Ranch BBQ Chicken Salad Recipe

This Copycat recipe for Cheesecake Factory’s  Ranch BBQ Chicken Salad is going to become your new favorite salad. Tender chicken breast smothered in barbecue sauce on a bed of romaine with avocado, tomatoes, beans, cucumbers, corn and homemade onion strings. The homemade BBQ Ranch dressing is the perfect finish to this amazing salad recipe!

Bbq chicken salad recipe in a bowl with a spoon. Romaine lettuce with chicken, beans, corn, avocado, tomato, onion strings, and cucumbers.

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Chicken Salad Recipe-

One cannot go wrong with a hearty salad. Chicken breast as a protein in this recipe is so filling and the salad can be enjoyed as a meal in itself. Searing the chicken on both sides adds crispiness to the chicken, then, turning the heat down allows the chicken to become tender and adds juiciness to the center resulting in a phenomenal chicken salad.

The combination of chicken with crispy romaine, sauteed corn, tomatoes, cucumbers is just perfect. The added sliced avocado, crispy fried homemade onion strings and homemade Ranch BBQ  dressing seal the deal on this recipe.

Chicken salad recipe with a homemade BBQ ranch dressing drizzled on top.

How to Make Ranch BBQ Chicken Salad-

Making the Cheesecake Factory’s CopyCat salad is so easy! You will be so surprised how quick this salad comes together.

  1. Prepare homemade BBQ Ranch dressing, set aside.
  2. Generously season chicken on both sides.
  3. Sear chicken (about 2 minutes per side). Turn heat down to low and close the lid on the skillet. Allow chicken to fully cook and become tender.
  4. In a different skillet, add the corn and butter, saute until corn is lightly browned. Sauteeing the corn adds so much flavor to the salad. Set aside to cool (or corn may be added warm to the salad).
  5. Meanwhile, prepare the salad.
  6. Cut or break up the romaine lettuce and add to the serving platter (or plates).
  7. Halve the tomatoes. Slice the cucumbers, avocado and onion.
  8. If adding onion strings, fry the onion with THIS recipe.
  9. Add cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, corn and beans over the Romaine.
  10. Cut warm chicken slices, coat with barbecue sauce, add to salad.
  11. Drizzle with homemade dressing. ENJOY!

How to make chicken salad recipe. Simple and delicious BBQ ranch chicken salad recipe.

Cheesecake Factory inspired-

We don’t have a Cheesecake Factory Restaurant in our vicinity, so whenever I’m in a city that has the restaurant, eating there is a must! I love just about everything I’ve ever had there. The food is wonderful. I will never forget my very first time trying this salad. I was in the mood for a salad but wasn’t sure what to try. The waitress recommended this Ranch BBQ Chicken Salad and it was love at first bite!

I couldn’t wait to get home and recreate the salad. It’s soo unique with the chicken in barbecue sauce but SOO delicious. I normally leave out the beans, just not a fan of beans. However, that’s how the traditional salad is served and I had to add it to this recipe. 🙂

BBQ ranch chicken salad recipe in a bowl mixed with a homemade BBQ ranch dressing.

Healthy option-

For a healthier version of the salad, skip the dressing and do olive oil with lemon instead. Leave out the fried onions completely.

Try these other Salad recipes:

BBQ chicken salad recipe with barbecue chicken, corn, beans, avocado all in a serving bowl with a spoon.

I hope you loved this CopyCat Cheesecake Factory recipe for BBQ Chicken Salad. Don’t forget to comment below and tag us on social media with your feedback, we so enjoy hearing from you.

Tools used to make this recipe: A salad bowldressing shaker for the homemade dressing, and a skillet.

GETTING TO KNOW YOU: What’s your favorite salad combination? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below. 🙂

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5 from 2 votes

Ranch BBQ Chicken Salad Recipe

CopyCat Cheesecake Factory recipe forRanch BBQ Chicken Salad. Tender chicken breast smothered in barbecue sauce on a bed of Romaine topped with avocado, tomatoes, cucumbers, corn with homemade onion strings and a homemade BBQ Ranch dressing.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken salad
Servings: 3 servings
Calories: 455kcal
Author: Valentina's Corner



  • 1 chicken breast
  • ¼ tsp ground paprika
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • tsp ground pepper
  • 1 Tbsp oil, for sautéing


  • 2 romaine lettuce hearts, chopped
  • 1/3 cup Sweet Baby Ray's barbecue sauce
  • 8 oz cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 mini cucumber, sliced
  • 1/2 cup canned corn, sautéed
  • 1/2 large avocado, sliced
  • 1/3 cup canned kidney beans, drained
  • 1/4 red onion, sliced
  • 1/2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • onion strings, optional


  • 2 Tbsp mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp sour cream
  • 1 ½ tsp barbecue sauce
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 ½ tsp dry Ranch dressing mix
  • ¼ tsp ground paprika
  • tsp ground pepper
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp Canola oil


  • Beat chicken until even in thickness. In a bowl, combine seasonings for chicken. Season both sides of the chicken.
  • On high heat, heat 1 Tbsp oil in a skillet. Sear chicken 2 minutes on both sides. Turn heat down to low, close lid of the skillet and cook another 5-6 minutes, until chicken is tender.
  • In a different skillet, add ½ Tbsp butter and corn. Sauté for a minute on medium/high heat.
  • Fry onions if you will be adding onion strings.
  • In a small bowl, add all the ingredients for the dressing and mix until creamy.
  • In a large serving bowl, add all of the ingredients for the salad (minus the dressing).
  • Slice cooked chicken and smother in barbecue sauce. Add to salad.
  • Drizzle salad dressing over salad. Toss gently. Enjoy!

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Show 6 Comments
  • Michelle 11/20/2018, 11:42 pm Link Reply

    When do we add the 1/3 cup Sweet Baby Ray’s barbecue sauce? Aren’t we making our own dressing, we add the BBQ sauce in the salad on top of that?

    • Valentina's Corner 11/21/2018, 1:34 pm Link Reply

      Hi, Michelle. You smother the chicken in step 7 for added flavor. I hope you love the recipe, enjoy.

  • Larisa 11/06/2018, 2:40 am Link Reply


    Alongside garlic roasted potatoes, we had this bomb salad for dinner and it was gone with the wind, so good!

    Thank you so much for this recipe. My husband even asked me if I will do it again. Sure we will, I told him. Maybe tomorrow again. 🙂

    • Valentina's Corner 11/06/2018, 10:14 am Link Reply

      That’s wonderful! I like the way your hubby thinks. 🙂 It truly is so filling and amazing. The perfect easy and quick dinner.

  • Toria 10/26/2018, 8:52 pm Link Reply

    I love this salad from the cheesecake factory! I love how spot on you got the dressing! Perfect Copycat recipe! Thank you.

    • Valentina's Corner 10/26/2018, 11:07 pm Link Reply

      Thanks for trying our recipe, Toria. And thank you for the feedback. It’s so appreciated.

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