Copycat Panera Bread BBQ Chicken Salad

This Copycat Panera Bread BBQ Chicken Salad recipe is a delicious lunch or dinner. Chopped lettuce, tender grilled chicken, roasted corn salsa, tomatoes and crispy french fried onions round out this salad with tangy BBQ sauce and BBQ Ranch dressing drizzled over the top. It’s as healthy as it is tasty and so quick and easy that it practically begs you to make it for a simple weeknight dinner!

This Copycat Panera Bread BBQ Chicken Salad recipe is a delicious lunch or dinner. Chopped lettuce, tender grilled chicken, roasted corn salsa, tomatoes and crispy french fried onions round out this salad with tangy BBQ sauce and BBQ Ranch dressing drizzled over the top. It's as healthy as it is tasty and so quick and easy that it practically begs you to make it for a simple weeknight dinner!

My family and I are unapologetic frequent fliers at Panera Bread. I am not the least bit sorry about it.

I mean what’s not to like? Their food is fresh and delicious. I especially love their breakfast options (I’m looking at you, Spinach and Artichoke Souffle!). But I’ll happily eat there for every meal of the day!

This Copycat Panera Bread BBQ Chicken Salad recipe is a delicious lunch or dinner. Chopped lettuce, tender grilled chicken, roasted corn salsa, tomatoes and crispy french fried onions round out this salad with tangy BBQ sauce and BBQ Ranch dressing drizzled over the top. It's as healthy as it is tasty and so quick and easy that it practically begs you to make it for a simple weeknight dinner!

If we go to Panera Bread for lunch or dinner, I can always count on my husband to order their BBQ Chicken Salad. I don’t even have to ask him what he wants, it goes without saying.

This is interesting to me, because J rarely orders a salad. He’s more of a burger/chicken finger/pizza/pasta kind of dude. So basically he likes the kids menu.

This Copycat Panera Bread BBQ Chicken Salad recipe is a delicious lunch or dinner. Chopped lettuce, tender grilled chicken, roasted corn salsa, tomatoes and crispy french fried onions round out this salad with tangy BBQ sauce and BBQ Ranch dressing drizzled over the top. It's as healthy as it is tasty and so quick and easy that it practically begs you to make it for a simple weeknight dinner!

One day I was putting together my meal plan for the week and trying to figure out what to make with some boneless chicken breasts I had hanging out in our freezer.

J casually mentioned recreating his favorite salad from Panera Bread and I agree, since it sounded tasty. This turned out to be an excellent and simple dinner, one that we continue to make. It’s now mainstay in our rotation.

This Copycat Panera Bread BBQ Chicken Salad recipe is a delicious lunch or dinner. Chopped lettuce, tender grilled chicken, roasted corn salsa, tomatoes and crispy french fried onions round out this salad with tangy BBQ sauce and BBQ Ranch dressing drizzled over the top. It's as healthy as it is tasty and so quick and easy that it practically begs you to make it for a simple weeknight dinner!

Crisp green lettuce and grilled BBQ chicken anchor this salad. Wednesday’s Roasted Corn Salsa adds some additional veggie goodness, tomatoes (my own personal addition) add the sweet and tasty acidity that only a tomato can.

French fried onions add all the crunch that you usually find with frizzled onions without all the work! this is all rounded out by a drizzle of our favorite BBQ sauce and of course some BBQ Ranch dressing.

This Copycat Panera Bread BBQ Chicken Salad recipe is a delicious lunch or dinner. Chopped lettuce, tender grilled chicken, roasted corn salsa, tomatoes and crispy french fried onions round out this salad with tangy BBQ sauce and BBQ Ranch dressing drizzled over the top. It's as healthy as it is tasty and so quick and easy that it practically begs you to make it for a simple weeknight dinner!

This salad is a refreshing bowl of happiness. But it’s also hearty enough to be a satisfying meal. Even better, you can prep everything ahead and throw it together at the last minute. So it pretty much has weeknight dinner written all over it!

This Copycat Panera Bread BBQ Chicken Salad recipe is a delicious lunch or dinner. Chopped lettuce, tender grilled chicken, roasted corn salsa, tomatoes and crispy french fried onions round out this salad with tangy BBQ sauce and BBQ Ranch dressing drizzled over the top. It's as healthy as it is tasty and so quick and easy that it practically begs you to make it for a simple weeknight dinner!

Give it a try and I think you’ll see why this salad has become a happy mainstay in our family’s meal rotation!

This Copycat Panera Bread BBQ Chicken Salad recipe is a delicious lunch or dinner. Chopped lettuce, tender grilled chicken, roasted corn salsa, tomatoes and crispy french fried onions round out this salad with tangy BBQ sauce and BBQ Ranch dressing drizzled over the top. It's as healthy as it is tasty and so quick and easy that it practically begs you to make it for a simple weeknight dinner!

Other light and simple meal options include:

Chicken Salad Stuffed Tomatoes

Shrimp and Quinoa Bowls

Lemon Dill Salmon

Parmesan Roasted Asparagus with Fried Eggs

Copycat Panera Bread BBQ Chicken Salad

10 minPrep Time

10 minCook Time

20 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • Lettuce, chopped
  • Tomatoes, cut into bite size pieces
  • BBQ Ranch dressing (one part BBQ and two parts ranch dressing)
  • Roasted corn salsa
  • Grilled BBQ chicken breast, sliced
  • The BBQ sauce of your choice
  • French Fried onions
  • Chopped chives

Instructions

  1. Mix the first 3 ingredients well and toss with BBQ Ranch dressing, until lightly coated.
  2. Top with your grilled chicken, drizzle everything lightly with BBQ sauce and sprinkle liberally with french fried onions and chives.
  3. Enjoy!
Cuisine: Salad, Copy Cat | Recipe Type: Lunch, Dinner, healthy

Notes

I didn't get specific with the measurements because salad ratios can be such a personal thing. Make it with measurements to your taste, you really cannot go wrong!

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This Copycat Panera Bread BBQ Chicken Salad recipe is a delicious lunch or dinner. Chopped lettuce, tender grilled chicken, roasted corn salsa, tomatoes and crispy french fried onions round out this salad with tangy BBQ sauce and BBQ Ranch dressing drizzled over the top. It's as healthy as it is tasty and so quick and easy that it practically begs you to make it for a simple weeknight dinner!

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2 Comments

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    Valerie
    September 28, 2016 at 5:27 pm Exactly what I've been craving! I've been having a hankering for a salad for the past couple of days
    • Reply
      Jessy
      September 29, 2016 at 8:30 am Me too, Valerie! I hope you enjoy it :)

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