This Grilled BBQ Chicken Salad with Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing is the best summer grill recipe for friends and family! This healthy meal is tasty, a little spicy and works great as a side dish or main dish. Add your favorite toppings like avocados, cheese, black beans, corn, egg, or tomatoes for the perfect touch! Don't have a grill? No problem you can make the chicken on the stove top as well! #salad #BBQ #chicken #recipe #food #healthy #under30minutemeal
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BBQ Chicken Salad with Homemade Buttermilk Ranch

This BBQ Chicken Salad is the best healthy summer grill recipe for Sunday dinners or meal prep. Pair with Homemade Buttermilk Ranch for the perfect combo!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main Course, Main Dish, Salad
Cuisine: American, BBQ, Grill
Keyword: BBQ Chicken Salad, Healthy BBQ Salad Recipe, Salad with Grilled Chicken
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 530kcal
Author: Caitlyn Erhardt


  • 3 Chicken Breasts
  • 1 Cup BBQ Sauce Plus More for Topping
  • 2-3 Tbsp Sriracha
  • 12 Tbsp Homemade Buttermilk Ranch or your favorite store-bought ranch
  • 3 Avocados Sliced
  • 1 Cup Cooked Corn Canned, Fresh or Frozen
  • 1 Cup Cooked Black Beans Canned or Fresh
  • 1/2 Cup Cheddar Cheese Shredded
  • 12 Cups Chopped Romaine Lettuce or Artisan Mix
  • Salt To Taste
  • Pepper To Taste


  • Combine BBQ Sauce and Sriracha in a small bowl and stir to combine. Add more of less depending on your spice preference. Sprinkle both sides of chicken breasts with salt and pepper then thoroughly coat all sides with BBQ sauce mixture. 
  • Heat grill or grill pan to medium-high heat and cook chicken breasts 5-7 minutes per side or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees. While the chicken is cooking, prepare your toppings and wash your lettuce. 
  • Once chicken is cooked through remove from heat and slice into small pieces. Combine and toss lettuce, cooked chicken, black beans, corn, avocados, and cheese into a large bowl and divide to serve. Add additional BBQ sauce if desired and serve with Homemade Buttermilk Ranch. Enjoy!
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  • Additional Topping Ideas: diced tomatoes, hard boiled eggs, croutons, cooked bacon and diced red peppers. 
  • Leftover Storage: Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 4 days in the fridge. It is best to store ingredients separate and combine when ready to eat. It is recommended to top with ranch right before serving.
  • Optional Marinade: Marinade chicken in sauce mixture for up to 24 hours to develop more flavor. 


Calories: 530kcal | Carbohydrates: 32.5g | Protein: 29.8g | Fat: 32.5g | Saturated Fat: 5.9g | Cholesterol: 69mg | Sodium: 452mg | Potassium: 1065mg | Fiber: 10.9g | Sugar: 7.1g | Vitamin A: 5150IU | Vitamin C: 14.9mg | Calcium: 110mg | Iron: 2.9mg
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