Recipe: Spicy Chicken Salad

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I love traditional chicken salad but I was not craving mayonnaise and celery- which can be quite heavy, a little bland, and not to mention a little bit fattening.  So I came up with this idea of a lighter and more flavorful chicken salad that was spicy, thus why I named it spicy chicken salad.  I had some left over roasted chicken, some salsa and some greens- so I thought "I can make a salad out of this!" This spicy chicken salad is light, refreshing, and low in calories; plus it was very easy to make!  It would be easy to add other ingredients as well or keep it simple. 

I used arugula for the greens as they are also a little spicy and I really wanted this to be a spicy chicken salad. I love the Whole Foods-Cupertino because they have a smokehouse and I love their smoked chicken.  I used the smoked chicken in this recipe but a regular roasted chicken would still be delicious. I was also pleasantly surprised how good Whole Foods spicy Picco De Gallo was.

Spicy Chicken Salad Recipe (4 Servings) 

 Spicy Chicken Salad

1 C of cubed chicken

4 C Salad Greens 

2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil

1 Tablespoon of Red Wine Vinegar

1/2 C of Picco De Gallo 

Salt & Pepper to taste


I toss the greens with the olive oil and vinegar first.  Then I add the cubed chicken and picca de gallo.  Toss again and salt and pepper to taste.  I then serve it right away.  Arugula really wilts quickly so if you use it serve quickly. Other greens would be good as well.  If you don't like spicy then I would go with a mild green and a mild picco de gallo.  

Other options I will try:  adding some grated cheese or sour cream for richness.  I know that an avocado would also be a great addition. I am sure that you could make a vegan version with a high quality tofu.  Add some fresh corn and olives to either version.  





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