Perfect Chicken Taco Salad with Creamy Chipotle Dressing

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Chicken taco salad with creamy chipotle dressing is a delicious and nutritious dish that combines the bold and spicy flavors of Mexican cuisine with fresh and healthy ingredients. This salad is easy to make, and it can be customized to your liking by adding your favorite toppings.


Perfect Chicken Taco Salad with Creamy Chipotle Dressing



How To Make:

To make the chicken taco salad, start by grilling or baking boneless, skinless chicken breasts until they are cooked through. While the chicken is cooking, prepare the salad ingredients by washing and chopping romaine lettuce, cherry tomatoes, avocado, red onion, and cilantro.
To make the creamy chipotle dressing, mix together mayonnaise, sour cream, chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, lime juice, garlic, and salt in a blender or food processor. When ready to use, taste the seasoning adjustments and place them in the refrigerator.
Let the chicken rest until it has finished cooking before slicing it into thin strips. To assemble the salad, arrange the lettuce on a large platter or individual plates, and top with the sliced chicken, cherry tomatoes, avocado, red onion, and cilantro. Drizzle the creamy chipotle dressing over the salad and serve immediately.
This chicken taco salad with creamy chipotle dressing is a perfect meal for lunch or dinner, and it's also great for meal prep. You can make a large batch of the salad and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. Just make sure to keep the dressing separate and add it right before serving to prevent the salad from getting soggy.


Tips and Variations:

If you're short on time, you can use pre-cooked chicken, such as rotisserie chicken, or even canned chicken for this recipe.
You can swap out the romaine lettuce for other greens, such as spinach or mixed greens.
Customize the toppings to your liking. Some great additions include black beans, corn, sliced jalape├▒os, shredded cheese, and diced bell peppers.
For a vegetarian version of this salad, swap out the chicken for roasted sweet potatoes or chickpeas.
Make a big batch of the creamy chipotle dressing and use it as a dip for veggies or chips.
For a healthier version of the dressing, you can use Greek yogurt instead of sour cream and reduce the amount of mayonnaise.


Perfect Chicken Taco Salad with Creamy Chipotle Dressing



To make this salad keto-friendly, omit the cherry tomatoes and reduce the amount of onion, and use a low-carb tortilla or omit it altogether.
If you don't have a blender or food processor, you can use a whisk to mix the dressing ingredients together by hand.
For added crunch, you can top the salad with tortilla strips or crushed tortilla chips.
For a spicier dressing, add more chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. If you prefer a milder dressing, reduce the amount of chipotle peppers or omit them altogether.
These are just a few ideas to customize and make this chicken taco salad with creamy chipotle dressing your own. Have fun experimenting with different ingredients and flavors to create a delicious and healthy meal that you'll love.


Ingredients:

  • For the salad:

  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 head romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1/4 red onion, sliced
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

  • For the creamy chipotle dressing:

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Perfect Chicken Taco Salad with Creamy Chipotle Dressing



Instructions:

Preheat the grill or oven to 375°F.
Salt and pepper the chicken breasts before grilling or baking them for 20 to 25 minutes, or until done.
Prepare the salad items while the chicken is cooking. Wash and chop the romaine lettuce, halve the cherry tomatoes, dice the avocado, slice the red onion, and chop the cilantro.
To make the creamy chipotle dressing, add the mayonnaise, sour cream, chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, lime juice, garlic, and salt to a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth and creamy. Adjust the seasoning to taste.
Let the chicken rest until it has finished cooking before slicing it into thin strips.
To assemble the salad, arrange the lettuce on a large platter or individual plates. As garnishes, add chicken slices, cherry tomatoes, avocado, red onion, and cilantro.
Drizzle the creamy chipotle dressing over the salad and serve immediately.
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