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Tex-Mex Chicken Salad

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Yields about 1-3/4 cups

  • by Allison Ehri Kreitler from Fine Cooking
    Issue 79

Serve this salad rolled up in a tortilla for a lunch or dinner wrap (it makes enough for 2 to 3 wraps, but can easily be doubled if you have more leftover chicken) or on tortilla chips for an appetizer or snack. You can easily substitute any leftover roast chicken or a store-bought rostisserie bird.

For the dressing:
  • 2 Tbs. sour cream
  • 1-1/2 Tbs. fresh lime juice, more as needed
  • Generous pinch ground cumin
For the salad:
  • 1/2 ear fresh corn, browned under the broiler or on a grill, kernels removed (about 1/3 cup)
  • 1 cup chopped or shredded leftover Beer-Brined Butterflied Chicken
  • 1/3 cup medium-diced cherry tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup small-diced avocado
  • 2 Tbs. thinly sliced scallions (about 2 scallions)
  • 2 Tbs. chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tsp. minced fresh jalapeño or serrano
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

In a small bowl, combine the sour cream, 1-1/2 Tbs. lime juice, and cumin and mix well. In a medium bowl, combine chicken, corn, tomatoes, avocado, scalllions, cilantro and jalapeño. Add dressing and gently fold all ingredients together. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Refrigerate for at least 1 hour to allow the flavors to meld. Before serving, adjust the salt, pepper, and lime juice to taste.

nutrition information (per serving):
Size : per 1/4 cup without tortillas; Calories (kcal): 110; Fat (g): 7; Fat Calories (kcal): 60; Saturated Fat (g): 2; Protein (g): 9; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 3; Carbohydrates (g): 3; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 1; Sodium (mg): 250; Cholesterol (mg): 30; Fiber (g): 1;

Photo: Scott Phillips

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I decided to make this and use it as a dip with homemade tortilla chips for a party. It turned out great! I doubled the recipe, and adjusted everything to taste. It needed a little extra dressing, jalepenos (deseeded so it wouldnt overwhelm anyone) and I added a lot more (4 ears total) roasted corn... It was delicious. Next time I may take the advice of the other reviewer and marinade the chicken a bit in advance. It was a big hit. We are still enjoying what's left!

With all these ingredients, how could it not taste delicious? This recipe is wonderful. My only alteration was marinating the chicken overnight in lime/cilantro/garlic/olive oil. However, the chicken salad would've been just as tasty with plain chicken.

Great recipe! Always a hit! I add some sharp cheddar cheese for a little added flavour

Excellent--I brought this to a cocktail party and everyone loved it. I omitted the jalapeno as my husband doesn't like anything hot.

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