Bacon Ranch Chicken Salad is a great recipe for using up cold chicken. It’s a chunky chicken salad made with ranch dressing and bits of crumbled bacon thrown in for good measure!

This would be a great salad to make with chicken (or turkey) leftovers. I’d even throw a couple of extra breasts on the grill when making grilled chicken, that way I know I can make a terrific chicken salad for lunch the next day!

Bacon Ranch Chicken Salad on a hoagie roll with greens and tomato

Ingredients in Chicken Ranch Salad

This recipe still has all the basics found in a classic chicken salad and adds a fun twist of bacon and ranch dressing!

  • Chicken: Use grilled chicken for that unmistakable outdoor flavor, or use leftover chicken from last night’s roast chicken dinner, and get two meals for the price of one!
  • Herbs & Spices: Parsley, dill, and seasoned salt. Make your own homemade seasoned salt, or use Mrs. Dash or another favorite.
  • Mix-Ins: Bacon, green onions and celery. Celery is optional but adds a delicious crunch!
  • Dressing: Ranch dressing, mayo, and a bit of mustard make the creamy and zesty base.

Bacon Ranch Chicken Salad ingredients in a bowl before mixing together

To Make This Salad

When using leftover chicken and bacon this recipe is as easy as 1, 2, 3!

To Make Chicken Salad:

  1. Chop chicken, celery, and green onions.
  2. Mix all ingredients together with the spices, mayo, and mustard.
  3. Add ranch dressing last, a little at a time, mixing well.

Spread the chicken salad on your choice of bun with spinach, tomatoes, or your choice of toppings. Or switch it up and serve it inside a lettuce boat for a low carb option.

Bacon Ranch Chicken Salad in a glass mixing bowl

If you don’t have leftover bacon, don’t worry. You can quickly and easily make bacon in the microwave! Or if you have the time cook up a packet of bacon in the oven and store the leftovers in the fridge.

  • Use a microwave-safe plate. Place bacon on a paper towel in the micro, making sure not to overlap the strips. Cover with another paper towel.
  • Cook about 4-5 minutes, or until crispy and sizzling. Remove and allow the bacon to cool and drain on another paper towel. This will keep your bacon crisp.
  • Once it’s cool, chop or crumble it to desired consistency.

What to Serve With Chicken Salad

To me, there’s nothing better than a sandwich and cup of soup for lunch! This grilled bacon ranch chicken salad would taste great with a cup of potato leek soup, or broccoli soup with cheddar and asiago. Or have it with a strawberry spinach salad for a healthy side!

It also works amazingly well in a pasta salad. Cook up your favorite pasta and mix in bacon ranch chicken salad, to make this into a simple but special weeknight meal out on the deck!

Slice up some summer melons to serve as an attractive and easy side dish or serve with a side of crunchy chips or french fries.

How Long Will It Last?

If refrigerated promptly, chicken salad can last in the fridge for 3 to 5 days. So it’s great to make this on a Sunday night and pack it for lunches. (Just be sure to use a mini ice pack.) No one will complain when they find this sandwich or wrap waiting in their lunchbox!

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Bacon Ranch Chicken Salad

Simple & delicious way to use up leftover chicken!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 sandwiches


  • 2 cups cooked chicken chopped
  • ¼ cup ranch dressing more or less to taste
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard or dijon
  • 1 teaspoon each parsley, dill or a blend of all
  • 3 strips bacon cooked & crumbled
  • 1 stalk celery chopped (optional yet delicious)
  • 1 green onion
  • seasoned salt to taste


  • Place all ingredients except for ranch dressing in a small bowl and mix well.
  • Add the ranch dressing a little at a time to reach desired consistency.
  • Serve on rolls with fresh tomatoes and lettuce.
5 from 25 votes

Nutrition Information

Calories: 597 | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 58g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 84mg | Sodium: 808mg | Potassium: 238mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 226IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Lunch, Salad
Cuisine American


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  1. Very good! Modified slightly by adding chopped pecans and a few green grapes. Did not have green onions on hand so replaced with dried chives. Excellent recipe.5 stars

  2. I made the pineapple chicken with grapes, my daughter & I ate that thru a movie with some sea-salt crackers. It was very good. Thanks for the idea.

  3. Sounds really yummy, thanks I will surely try this one, even if the hubby doesn’t like I know I will. TY

  4. chicken, bacon and ranch all the thing my daughter loves….yummmm
    thanks for sharing, this might just be something I can get her to eat
    Carol N<