Spicy Southwestern Chicken Salad with Peanut Butter and Lemon Dressing

Grilled Chicken Salad, Southwestern Cuisine, Blogging Marathon

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Spicy southwestern chicken salad is delicious, crunchy, wholesome, healthy grilled chicken with peanut lime dressing.

Spicy Southwestern Grilled Chicken Salad

As I mentioned in my last post, we are on a low carb diet and trying to cut back on rice in-take. We are on this diet for past couple of weeks and so far it is going well. Spicy southwestern grilled chicken salad with peanut butter lemon dressing our dinner one if the days.

Chicken is grilled with a spicy southwestern spice rub and served on a bed of lettuce along with some roasted fresh sweet corn kernels, avocado and peanuts. Dressing for the salad is peanut butter and lemon~lime juice. Spicy chicken, romaine lettuce, fresh roasted corn and avocado makes it a wholesome filling salad. Both of us loved the salad and Mr.U wants to me to make it at least once a week.

Grilled Chicken Salad, Southwestern Cuisine, Blogging Marathon

Southwestern Chicken with Peanut Lime Dressing

Source: Floating Kitchen

Spicy Southwestern Chicken with Peanut Lemon Dressing
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins

Grilled spicy southwestern chicken corn salad with a nutty peanut lemon dressing

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Southweastern
Keyword: Healthy Salad, Low Carb Meal
Servings: 2
Spice Rub:
  • 1 tbsp Paprika
  • 1 - 2 tsp Chili Powder I used 2 tsp.
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • ½ tsp Black Pepper Powder
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • ½ tsp dried Oregano
  • ½ tsp dried Thyme Leaves
  • ¼ - ½ tsp Cayenne Pepper I used ½ tsp.
  • 1 ½ - 2 ½ tbsp Spice Rub I used 2 ½ tbsp.
  • 2 tsp. Oil
  • 2 boneless skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 2 hearts Romaine Lettuce chopped (I used one)
  • ½ small – medium sized Red Onion diced
  • ½ cup Black Beans rinsed and drained (I did not use)
  • ½ - 1 cup Sweetcorn Kernels or 1 fresh Sweetcorn on the Cob can also use canned corn kernels
  • 1 Avocado halved seeded and sliced
  • 1 - 2 tbsp Roasted Peanuts I used one but ad according to taste
  • Lemon or Lime wedges for serving
  • 2 tbsp Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 2 tbsp fresh Lemon or Lime Juice
  • Zest of one Lemon or Lime
  • 1 tbsp Soya Sauce or Tamari Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp Honey I did not use it
  • 1 tbsp Water
  • ¼ tsp Salt
Spice Rub
  1. Take all the ingredients listed under spice rub in a bowl and mix well until blended. 

  2. There is going to be some leftover rub after rubbing some to the chicken.  Store leftover rub in an airtight container until next use.

Southwestern Chicken
  1. Add oil to 2 ½ tbsp. spice rub to make a paste. 

  2. Make some gashes on chicken breast, rub spice paste to chicken and marinate for at least 1 hour or preferably overnight. Marination is not required but since I am a marinating freak, I do it.

  3. Pre-heat the oven to 400 F and line a baking pan with an aluminum foil. 

  4. Transfer chicken to a wire rack and place it in the baking pan. Spray some cooking spray on chicken and bake for 25 – 30 minutes turning once in between. Mine was done  in 30 minutes or bake until the chicken is cooked or thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the chicken reads 160 F. 

  5. Remove chicken from oven and set aside for 5 – 10 minutes before slicing.

  1. While chicken is baking, prepare the dressing by whisking together all the ingredients listed under dressing or pulse all the ingredients in a mini-food processor.

  2.  If dressing is too thick, add some water to dilute it. Set aside until ready to use.

Assembling the Salad
  1. Cut corn kernels off the cob using a knife.  Roast corn kernels in a pan for few minutes until corn just begins to char.

  2. Remove from stove and keep aside. Roasting corn is not required but I prefer lightly toasting the corn kernels to remove the rawness of the kernels.

  3. Toss lettuce with some peanut lemon dressing.
  4. Arrange the lettuce in couple of plates. Top it with sliced chicken, corn, onion, avocado, peanuts and beans (if using) evenly in both the plates. If required, drizzle some dressing on onion, corn and avocado.
  5. Serve with lime or lemon wedges. I used 3 tbsp lemon juice in the dressing and did not feel the need for more lemon.

Recipe Notes
  • I used little less than 1 heart of romaine lettuce. Add lettuce as required. Since I used very little lettuce, I had some leftover dressing.
  • The recipe called for 1 ½ tbsp. spice rub but I added 2 ½ to make it spicy. Also, I added more chili powder and cayenne pepper for a spicy rub. Substituted cayenne pepper with chili powder and vice versa. I think a good substitute for paprika would a mixture of chili powder and cumin powder.
  • Paneer or tofu is a good substitute for Chicken and grill on a stove top in a pan.
  • Feta or Queso Fresco cheese is a good add on to the salad.
  • Oven temperatures vary from oven to oven and bake until chicken is well cooked.
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Spicy southwestern chicken salad is delicious healthy grilled chicken with peanut lime dressing.

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