Southwest Grilled Chicken Salad with Candied Bacon Recipe

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Rebecca Published: April 20, 2021 Modified: May 31, 2021

How To Make Southwest Grilled Chicken Salad with Candied Bacon

Enjoy bites of smoky chicken, crisp veggies, and homemade candied bacon all in one meal by whipping up this delectable grilled chicken salad recipe!

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 25 minutes
Total: 35 minutes



For Salsa Ranch:

  • ½cupmayonnaise
  • ½cupsour cream
  • ¼cupmilk
  • ½cupsalsa
  • 1tspdried parsley
  • 1tspdried dill
  • ¼tspsalt
  • tspground black pepper
  • ¾tspgarlic powder
  • ¾tsponion powder
  • lemon juice,a splash

For Candied Bacon:

  • 4slicesbacon,thick cut
  • ¼cupmaple syrup
  • ¼cuplight brown sugar

For Grilled Chicken:

  • 1chicken breast,boneless skinless
  • ¼tspsalt
  • tspground black pepper
  • ½tbspolive oil

For Salad:

  • 3cupsromaine,chopped
  • ¼cupblack beans
  • ¼cupcheddar cheese,shredded or diced
  • 1small tomato,diced
  • 1avocado,diced
  • ¼cuptortilla strips


Salsa Ranch:

  1. Add all of the ingredients to a food processor or blender and pulse for about 20 seconds or until all the ingredients are combined.

  2. Set aside. Store in refrigerator in a sealed container.

Candied Bacon:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with foil and place a wire rack on top.

  2. Lay the thick cut bacon strips on the wire rack. Brush with the maple syrup and sprinkle the brown sugar on top.

  3. Bake for about 15 minutes. Turn the bacon strips over, brush the tops with the maple syrup and sprinkle with the remaining brown sugar.

  4. Bake for an additional 10 minutes or until desired doneness.

  5. Remove the bacon strips to cool on a plate lined with paper towels. The bacon will crisp and harden as it cools. Once slightly cooled, dice into small pieces and set aside for the salad.

Grilled Chicken:

  1. Pour the olive oil into a small skillet over medium heat. Once the oil is heated, add the chicken breast. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

  2. Cook for about 6 to 7 minutes then turn the chicken over to continue cooking on the other side. Sprinkle the top with the remaining salt and pepper.

  3. Once chicken is cooked through, no longer pink on the inside, remove the chicken to a cutting board and allow to cool for about 5 minutes prior to slicing.

To Assemble Salad:

  1. Lay the romaine down, top with the grilled chicken, candied bacon, diced tomato, black beans, avocado, tortilla strips and cheese.

  2. Drizzle with the salsa ranch, serve immediately, and enjoy!


  • Calories: 1518.32kcal
  • Fat: 114.08g
  • Saturated Fat: 30.02g
  • Trans Fat: 0.37g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 42.17g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 36.17g
  • Carbohydrates: 87.63g
  • Fiber: 14.50g
  • Sugar: 51.20g
  • Protein: 42.12g
  • Cholesterol: 166.26mg
  • Sodium: 1593.19mg
  • Calcium: 391.38mg
  • Potassium: 1928.77mg
  • Iron: 4.57mg
  • Vitamin A: 537.66µg
  • Vitamin C: 21.73mg
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