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Crispy Chicken Salad with Honey Mustard BBQ Dressing

There is something beautiful about crispy fried chicken on top of a bed of fresh lettuce, with all your favorite salad toppings and a crazy good Honey Mustard BBQ dressing.

Because the way to indulge in crispy chicken and feel semi good about ourselves is to turn it into a salad.

No judgement please. We try to live on the edge like that.

A bowl of Crispy Chicken Salad

Why Crispy Chicken Salad

When the fried chicken craving is real, but you want a healthier version than the ones dunked into a deep fryer. And while you love your carbs (I mean, potatoes like this is life), but you know you cannot be having all the carbs all the time.

Get it get it get it?? I know you get it.

Crispy Chicken Salad combines the best of both worlds. Crazy yummy and healthy-ish…or as healthy as fried chicken can get. 😉

Juicy, crispy, amazing pan-fried chicken (NOT deep fried) served with lots of yummy protein (hello avocados and boiled eggs) and crunchy veggies.

Then we drizzled the perfectly perfect Honey Mustard BBQ Dressing. With a tiny bit of BBQ sauce added to it, we get a nice twist to the classic Honey Mustard Dressing. It also so happens to be so ridiculously good and you will not look at Honey Mustard Dressing the same way again ever ever. Just trust me.

Drizzling Honey Mustard Dressing onto a bowl of Crispy Chicken Salad
Honey Mustard BBQ Dressing – the yummy dressing that this Crispy Chicken Salad needs

Honey Mustard BBQ Dressing

The best part is, there’s nothing too complicated about this. It is as simple as combining your favorite Honey Mustard Dressing with a tiny bit of your favorite BBQ sauce.

It also tastes really similar to Chick Fil-a sauce. I won’t go as far to say it’s an exact copycat, but it has hints of Chick Fil-a sauce written all over it. And I do love my Chick Fil-a sauce.

Honey Mustard BBQ dressing
Honey Mustard BBQ Dressing

Make it your own

The beautiful of this salad is you can truly make it your own. Typically when I make this Crispy Chicken Salad, I eat it as a main dish so I pile on some of my favorite protein (i.e. boiled eggs, avocados, white cheddar cheese) so that it will fill me up.

But you can also make it a lighter salad, use a different cheese or lettuce, use other ingredients that you like (peppers, carrots, croutons, nuts, dried fruits etc), add more or less of the ingredients you like. The world is your oyster.

Pro tip: cube your cheeses when adding them to salads (instead of using shredded cheese), especially if you are using good quality cheese. This way when you bite into your salads, you will be able to bite into the cheese and really taste it. In my humble opinion, it makes a whole of a difference in a salad.

Closeup of Crispy Chicken Salad

Tips for pan frying Crispy Fried Chicken

Pan frying chicken is a bit trickier than deep frying them, but it is a lot healthier to pan fry, and it will taste just as delicious if you get it right. Here are some tips:

  • Use enough oil to cover the full surface of the skillet and make sure the oil is hot before adding chicken to the skillet
  • Do not overcrowd chicken – cook in two batches if needed!
  • Adjust heat as needed. If the outsides of the chicken look cooked but the inside is not, lower heat to avoid burning the chicken.
  • Use a pair of tongs to move the chicken around. This works better than a spatula. If you don’t own one, it’s a great thing to have in the kitchen, get it here! (affiliate link)
  • After removing chicken from skillet, let chicken sit for a few minutes before slicing them into strips.

In my experience, with a little attention to the details and a bit of practice, pan fried chicken is totally a reality!

That’s it for this one, folks! Enjoy this yummy salad as we wrap up the summer! Can you believe we are talking about wrapping up the summer already?!? No I can’t no I can’t.

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A bowl of Crispy Chicken Salad

Crispy Chicken Salad with Honey Mustard BBQ Dressing

Delicious salad recipe topped with crispy fried chicken, veggies, avocaods, boiled eggs and cheese, then drizzled with Honey Mustard BBQ Dressing. A delicious low carb meal!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Rest Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 5 servings
Calories: 850kcal
Author: MinShien


  • 7-9 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 2 avocados
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 roma tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups cubed white cheddar

Crispy Fried Chicken

  • 1 1/2 – 2 lbs chicken breast
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup corn starch
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • a few tbsp vegetable oil

Honey Mustard BBQ Dressing

  • 1/4 cup honey mustard
  • 1 1/2 tbsp BBQ sauce


Crispy Fried Chicken

  • Cut chicken breast into two thinner slices so that it will be easier to pan fry.
  • In a bowl combine buttermilk and 1/2 tsp salt (note: this not the full amount of salt noted above, the rest will be used in the next step). Soak chicken in buttermilk mixture for 30 minutes.
  • In a bowl, combine flour, corn starch, baking powder, smoked paprika, garlic powder, 1 tsp salt, and black pepper. Coat chicken with flour mixture on both sides twice.
  • Heat skillet with vegetable oil on medium heat. Make sure vegetable oil fully cover the surface of the skillet.
  • Once oil is hot and bubbling, add chicken to skillet (use tongs). Do not overcrowd skillet so fry in batches if needed. Pan fry chicken on one side for a few minutes, once the bottom side is browned, flip to pan fry the other side.
  • Lower heat if chicken is cooking faster on the outside than on the inside. I.e. if chicken is already browned/slightly burned, but not fully cooked on the inside, lower heat.
  • Remove chicken from skillet once the thickest part of the chicken reaches 165 degrees F.
  • Let chicken sit for five minutes, then cut them into strips.

Crispy Chicken Salad with Honey Mustard BBQ Dressing

  • To prepare boiled egg, bring water to boil in a pot, then gently lower eggs one by one into boiling water with a spoon. Cook for 9 minutes. Drain hot water and fill pot with cold water to cool the eggs down. Once eggs are cool, peel eggs and slice into small wedges.
  • To make the dressing, combine honey mustard dressing and BBQ sauce.
  • Prep the rest of the veggies and salad toppings – chop lettuce, dice tomatoes, slice avocados, and cube white cheddar cheese.
  • Bring lettuce, tomatoes, avocaods, cheese, crispy chicken to bowl, then drizzle with dressing.
  • Serve and enjoy!


Many of the instruction can happen concurrently! E.g. while waiting for the eggs to boil, prep the dressing and the rest of the salad ingredients.


Calories: 850kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 85g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 310mg | Sodium: 1597mg | Potassium: 1957mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 6862IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 413mg | Iron: 4mg
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