Did I not warn you that I'd be posting a lot more salad recipes? See, I don't tease... at least not too often :) And what a great salad this was. Not your traditional taco salad, but that's ok... sometimes traditions are meant to be broken.... or was that rules? I can never remember.
Seriously, though, this salad was incredible. So incredible, that Chris was even talking about it the next day! THAT, my friends, is a very good sign. Creamy, smokey, delicious. What more could you want? Oh, wait.. you want simple too? You got it :)
Chipotle Chicken Taco Salad
Adapted from Cooking Light
- Serves 2 -
1 Tablespoon Ranch dressing
2 Tablespoons chipotle puree**
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
For the dressing -
1/2 cup sour cream
1 Tablespoon chipotle puree**
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1 Tablespoon lime juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
For the salad -
4-6 cups green leaf lettuce, torn or roughly chopped
1 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
1/2 English cucumber, sliced in rounds and cut in half
1 avocado, sliced
shredded cheese (optional)
handful of crushed tortilla chips (I used Doritos)
**to make chipotle puree - dump entire 7oz can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce into a food process and pulse until pureed. Viola!**
Mix together 1 tablespoon Ranch and 2 tablespoons chipotle puree. Place the chicken in a shallow dish and pour the mixture over it. Cover and place in refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
Preheat grill to 375 degrees F. Clean and oil grill grates. Remove chicken from the dish and place over direct heat. Grill 8-10 minutes per side or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. Remove from grill and allow to cool for 8-10 minutes. Cut into bite size chunks or pieces.
Meanwhile, in a small bowl or measuring cup, mix together all the ingredients for the dressing until well combined. Place chopped chicken in a bowl, pour 1/2 of the dressing over and toss to combine. Add more dressing if you want, or use the rest to dress the entire salad at the table. Your choice :)
Now you can build your salad - start with a bed of lettuce, toss on a few tomatoes and cucumbers, add some avocado slices and top with dressed chicken. Sprinkle on some tortilla chips and serve. Enjoy!
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