Southwestern Chicken Salad

Brynie Greisman Recipe By
  • Cook & Prep: 1 h
  • Serving: 10
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This salad is literally bursting with flavor and texture in each bite. Yes, there are quite a few ingredients and a number of steps, but it’s really worth the time and effort, plus a lot of the preparation can be done in advance. It can be an appetizer, a salad, or even a light main dish. It’s magnificent served layered in a trifle bowl. Exact measurements are hard to give because a lot is dependent on taste and preference. Thanks, Rikki M. of L.A./Israel.

Ingredients (14)

Salad

Tortilla Chips

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Prepare Chicken

  1. Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper, and cook in a frying pan until done, turning over halfway through the cooking.
  2. When chicken is cooked and cooled, cut into chunks.
  3. Return to frying pan, and add one cup of barbecue sauce.
  4. Turn on flame, and let the sauce coat all the chicken pieces and caramelize them while stirring, until there is no sauce left in the pan.
  5. Chicken pieces should be nice and sticky. (If necessary, add a little more sauce to achieve this.)

Prepare Salad

  1. Layer romaine lettuce on a large platter.
  2. Sprinkle the canned corn, diced tomato, avocado, and beans over the lettuce.
  3. Arrange the barbecue chicken pieces on top of the lettuce and veggies.
  4. Mix together the mayonnaise and 1/2 cup barbecue sauce for the dressing.
  5. Pour all over the salad platter, and garnish with tortilla chips

Prepare Tortilla Chips

  1. Cut each tortilla into eighths (like a pizza).
  2. Heat oil in a frying pan, until just under one inch deep.
  3. When oil is hot, add tortilla triangles to oil and fry until medium brown.
  4. Remove with a slotted spoon and let drain on paper towels.
  5. While still hot, sprinkle sea salt and lots of cumin on top of chips.
  6. Allow to cool, then lightly crush by hand and add to salad. (You can also garnish the salad with whole triangle pieces in addition to the crushed chips).
Variation: For a lower fat version, cut tortillas into strips and lay in a single layer on baking paper. Lightly brush with oil. Bake for 10 minutes until crisp.
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