Healthy Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Salad (dairy-free & gluten-free)


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This has been a go-to lunch for me and Josh lately! We both love bbq chicken, so I decided to make a healthy salad version! This salad is dairy-free, gluten-free, grain-free and very low in sugar (if using the bbq sauce and dressing that I recommend). This salad can easily be made paleo and Whole30 if you omit the beans.

I love making a big batch of the bbq chicken in the slow cooker and then shredding it with two forks on a cutting board. I use it in the salads and also in bbq chicken sandwiches the following day!

Let’s chat about the ingredients:

  • chicken: always opt for organic and pasture-raised. You can use chicken breasts or chicken thighs, whatever your personal preference is. You will cook the chicken in a slow cooker / crockpot which makes it SO moist and tender!
  • paleo bbq sauce: you’ll use this in the slow cooker with the chicken. Make sure the bbq sauce you use isn’t loaded with sugar. I highly recommend the one that I linked to.
  • mixed greens: this is for the base of the salad. You can use romaine, spinach, kale… the list goes on!
  • sweet potato: I cut the sweet potato into cubes / bite-sized pieces and roast in the oven with avocado oil, salt and pepper at 400F for 30 minutes.
  • cucumber: chopped. You can peel it if you prefer the skin on, but I like to leave the skin on for extra fiber.
  • beans: I am obsessed with these healthy refried beans, but you can use black beans, pinto beans or kidney beans. If using canned beans make sure you rinse them really well.
  • kraut: I love adding kraut to salads and sandwiches for it’s natural probiotics and I love the flavor it adds.
  • chives: chopped up on top
  • fresh cilantro: chopped up on top
  • paleo bbq ranch dressing: HIGHLY recommend!

I really enjoy this meal with a side of these grain-free nacho chips! It pairs SO well!


BBQ Chicken Salad (dairy-free & gluten-free)

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Healthy dairy-free and gluten-free bbq chicken salad

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
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  • 1 lb organic chicken breasts
  • 1 jar of paleo bbq sauce
  • 4 cups mixed greens
  • 1 sweet potato, cut into cubes
  • 1/2 cup cucumber, chopped
  • 1/2 cup beans
  • 2 tbsp kraut
  • 2 tbsp chives, diced
  • cilantro, chopped
  • paleo bbq ranch dressing


  1. In a slow cooker add 1 lb of organic chicken breasts and 1 jar of paleo bbq sauce. Cook on low for 7 – 8 hours or high for 4 hours.
  2. Once the chicken is fully cooked shred it with 2 forks on a cutting board.
  3. Roast the sweet potato in the oven for approximately 30 minutes at 400F with sea salt and pepper, tossing halfway through..
  4. Assemble the salad bowls by starting with the mixed greens, then the chicken, sweet potato, cucumber, beans and kraut. Top with fresh cilantro and chives. I used paleo bbq ranch dressing.


Keep any extra chicken stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container to use in another said or a bbq chicken sandwich!

I really enjoy this salad with a side of these grain-free nacho chips!

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