This Easy Chicken Club Salad Recipe is a delicious twist on the favorite layered club sandwich. Made of tender chicken, bacon, tomatoes, and so much more! It is always a favorite!
I absolutely adore a great club sandwich and this fresh, delicious twist on that sandwich is an all time favorite! I love that it makes a great make ahead meal that I can meal prep in advance and then we can enjoy for a quick lunch or supper!
It is beautiful to serve on a large platter as I have photographed. And it’s great to store in individual Mason jars in the refrigerator for a grab and go meal.
I also love that you can completely customize this Club Salad to include tender chicken, ham or turkey, crispy bacon, cool cucumbers, sliced tomatoes, creamy quartered boiled eggs, and even your favorite cheese and avocados. This is the time to include what you love most in your club sandwich and have fun!
You can also use your favorite dressing on this Club Salad. Sometimes, I love to use my balsamic vinaigrette and other times I go all out with my homemade buttermilk ranch dressing. Both taste scrumptious!
Easy Chicken Club Salad Recipe
Ingredients to Include in a Club Salad
Like a classic club sandwich, this salad includes the essentials. But it also includes other ingredients allowing you to fully customize your club salad to your personal tastes and what ingredients you have on hand.
Lettuce – I prefer to use a spring mix in this salad recipe. You can also use chopped romaine lettuce or your favorite lettuce greens.
Chicken – You can use chicken prepared however you like it best! I’ll use it any number of ways depending on what I have. Many times I’ll use leftover grilled chicken, baked chicken or chicken that I’ve prepared in my Instant Pot or slow cooker. You can also use rotisserie chicken if you’d like!
Ham and/ or Turkey – You can use leftover ham or turkey that you’ve cooked or your favorite from the deli. Both ways are absolutely delicious! If using deli ham or turkey, I like to roll it up into a roll and then slice it into thin slices to add to the salad.
Bacon – Crispy bacon is essential to a good club sandwich and I don’t think this salad would be the same without it either! I use my recipe for oven cooked bacon and then chop it once it has cooled slightly.
Hard Boiled Eggs – We love making hard boiled eggs in the Instant Pot and generally will make enough so that we have them throughout the week in the refrigerator. This salad makes a great way to enjoy them! If you don’t have an Instant Pot, the classic method for hard boiling eggs that I learned in high school is always a cinch!
Tomatoes – You can use halved grape or cherry tomatoes in this recipe or if you have fresh tomatoes from your garden, just chop those to include! Your favorite tomatoes definitely shine in this salad!
Cucumbers – I love cucumbers in salads! They add so much crunch to this Chicken Club Salad. Use your favorite type of cucumber here.
Cheese – You can certainly omit the cheese from this salad, but we love to include sharp cheddar cheese.
Avocado – I didn’t include them in the salad pictured here since my husband is allergic to them., But when I’m making this salad when he’s traveling, I also pile on the avocado!
What Dressing Do You Use on a Chicken Club Salad
Easy answer? Use your favorite! There are no special rules about it at my house. Sometimes we love to use balsamic vinaigrette if we are wanting the salad to be a bit lighter. Other times we love to use my homemade buttermilk ranch dressing. My rosemary ranch dressing is also so, so scrumptious!
Here’s my Easy Chicken Club Salad recipe. I hope you love it as much as my family does!
Easy Chicken Club Salad Recipe
- 6 cups salad greens
- 3 medium chicken breasts cooked, cooled and sliced or rotisserie chicken
- 6 slices bacon cooked, cooled and chopped
- 1 pint grape tomatoes halved
- 4 large hard boiled eggs quartered
- 1 large cucumber peeled and chopped
- 1/2 cup shredded cheese
- 4 slices ham or turkey stacked, rolled and sliced
- Layer salad greens onto a large platter. Arrange chicken in the center on top of the salad greens. Then arrange rows of the remaining ingredients on top of the salad greens. Serve with your favorite dressing.
- Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper and preheat the oven to 400º F. Set a wire rack on the baking sheet and spray with nonstick cooking spray or olive oil.
- Arrange the bacon slices on one half of the wire rack lined baking sheet and the chicken breast on the other half.
- Bake until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165º F when checked with a internal meat thermometer, about 40 minutes.