I purchased one for $6.99.
I highly doubt Zaxby's is cooking their chicken in a traditional barbacoa style, which entails slow-roasting it in a pit with an open flame, but the barbacoa-style chicken in the Ranchero was tender and featured a great smoky, savory flavor. I was surprised to find it so distinctly different from their regular grilled chicken. As far as portion goes, it seemed like there was about a whole breast fillet in there. I was full afterward, which I can't always say about a salad.
The tortilla strips were sparse but provided a nice little crunch every once in a while. The fire-roasted corn was sweet but tended to get lost in the strong flavor of the black beans and the abundance of the fresh mixed greens, which included chopped tomato. The salad also featured some green and red peppers, which really helped in bringing home the Tex Mex feel of the dish.
Nutritional Info - Zaxby’s Ranchero Zalad
Calories - 630 (from Fat - 350)
Fat - 37.5g (Saturated Fat - 10g)
Sodium - 1260mg
Carbs - 31g (Sugars - 8g)
Protein - 40g