BBQ Chicken Salad

This BBQ chicken salad is one of my favorite restaurant copycat recipes – just like the one they serve at California Pizza Kitchen.

BBQ CHicken Salad - just like California Pizza Kitchen

Earlier this week I posted a recipe for Cheesy Bread.  The picture included a salad I had made for dinner the night I served the bread – it was BBQ Chicken Salad.  I have had numerous requests for the recipe after posting the photo here and on Facebook.

BBQ Chicken Salad

It is really more of a list of ingredients than a recipe but here it is!

It is the perfect summer salad.  Easy to put together and delicious.  It is so good in fact I made it again this week for my Beach Babe Garden dinner.  We gathered in my friend Julie’s beautiful garden for a light summer supper before heading to see Eat, Pray, Love together.  (Good movie but not as good as the book!  Take a girlfriend)

BBQ CHicken Salad

Not only is it delicious it is also pretty in Julie’s pretty bowl.  ( I forgot to take a bowl!)

I had enough ingredients leftover from the our garden supper that I decided to have it for lunch the next day and take a few more photos.

So I got it all arranged on the plate and took a few photos…

BBQ Chicken Salad

But I was having one of those days where you just feel slightly off all day.  Ever had one of those?  After I took the photos I realized I had forgotten to put the cheese and the cilantro on the salad.  (I didn’t have any avocado leftover or I would have forgotten to put that on too)

So I went back to the kitchen counter to add them and the plate slipped from my hands to the floor.  Yeah – it was one of those days.  The plate broke into several pieces and I had BBQ Chicken Salad all over my cupboard and floor.  I just laughed and walked away!

So here is another photo – missing cheese, cilantro and avocado!

BBQ Chicken Salad

I put this salad together one time after having a similar salad at California Pizza Chicken.

I am sorry but there are no quantities for the recipe.  Remember I said it is really not a recipe but just a list of ingredients.  The amounts will vary on the number of people you want to feed.

BBQ Chicken Salad
Recipe type: Salad
  • Cooked, shredded chicken covered in your favorite BBQ Sauce
  • Romaine lettuce and spinach
  • Can of corn, drained
  • Can of black beans, drained
  • Grated Monterey Jack cheese
  • Chopped tomato
  • Chopped avocado
  • Tortilla strips (bought in the produce section of the store)
  • Cilantro Dressing
  1. Cooked, shredded chicken covered in your favorite BBQ Sauce. I used Sweet Baby Ray's and I cooked 2 chicken breasts for the 5 women I fed and then just squirted BBQ sauce all over it until it looked like enough. Let the chicken covered in BBQ sauce sit in the refrigerator for a while for the flavors to meld a bit.
  2. For a quick trick on cooking chicken breastscheck out my post.
  3. Combine romaine lettuce and spinach, Can of corn, drained,Can of black beans, drained, Grated Monterey Jack cheese, Chopped tomato, Chopped avocado, Tortilla strips (bought in the produce section of the store), Cilantro Dressing (I used one I bought at Trader Joes but I also have a recipe for cilantro dressing here. Some people prefer Ranch dressing on their BBQ Chicken Salad but I am not a Ranch fan)
  4. Chopped cilantro on the top!
  5. Serve with warm cheesy bread!

Enjoy – what is your favorite summer salad?

Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. kelly says

    i will be making this, i have a southwestern one that is similar, just cook the chicken in broth and some cumin.
    paradise cafe has a great bbq chopped salad but i think it would so much better at home.
    favorite summer salads are strawberry spinach and a good greek salad!
    sorry about your plate and lunch!

  2. MelanieL says

    Sorry about your “off” day but your salad looks amazing! I have half a rotisserrie chicken in my frig that would be perfect mixed with bbq sauce then added to this salad! Thanks for another great “ingredient list”!!

  3. Angela June says

    I LOVE that salad @ CPK… If you google search “california pizza kitchen bbq chicken salad” you’ll get lots of options for copycat recipes… I recommend checking them out for the ranch dressing recipe… it requires lots of ingredients, but is Oh So Good! And you’ll get the exact same flavor as the restaurant’s salad. :-) Enjoy!

  4. Jennifer Barker says

    Been there, done that! Sorry about your crazy day- but the salad looks delish! I think I will do the same- invite my friends over for this salad before seeing Eat, Pray, Love. Did you like the movie?


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