Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Hot Mexican Chicken Salad

In my family, we measure the seasons by food. Spring and summer, fresh greens and delicious salads grace our menus. In the fall and winter, soups and stews warm our bellies and our home. Over the years, I have added to my salad repertoire, Including various types of chicken salads,Cobb salad, Caesar salad, and garden salads. Recently, I have been experimenting with warm/hot salads. I have had very good results so far with the hot salads. This is one of our favorites, Combing two of our staple dishes: Mexican food and salad. I hope your family enjoys it as much as ours.

Hot Mexican Chicken Salad

You will need:

2 large chicken breast per 4 people, diced
1 zucchini, peeled and sliced
1 medium white onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can fire roasted tomatoes
1 can diced green chiles
2 Tbsp coconut oil
1 1/2 cup gluten free vegetable broth
juice of one lime
couple of dashed of Texas Pete's Cha!
Salt, Pepper to taste
1/2 tsp each: green chile powder, paprika, red pepper flakes, cilantro
1 head of Red leaf lettuce
1 cucumber, peeled and sliced
1 cup fresh guacamole (recipe to follow)


  • In a large skillet, heat the coconut oil on med-hi. 
  • Saute chicken, onion, zucchini, and garlic. Seasoning each when added.
  • When chicken is cooked, but not browned, and onions are soft, add 1/4 cup broth. Simmer until reducted. 
  • Add black beans and 1/4 cup of broth, simmer until reducted.
  • Add tomatoes and green chiles with lime juice, Cha!, and remainder of broth. You will simmer this until the juices form an almost dressing like state. 
  • While the chicken and vegetables are cooking, tear the lettuce into a large bowl and add the cucumbers.
  • Add the chicken and vegetables from the skillet to the lettuce and toss well. 
  • Serve with the guacamole.
Total cooking time is 30 minutes. Serves 4 people

Fresh Guacamole

2 ripe avocados
1/4 cup chopped onions
1/4 cup diced tomatoes
2 large cloves garlic
lime juice
Salt and pepper

  • Blend together all ingredients in a food processor to a desired consistency is met.