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Ranch Chicken Salad

I'm a wife and mother of two girls, and my weeknights are busy. So I rely on quick meals like this flavorful main-dish salad. It's a snap to saute the seasoned chicken strips and toss them with salad greens and shredded cheese. Topped with corn chips and an easy dressing, this is one hurry-up meal the whole family enjoys.
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/4-inch strips
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 package (16 ounces) ready-to-serve salad
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 cup ranch salad dressing
  • 3/4 cup salsa
  • 1/2 cup corn chips or crushed tortilla chips


  • Sprinkle chicken with chili powder. In a skillet, cook chicken in oil until no longer pink, 6 minutes. Meanwhile, place salad greens in a large bowl or on individual plates. Top with cheese and chicken. Combine salad dressing and salsa; drizzle over chicken. Top with chips.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 272 calories, 20g fat (6g saturated fat), 50mg cholesterol, 428mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 16g protein.

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  • Donnadorothy
    Jul 14, 2017

    I've had this recipe since 1998 and finally tried it last night. DELICIOUS and very easy. My husband is a picky eater but he gave it 5 stars. So easy and fast to make and perfect for a girlfriend luncheon.

  • doxymama
    Jan 23, 2016

    I've been making this salad since it first appeared in an issue many years ago. It couldn't be easier to make, and is always delicious. It's a hit with kids and adults.

  • slye10001000
    Jul 12, 2015

    This is good. It is one of those recipes that you can follow the method and make as many or as few as you want. I only had one chicken breast half, so I seasoned it with chili powder and grilled it ( I thought that would taste better) when I had the grill fired up for another meal. I sliced it and placed it on two serving plates of lettuce and mixed equal amounts of ranch dressing and salsa (as much or as little as needed). I sprinkled a little cheese and crushed chips over each serving. Very good!

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    Aug 25, 2007

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    Apr 2, 2006

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