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Ranch Chicken Salad

Chicken salad has long been a great way to use up leftover chicken and it’s simple to throw together. For a quick lunch or even as an appetizer this ranch chicken salad has just a little more zing than plain chicken salad. This is thanks to a homemade ranch sauce for the chicken that’s insanely delicious.

You might think from the name that we were just going to add some bottled ranch dressing to the chicken. Sure we could do that, but making your own ranch mixture from scratch is even tastier.

Ranch Chicken Salad

Some mayonnaise and fresh buttermilk are the base for the all the herbs and spices that give it that ranch flavor.

In the spice mix are garlic and onion powder, as well as some dill, parsley, and chives. This extra-fresh version of ranch gives this salad a special flavor.

Ranch Chicken Salad

If you want to add some celery or other veggies to this salad you can, but the fresh herbs do triple duty here to add flavor, texture, and color.

I used the breasts from a rotisserie chicken for this recipe, but you can use any cooked chicken you like here- be it leftovers or even cubed chicken. You can use two forks to shred the chicken or use your stand mixer and paddle attachment to shred it. I used a food processor with the dough attachment to break up the chicken pieces without making them too fine and it worked really nicely.

Ranch Chicken Salad

Serve this yummy chicken salad with crackers or use it for sandwiches. It’s a fresh way to enjoy a classic no matter which way you serve it.

Serves 4

15m prep time

1 cook time

155 calories

5.0
Rated 5.0 out of 5
Rated by 3 reviewers

Allergens: Milk, Eggs

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Ingredients
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk, or more as needed
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon freshly chopped parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed
  • 1/8 teaspoon celery seed
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken
Preparation
  1. Whisk together buttermilk and mayonnaise. Add in remaining ingredients and stir well. If too dry add 1 tablespoon buttermilk at a time and stir.
  2. Spread on crackers, bread, or vegetables to serve. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.

Recipe adapted from Skinny Taste.