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Santa Fe Chicken Salad

See I have been cooking, even though I have not been posting. So in the time that I was not posting, but still cooking, I found this Santa Fe Chicken Salad recipe that calls for Tequila Lime Chicken, which I need tequila for. I don’t drink tequila, unless of course my drink comes with a tiny umbrella. I don’t have tiny umbrellas at my house, so no tequila. However, i found out you can replace orange juice for tequila, I do have plenty of orange juice. You know to go with my vodka…kidding. Okay back to the salad. I am not usually a fan of salad because I am always hungry an hour later, but this is really fantastic.

Tequila Lime Chicken
2 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
1 lime, zested and juiced
2 Tbsp Tequila – substitute orange juice here
2 Tbsp orange juice
2 tsp canola oil
½ tsp cumin
¼ tsp oregano
¼ tsp chili powder
2 cloves garlic, smashed
Salt and pepper

Combine the lime juice and zest, tequila, orange juice, canola oil, spices and garlic and whisk together. Pour into a dish or resealable bag along with the chicken and refrigerate for 30 minutes – 2 hours (any longer and the acid in the citrus could start to “cook” the chicken).

Sprinkle the chicken with salt and pepper and then grill or sauté the chicken, blasting with the marinade, until cooked through (about 4-5 minutes per side).

Dressing
¼ cup salsa
2 Tbsp sour cream (big tablespoons!)
2 Tbsp ranch dressing
Hot sauce (optional)

Combine all ingredients (and a few dashes of hot sauce, or more) and refrigerate as you make the rest of the salad.

Salad
3-4 cups romaine lettuce, chopped
1 large tomato, diced
½ avocado, diced
1/3 cup black beans, drained/rinsed
1/3 cup corn
1/3 cup cheddar jack cheese
2 corn tortillas
Cooking spray

Cut the corn tortillas into square and spray with oil. Bake at 350 in your oven until crispy.

Combine the remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Toss with the dressing and then stir in the crisp corn tortillas. Top with chicken.

5 Responses

  1. I had to tell you that I absolutely loved this recipe girl.Knowing me of course I had to use the tequila, and lots of it.I had quite the night…

  2. Hi. this was my first time in your blog. i love chocolates or anything sweet actually. My wife is the chcoholic in the family. She has restrained herself over the years but has made me addicted in the process. I smiled when i read about your festish for umbrellas in your drink. My wife refuses to have coffee unless it comes in a takeaway cup and has a straw. So here’s to chocolates and quirks

  3. Looks like a good hearty salad. I agree with you that salads can be a let down when you are starving a hour later, but if you incorporate avocado, black beans and chicken you will have a satisfying salad indeed!

  4. Oh my YUM! This looks so delish:)

  5. Those martinis sound and look great. Nice on a hot summer day.

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