Spicy Southwest Chicken Salad
If you love a good salad then keep reading because I have a delicious quick and easy salad recipe for you! It is spicy and full of flavor. This is my go to salad. I never get bored of it, and I eat salads for lunch almost every day of the week. This salad is great because you can throw whatever you like in it, and it will most likely taste great. Here is how I usually make mine….
First I like to get the chicken started. I love buying the frozen grilled chicken breast strips. Nature Raised Farms brand is one I typically buy, it is pricey but they taste great and are so quick and easy. I heat a skillet with a few tablespoons of olive oil, and then measure about a cup of frozen chicken strips and toss them into the skillet. I let them heat up a few minutes. Once they are mostly heated thru I add about a tablespoon of tamari or regular soy sauce, which ever you prefer, and depending on how spicy you like your food anywhere from a teaspoon to about a tablespoon of chili garlic sauce. I really prefer the taste of the chili garlic sauce over sriracha but if you are a sriracha lover then that would probably work as well. Once you’ve added those two ingredients to the skillet, mix it all around to cover the chicken strips and let it heat thru a minute or two. Then remove from heat.
While the chicken strips are heating, I try and throw my salad together. We are all busy and multi-tasking is key;) I love to combine different lettuce types when I make my salad. I usually use whatever lettuce I have in my refridgerator. I do typically keep on hand a bag of the Southwest Chopped Salad mix. This mix stays fresh a long time, and I love that it has cilantro and green onions in it. It also comes with a salad dressing that goes really well with this salad. I usually us a little of the southwest salad lettuce and either some romaine or spinach lettuce.
Next it’s time to add the toppings. The Southwest Salad mix comes with tortilla strips and pumpkin seeds, so I add a few of those, or sunflower seeds. Other toppings I typically add are chopped carrots, red onion, and either feta or blue cheese, and a few slices of avocado if I have it on hand. Then I throw the spicy chicken on top and drizzle a little of the creamy cilantro salad dressing over (comes in the salad mix) or any ranch or blue cheese dressing, or which ever dressing you prefer would be great. Enjoy! This is such a flavorful salad. It is a cross between thai and southwest spicy flavors, and the flavors somehow blend so well together. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
For the chicken:
1-2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1 Tablespoon Tamari or Soy Sauce
1 tsp – 1 T Chili garlic sauce
1 Cup frozen chicken breast strips
For the Salad:
Lettuce of Choice – I like the Southwest Chopped Salad Mix and Romaine or Spinach
Toppings of Choice – carrots, red onion, avocado, feta cheese or blue cheese, sunflower seeds, tortilla strips / pumpkin seeds ( come with southwest salad mix), dressing of choice: I prefer the creamy cilantro dressing that also comes with the southwest mix ( FYI- I don’t normally use this dressing with other salads, it’s not my favorite, but it goes really well with this particular salad)