Recipe

Chicken taco salad

For a new take on the usual Tex-Mex fare, consider this delicious chicken taco salad. You've all the fresh and healthy ingredients of a usual taco, but none of the mess that is involved in eating with your hands.

  • 20 mins cooking
  • Serves 4
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Ingredients

Chicken taco salad
  • 2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 x 200g (6½-ounce) chicken breast fillets
  • 3 taco shells (33g)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, extra
  • 1 avocado (320g)
  • 1 red capsicum (bell pepper) (150g)
  • 2 roma (egg) tomatoes (150g)
  • 1 lime (90g)
  • 80 gram (2½ ounces) mesclun leaves
  • 1/2 cup (120g) light sour cream
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon sweet chilli sauce

Method

Chicken taco salad
  • 1
    Preheat oven to 200°C/400°F.
  • 2
    Mix the ground cumin, cumin seeds, paprika and oil in a medium bowl; add the chicken. Use your hands to rub the cumin mixture all over the chicken; season with salt and pepper. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap; refrigerate while preparing tacos.
  • 3
    Put the tacos on an oven tray and bake according to the instructions on the packet. Cool the tacos on the tray before you touch them, then break into 3cm (1¼-inch) pieces.
  • 4
    Heat a large ovenproof frying pan on the stove over medium- high heat. Pour the extra oil into the pan, then add the chicken. Cook the chicken about 5 minutes on each side or until browned. Put the pan in the oven and roast for about 10 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.
  • 5
    Using oven mitts, take the pan out of the oven and use tongs to transfer the chicken to a chopping board. When cool enough to handle, cut the chicken into 1cm (½-inch) slices. Cover the chicken with foil to keep it warm.
  • 6
    Cut the avocado in half from top to bottom. Place the half with the seed on a board; use a teaspoon to scoop out the seed. Use a large spoon to scoop the avocado flesh out of the skin in one piece; slice flesh thinly.
  • 7
    Cut the capsicum into quarters; cut out the seeds and membranes. Slice capsicum and tomatoes thinly.
  • 8
    Juice the lime. Put avocado, capsicum, tomato, lime juice and the mesclun in a large bowl; mix well. Add the chicken slices and taco pieces; mix gently.
  • 9
    To make the dressing, mix the sour cream and the sauce in a small bowl. Serve the salad immediately, accompanied with the dressing.

Notes

If you don't have a frying pan that can go in the oven, take the chicken out of the pan and put it on an oven tray before roasting in the oven.

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