This chicken salad recipe is so easy to make and full of flavor. Cooked chicken breast is mixed with black beans, corn and a tonne of veggies for a hearty salad main course. A salsa dressing ties the dish together for a delicious and tasty Mexican salad.
2ouncesCotija or Queso Fresco cheeseMexican crumbling cheese
For the Taco Salad Dressing:
For the Chicken Taco Salad:
Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a grill pan (or skilleset over medium heat. While the oil heats, dry the chicken breasts and brush them with the remaining 1-tablespoon oil. Liberally season the breasts with chili seasoning, taco seasoning, salt & black pepper. Place the breasts in the hot skillet and cook until the underside is golden brown and beginning to crisp (5-7 minutes). Flip the breasts over and cook until the internal temperature reaches 162°F on a meat thermometer. Transfer the breast to plate; set aside.
The salad can be plated as individual servings or as one large serving to be shared.
Place the chopped lettuce in a bowl (or serving platteand arrange the corn, beans, black olives, onion, avocado and tomatoes on top. Drizzle the avocado with juice from ½ lime. Thinly slice the chicken breasts and carefully place the chicken breasts on top of the salad. Drizzle the entire salad with the remaining ½ lime. Sprinkle with the shredded cheese and cilantro. Add the crumbled Cotija cheese and drizzle with Taco Salad Dressing.
For the Dressing:
Stir together the salsa and sour cream. Add a bit of canola oil if you'd like to thin a bit.