Wake up your lunch and surprise your taste buds by making a batch of this incredible Mexican chicken salad!
Mexican food is one of my FAVES, so why not combine it with the creamy deliciousness of chicken salad?
This is one of the all-time tastiest healthy recipes for chicken salad. Even though I’ve worked up a ton of low carb recipes, I love serving this Mexican chicken salad and watching people’s faces light up — As far as low carb chicken recipes are concerned, this is one of those creative salad recipes that gets 5 out of 5 stars!
Let’s get started!
This Mexican chicken salad is wildly creative and totally tasty. There is just so much to love about it from start to finish. Here are some of its best qualities:
- Absolutely delicious
- Refreshing and unique
- Super simple to make
- Easily customizable
Making this Mexican chicken salad is really easy, and it comes together in under 20 minutes. The only prep work is cooking chicken and chopping vegetables, but that time can also be cut considerably…
This low carb Mexican chicken salad calls for either mayonnaise or low carb Greek yogurt. Using mayonnaise will save you some carbs over Greek yogurt but they both offer a decadent creamy base for your chicken salad.
Well toss some taco seasoning to inject zesty flavor into our dish — I use my homemade low carb version, feel free to use your favorite store bought if you prefer.
Throw your chicken on the grill for a grilled chicken salad with amazing added flavor!
Storing Mexican chicken salad is simple: keep it in the fridge in an airtight container, although I very rarely get the opportunity to put any in the fridge because all it gets gobbled up so quickly!
Can You Freeze This?
Unfortunately, this dish doesn’t freeze well because of the creamy base and the fresh veggies. Mayo and yogurt tend to separate in the freezer and some veggies are just never the same after they’re frozen.
Meal Prepping Tips
Store prepped and portion chicken salad in the fridge with an extra lime wedge and serve over lettuce for low carb lunch ideas — or whenever you’re hungry!
Healthy Chicken Serving Recommendations
Serving Mexican chicken salad is as much fun as eating it!
Keep it in the healthy chicken recipes department by serving it with low carb tortilla chips or with sliced avocado on a bed of lettuce. Better yet, wrap it in a lettuce leaf with a thin slice of ham for a new flavor.
Spice things up by filling a sweet, colorful bell pepper or even a poblano pepper! Of course, a good old-fashioned chicken salad sandwich can sometimes be hard to beat.
Customizing your Mexican chicken salad can give you several additional meal choices, each with their own colorful twist.
Adding a ¼ cup of black beans or corn is a fun way to showcase the Mexican spark but it’ll add some carbs to your dish.
Some carb free options for sprucing up your Mexican chicken salad include adding:
- Chopped Jalapenos
- Green Chile Peppers
- Mild Green Poblanos
Up the ante on the heat factor by topping your chicken salad with a dash of Tabasco or your favorite hot sauce.
How Can I Make This Healthier?
Since chicken is carb-free and full of protein, you’re off to a good start when it comes to making a healthy chicken salad. To up the nutrition factor even more, opt for avocado chicken salad or Greek yogurt chicken salad. You’ll love the extra tasty element with a kick!
How Can I Make This Spicier?
Spicing up your chicken salad is as easy as counting to three in Spanish…
We’ve already talked about adding different types of peppers to your Mexican chicken salad, but you can utilize spices, too. Try making buffalo chicken salad or curry chicken salad to blanket your dish with a little extra heat.
What Other Sauces Can I Use?
There are multiple sauces you can use to up the WOW! factor of your dish.
Chicken Caesar salad is out of this world and bbq chicken salad is another mouth-watering variation. Making ranch chicken salad also provides a nice balance to the Mexican spices (plus its really good on its own, too)!
Can I Add Fruit?
Uhh… Absolutely! Fruit blends really well with chicken salad — It adds both texture and flavor to an already awesome dish. I love making chicken salad with grapes but chicken salad with apples runs a close second, for sure!
Cranberry chicken salad is popular, but it works with raisins too. Those sweet little nuances are like tasty surprises that offset the savory chicken.
What Other Herbs Can I Add?
Adding different herbs is a fantastic way to coax out new flavors as you journey down the highway. Make tarragon chicken salad or adding other herb for authentic Mexican flavor.
Here are some of my favorites:
- Papalo (like a bold cilantro with heat)
- Coriander (often used to make chorizo)
- Ancho chili powder (rich, deep flavor)
- Mexican oregano (not to be confused with Italian oregano)
Mexican Chicken Salad
- 1/2 Cup Mayonnaise or Low Carb Greek Yogurt
- 1 Tablespoon Lime Juice
- 2 Tablespoons Low Carb Taco Seasoning or regular without sugar added
- 1/4 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
- 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
- 2 Cups Chicken Breast cooked and chopped or shredded depending on preference
- 1/2 Cup Red Onion finely diced
- 1/2 Cup Bell Pepper diced
- 1/4 Cup Cilantro fresh, diced
- Whisk together mayo, lime juice, taco seasoning, salt and pepper in a small bowl.
- In a large bowl, combine the chicken, ren onion, bell pepper and cilantro.
- Pour dressing over the chicken and vegetables and fold to combine.
- Enjoy with low carb bread or wrapped in lettuce!
- This recipe make about 3 cups of chicken salad, which would make 1 serving equal to 1/2 cup.
Making a variety of chicken salad recipes is a great way to incorporate more healthy chicken recipes into your meal plan. I absolutely LOVE all the different flavors and textures that become chicken salad and eating it is even better!
Here are some of my favorites:
- Low Carb Chicken Salad
- Southwest Chicken Salad
- Chinese Chicken Salad
- Honey Mustard Chicken Salad
- Pesto Chicken Salad
Mexican chicken salad has an amazing flavor profile that’s both surprising and welcoming. The tasty yum factor beckons to your taste buds just begging for a chance to satisfy your hunger and your craving for Mexican food!!
Try it for yourself and let me know what you think in the comments below! Enjoy!