Grilled Chilli Lime Chicken Fajita Salad

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This grilled chili lime chicken fajita salad recipe is built like an entire meal with sliced chicken thigh meat, sautéed peppers and onions, fresh buttery avocado, and a showstopper chilli-lime dressing. Meal-sized salads are excellent for when you need dinner fast or don’t want to heat up the kitchen. This chicken fajita salad recipe does require some pre-planning, however, since the chicken is tossed with a marinade that also doubles as the dressing for the entire salad. You will have to plan at least two hours ahead to make this salad recipe for dinner since the chicken will taste best the longer it sits in the marinade. Karina, the developer of this salad, states that she has forgone the marinade time, however, and the salad has still turned out delicious.

When it is hot in the summer, all you want to use to cook is the grill, because the oven heats up the kitchen too much. Grilled chicken is an easy go-to for the barbecue, because it caramelizes into a flavourful piece of meat, and is perfect brushed with barbecue sauce. When you are getting tired of standard grilled meat and baked potatoes and don’t want to go too far out of your comfort zone of easy eats in the summer, this chili chicken recipe is the perfect replacement. Chicken thighs are used in this dish for their full flavor and juiciness, but you could use chicken breast if those are what you have on hand. Karina does instruct to use a grill pan or skillet on the stove to prepare the chicken and veggies for this recipe, but you could translate this chicken salad recipe to the grill easily. If you have an oven-safe grill pan or skillet, it can go directly on the barbecue to stir-fry the onions and peppers, while you cook the chicken. If you want to cook indoors during the summer because you don’t own a barbecue, Karina’s grill pan option is a fantastic choice because it mimics the same high even heat of an outdoor grill, which will char the chicken slightly and turn it into a delicious topping for your salad recipe. Also, the minimal cooking in this chicken with lime recipe shouldn’t heat up your kitchen too much.

Nutrition Facts for:Grilled Chilli Lime Chicken Fajita Salad from Cafe Delites

Ingredients: Olive oil, lime juice, cilantro, garlic, grown sugar, red chili flakes, cumin, salt, chicken thighs, yellow bell pepper, red bell pepper, onion, Romain lettuce, avocados.

* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

* The entire recipe has been calculated for 4 servings.

* Per Serving:Calories 468, Calories from Fat 328, Total Fat 36.4g 56%, Saturated Fat 7.4g 37%, Cholesterol 76mg 25%, Sodium 662mg 28%, Potassium 747mg 21%, Carbohydrates 11.9g 4%, Dietary Fiber 6.9g 28%, Sugars 1.7g, Protein 26.8g, Vitamin A 17%, Vitamin C 31%, Calcium 3%, Iron 9%

The dressing recipe in this easy meal ties all the components together into a Tex-Mex inspired treat. Think of the fajita seasoning that you would usually top the grilled meat and peppers with, which is sweet, spicy and tangy. This chili lime dressing recipe is all those things, too, involving lime juice for tanginess, brown sugar for sweetness, and chili flakes for spice. Fresh cilantro, cumin, and garlic are all tasty additions that turn this marinade into something truly unique. Half of the dressing gets combined with the chicken, while the other half is reserved as a topping for the entire salad. Thank you to Karina, the author of ‘Café Delites’ recipe blog, for sharing her grilled chili lime chicken fajita salad recipe with us.

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