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Honey Adobo Chopped Chicken Salad
with avocado / bell peppers / pepitas

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This colorful meal has a honey adobo dressing that is used both to marinate the chicken and dress the salad so you get maximum flavor in the finished dish. This salad was last featured in 2020.

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Ingredients

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4
Honey Adobo Chopped Chicken Salad:
  • Bell peppers, red - 1, sliced
  • Chicken breasts, boneless and skinless - 1 lb, chopped
  • Green onions - 2 stalks, chopped, green and white parts combined
  • Lettuce, romaine - 1 heart, chopped
  • Cucumbers - 8 oz, diced
  • Tomatoes, grape or cherry (opt) - 1 cup, halved
  • Avocados - 1, cubed
  • Limes - 1/2, wedges
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Pepitas / pumpkin seeds - 1/3 cup
Honey Adobo Marinade / Dressing:
  • Vinegar, red wine - 2 Tbsp
  • Honey - 2 tsp
  • Adobo sauce - 2 tsp (from a can of chipotle peppers in adobo)
  • Paprika, smoked - 1/4 tsp
  • Oil, cooking - 3 Tbsp

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Prep

  1. Make Adobo marinade / dressing - Whisk together vinegar, honey, adobo sauce, and paprika. Add oil (portion for marinade / dressing) while whisking. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

  2. Bell peppers - Slice bell peppers. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

  3. Marinate chicken - Chop chicken into bite-sized pieces and tenderize with a fork. Combine with half the Adobo marinade / dressing (reserve the other half). Marinate for at least 20 minutes and up to a day. (Can be done 1 day ahead)

  4. Green onions / Lettuce / Cucumbers / Tomatoes (if using) / Avocados / Limes - Prep as directed.

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Make

  1. Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add oil (for salad). Use a slotted spoon to remove chicken from marinade (discard marinade) and transfer to heated skillet. Saute until chicken is cooked through, 4 to 6 minutes. Season with some salt and pepper as it cooks.

  2. Make salad by combining lettuce, cucumbers, bell peppers, green onions, tomatoes, and avocados. Add dressing until dressed to your liking.

  3. Top salad with chicken and pepitas. Serve with lime wedges on the side. Enjoy!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (46)
Gluten-free (5)
Paleo (4)
Vegetarian (15)

28 reviews

I liked this because the elements deconstructed decently for my four old and then I mixed everything together for the adults. I didn’t have lettuce on hand, only kale, so dressed the kale in an olive oil/lime juice/garlic/salt/pepper dressing to soften it up. To the marinade/dressing, added garlic, shallots and some orange juice and upped the honey due to spice sensitive family members. Yum!!

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

Every cooksmarts salad I’ve made is saved as a favorite - so good!

By: Jill
Posted: May 17, 2022
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

Simple and delicious!

By: Sara
Posted: May 11, 2022
Diet: Paleo
0 Helpful

Everyone liked this and super easy. I did as deconstructed and let everyone assemble their own. Lots of takers in the veggies.

By: Namrita
Posted: May 10, 2022
Diet: Paleo
0 Helpful

Very yummy

By: Karen
Posted: May 07, 2022
Diet: Paleo
0 Helpful

Delicious! Dressing was great. If I'd had another avocado, I'd have added that.

By: Jennifer
Posted: May 04, 2022
Diet: Vegetarian
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