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Ranch Taco Chicken Salad

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Ranch taco chicken salad is loaded with delicious vegetables, cooked chicken, black beans, cheddar cheese and crunchy tortilla chips. It’s topped with an easy ranch taco salad dressing. This recipe is easy to put together and something the whole family will love.

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Ranch Taco Chicken Salad

This ranch taco chicken salad is loaded with good stuff. Filled to the brim with beautiful colors and simple flavors. Although this salad might look fancy, it’s actually super simple.

Cooked chicken is flavored with taco seasoning and topped with the perfect creamy dressing. This recipe will fill you up with protein (chicken), and healthy fats (avocado) without feeling bloated afterward.

You can bake the chicken in advance to save time or do it right before assembling the salad. It only takes 20-30 minutes to bake (depending on the size) and can be tossed in the salad while it’s still warm.

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Ranch Taco Chicken Salad Ingredients

Here are the delicious healthy ingredients you’ll need to make this salad:

  • Chicken – You’ll need two large chicken breasts or chicken breast filets (this is what I used). These will be flavored with taco seasoning.
  • Vegetables – This salad uses romaine lettuce, canned corn, cherry tomatoes, red onion, green onion and ripe avocado.
  • Black Beans – One can of drained and rinsed black beans is added to the salad.
  • Tortilla Chips – One cup of tortilla chips are crushed and sprinkled throughout the salad to add the perfect crunch.
  • Cheese – I used cheddar cheese and cut it into small cubes. You can use whatever cheese you’d like.
  • Salad Dressing – The salad dressing uses a mix of ranch dressing (make your own homemade ranch dressing here) and taco seasoning (you can easily make your own here) to create maximum flavor.
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Ranch Taco Chicken Salad Directions

Although this recipe might look complicated, it’s actually very simple. Everything comes together in four simple steps. You’ll have the salad done and ready to serve in 30 minutes!

  1. Bake The Chicken – First, coat the chicken with cooking oil (I used melted coconut oil) then use 1 tsp of taco seasoning and sprinkle over one side of the chicken, flip over and repeat on the other side. Bake at 400°F for 20-30 minutes. Remove from oven, let cool 10 minutes, then cut into bite-size pieces.
  2. Prep The Salad Ingredients – Wash and chop the romaine lettuce, cherry tomatoes, and green onion. Slice the red onion, cut the cheese into small cubes and drain and rinse the black beans and corn. Add all ingredients along with the cooked chicken to a large serving bowl.
  3. Make The Salad Dressing – In a bowl mix together the ranch dressing and taco seasoning.
  4. Toss Everything Together – Drizzle the dressing over the salad and toss everything together.
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Ranch Taco Chicken Salad

Ranch taco chicken salad is loaded with delicious vegetables, cooked chicken, black beans, cheddar cheese and crunchy tortilla chips. It’s topped with an easy ranch taco salad dressing for a flavorful salad that can be eaten for lunch or dinner.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 469kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 large chicken breasts
  • 1 Tbsp cooking oil - I used coconut oil
  • 1 tsp taco seasoning - you can make your own (see notes)
  • 5 cups romaine lettuce - washed and chopped
  • 1 cup canned black beans - rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup canned corn - rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes - sliced in half
  • 1 cup tortilla chips - crushed
  • ½ cup red onion - sliced thin
  • ½ cup green onions - chopped small
  • 1 ripe avocado - pit removed and cut into small cubes

Salad Dressing:

  • 1 cup ranch dressing - (see notes)
  • 1 Tbsp taco seasoning - you can make your own (see notes)

Instructions

  • Add chicken breasts to a baking dish. Drizzle cooking oil overtop along with 1 tsp of taco seasoning. Flip the chicken over and drizzle last half of cooking oil and another 1 tsp taco seasoning. Bake at 400°F for 20-30 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink, juices run clear and internal temperature reaches 165°F when poked with a meat thermometer.
    rach chicken in a white cooking dish
  • Let chicken cool, then slice into small bite-sized pieces.
    cooked chicken sliced into bite size pieces on a cutting board with a fork and knife
  • Wash and chop all the vegetables and add everything to a large serving bowl: romaine lettuce, cooked chicken, black beans, cooked corn, cherry tomatoes, crushed tortilla chips, cubed cheese, red onion, green onions, ripe avocado. Toss everything together.
    chicken, tomaotes, avocado, green onion in a large white bowl
  • In a small bowl add the ranch dressing and 1 Tbsp taco seasoning (you can make your own here). Mix together.
    ranch taco salad dressing in a glass bowl with a spatula
  • Drizzle salad dressing over the salad and toss together. Scoop onto bowls and serve immediately.
    ranch chicken taco salad with wooden spoons and kitchen towel beside it

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Notes

  • You can make your own taco seasoning with spices you already have in your pantry using these instructions.
  • You can use store-bought ranch dressing or make your own with my easy homemade recipe.
  • This salad can be store in the fridge for 1-2 days. It will taste the freshest on the day that you make it.

Nutrition

Calories: 469kcal

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