Chipotle BBQ Chicken Salad with Tomatillo Avocado Ranch is WAY better than your favorite restaurant salad at a fraction of the cost tossed with tender chipotle barbecue chicken and the most intoxicating dressing EVER!
This BBQ Chicken Salad is is Ah-mazing! I was going for a CPK Copycat but I think your taste buds will agree this salad is even better!
BBQ Chicken Salads have to be one of the most popular restaurant salads. For good reason. Even myself, who is not a huge salad girl, starts drooling over the loaded salad with juicy barbecue chicken, fresh vegetables and crunchy tortilla chips. Each bite is a flavor texture bomb and each explosion is epic. But…that flavor usually comes with an expensive $$ – until now! You can make your favorite BBQ Chicken Salad at a fraction of the price to feed your entire family! You can load on your favorite ingredients, skip the ones you don’t like or create a salad bar so everyone can create their own version of their favorite BBQ Chicken Salad.
The Best Dressing or BBQ Chicken Salad
To me, a salad is only as good as the dressing and the protein. And this Chipotle BBQ Chicken Salad, is drizzled – or drowned – in one of my all time favorite dressings (we’ll get to the protein a second). The obsessive worthy 5 Minute Blender Tomatillo Avocado Ranch Dressing is creamy, velvety ranch with a Mexican fiesta flair added by the avocado, tomatillo, jalapeno, garlic, cilantro, lime and smoked paprika. Layers of herbs, layers of spice, layers of luscious goodness that I just can’t seem to get enough of. And all you do is add all the ingredients to your blender and in less than 5 minutes you have created this heavenly dressing.
The Best Chicken for BBQ Chicken Salad
I would say that this Chipotle BBQ Chicken Salad with Tomatillo Avocado Dressing is almost just an excuse to consume the Tomatillo Avocado Ranch by the lettuce-fuls if it wasn’t for the Chipotle BBQ Chicken because this chicken is drool worthy delicious. The chicken begins with my Easy All Purpose Chipotle Chicken Recipe which receives rave reviews and can be a meal all on its own with its easy, flavorful Mexican rub of chipotle chili powder, chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, garlic and onion powder BUT this chicken gets even better after cooking/grilling with a BBQ bath transforming Chipotle Chicken into tender, juicy, Chipotle BBQ Chicken!
Looking For more recipes using Chipotle Chicken?
- Southwest Salad with Creamy Avocado Salsa Dressing
- Chipotle Chicken Empanadas with Avocado Dip
- Chipotle Chicken Salad with Mango Dressing
- Chipotle Ranch Chicken Flatbread
- BBQ Chipotle Chicken Sandwiches
- TexMex Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Pasta with Chipotle Chicken
The Best Salad ingredients for BBQ Chicken Salad
The dressing and chicken are supported by an encore cast of crunchy red peppers, jicama, fresh corn, black beans, tomatoes, sunflower seeds, Mexican cheese and my personal favorite, sweet mangos. I love sweet mangoes and spicy chipotle together! (Exhibit A, Exhibit B, Exhibit C)). And if you are intimidated by cutting mangos – do’t be, just check out my How to Cut A Mango Post that teaches everything you could ever want to know about mangos!
Feel free to also add avocado which is missing in the picture but absolutely heavenly. The salad recipe ingredient list is simply a guideline – use as as much or as little – or omit completely – whatever salad ingredients your stomach desires.
Top your Chipotle BBQ Chicken Salad recipe with crispy tortilla strips and you have just made one of the best salads in the world. The world I tell you!
Looking for more Chicken Salad Recipes?
- Caprese Chicken Salad with Creamy Balsamic Reduction Dressing
- Buffalo Chicken Salad with Blue Cheese Cilantro Ranch
- Teriyaki Chicken Salad with Pineapple Sesame Dressing
- Cilantro Lime Chicken Taco Salad with Fiesta Catalina Dressing
- Asian Salad (with Chicken) with Sriracha Peanut Dressing
- Greek Chicken Salad with Tzatziki Dressing and Pita Croutons
- Coconut Cashew Chicken Salad with Pineapple Ginger Vinaigrette
- Garden Caesar Salad with Lemon Basil Chicken
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