Monday, July 16, 2012

Blackened Southwest Chicken Salad

Whoa nelly! This was a fantastic dinner. It would be a fantastic lunch as well. Why pay up to $13 for a salad in a restaurant when you can make your own at home. Not to mention you know exactly what's going  in it.  I have to tell you as I was making this my baby girl, aka love bug, aka DQ (drama queen) aka Maddie who is 6 see's me chopping the avocado. Oh mommy "WACAMOLE!!!" can I put some on my face? Of course I instantly burst out laughing, all she does is make me laugh all day everyday. I ask her what TV show did you see that on? Assuming that is how she came up with this. She had no answer and ran off to her next endeavor.  I tell ya kids are just to much!

Southwest Seasoning
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 tablespoons smoked paprika
2 tablespoons cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 teaspoons cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
* save any extra for next time
2 boneless chicken breasts 
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 bag field greens mix
1 bunch of cilantro, chopped 
1 15-ounce can of black beans, drained and rinsed
1 ear of corn grilled, cut off kernels (you can use frozen or caned corn)
1 large tomato, diced
1 avocado, diced
1/2 cup red onion, chopped finely
juice of 1 lime
1/4 cup cheddar jack cheese
crushed tortilla chips, optional
Southwest Ranch Dressing, I used a bottled brand
Pound the chicken with a meat tenderizer.  In a skillet, heat the oil.  Add the chicken and sprinkle generously with southwest seasoning.  Cook each side about 7 minutes or until done.  It will be blackened. Remove from pan to cool. Slice the chicken.   Prepare all ingredients and toss the lettuce, cilantro, beans corn, tomatoes avocado, onion and lime juice. Add the chicken toss lightly. Sprinkle on the cheese and chips. Don’t add the salad dressing until ready to serve to prevent the lettuce getting to soggy.

*Shared over at Totally Tasty Tuesdays, Weekend Potluck


  1. mmmm...sounds wonderful! Thanks for sharing!

  2. One of our most favorites here in the ITheeCook blog. Will definitely try it! Thanks.

  3. This sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing at Weekend Potluck!
    ~Tonya from 4 little Fergusons