Chipotle Bacon Ranch Chicken Salad

As part of a sponsored post for Collective Bias®,  I created this Chipotle Bacon Ranch Chicken Salad paired with Lipton Iced Tea to celebrate summer.  #TEArifficPairs #CollectiveBias

Chipotle Bacon Ranch Chicken Salad | Melanie Makes

If someone were to ask me what my signature drink would be, my answer would absolutely have to be iced tea.  I drink it year round, each and every day.  As soon as I finish breakfast, I’m pouring myself a glass to have at the ready for the rest of the day.  Now that the Spring temperatures are starting to rise, I loving having my travel cup full of iced tea while I’m outside in the yard with the menagerie or doing yard work.

Chipotle Bacon Ranch Chicken Salad | Melanie Makes

I’ve been a Lipton girl for as long as I can remember and I’m always sure to stock up whenever I’m at Walmart.  I may or may not by multiple boxes to insure I don’t run low.

Chipotle Bacon Ranch Chicken Salad | Melanie Makes

Although I drink iced tea with absolutely anything, I wanted to create a recipe perfect for an easy lunch or dinner outside on the patio.  Our afternoons usually include a long walk after nap time and then playing in the yard until dinner so if I’m able to make something in advance so that I don’t have to leave all the action outside, it’s definitely a winner in my book.

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This Chipotle Bacon Ranch Chicken Salad is an awesome make ahead meal that makes my glass of tea even more refreshing thanks to the the smoky heat that it provides.  

Chipotle Bacon Ranch Chicken Salad | Melanie Makes

Grilled chicken, Greek yogurt, green onions and bacon are flavored with ranch dressing mix and a chipotle pepper to provide a cool salad that packs a bit of heat.  Served on a bed of arugula between two halves of a roll alongside fresh fruit and you’ve got my idea of a great Summer meal.

Chipotle Bacon Ranch Chicken Salad | Melanie Makes

 

Chipotle Bacon Ranch Chicken Salad
 
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Serves: 8 sandwiches
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon ranch dressing mix
  • 2 large chicken breasts
  • 1 cup green onions, sliced
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon ranch dressing mix
  • 1 chipotle pepper, diced
  • 6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • arugula
  • 10 rolls
Instructions
  1. Butterfly chicken breasts and season both sides with salt and pepper and 1 tablespoon ranch dressing mix. Grill until cooked through.
  2. Allow chicken to cool completely and then dice into bite sized pieces.
  3. In a large bowl, stir together chicken, green onions, yogurt, 1 tablespoon ranch dressing mix and chipotle. Fold in crumbled bacon.
  4. To serve, place a handful of arugula on the bottom half of a split roll. Top with large spoonful of chicken salad. Garnish with additional sliced green onion and crumbled bacon, if desired, before topping with other roll half.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 sandwich

 Chipotle Bacon Ranch Chicken Salad | Melanie Makes

This is definitely a recipe you’ll want to add to your summer menu plan!

Magic Cookie Bar Cookies | Melanie Makes

Looking for a dessert idea to finish this meal?  My Magic Cookie Bar Cookies pair perfectly with this light lunch and a glass of iced tea!

Comments

  1. Oh my goodness, Melanie! This sounds amazing! :) You pretty much had me at bacon and chipotle. And a glass of cold iced tea is perfect to go along with this! Yum. Pinned & sharing.

  2. I loooove chicken salad. It’s the perfect summer meal in my opinion. And this version looks like such a great departure from the traditional mayo/fruit/celery. I love tea as well, but usually only drink it in the summer. We love adding fresh mint to it!

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