Jalapeño Ranch Salad w/ Adobo Chicken

A fresh & filling salad that tastes like summer.

3-4 salads

Time: 30 mins

By Ethan Chlebowski

This is a high-protein salad I eat all the time. Customize with any other protein or vegetables you have around.

Ethan Chlebowski

Ethan Chlebowski



  • Adobo chicken

    • chicken breasts
      , diced
      ~500 g1 lb
    • salt
      5 ga sprinkle
    • chipotles in adobo
      , minced
      10 g
    • mayonnaise
      10 ga spoonful
    • cumin
      a sprinkle
  • Jalapeno ranch

    • sour cream
      , low fat
      100 g
    • mayonnaise
      15 g
    • lime juice
      1/2 lime
    • jalapeños
    • cilantro
      10 ga few sprigs
    • dill
      3 ga sprig
    • salt
      a sprinkle
  • Other salad components

    • lettuce
      , chopped
    • tomatoes
      , diced
    • red onions
      , thinly sliced
    • black beans
      , cooked & drained
    • tortilla chips
      , lightly crushed


Step 1: Prep the chicken

After dicing the chicken into small cubes, mix it in a bowl with the salt, minced adobo chilies, mayo, and cumin. The mixture should coat each piece of chicken.

  • This effectively marinates the chicken but will also help with browning during cooking.

You can move on to cooking the chicken right away, or optionally let it overnight.

Step 2: Cook the chicken

Add the marinated chicken cubes to a pan or griddle over high heat.

  • Allow them to undisturbed for a few minutes or until color develops on one side, then flip them periodically to finish cooking through and get color on different sides.

Once cooked through, set the chicken bites aside to rest.

Step 3: Make the dressing

Add all jalapeño ranch ingredients to a blender or food processor and pulse until smooth.

Taste and adjust with salt and more lime juice, if needed. If it's too thick, adjust the consistency with a splash of water.

Step 4: Assemble & serve

Prep or gather any remaining salad components you'd want to add.

On a bowl or plate, layer your desired amount of each salad ingredient and toss or drizzle with the jalapeño ranch.




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