Recipe Rescue: Southwest Chicken Salad
Warmer weather means lighter dinners and bbq’s and snacking. This recipe is good to take as a side dish to a bbq or for a lighter dinner. (lighter in that it’s not a heavy pot roast and potatoes, not necessarily lighter in the calorie department)
This recipe could easily be made with out the chicken. But because I am a meat eater, let’s throw caution to the wind and eat some chicken with our beans.
HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
4 chicken boneless/skinless chicken breasts (if you want a lighter version of this salad, use 2 chicken breasts and cut them in half lengthwise), Your favorite taco seasoning (I make my own, but there are like 14 ingredients in it and that can be a hassle, so just pick up a packet), 2 large avocados, Mexican blend cheese, Taco flavored Doritos, 1 small can of diced green chilies, I small can of good corn, 1 small can of black beans, 1 head of Romaine lettuce, black olives (optional), Spicy Ranch dressing, 2 tomatoes (diced), 2 limes and half a bunch of Cilantro (rough chopped)
PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER:
Coat the chicken in the taco seasoning and cook on medium heat with touch of oil till they are done, about 7 minutes each side if whole, less if you chose to cut in half. While they are cooking just don’t stand there and stare at them, mix together the corn, black beans, green chilies, Cilantro and diced tomatoes and olives if you are using them. Chop the avocado and squeeze some lime juice over them. Cut up the lettuce and put in large bowl, add in the corn mixture and lightly toss. I find it best to chop up the chicken breasts and add to the salad or you could keep the two separate and top each salad with a chicken breast. If you are chopping chicken now add it to the salad mixture, squeeze your limes over the whole salad and toss again. Top with avocado and crushed Taco flavored Doritos-now, if you are serving the salad for dinner serve with the dressing at the table so people can add their own and if you are taking it as a bbq side, just before serving mix in the Spicy Ranch when you add the chicken. ( I usually just mix it at home too, but if you have leftovers the lettuce can get soggy)