Your entire family will be begging for this Bacon Ranch Chicken Salad with Cheesy Croutons and its perfect for Labor Day! The juicy tangy chicken is incredible all on its own but complimented by the crunchy cheesy croutons, crispy salty bacon and all doused with creamy Jalapeno Ranch you will fall in love!
I would say the star of this Bacon Ranch Chicken Salad is the chicken, but then I want to say it’s the Jalapeno Ranch and then I want to say it’s the Cheesy Croutons and then of course there is the bacon – they all come together to create an explosion of tangy, salty, spicy flavors and creamy, crunchy, crispy palate pleasing textures that will leave you What About Bob “mmmmm-ing” over this Bacon Ranch Chicken Salad.
The Ranch Chicken is marinated in a tangy ranch marinade of ranch seasoning mix, red wine vinegar, lemon juice and lemon pepper to create a tangy Lemon Pepper Ranch Chicken. If you don’t have lemon pepper you don’t have to buy it just for this recipe and can just add a dash of pepper and lemon zest but it is one of my favorite seasonings so I strongly suggest stocking it. The chicken emerges from the spice bath tender, juicy, tangy and ready to tempt you to devour it alone without its adorning greens.
The Lemon Pepper Ranch Chicken is complimented by crunchy homemade Cheesy Cheddar Croutons that are an addicting snack all on their own. When Patrick passed through the kitchen, he stopped and munched on these croutons, exclaiming how good they were…and then he had to pass through again and again and again, as the plate of cheesy croutons diminished before me.
The Jalapeno Ranch is a super simple blending of jalapeno, ranch seasoning mix, milk, mayo and sour cream to create a silky, tantalizing dressing that you will want to douse on everything like I did here. But first start by dousing your Ranch Chicken, Cheesy Croutons, bacon, avocado, carrots, bell peppers, broccoli and cucumber. And then savoring every sensational bite.
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