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Chicken Taco Salad with Chipotle-Lime dressing

Posted by Peggy on April 7, 2011

Chicken Taco Salad with Chipotle-Lime Dressing
Recipe: Chicken Taco Salad with Chipotle-Lime dressing


  • 12 chicken tenders (apx. 1 pound)
  • 2 tablespoons Southwest seasoning mix*
  • 1 tablespoon grape seed, canola or olive oil
  • 1 small head romaine lettuce, chopped (6 packed cups)
  • 1 1/2 cups tortilla chips (apx. 4 ounces)
  • 1 cup cooked black beans
  • 1 large tomato, diced (1 cup)
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced (1/2 cup)
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheese, such as cheddar, jack or a combination

*Pre-made taco seasoning or a combination of ground cumin, chili powder, kosher salt and cayenne.

Dressing Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 cup sour cream (low-fat is fine)
  • 1 teaspoon Southwest seasoning mixture
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 (canned) chipotle pepper, chopped** (1/2 tablespoon)

**I always freeze the remaining peppers in individual baggies.


  1. Cut off white tendon from end of tenders and discard. Toss chicken strips with 2 tablespoons seasoning mix.
  2. In a large sauté pan, heat oil over medium heat. Add chicken tenders and sauté until cooked through, 3-4 minutes on each side. When cool enough to handle, cut into bite-sized pieces. Refrigerate until ready to compose salad.
  3. On a large platter or in a salad bowl, arrange, layer or toss together lettuce, tortilla chips, black beans, tomato, avocado, onion, cheese and chicken.
  4. Meanwhile, in a food processor or blender, process lime juice, sour cream, chopped chipotle and 3 tablespoons water until smooth.
  5. Toss salad with dressing or serve dressing on the side.

Time: 40 minutes

Number of servings (yield): 4 large salads

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