Absolutely amazing,delicious and filling BBQ ranch chicken salad. This salad got so many of my of favorite ingredients especially fresh crispy onion strings. You can refer this salad as a copycat recipe from Cheesecake Factory. I love to order this salad whenever we go there or Thai lettuce wraps substituted with grilled portable mushrooms for chicken.It’s the best! so fresh,crunchy,and healthy.
BBQ ranch dressing:
1 clove garlic crushed
3 tablespoons sour cream
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon dried and/or fresh parsley
1 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2-3 tablespoons bbq sauce
salt and fresh ground pepper
1-2 chicken breast
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons bbq sauce
1 sweet onion peeled and sliced thin rounds
3/4 cup corn starch
salt and pepper
oil for frying
2 heads romaine lettuce chopped
1/4 head purple cabbage thinly sliced (optional)
1 large tomato diced
1 avocado diced
1/2 can black beans, drained
1/2 cup fresh,canned or frozen(thawed) corn
fresh cilantro chopped
BBQ ranch: Whisk all ingredients set a side or refrigerate.
Chicken: Mix seasoning/marinade ingredients. Add it to chicken. Bake,grill or use electric grill (such as George Foreman) to cook chicken.When chicken is done let it rest for 3-5 minutes.Cut into bite size cubes.
Onions: Cover sliced onions with water and set a side for 10 minutes.Fill heavy pot or deep skillet with oil about 3/4 – 1 inch from the bottom and heat it on high heat.
Combine corn starch with salt and pepper.Drain the water from onions and separate into single rounds .Add corn starch mix to the onions and mix.
When oil is really hot,using tongs fry onions in small batches until lightly golden brown.
Arrange salad ingredients on a salad plate or bowl.Add diced chicken.Top with onion strings and drizzle with BBQ ranch dressing.