BBQ Chicken Salad

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Tender barbecue chicken, black beans, corn and more come together to make this delicious BBQ Chicken Salad! It’s packed full of different flavors and textures to give you a salad that is unlike the rest!  

Barbecue Chicken Salad

Salads are one of those recipes that I love to have whenever I’m in need of an easy,  throw-everything-together kind of lunch or dinner. They can be assembled in a matter of minutes and are usually healthy-as long as you don’t drench it in a ton of fattening dressings.

I personally like to do light drizzles of dressing over my salads. That way, all of the flavors within the salad have a chance to really stand out. 🙂

Barbecue Chicken Salad

What really makes this BBQ chicken salad like no other is that you make the barbecue chicken in the slow cooker! A few hours before you plan on making the salad simply throw the chicken breasts into the slow cooker, add some barbecue sauce, and by time you’re ready to assemble the salad you have tender, flavor-packed chicken ready to toss in!

Of course, if you’d just prefer to make it in the skillet or even grill it, feel free to do so! That is the quicker way to make the chicken. 🙂 

Barbecue Chicken Salad

To really bring out the barbecue flavor, you can even mix together equal parts barbecue sauce and ranch to serve as the dressing. A little does go a long way though, so to ensure that you taste the other components, like the fresh cilantro and red onion, I wouldn’t go too heavy on the dressing.

But, if you’re the type of person that loves to load on the dressings, who am I to stop you? It is your salad after all, so dress it up however you like!

More amazing salad recipes:

California Pasta Salad

The Best Strawberry Chicken Salad

Crispy Chicken BLT Salad

Doritos Chicken Taco Salad

Barbecue Chicken Salad
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BBQ Chicken Salad

A healthy and delicious BBQ Chicken salad that is packed with flavor!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Author Holly


BBQ Chicken

  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 ½ cups barbecue sauce
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  • 4 hearts Romaine lettuce, rinsed then chopped
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 bag (10 ounces) frozen corn, cooked
  • 1 cup sliced cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup shredded Colby Jack cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup cilantro chopped


  • Tortilla strips
  • Barbecue sauce
  • Salad dressing of choice (I love to use ranch dressing)


BBQ Chicken

  • Place chicken breasts in a greased insert of a medium to large crock pot. Season with just a bit of salt and pepper. Cover with lid and cook on low heat for 3 to 4 hours, or until chicken is thoroughly cooked. Carefully remove chicken from crock pot and place in a large bowl. Shred chicken with two forks. Pour barbecue sauce over the chicken and toss to coat chicken in sauce.

Salad and Toppings

  • To assemble the salad, place chopped romaine lettuce in a very large salad bowl OR in individual bowls. Top with barbecue chicken, beans, corn, tomato, cheese, onion and cilantro. Top salad with tortilla strips, more barbecue sauce (if desired) and dressing of choice. Gently toss to combine. Serve and enjoy!



Barbecue Chicken Salad

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4 thoughts on “BBQ Chicken Salad

  1. Holly, I made your BBQ Chicken Salad for dinner tonight. Needless to say, it was a real crowd pleaser!
    Thanks for another great recipe!

  2. Great post, salads are the best light weight food and are healthy and tasty at the same especially which consist of the olives. Everyone should have salad for better control over nutrients

  3. I made this salad today. i didn’t buy the black beans in a can so i still had to soak mine and then cook it for 1 hour. but i have to say it was worth the effort. thank you so much for sharing this recipe. i will definetly be making this again. who knew salad could taste this good!!

  4. 5 stars
    Sorry to type in all caps, it won’t allow me to change it. We made thed BBQ Chicken salad tonight and thoroughly enjoyed it! We mixed a little bbq sauce in our ranch….yum! thanks for the great recipe. will be checking out the rest!

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