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Jerk Chicken Chopped Salad
with mango / avocado / cucumbers / crushed plantain chips

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This entree salad is loaded with texture and flavor from the spicy chicken to the sweet mango to crushed plantain chips for crunch.
Smarts #1: If making Wednesday's meal, be sure to marinate and cook chicken for that night at the same time.
Smarts #2: Slicing the chicken breast in half creates more surface area for the marinade to add flavor. Just keep in mind that halved chicken breast will cook fairly quickly.
Cooking methods: This recipe includes instructions for using the grill or stovetop. Select your preferred method.
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Ingredients

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Servings:
4
Jerk Chicken:
  • Jerk or Cajun seasoning - 1 Tbsp
  • Brown sugar - 1 tsp
  • Cinnamon - 1/2 tsp
  • Soy sauce, low-sodium - 1 Tbsp
  • Vinegar, red or white wine - 1 Tbsp
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Chicken breast, boneless and skinless - 1 lb, halved to thin
Jerk Chicken Chopped Salad:
  • Bell peppers, red - 1, chopped
  • Cucumbers - 8 oz, chopped
  • Mangos - 1, cubed
  • Avocados - 1, chopped
  • Green onions - 2, chopped, green and white parts combined
  • Lettuce, romaine - 2 hearts, chopped (sub any salad greens)
  • Plantain chips - 6 oz, roughly chopped or crushed
Honey Lime Vinaigrette:
  • Lime juice - 1 Tbsp
  • Vinegar, red or white wine - 2 tsp
  • Mustard, Dijon - 1 tsp
  • Cumin, ground - 1/2 tsp
  • Honey - 1/2 tsp
  • Oil, olive - 3 Tbsp

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Prep

  1. Make marinade - (Double if making Wednesday’s meal.) Whisk together Jerk seasoning, brown sugar, cinnamon, soy sauce, vinegar (portion for chicken), and cooking oil. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Chicken - (Double if making Wednesday’s meal; if prepping right before cooking, get grill heating while chicken marinates.) Slice in half to thin. Combine with marinade. Tenderize with a fork. Marinate for at least 20 minutes and up to a day. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  3. Make vinaigrette - Whisk together lime juice, vinegar (portion for vinaigrette), mustard, cumin, and honey. Add olive oil while whisking. Season with some salt. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  4. Bell peppers - Chop bell peppers. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  5. Cucumbers / Mangos / Avocados / Green onions / Romaine - Prep as directed.

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Make

  1. Heat grill to 425F / 218C degrees, keeping one part over direct heat and one part over indirect heat.
  2. Remove chicken from marinade (discard marinade). Season chicken with some salt and pepper.
  3. Brush grates with some oil and place chicken over direct heat. Sear chicken on both sides until grill marks show. When grill marks show, move chicken to indirect heat and continue cooking until cooked through (165F / 74C degrees).
  4. Transfer chicken to a cutting board. Let rest and cool slightly (~5 minutes) before chopping into bite-sized pieces. If chicken was doubled, chop chicken for Wednesday at the same time and set it aside.
  5. Toss romaine, cucumbers, bell peppers, mangos, avocados, and green onions with vinaigrette until dressed to your liking. Top with chicken and crumbled plantain chips. Enjoy!

Prep

  1. Make marinade - (Double if making Wednesday’s meal.) Whisk together Jerk seasoning, brown sugar, cinnamon, soy sauce, vinegar (portion for chicken), and cooking oil. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Chicken - (Double if making Wednesday’s meal.) Slice in half to thin. Combine with marinade. Tenderize with a fork. Marinate for at least 20 minutes and up to a day. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  3. Make vinaigrette - Whisk together lime juice, vinegar (portion for vinaigrette), mustard, cumin, and honey. Add olive oil while whisking. Season with some salt. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  4. Bell peppers - Chop bell peppers. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  5. Cucumbers / Mangos / Avocados / Green onions / Romaine - Prep as directed.

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Make

  1. Remove chicken from marinade (discard marinade). Season chicken with some salt and pepper.
  2. Heat a grill pan or skillet over medium heat. Brush with some cooking oil and add chicken to heated oil (do this in batches if needed). Cook chicken on both sides until cooked through (165F / 74C degrees).
  3. Transfer chicken to a cutting board. Let rest and cool slightly (~5 minutes) before chopping into bite-sized pieces. If chicken was doubled, chop chicken for Wednesday at the same time and set it aside.
  4. Toss romaine, cucumbers, bell peppers, mangos, avocados, and green onions with vinaigrette until dressed to your liking. Top with chicken and crumbled plantain chips. Enjoy!

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Most Helpful

Yummy! I ate all the plantain chips (oops!), so I made do with what I had and sautéed some walnuts with butter, salt, jerk seasoning, and cayenne pepper. (I will def make these again.) Also, no fresh mangos, so I used frozen thawed, which worked well.

By: Rachel
Posted: May 13, 2021
Diet: Vegetarian
1 Helpful

40 reviews

Another great recipe! The dressing doesn’t taste amazing on its own but it compliments the whole salad well. We also added some pineapple and cilantro we had in the fridge which kicked up the flavor eve more. Love the crunch from the plantain chips!

By: Kelsey
Posted: Jun 16, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Subbed roasted sliced turkey I had in the freezer. Dressing and salad were delicious! Loved the plantain chips!

By: Alyssa
Posted: May 28, 2022
Diet: Gluten-free
0 Helpful

Very good! Didn't buy plantain chips :( Made my own cajun seasoning bc I didn't have any on hand and that worked great

By: Emily
Posted: May 28, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Forgot the plantain chips and they were in my pantry! Easy!

By: Diane
Posted: May 24, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

loved the flavours and how fast it came together. but was not able to find plantain chips so i replaced it with tortilla chips, not the same but crunch.

By: Cecilia
Posted: Jul 14, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

This salad was fantastic! Best preparation of tofu I've ever made.

By: Julie
Posted: Jul 13, 2021
Diet: Vegetarian
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