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Southwestern Chicken Salad


Southwestern Chicken Salad is loaded up with all your favorite Tex-Mex goodness! It’s easy to make, totally nutritious, and extremely tasty. 

Southwestern Chicken Salad is loaded up with sliced cilantro chicken, fresh pico de gallo. cheese, and crushed corn chips



I have been lost in the land of technology garbledy gook since Sunday and really all I have to show for it is some freaking delicious food that I worked on while I had 875675 chat windows full of tech support open.


You are here for the food so I guess that’s a good thing, yeah?

overhead view of a big bowl of southwestern chicken salad with wooden salad tongs


Is it just me or is having to ask for help with unfamiliar technology like the most stressful thing ever? I try to warn them going in with my standard disclaimer: “Hello, my name is Heather and I have no idea what you are talking about, but I can follow directions.” About 3 out of every 5 get it and provide me with instructions suitable for a 5-year-old. But there are always TWO.

Two out of five tech support people that say things like, “You’ll need to extract the DNS from the WHM and then add it to the base of the sum of the cPanel with your FTP login credentials while tap dancing and balancing your laptop on your head.” And then they get all eye-rolley when you don’t understand.



a plate of chopped southwest salad

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Southwestern Chicken Salad
Yield: 6-8

Southwestern Chicken Salad

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Southwestern Chicken salad is finely chopped, loaded with flavor, and totally delicious! Topped with sliced cilantro-marinated chicken, fresh pico de gallo, cheese, and crushed corn chips for some crunch. You'lll love it.


For the Pico de Gallo:

  • 6 Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 cup red onion, finely diced
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

For the Salads:

  • 6 ounces sliced cold cilantro chicken
  • 1 head of romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 3 ounces icedberg lettuce, chopped
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1/2 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 cup chili cheese Fritos, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro to garnish


  1. Toss all the pico ingredients together and set it in the fridge until you need it.
  2. To assemble the salads fill each bowl with a generous helping of lettuce, then pico de gallo and beans. Add corn and then chicken. Sprinkle with the shredded cheese.
  3. Whisk together the sour cream and water to give you a saucy consistency. You can add more water or more sour cream to reach your desired consistency. Drizzle the sour cream over the top of the salad and sprinkle with the Fritos and cilantro.


Friday 17th of July 2020

This sounds delicious but is there a recipe for cilantro chicken?

Andi @ The Weary Chef

Monday 14th of October 2013

Pepper Jack Cheese Sauce!? I'm in!


Tuesday 15th of October 2013

My thoughts exactly.


Friday 27th of September 2013

Ever since I started blogging I've regretting my degree in English! Why oh why couldn't I have majored in computer science???? I so want to be a techie!! This salad is pretty darn delicious Heather! I could eat this every day.


Friday 27th of September 2013

Thanks Tanya! I do not want a degree in computer science.Too much math. I DO however want only the people with actual people skills to be in charge of customer contact. The rest need to not answer the phone/chat.


Friday 27th of September 2013

Oh I'd rather have a root canal than deal with tech support of any kind.. as for this delish meal, now I know what to use that bag of grilled chicken strips for.. Found this link for the coolest little restaurant in San Francisco..I am dying to make that salmon sandwich:-)


Friday 27th of September 2013

Thanks Lynne!!! OMG that sandwich has sriracha tartar sauce. WOW!!!

Julie @ This Gal Cooks

Thursday 26th of September 2013

YUM! This looks so good! I'm doing reduced carbs right now (low carb during the day but a carb with dinner and of course a dessert) so this would be perfect without the chalupa shell! Love the cheese sauce and all of the toppings. It's like a tasty salad!


Thursday 26th of September 2013

It is!!! With or without the shell you need this cheese sauce in your life :)

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