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Close up photo of a crispy chicken salad with fried chicken bites, avocado, tomatoes, cheddar cheese, and chunks of bacon.

Crispy Chicken Salad

A delicious salad for any occasion.

Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American
Keyword Crispy Chicken Salad, Honey Mustard, Salad Recipe
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 6


  • 2 chicken breasts, boneless, skinless, cut into bite size chunks
  • 3 avocados, diced
  • 8 strips Applewood bacon, cooked until crispy
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, sliced in half
  • ½ cup red onion, diced small
  • 1-2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 3 cups iceberg lettuce, cut into bite size pieces
  • 3 cups Romaine lettuce, cut into bite size pieces
  • 3 cups lefty green lettuce, cut into bite size pieces

For The Chicken Coating

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup tempura batter mix
  • 1 tbsp garlic salt
  • 2 tsp Slap Ya Mama® seasoning
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1-2 cups vegetable oil

For The Honey Mustard Dressing

  • ¼ cup Dijon mustard or yellow mustard
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • ½ tsp garlic salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper


For The Honey Mustard Dressing

  1. Add all ingredients into a cruet or salad dressing shaker. Shake to combine. Place in refrigerator to chill until ready to use. (might want to double the recipe, it's that good)

For The Chicken Coating

  1. Start out by using 3 shallow containers. In the first one add flour, the second whisk buttermilk and egg together, and in the third add bread crumbs, tempura and seasonings, whisking ingredients together. Set aside.

  2. In a large frying pan or skillet, heat oil over medium heat.

  3. Add 8-10 pieces of chicken into the flour, then into the buttermilk mixture, next into the bread crumb mixture, and lastly, into the pan.

  4. Cook chicken until golden brown on all sides, approximately 4-6 minutes, depending on the size of the chicken pieces. Don't over crowd the pan as it will lower the oil temperature and the chicken will not come out as crispy.

  5. Remove chicken from pan and place on a plate lined with paper towels. Repeat until all chicken pieces have been cooked.

Assembling The Salad

  1. In a large bowl, toss all three types of lettuce, shredded cheese, onions, tomatoes, crispy bacon, diced avocados and crispy chicken.

  2. Top with honey mustard dressing and enjoy.