Panera Bread BBQ Chicken Salad Recipe

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Panera Bread BBQ Chicken Salad Recipe

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I have a story for you. Last week my mom called me ( she was SUPER upset) – this is what happened

She went with my Dad to Panera Bread ( a common place for them to eat) and HER FAVORITE SALAD was gone. You do not know how much she has talked about her love for this salad – I think she even wrote a ballad for it ( just kidding…. but you know what I mean)

No joke – she and I have had a conversation about this even salad about a dozen times….. Simply put she loved this salad.

So when they took it off the menu you know she was upset ( and the multiple phone calls) proves it πŸ˜‰

So for my mom I worked my butt off this week coming up with a copy cat recipe – and I HAVE MADE IT!

I made this salad for my mom and she says it tastes EXACTLY the same πŸ™‚

Panera Bread BBQ Chicken Salad Recipe

This recipe ( my way) is pretty straightforward — but the taste is there! – my awesome dad helped me make the final version for my mom

Panera Bread BBQ Chicken Salad Recipe

My mom even coached us on how the chicken in the salad is cut πŸ˜‰

Panera Bread BBQ Chicken Salad Recipe

We made a salad enough for 4 for lunch – and the final cost was well under $10 — normally their salads are around $7.50 — so this is a great way to save some money!

Panera Bread BBQ Chicken Salad Recipe

This salad is simple and easy – perfect for a light and filling lunch or dinner. The tortilla strips which I could not find anywhere are from a premade salad kit ( I wanted to buy a bag of chips and could not find them anywhere)

Panera Bread BBQ Chicken Salad Recipe

We really hope you enjoy and make this recipe

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Panera Bread BBQ Chicken Salad Recipe



  • Large head of romaine lettuce
  • 1 cup of corn kernels - canned
  • 1 can of black beans - drained
  • ¼ Cup of Ranch Dressing
  • ¼ Cup of Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ Sauce
  • tortilla strips
  • 1 Chicken breast
  • ¼ Cup of BBQ for marinating


  1. Place chicken in a ziploc bag with BBQ sauce - make sure BBQ sauce covers the chicken and marinate in the fridge for 1 hour
  2. Place chicken onto a medium heat skillet - I added a little vegetable oil to help the chicken from sticking - cook on all sides ( 5 minutes per side) - place skillet into oven ( set at 350) until chicken is cooked in the middle about 15 - 20 more minutes
  3. Once the chicken is cooked take the chicken out of the pan to let rest - pour corn into the pan ( cook the corn till it starts to blacken and char)
  4. Cut romaine lettuce and place into a bowl. Add cooked corn and black beans to the bowl
  5. Cut chicken and add to the bowl
  6. Mix ranch and ¼ cup of BBQ sauce together and pour over the salad - mix
  7. Finish with tortilla strips
  8. Drizzle BBQ sauce on top of salad and serve
  9. Enjoy