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Keto Chicken Ranch Salad

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Simple salads like this one are my go-to meal when I don't have time to cook. Technically it's made with eight ingredients but I didn't count the salt, pepper and ghee as these are used in most savory recipes.

I made my keto & paleo salad with crispy bacon and chicken breast cooked in a skillet and then finished off in the oven. If you're short on time, simply use leftover rotisserie chicken. I also used avocado which is the key ingredient that will provide heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and electrolytes to keep keto-flu at bay.

Finally, I drizzled some ranch dressing on top. You can easily make your own!

Hands-on Overall

Allergy information for Keto Chicken Ranch Salad

✔  Gluten free
✔  Dairy free
✔  Nut free
✔  Coconut free
✔  Fish free
✔  Shellfish free
✔  Beef free

Nutritional values (per serving)

Net carbs3.1 grams
Protein38.7 grams
Fat43.8 grams
Calories581 kcal
Calories from carbs 2%, protein 28%, fat 70%
Total carbs10.5 gramsFiber7.4 gramsSugars1.2 gramsSaturated fat10.1 gramsSodium532 mg(23% RDA)Magnesium79 mg(20% RDA)Potassium1,031 mg(52% EMR)

Ingredients (makes 2 servings)

  • 2 boneless chicken breasts, skin on (285 g/ 10 oz)
  • 6 thin-cut slices bacon or 3 regular slices (90 g/ 3.2 oz)
  • 1 large avocado, sliced (200 g/ 7.1 oz)
  • 4 cups mixed leafy greens of choice (120 g/ 4.2 oz)
  • 4 tbsp Keto Ranch Dressing (60 ml/ 2 fl oz) or use dairy-free Ranch Dressing
  • ghee or duck fat for greasing
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 200 °C/ 400 °F (fan assisted), or 220 °C/ 425 °F (conventional). Start by crisping up the chicken breasts. Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper from all sides. Grease a small skillet with ghee or duck fat. Place the chicken breasts, skin side down, on the hot pan.
  2. Without moving it, cook the chicken on high until golden brown and crispy, for 5-6 minutes. Then, flip the chicken on the other side, cook for 30 seconds. Transfer the skillet into the oven. Keto Chicken Ranch Salad
  3. Cook the chicken for 10-15 minutes. It's done when an instant read thermometer inserted into the thickest part reads 74 °C/ 165 °F.
  4. If you want to bake the bacon in the oven, spread the slices over a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Keto Chicken Ranch Salad
  5. Bake for 10 minutes until crispy and golden brown. Alternatively, you can crisp up the bacon separately on a frying pan. Keto Chicken Ranch Salad
  6. Once the chicken is cooked, transfer to a cutting board and let it rest for 5 minutes.
  7. Slice the avocado and the cooked chicken. Assemble the salad: start with the leafy greens, and then add avocado, crispy bacon and sliced chicken. Keto Chicken Ranch Salad
  8. Top each salad with 2 tablespoons of Ranch Dressing. Keto Chicken Ranch Salad
  9. This salad is best served immediately. You can always keep some cooked chicken and crisped up bacon in the fridge and reheat or simply use cold. Keto Chicken Ranch Salad

Ingredient nutritional breakdown (per serving)

Net carbsProteinFatCalories
Chicken, breast (with skin, raw)
0 g29.7 g13.2 g245 kcal
Bacon, streaky (high fat content), organic
0 g6.2 g11.3 g126 kcal
Avocado, fresh
1.8 g2 g14.7 g160 kcal
Lettuce, mixed leaf salad
0.7 g0.8 g0.1 g8 kcal
Ranch Dressing made with Avocado Oil (Primal Kitchen)
0.6 g0 g4.5 g42 kcal
Total per serving
3.1 g38.7 g43.8 g581 kcal

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Martina Slajerova

I changed the way I ate in 2011, when I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid. I had no energy, and I found it more and more difficult to maintain a healthy weight.

That’s when I decided to quit sugar, grains, and processed foods, and to start following a whole-foods-based ketogenic approach to food.

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Comments (6)

Where do you find boneless chicken breast with skin? I looked everywhere and it’s always sold as boneless/skinless.

I guess it depends where you live. I get mine from Ocado (I live in the UK). You could buy bone-in breasts and de-bone them.

I'm considering a keto diet, have tried the Paleo way & liked it but my husband got board. Not sure how to keep him interested so we can do this together, any suggestions?
Thanks Carolyn

Hi Carolyn, the approach I follow is a whole foods based keto diet which is very similar to the paleo diet (without the high-carb foods). This may help: How To Start Keto: All You Need To Know (how-to guides, benefits etc.)

Can I use some homemade substitute of Ranch Dressing? Any recipe?

Yes you can - check the intro and the list of ingredients for the link 😊