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Chicken Bacon Ranch Potato Salad

Creamy red potatoes get mixed with herb-infused homemade ranch dressing, chunks of hearty chicken, and salty bacon. This winning combo is perfect for celebrating summer.

Chicken Bacon Ranch Potato Salad

I’m not ashamed to admit that I used an entire pound of bacon in this recipe. Nope, I’m not the least bit ashamed–because, bacon.

This chicken bacon ranch potato salad is my favorite for so many reasons. 1. Hello, the best combo ever! 2. Bacon. It adds a salty crunch that really livens up this potato salad. And, 3. I folded the potatoes with homemade ranch dressing made with fresh herbs.

Chicken Bacon Ranch Potato Salad

I just drooled a little.

This potato salad is the epitome of summer dishes. What’s the one thing you always find gracing the table at any summer gathering? Potato salad. I’ve had plenty of potato salad in my day, and, I have to admit, 95% of the potato salad varieties I’ve tasted have been on the bland side.

Bland potato salad ends here, folks! Just say no.

Chicken Bacon Ranch Potato Salad

Really good potato salad starts with the potato itself. You want to make sure you choose a potato that doesn’t get mushy when cooked. Mushy potatoes = no bueno.

I used Idaho® red potatoes for this recipe. Their high moisture center and waxy exterior hold up better when boiled and tossed with other ingredients. They also taste better cold.

My dad and brother loved this potato salad so much that they fought over the last serving. I got a text from my mom the evening after our bonfire party telling me the boys were out of control and fighting over who was going to get the last little bit of salad left in the fridge. I’m willing to bet my dad won.

Chicken Bacon Ranch Potato Salad

A few potato salad tips:

  1. Always start your potatoes in cold water. If you add your potatoes to boiling water, their outside will cook and they’re innards will remain underdone and hard. Add your potatoes to a large pot. Fill the pot with enough cold water to cover the potatoes by 1 inch.
  2. After the potatoes come to a boil, add a handful of kosher salt to the pot to help season the potatoes as they cook.
  3. For potato salad, you want the potatoes fork tender–no more, no less. They should be nice and creamy on the inside without falling apart when you toss them with your other ingredients.
  4. Strain your potatoes and rinse them with cold water to stop the cooking process. Allow your potatoes to rest in the strainer for a few minutes to drain.
  5. When you’re ready to add your dressing and other ingredients to the potatoes, make sure you’re being gentle so you don’t smash or break the potatoes. I find that a rubber spatula works well.
  6. Potatoes tend to need a generous helping of salt, so give your final product a taste and season to taste.
  7. Potato salad always tastes better the next day, so I try to prepare my dish a day in advance to give the flavors time to get chummy.

Chicken Bacon Ranch Potato Salad

I used a version of my homemade ranch dressing as the creamy sauce that gets tossed with the potatoes. The mixture is loaded with fresh parsley, chives, and dill. A few minced garlic cloves adds a rich boost of flavor.

I used the help of the grocery store and picked up a rotisserie chicken that I cut into bite-size cubes and folded into the potato mixture. You can serve this dish as a side or make it a meal.

Chicken Bacon Ranch Potato Salad

Creamy red potatoes get mixed with herb-infused homemade ranch dressing, chunks of hearty chicken, and salty bacon.

Yield: 6 servings

Total Time: 40 minutes

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 and 1/2 pounds Idaho® red potatoes, cut into 1-inch pieces and rinsed
  • 1 pound bacon
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons freshly chopped parsley
  • 2 tablespoons freshly chopped dill
  • 2 tablespoons freshly chopped chives
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon buttermilk
  • 1/2 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 cups cooked chicken, cut into bite-size cubes
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Add the potatoes to a large pot. Fill the pot with enough cold water to cover the potatoes by 1 inch. Bring the water to a boil. Add a few generous pinches of kosher salt to the water to season the potatoes. Continue to cook until the potatoes are fork tender, about 25-30 minutes.
  2. While the potatoes are cooking, cook the bacon. Cut the bacon into 1 inch pieces. Heat a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the bacon to the pan and cook until crispy. Remove the crispy bacon from the pan with a slotted spoon and place it on a paper towel-lined plate to absorb any excess fat. Set aside.
  3. Strain the potatoes and rinse them with cold water to stop the cooking process. Allow the potatoes to rest in the strainer for a few minutes to drain off any excess water.
  4. While the potatoes are draining, prepare the ranch dressing. In a bowl, add mayonnaise, sour cream, herbs, garlic, lemon juice, buttermilk, and worcestershire sauce. Whisk to combine. Season the mixture with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Transfer the drained potatoes to a large bowl. Gently fold in the ranch dressing mixture. Add the chicken, bacon, and onion to the bowl with potatoes and gently fold to combine. Season the mixture with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Cover the bowl and place the salad in the refrigerator to chill. The salad can be made up to 3 days in advance.
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27 Responses to “Chicken Bacon Ranch Potato Salad”

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    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — May 18, 2015 at 6:56 am

    A WHOLE POUND OF BACON?
    This is why we’re friends. You just do life in a way that makes sense to me.
    Especially when you mix potato salad with bacon and ranch. IT’S JUST SMART. Pinned!

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    JulieD — May 18, 2015 at 8:32 am

    I love this…and I’m making it soon! I puffy heart Idaho potatoes!

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    Courtney @ NeighborFood — May 18, 2015 at 8:35 am

    I would probably eat a shoe if it had enough homemade ranch dressing and bacon on it. I’m so glad you ditched the bland potato salad! This herby, savory, bacony combo rocks. I’ll definitely be making mine with Idaho reds next time. 

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    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — May 18, 2015 at 9:45 am

    This is my kind of potato salad!

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    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — May 18, 2015 at 10:15 am

    This is my kind of potato salad! Can’t go wrong adding bacon and ranch!

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    Rachel Cooks — May 18, 2015 at 10:16 am

    Great potato salad tips! I could eat a gigantic bowl of this :) 

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    Julia — May 18, 2015 at 11:04 am

    You had me at “pound of bacon.” I’m seriously so sold on this tasty potato salad! I love bacon and ranch dressing and haven’t made nearly enough potato salads in my day, so this is on the To Do list for sure! A million thanks for the tips – I had no idea you should start (and finish) the potatoes in cold water and it just makes so much darn sense!  Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to whip up a batch of homamde ranch and start boiling! xo

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    Susan — May 18, 2015 at 11:15 am

    You are my hero for adding that pound of bacon to this salad.  I’d be fighting besides your dad and brother for those last bites too! 

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    Liz — May 18, 2015 at 11:25 am

    Whoa, you pushed this potato salad over the top! How fun that it’s now a meal! LOVE.

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    Ashley — May 18, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    This is definitely packed full of flavor! I love it! And yay for potato salad weather!

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    Choc Chip Uru — May 18, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    This potato salad looks excellent, so full of flavour :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    Medha @ Whisk & Shout — May 18, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    Hello All American summer cookout food! This looks so addictingly delicious :)

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    Mom — May 19, 2015 at 6:02 am

    Guess who spotted this recipe..  You guessed it, your Dad.   Guess who’s now bugging me to make it,  right again, Dad.    I have to agree, it’s right up there with Dads potato salad  and will be added to our summer cookout salad rotation.   Great job!    Xo 

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    Cali @ Cali's Cuisine — May 19, 2015 at 7:27 am

    Always looking for a new twist on a classic and this certainly looks like an interesting version of potato salad!

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    Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons — May 19, 2015 at 10:00 am

    This is really dorky, but I’m going to print this post (hello, Grandma-style!) and put your potato salad tips up on my kitchen bulletin board. I need HELP when it comes to potato salad. I’ve gotten a bit better lately, but the actual boiling of the potatoes always makes me nervous, and I’ve still been known to either under- or over-cook them. 

    Beyond all that, THESE are the flavors I want to eat once I get my potatoes boiled perfectly. And I keep see why a little fight ensued for the last scoop! I’d be wanting it for myself, too!

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    [email protected] — May 19, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    Love that you just totally went for it with the bacon. This would disappear at a potluck!

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    Annie @ Annie's Noms — May 20, 2015 at 3:18 am

    Heck yes to using a whole 1lb of bacon in this recipe!! These look fabulous, my kind of salad!

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    Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig — May 20, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    So this is mouthwatering. I am such a potato nut though…and then when you add ranch and bacon…OMG, the best. Perfect for a cookout side dish.

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    Deborah — May 21, 2015 at 9:50 am

    I could seriously eat potatoes for every meal!!  Loving this fun version of potato salad!

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    Anita at Hungry Couple — May 22, 2015 at 8:11 am

    I now clearly understand that every recipe I have does not contain nearly enough bacon! :) Pinned!

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    Carla — May 24, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    Anything with bacon, ranch, and potatoes is an automatic winner for me! I’ll have to make this for picnics this summer.

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    Lauren @ Healthy Delicious — June 14, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    The only way I like ranch is when it’s paired with chicken and bacon . I bet this is delicious! 

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    Adele — July 6, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    I tried this over the weekend and it was fantastic and you’re right it was even better the next day. I had left over cilantro that I used instead of parsley that gave it an extra zing! Thanks!

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    KAREN MATHEWS — April 27, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    I must be missing something. The recipe says CHICKEN Bacon Ranch Potato Salad and I cannot find any mention of chicken in the recipe.

    Could you please instruct me on how much chicken to prepare? Thanks.

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