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Chopped BBQ Chicken Salad Recipe

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The flavors of summer combine in this BBQ chicken salad recipe! Top lettuce with corn, beans, tomatoes, barbecued chicken  and other fixings for a delicious summer meal.  

Chopped BBQ Chicken Salad Recipe

Salads are fabulous meals especially in the summer. Salads as dinner take advantage of all the yummy summer produce and you don’t have to turn on the stove.   Salads are also great for using up leftover veggies, meat, cheese, etc.  This salad is awesome with leftover barbecued chicken.  



Chopped BBQ Chicken Salad Recipe

Chopped Chicken Salad Recipe

The foundation of every salad is a good lettuce. You can use romaine for this salad, a mix of romaine or even ice berg.  You can tear the lettuce into pieces or make it a chopped salad. To make this a chopped salad, just use a knife to chop the lettuce up in to small pieces. Chopped salads are a little easier to eat because of the small pieces and are great for kids. 

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Next, I layer in corn, tomatoes, black beans, and green onions. Make sure to drain and rinse the corn and black beans first. Bell peppers would be great in here, too.  The salad definitely has a Southwestern flavor.  Toss the salad together.

Barbecue Chicken Salad

For the final layer, put chopped barbecue chicken breasts, shredded cheese, and fried onions on top of the salad.  Don’t skip the onions. They make the salad. You could also use croutons or caramelized onions

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See how pretty it is in the bowl!  The heavier ingredients tend to fall to the bottom but you can still see them through the glass. Love it!

BBQ Chopped Chicken Salad Recipe

Serve the salad with any dressing you like. Ranch and catalina salad dressings are great on this salad.  Mixing ranch with a little barbecue sauce makes a barbecue ranch salad dressing and it is amazing on this salad.


Yield: 4-6

Chopped BBQ Chicken Salad Recipe

Chopped BBQ Chicken Salad Recipe

The flavors of summer combine in this BBQ chicken salad recipe! Top lettuce with corn, beans, tomatoes, barbecued chicken  and other fixings for a delicious summer meal. 

Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 2 heads romaine salad, chopped
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 15 ounce can corn, drained and rinsed
  • 1 15 ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup shredded colby jack cheese
  • French's fried onions
  • Salad dressing of choice


  1. Combine salad, tomatoes, onions, corn, and beans in a large bowl. Toss to mix.
  2. Add chicken, cheese and onions on top of salad.
  3. Serve with salad dressing.
  4. This can be made ahead of time and refrigerated until ready to serve.

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  • Shelby
    June 22, 2018

    How much chicken? It doesn’t say.

    • Camille
      July 2, 2018

      A chicken breast or so. However much you like!

  • Karly
    August 4, 2015

    This is my kind of dinner! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

  • Cindy
    August 3, 2015

    This reminds me of the BBQ Chicken Bacon Ranch salad at Wendy’s. Delish! I’m featuring you this week, over at Simple Supper Tuesday. We hope you can join us again, starting Monday night at 8 pm EST.

  • Lou Lou Girls
    August 3, 2015

    I absolutely love this! Pinned and tweeted. Thank you so much for bringing such a masterpiece to our party. I hope to see you tonight at 7 pm. We can’t wait to party with you! Lou Lou Girls

  • Alison
    July 31, 2015

    I never know what to do with leftover bbq chicken, but this is perfect! What a smart and delicious idea! 🙂

    • Camille
      August 1, 2015

      Right?! I love ways to use up leftovers!

  • Brian
    July 31, 2015

    Loving this easy salad dish, I also perfer my salad to be bite size and not to chunkey Thanks for sharing #homemaidsimple

  • Chantale Evans
    July 28, 2015

    Yum!! I love preparing salads, especially in the summer, it cuts down on toomuch cooking and keeps your home cool. I will be trying this thank you!! #TotallyTerrificTuesday

  • Anne
    July 28, 2015

    I love dinner salads too! Thanks for sharing. Found you on Turn it up Tuesday

  • Heather
    July 20, 2015

    This salad looks delicious!! Pinning and adding to my to make list!