Friday, September 5, 2008

Chipotle Chicken Taco Salad


Chipotles are actually smoke-dried jalapeño peppers. Not sure why they need a different name instead of just "dried jalapeños." Guess it's kind of like how we call dried plums prunes :) Chipotles come in many forms (dried, powder, etc.) but the most common form I've seen used in recipes are the canned chipotles in adobo sauce. If you use just the chipotle chiles in this salad, it's only mildly spicy. If you particularly enjoy a lot of heat (like I do) you can add extra chipotle chiles and a teaspoon or two of the adobo sauce.


I'm always looking for quick and easy weeknight dinner ideas and this definitely fit the bill. Plus it's pretty healthy, so even better. I love tex mex dishes with black beans and corn. Top it off with some avocado and I'm sold :) This salad really comes together in just minutes. You can prepare the dressing and cook the chicken the night before. Or, save even more time buy using a store bought/precooked rotisserie chicken. For a little extra crunch in your salad, add some deep fried tortilla strips or crushed tortilla chips.

Chipotle Chicken Taco Salad
from Cooking Light

Dressing:
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2/3 cup light sour cream
1 tablespoon minced chipotle chile, canned in adobo sauce (I used about 1.5 tbsp mince chipotles + 2 tsp adobo sauce)
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
4 teaspoons fresh lime juice
1/4 teaspoon salt

Salad:
4 cups shredded romaine lettuce
2 cups chopped roasted skinless, boneless chicken breasts (about 2 breasts) (I seasoned some chicken with salt and pepper, then grilled it on the George Foreman Grill)
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup diced peeled avocado
1/3 cup thinly vertically sliced red onion
1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 (8 3/4-ounce) can no-salt-added whole-kernel corn, rinsed and drained

To prepare dressing, combine first 7 ingredients, stirring well.

To prepare salad, combine lettuce and remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Drizzle dressing over salad; toss gently to coat. Serve immediately.

Tip: Add a spoonful of adobo sauce for a spicier salad. Kidney or pinto beans also taste great in this dish.

Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 2 1/2 cups)


21 comments:

  1. This looks delicious! I love those flavors together!

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  2. That looks like a nice and light dinner!

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  3. I'm allways happy to eat colorful food! Being healthy and pretty is also a plus!

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  4. Oh, yum! This looks delicious.

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  6. I love absolutely every ingredient in this salad!

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  7. I learned something new today! The colors in the salad are lovely - it looks really tasty.

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  8. This looks wonderful! Thanks for the great recipe. I love your blog! :)

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  9. This sounds similar to the chopped chicken salad at Paradise Cafe - only lighter. I'm going to give it a try!

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  10. amazing--this is just how i'd make something that would be my favorite salad ever, even down to the wonderfully mayo-free dressing. we could be the same person. :)

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  11. Mmmm that's a very cool recipe for a dressing. I feel like having a salad.

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  13. Beautiful salad!! The dressing looks awesome and will need to try that soon :)

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  14. OMGoodness! I'm in heaven! This salad looks so delicious and Fresh tasting with WoW flavors. I am printing this recipe out as we speak and I can not wait to try this for dinner this week. Your pictures are just beautiful =D

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  15. For this recipe, where would I find adobo sauce? I have never heard of it.

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  16. hi katie - the chipotles come in a small can w/the adobo sauce already in the can... you'll find them in the international or ethnic food aisle in your grocery store, near the enchilada and taco sauce.

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  17. This is totally something I would want to make and eat... like NOW! I love Tex Mex too!

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  18. This salad does sound good. I really like the corn and bean combo as well.

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  19. Oooh I fixed this awhile back for friends! We loved it!

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