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Southwest Grilled Chicken Salad

 
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This is my copycat of the popular salad sold at McDonald's. It's the only thing I eat off their menu and I was anxious to replicate it at home.

Yield

1

servings

Prep

70

min

Cook

10

min

Ready

80

min

 

Ingredients

4 ounces chicken breast halves, boneless, skinless
one small chicken breast
Marinade
1 tablespoons canola oil
2 tablespoons lime juice
fresh
1 tablespoon cilantro
fresh chopped
*
1 pinch cumin
*
1 pinch cayenne pepper
*
1 pinch kosher salt
*
1 pinch black pepper
*
Salad
1 ½ cup romaine lettuce
salad blend, chopped
*
1 italian plum (roma) tomatoes
diced
2 tablespoons corn
sweet corn
2 tablespoons black beans
1 tablespoon carrots
shredded
1 tablespoon scallions, spring or green onions
sliced
1 tablespoon pepper jack cheese
shredded Mexican cheese blend
*
1 tablespoon black olives
sliced, optional
1 ounce tortilla chips
or crispy fried tortilla strips, for garnish
cilantro
fresh for garnish
*
Dressing
2 tablespoons salad dressing, creamy ranch
fat free
1 tablespoon sour cream, light
low fat or non-fat
½ teaspoons apple cider vinegar
½ teaspoons lime juice
¼ teaspoons chili powder
*
¼ teaspoons cumin
ground
*
¼ teaspoons onion powder
*
¼ teaspoons garlic powder
*

Directions

Mix together all marinade ingredients in a glass container. Add chicken breast and refrigerate at least 1 hour and up to 4 hours, turning periodically.

Mix all dressing ingredients together. Refrigerate at least 1 hour to allow flavors to meld.

Grill marinated breast over hot coals or broil for 5 to 6 minutes on each side, until no longer pink in middle. Let rest, tented with foil, 5 to 10 minutes before slicing.

Assemble salad components on serving plate. Arrange sliced grilled chicken breast atop salad. Garnish as desired and top with dressing.

 

* not incl. in nutrient facts

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Comments

lynn in ma
North Oxford, United States
 almost 8 years ago

I think this is my new favorite salad, even topping Cobb...maybe. It is suitable for lunch or dinner and is very flavorful. Suitable for lunch OR dinner.

Judy
Denver
 almost 4 years ago

I have made this several times now. It is truly one of our favorite recipes.

, United States
 over 1 year ago

You're missing a very crucial ingredient. Why does nobody seem to realize that the southwest salad specifically has like glaze on the chicken in addition to the dressing packet you're given?

, United States
 over 1 year ago

I have problems with acidic, spicy and allium foods, I make something like this but put equal parts fresh lime juice with either honey or agave, so it doesn't bother my stomach. I also leave off the dressing. I have found some tortilla strips that has a hint of lime in it, that I use. I use a spring mix, and a Roma tomato that I have removed the seeds. I think it tastes just as good as McDonalds, but that doesn't stop me from going to McDonalds also and having it.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 405g (14.3 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 76766% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 57g 87%
Saturated Fat 9g 43%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 80mg 27%
Sodium 841mg 35%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 14%
Dietary Fiber 7g 26%
Sugars g
Protein 58g
Vitamin A 56% Vitamin C 49%
Calcium 14% Iron 18%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?

 

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