If you like taco salad (and who doesn’t), you’re going to love this Chicken Fajita Salad. It’s a great alternative to traditional, flour-wrapped fajitas. Nothing wrong with those, but if you’re watching your carbs, this Mexican-inspired salad might just become your new thing…for lunch or dinner.
Chicken Fajita Salad
If you’re anything like me, you never stop searching for new, easy ways to create a whole meal (or two) from boneless, skinless, chicken breast. And you probably want to keep things on the fresh side, right?
On busy weeknights during the warmer months, we find that salads-for-dinner are exactly what we need. As long as they involve some savory proteins, lots of vegetables, and any other thoughtful ingredients to offer flavor, texture, and contrast. We have definitely found this to be the case with our Chicken Fajita Salad.
How easy it is to make Chicken Fajita Salad
Oh man, it couldn’t be easier! You literally slice the chicken, chop the vegetables, sauté the chicken, sauté the vegetables, allow them to cool down, toss everything together into a bowl of leafy green lettuce, and garnish with various toppings. That’s it. The hardest part might be cutting the chicken, but only if you are using a dull knife. So friend, don’t do that.
This chicken fajita salad is so good exactly as it is, but you could easily add some traditional Mexican ingredients to it, like cilantro, salsa, or jalapeños…the sky’s the limit! If you really want to wrap this beauty up and put a bow on it, make Low Fat Avocado Ranch Dressing as a creamy topping for it. You won’t regret it!
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Ingredients you’ll need to make Chicken Fajita Salad:
- 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons fajita seasoning
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 large portobello mushroom
- 1 red bell pepper
- 1/2 red onion
- 2 cloves garlic
- 8-10 leafy green lettuce leaves
- 1 lime
- (Optional) tortilla chips and shredded Jack cheese
Tools I used for this recipe:
- chef knife
- nonstick skillet
- cutting board
- nonstick skillet
- mixing bowls
- air-tight storage containers
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Chicken Fajitas Salad
- 1 boneless skinless chicken breast (paper-towel dry, cut into 1/4” strips)
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons fajita seasoning divided in half
- 2 tablespoons olive oil divided in half
- 1 large portobello mushroom sliced
- 1 red bell pepper sliced
- 1/2 red onion sliced
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 8-10 leafy green lettuce leaves chopped
- 1 lime quartered
- Optional tortilla chips and shredded Jack cheese
- In a small bowl, toss together chicken breast, salt, and half of the fajita seasoning to coat all surfaces of the chicken.
- In a nonstick skillet over medium heat, heat half of the olive oil until shimmering (about 2 minutes).
- Add seasoned chicken breast to oil and sauté until chicken is opaque (no pink); transfer chicken to a plate and set aside to cool.
- To the skillet, add the other half of the olive oil; heat until shimmering.
- Add mushrooms, bell pepper, red onion, garlic and remaining fajita seasoning; toss to combine and sauté veggies until tender and fragrant (about 3 or 4 minutes); transfer vegetables to the plate with chicken; allow to cool; chop into smaller bites if desired.
- When ready to serve, toss chicken, veggies, and romaine lettuce together; squeeze lime over salad; (optional) sprinkle a few, crumbled tortilla chips and shredded Monterey Jack Cheese over salad for garnish.