large white dinner plate topped with lettuce, tomatoes, corn, black beans, peppers, goat cheese, and sliced, grilled BBQ chicken, drizzled with ranch dressing

Barbecue Ranch Chicken Salad

Total Time
30 min
20 min
10 min
A market basket of summer vegetables forms the base of this salad that is loaded with flavor and texture. A simple, savory basting sauce made from pantry staples elevates humble boneless chicken breasts to smoky barbecue perfection with no need to fire up the grill. Cool ranch dressing and a few crumbles of tangy goat cheese are a welcome creamy counterpoint to the delicious players in this hearty salad. Change things up by swapping chunks of roasted red pepper for the tomato or turning to green peas or shelled edamame in place of the corn kernels. A smattering of chopped fresh herbs is always welcome. Turn this into a crunchy wrap by rolling up a serving of the salad in a large iceberg lettuce leaf for a meal on the go.


Canned tomato sauce

½ cup(s)

Honey mustard

1 Tbsp

Barbecue seasoning blend

1 Tbsp

Dark brown sugar

2 tsp

Onion powder

1 tsp

Worcestershire sauce

½ tsp

Uncooked boneless skinless chicken breast

20 oz, (4 5-oz. breasts)

Kosher salt

½ tsp

Black pepper

¼ tsp

Chopped romaine lettuce

6 cup(s), shredded

Grape tomatoes

2 cup(s), halved

Bell pepper

1 item(s), medium, red variety, chopped

Canned black beans

½ cup(s), rinsed and drained

Canned corn

½ cup(s), rinsed and drained

Reduced fat ranch dressing

¼ cup(s)

Semisoft goat cheese

¼ cup(s), crumbled


¼ cup(s), chopped, sliced


  1. Stir together tomato sauce, honey mustard, barbecue seasoning, brown sugar, onion powder, and Worcestershire sauce in small bowl. Set aside.
  2. Heat ridged grill pan over medium-high heat. Sprinkle chicken with salt and black pepper. Place chicken in grill pan and cook, turning once, until almost done, about 6 minutes. Brush chicken with tomato-sauce mixture and cook, turning and brushing with sauce, until cooked through, about 2 minutes longer. Transfer chicken to cutting board and cut into slices.
  3. Meanwhile, divide lettuce evenly among 4 plates. Top evenly with tomatoes, bell pepper, black beans, and corn. Top each salad with 1 chicken breast, drizzle evenly with dressing, and sprinkle evenly with goat cheese and scallions.
  4. Serving size: 1 salad


Make an extra batch of the grilled chicken to use Chicken Salad for BBQ chicken sandwiches later in the week.