Grilled Chili Lime Chicken Fajita Salad is delicious, with marinated chicken, peppers, onions, black beans, avocado and lettuce, and a chili lime dressing!Grilled Chili Lime Chicken Fajita Salad is delicious, with marinated chicken, peppers, onions, black beans, avocado and lettuce, and a chili lime dressing!
Do you like fajitas? Well, I sure do, so I was excited to try a new recipe for Grilled Chili & Lime Chicken Fajita Salad! Wow… it tasted fantastic, and I can’t wait to share it with you today.

This main dish salad is filled with marinated grilled chicken, romaine lettuce, black beans, grilled bell peppers and onion, and is topped with tortilla strips, cilantro, avocado and sour cream.

If that’s not enough, it is drizzled with an amazing chili and lime salad dressing (part of it serves as the marinade!).  If you like Southwestern food, chances are you will LOVE this filling salad.  We sure did!  It is one of my new favorites… will DEFINITELY make this chicken fajita salad again and again.

The chicken will need to marinate for a couple hours (at least), so plan ahead (the marinating time is not included in the prep time on printable recipe). I like to get things ready ahead of time, so early in the afternoon I marinated the chicken, then grilled the chicken and at the same time, (in a separate skillet) I grilled the onion and peppers.

When it was dinner time, all I had to do was slice the pre-cooked chicken, arrange the salad ingredients in 2 serving bowls, drizzle with the dressing and serve! EASY!

How To Cook This Chicken Fajita Salad

The day I made this salad it was pouring rain, so I cooked the chicken on my indoor George Foreman grill. You can cook the marinated chicken on the BBQ, an indoor grill.

You can also cook it in a skillet on your stovetop! The recipe calls for boneless chicken thighs, but boneless chicken breasts are a great substitution, too!

Marinating The Chicken

In a small bowl, whisk the ingredients for the marinade together until fully blended.  Pour HALF (approx. 1/4 cup) of the marinade into a shallow dish.

Add the chicken, cover, and refrigerate/marinate chicken for at least 2 hours (turning occasionally to coat), for best taste results!

Cover and set the remaining marinade (approx. 1/4 cup) aside until ready to serve (this is the salad dressing). There is no need to refrigerate.

Marinade for chicken fajita salad, in small metal bowl

Chicken thighs marinating in glass dish

IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP:

TIP: When you cook the marinated chicken, discard and do NOT use the marinade that has been in contact with the chicken, to avoid cross contamination!

After chicken has been marinated, grill the chicken until done and crispy on a BBQ or indoor grill. If using a skillet, heat a teaspoon of oil on medium-high heat until hot before adding meat. Once very hot (but not smoking), add chicken and cook until done.

When cooked fully, remove chicken. Let rest for a few minutes, then cut chicken into thin slices.

Grilled chicken thighs for salad

Grilled marinated chicken, cut into thin slices for salad

In a separate skillet, heat a teaspoon of oil on medium-high heat until hot. Add the sliced red and yellow bell peppers and onions.

Cook until tender (4-5 minutes), stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and set aside.

Yellow and red bell pepper slices with onions grilled in skilletTime To Assemble The Salad

To assemble the salad, fill each serving dish with torn romaine leaves. Evenly distribute the black beans, peppers and onions over lettuce. Add some sliced avocado and crisp tortilla strips.

TIP: I made my own tortilla strips – to see how to make them, check notes section of printable recipe.

Sprinkle the salad with extra cilantro leaves.  Place a dollop of sour cream on top, and add a lime wedge (for garnish).  Finish it by drizzling reserved marinade over the top.

Enjoy This Delicious Chicken Fajita Salad

Serve… and ENJOY this amazing, flavor-filled chicken fajita salad! The recipe as written (below) makes two very generous sized main course salads.

Grilled Chili and Lime Chicken Fajita Salad on white serving plate.

I’m not kidding… this chili lime chicken fajita salad really is one delicious dinner!  I hope you will give it a try. My husband loved it, too.  One of his first comments after tasting it was, “wow, this has to be one of the best looking salads I’ve ever eaten”.

Yes, it LOOKS good, but just wait until you TASTE it! Grab a fork and have a taste of this juicy chicken fajita salad!  YUM!

Close up photo of chicken fajita salad

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Recipe Adapted From:  https://cafedelites.com/2015/08/09/grilled-chilli-lime-chicken-fajita-salad/

Grilled Chili & Lime Chicken Fajita Salad
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
Grilled Chili Lime Chicken Fajita Salad is delicious, with marinated chicken, peppers, onions, black beans, avocado and lettuce, and a chili lime dressing!
Category: Main Course Salad
Cuisine: Southwestern
Keyword: chicken fajita salad
Servings: 2 Main Course Servings
Calories Per Serving: 544 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For Marinade:
  • 4 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/3 cup (+ 1 Tablespoon more) fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh chopped cilantro
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon red chili flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
For Salad:
  • 2 boneless , skinless chicken thighs (can substitute chicken breasts)
  • 1/2 yellow bell pepper , sliced thin (seeds removed)
  • 1/2 red bell pepper , sliced thin (seeds removed)
  • 1/2 medium onion , thinly sliced
  • 5 cups Romaine lettuce , roughly chopped
  • 1 avocado , sliced (divided)
  • 1/2 cup black beans (rinsed, drained)
For Garnish (Optional):
  • Sour cream and extra cilantro leaves
  • Crisp tortilla strips (see Notes section for "how to make" these).
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, whisk ingredients for marinade together until fully blended. Pour HALF (approx. 1/4 cup) of the marinade into a shallow dish. Add chicken and let marinate in fridge for at least 2 hours, turning occasionally to coat. Cover remaining marinade and set aside until ready to serve (this is the salad dressing-you do not need to refrigerate).
  2. Heat a teaspoon of oil on medium-high heat in a skillet. Once oil is hot, add marinated chicken pieces; cook until done and crispy on outside (can also use indoor grill or outside BBQ). When fully cooked, remove chicken. Let rest for a few minutes, then cut into thin slices. Set aside. Discard and do NOT use the marinade that has been in contact with the chicken, to avoid cross contamination.
  3. In a separate skillet, heat a teaspoon of oil on medium-high heat. Add sliced onions and bell peppers. Cook until tender (4-5 minutes), stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; set aside.
To Assemble Salad: Fill serving dish with torn romaine leaves. Evenly distribute black beans, peppers and onions over lettuce. Add sliced avocado and crisp tortilla strips. Sprinkle with cilantro leaves. Place a dollop of sour cream on top and add a lime wedge (for garnish). Drizzle reserved marinade over salad. Serve... and ENJOY!
    Recipe Notes

    Caloric calculation does not include sour cream or tortilla strip garnish. Prep Time does not include marinating time for chicken.

    TO MAKE TORTILLA STRIPS: Cut 2 corn tortillas in half, then cut into thin strips. Coat strips with 1 Tablespoon of vegetable oil, then bake at 375 degrees for 5-6 minutes on each side (flipping midway through baking), until light brown and crispy.

    Nutrition Facts
    Grilled Chili & Lime Chicken Fajita Salad
    Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
    Calories 544 Calories from Fat 288
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 32g49%
    Saturated Fat 4g25%
    Cholesterol 72mg24%
    Sodium 1329mg58%
    Potassium 1561mg45%
    Carbohydrates 35g12%
    Fiber 14g58%
    Sugar 7g8%
    Protein 32g64%
    Vitamin A 11655IU233%
    Vitamin C 123.8mg150%
    Calcium 85mg9%
    Iron 3.7mg21%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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