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Crispy Chicken Salad

Our favorite crispy chicken salad with an easy (5-ingredient) honey BBQ dressing. This salad can be made in 25 minutes or less with a few short-cuts!

Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword crispy chicken salad
Prep Time 7 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 3 -4 servings (as a meal)
Calories 479 kcal

Ingredients

Chicken

  • 2 cups store-bought crispy chicken strips, sliced (Note 1)

Salad

  • 8 cups (~2 hearts) chopped romaine (chopped into bite-sized pieces)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup persian or English cucumber, thinly sliced (Note 2)
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion (Note 3)
  • 1 large (or 2 medium) ripe avocados, thinly sliced or chopped
  • Optional: 1/3 cup honey roasted or plain toasted almonds (Note 4)

Honey BBQ Dressing

  • 2 tablespoons of EACH good quality BBQ sauce and honey
  • 1/4 cup regular full fat mayo
  • 1 tablespoon of EACH dijon mustard and apple cider vinegar
  • Fine sea salt & freshly cracked pepper

Instructions

  1. CHICKEN: Start by preparing according to package directions. Let cool to warm and then thinly slice.

  2. SALAD: Chop the romaine, wash, and make sure it is thoroughly dried before adding to a bowl (wet lettuce won't allow the dressing to adhere). Add completely dried romaine to a large bowl. Add halved cherry tomatoes, thinly sliced cucumbers, sliced red onions, and sliced avocado to the bowl OR to individual plates. Add the sliced chicken on top. Drizzle with the dressing (see next step to prepare), toss to combine, and serve immediately!

  3. DRESSING: Whisk the ingredients for the dressing along with a big pinch of salt and black pepper. Whisk until smooth. If not using immediately, transfer to a mason jar and store in the fridge. (Leftovers stay good for 5-7 days).

  4. STORAGE: Dressed salad doesn't sit well, if you want to have leftovers or make ahead, store the dressing separately from the salad.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

Note 1: I use Tyson Crispy Chicken Strips (not sponsored) which cook up in about 18 minutes. Make sure to cook them in the oven not the microwave :) Use whatever chicken tenders you like; you can even do homemade chicken strips. Unless their little, you'll want to slice the chicken up so they can be evenly dispersed throughout the salad.

Note 2: I like English or Persian cucumbers; if the cucumber you get is extra wide you'll want to cut them into half moons.

Note 3: You can take away the "bite" of the red onions by submerging the pieces in a bowl of cold or ice water. Let them sit for at least ten minutes, stirring once or twice, before draining and using in this crispy chicken salad. 

Note 4: Not pictured or in the video, but we've been adding these almonds (<click on almonds) the last few times we've eaten this salad and they're so good!