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Layered Mexican Chicken Salad - a great main dish lunch or dinner salad featuring couscous and seasoned chicken with cheese, salsa, and cilantro. From @NevrEnoughThyme https://www.lanascooking.com/layered-mexican-chicken-salad/
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Layered Mexican Chicken Salad

Layered Mexican Chicken Salad - a great main dish lunch or dinner salad featuring couscous and seasoned chicken with cheese, salsa, and cilantro.
Course Salads
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 934kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. chicken tenders
  • 1 oz. taco seasoning mix
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 7.6 oz. whole wheat couscous
  • ¾ cup chopped green onion
  • ¾ cup chopped fresh tomato
  • ¾ cup chopped red or green bell pepper
  • ¾ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 lime
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 4 tortilla bowls if making individual salads or 4 cups tortilla chips (if making one large salad)
  • 1 cup salsa red or green, mild or hot
  • 8 oz. Mexican cheese blend
  • 2 cups shredded lettuce
  • 1 avocado sliced

Instructions

  • Cut the chicken tenders crosswise into bite-sized pieces. Sprinkle with the taco seasoning mix.
  • Heat the olive oil in a non-stick skillet over medium high heat. When the oil is hot, add the chicken and cook, turning occasionally, until cooked through. Set aside.
  • While the chicken is cooking, prepare the package of couscous according to the box directions. While the couscous is cooking, prep the green onion, fresh tomato, bell pepper, and cilantro.
  • Into the warm couscous, stir ¼ cup each of the green onion, tomato, bell pepper, and cilantro. Add the juice of half the lime and the salt. Reserve the remaining lime half for garnish.
  • Layer the ingredients. If making one large salad, spread the tortilla chips on the bottom of the salad bowl. If using purchased tortilla bowls, warm them according to the package directions and then proceed as follows: Start with a layer of Mexican cheese blend topped with a layer of shredded lettuce and a drizzle of salsa., Add another layer of cheese. a layer of chicken tender bites, and a layer of the couscous mixture. Next, add a layer of cheese, lettuce, and salsa. Top with the remaining chicken.
  • Garnish with the remaining onion, tomato, bell pepper, and cilantro. Add a few avocado slices if desired. Slice the remaining lime half into wedges and serve on the side.

Notes

The salad may be made as individual servings in tortilla bowls or as one large salad in a big salad bowl. If making individual salads, warm the tortilla bowls as directed on the package.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 934kcal | Carbohydrates: 90g | Protein: 52g | Fat: 44g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 126mg | Sodium: 2213mg | Potassium: 1147mg | Fiber: 14g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 2364IU | Vitamin C: 47mg | Calcium: 455mg | Iron: 11mg