CPK’s Barbecue Chicken Chopped Salad Made Skinny



Most restaurants today offer some kind of barbecue chicken salad.  No wonder…It’s delicious. One of the best is California Pizza Kitchen’s Original BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad. Rated #1 among their employees’ personal favorites, it’s amazingly good. It’s also loaded with a ton of calories.  Shockingly, CPK’s salad has 1133 calories.  I’m sure many of you, like me, have been known to devour one whole salad.  For future, I recommend sharing one.  Better yet, make this skinny version.  With 407 calories, 10 grams of fat and 7 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS, you can enjoy every bite, guilt-free. 

Prep Time: 15 minutes


½ cup The Best Skinny Ranch Dressing (3 ingredients) or your favorite store bought reduced-fat ranch, see shopping tip

2 cups cooked chicken breasts, chopped, skinned removed

½ cup Sweet Baby Ray’s barbecue sauce or your favorite

8 cups romaine lettuce, chopped

2 cups grape or cherry tomatoes, cut in half

1½ cups jicama, peeled and chopped

1 can (15 oz) black beans, drained and rinsed

1 cup fresh corn, cut off the cob (or frozen and thawed)

1 cup red onion, chopped

¾ cup reduced-fat yellow tortilla chips, crushed

1 lime, cut into 4 pieces, optional


1. Prepare the ranch dressing or use a store bought one.  Refrigerate until ready to use.

2. In a small bowl, add the chicken and toss with ¼ cup of barbecue sauce.

3. On 4 dinner size plates, place 2 cups lettuce on each.  Divide and place chicken on top of the lettuce.  Drizzle 1 tablespoon of remaining barbecue sauce over the top of the chicken on each salad.  Add to each, beans, tomatoes, corn, onions, all around the plate.  Sprinkle the tortilla chips on top and drizzle the ranch dressing on top of each salad or serve on the side.  Or, in a large bowl, add all salad ingredients and toss with ranch dressing and barbecue sauce.

4. Garnish with one lime piece and serve.

Makes 4 very large main-course salads (about 4 cups per serving)

Food Facts

Did you know CPK’s Original BBQ Chopped Chicken Salad has more calories than their BBQ Chicken Pizza?  The pizza has 810 calories while their salad has 1133 calories.

Jicama comes from Mexico and South America.  It’s a large bulbous, root vegetable with a thin brown skin and white crunchy flesh.  Jicama taste sweet and adds great crunch to salads.

Healthy Benefit

This salad is packed with fiber, 12 grams for one salad!

Shopping Tips

I usually make my skinny ranch dressing but there are some store bought ones that are pretty tasty too. I like Ken’s Steak House Lite Ranch or Marie’s Lite Ranch. In addition, Trader Joe’s reduced-fat Parmesan Ranch dressing is pretty good. It’s sold in the refrigerator section with the lettuces.

I love the packages of cooked chicken at Trader Joe’s.  There are several varieties and all are boneless, skinless.

You’ll find jicama in the produce section of most large supermarkets.

Sweet Baby Ray’s barbecue sauce can be found in most large supermarkets.  Bulls-Eye barbecue sauce is another tasty one for this recipe.

Weight Watchers
(old points) 8
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS7

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 salad (about 4 cups per salad)
407 calories, 10g fat, 35g protein, 19g carbs, 12g fiber, 828mg sodium, 10g sugar
FAT FACTS: for 1 full CPK’s Original BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad
1133 calories, 46g protein, 95g carbs, 13g fiber, 1460mg sodium, 11g sugar

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31 Responses to “CPK’s Barbecue Chicken Chopped Salad Made Skinny”

  1. Mary Says:

    What a nice recipe to have in the rotation. I love the fiber and the play of flavors that you have working here. I always enjoy my visits to your site. You’ve created a spot that is at once informative, and pleasant to visit. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  2. Alta Says:

    Oh, yum! I could totally go for a barbecue chicken salad. Sounds delicious.

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  4. chris Says:

    Don’t forget to add the shredded fresh basil. No extra calories or points, but lots of flavor.

  5. Martha (MM) Says:

    Great salad and great blog too! Thanks for linking up to the salad round up 🙂

  6. admin Says:

    Thanks Martha. I love your site too and just added you to my site under Blogs We Love.

  7. Suzanne Says:

    I’m loving all these flavors in this salad. I’ve made this in a wrap and in pasta salad and its just so satisfying.

  8. admin Says:

    So yummy Suzanne!

  9. Sherri Nelson Says:

    This recipe will be my lunch at work tomorrow! I wanted something new for my leftover grilled chicken breast and love the idea of using Jicama! Have a leftover grilled ear of corn begging to join this salad! Thanks for the fantastic recipe!

  10. admin Says:

    Thanks Sherri. This salad is such a satisfying lunch or dinner…Enjoy yours!

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  13. The Better Baker Says:

    Oh my! This would make my taste buds oh-so happy! It’s the very thing I would order when I eat out…thanks so much for sharing and linking up at Weekend Potluck!

  14. admin Says:

    Thanks so much. It’s one of my favorites when dining out too!

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  16. Denyal Says:

    I love CPK’s salad so I’m dying to make this one. Does anyone know if this will store well for leftovers? I like to make a large salad on Sunday then have it for lunch during the week. Not sure how well it would store if I added all the dressing.

  17. admin Says:

    Denyal, I’m so happy this CPK salad appeals to you. I hope you enjoy it! You can make this salad on Sunday, but only toss the amount you want to serve then. You can store the leftovers for lunch the next day. Just toss the leftovers when ready to serve. Otherwise, this salad will get to soggy.
    All the best,

  18. Elaine M Says:

    It was what`s for dinner today. A new fav. . Thanks.

  19. admin Says:

    I’m thrilled you enjoyed this salad Elaine. It’s one of my favorites, too!
    I love all your feedback…Thanks!

  20. BG Says:

    I love ordering this salad at CPK, but when I checked out how calorie-loaded it was, I started reconsidering (haha) and thinking of a version to make at home. Will have to bookmark this recipe and try it out. Thanks!

  21. admin Says:

    Thanks BG. I hope you enjoy it!

  22. Heather H Says:

    OMG I just made this and it is amazing! I didn’t use the jicama or the onions (they cause migraines). Thank you so much for this recipe!

  23. admin Says:

    I’m so happy you did Heather. Thanks so much for letting me know!
    All the best,

  24. Platter Talk Says:

    Terrific plate of summer here! Loving everything about this salad!1

  25. admin Says:

    It’s one of my favorites Dan. Enjoy!

  26. Kathy Says:

    This looks yummy…pinning to share with my sisters!

  27. admin Says:

    Thanks for pining Kathy. I hope you all enjoy it!

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  29. admin Says:

    Heather, each week you always put together such a yummy meal plan. Thanks for including my CPK’s Barbecue Chicken Chopped Salad Made Skinny!

  30. Jody in Nevada Says:

    I made this for dinner tonight, and it was delicious! Definitely one of the best main-dish salads I’ve ever eaten! My kids aren’t crazy about beans, and my store didn’t have any jicama–so I added red bell pepper. We will definitely make this a regular at our house! Also love your skinny ranch dressing–tangy and fun!

  31. admin Says:

    That’s so wonderful Jody! I’m thrilled you all enjoyed this salad. My husband and I have enjoyed this for years.
    Great idea to add red pepper. That’s the beauty of a salad. Very flexible.
    With my best wishes,

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