on my list next week of things to make for dinner, I think my family would gobble it up. Thanks for the recipe!!!

  5. Desiree

    Hi Jamielyn!
    I just want to thank you for sharing this awesome recipe. I am featuring your dish on my blog today. Thank you again!!

  6. EditGal

    Am I missing the printer friendly link? I’d love to print this out and give it a try.

  7. Tami

    Oh yum! This looks a whole lot like my favorite bbq chicken salad from Panera! I will definitely try your recipe!

  8. Cheryl

    just had this for supper tonight!! oh man, was it ever good!!!! the black bean salsa was such a fresh topping!!! thank you!

  9. Denise

    Great blog! I love this post, I’m a big fan of bbq chicken salads, used to love CPK’s but it’s too rich for me now, This looks like a healthy version and easy to make. Can’t wait to try it out, just got a crock pot! Beautiful photo too btw:)

  10. The Queen Vee

    Do you make your own Tortilla strips or are they purchased. If you make them how do you do it?

  11. The Queen Vee

    LOL, thanks for the quick response but due to the fact that I live in Virginia I think shopping at Fry’s not possible. I’ll have to check out my local stores although I’ve never seen those nice little Tortilla strips in any of them.

  12. Patti

    Not sure if you realized that the ingredient list on the prior page (where I found the link to get here??) lists the quantity of ranch dressing as 5 1/2 cups.

  13. Emily

    Thank you for the recipe! It is yummy! To save a little time, I just got a rotisserie chicken and shredded it with some BBQ sauce. I also added some queso fresco. MMMmmm

    • Jamielyn

      Oh I am so happy to hear that! It is my favorite salad and my two little ones will eat it too, so it is a win win!