Sesame Lime Chicken Salad

I have such a toweringly tall stack of recipes in my must-make pile that repeat meals are pretty rare in my house.  So when I do find myself making something over and over, it’s because it’s so scrumptiously beloved that it distracts me from my pile.   Such is the case with my buttermilk rosemary grilled chicken…and aside from being tender and delicious, it always means I have leftover chicken.  So I can stretch out the happiness by making things like sesame-lime chicken salad.

Once you have your cooked chicken accounted for, you are about 10 short minutes away from a wonderfully crunchy, delightfully citrusy easy chicken salad.  The dressing is a quick shake of olive oil, lime juice, sesame oil and salt and pepper.  The salad itself is a tossed together mixture of the chicken, some romaine lettuce, cucumber, toasted sesame seeds and crushed tortilla chips.

My current tortilla chip obsession is the Garden of Eatin’ Guacamole chips.  They are slightly green and perfectly salty and crunchy with a little hint of guacamole taste.  I have to seriously pace myself when I have a bag of these in the house.(And just for the record, the Garden of Eatin’ folks have never heard of me or my blog.  I love their chips anonymously from afar.  And I’ve had many tortilla chips in my day, so please consider this expert advice.)

Anyhow…the next time you have some leftover chicken about about 15 minutes on your hands, give this chicken salad a whirl.  Shortly after I served mine up, this was all that was left.

When all that’s left over is a teaspoonful of salad dressing, you know you’ve done good.

Sesame Lime Chicken Salad
Serves: 4 servings
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • Coarse salt and fresh ground pepper
  • 5 cups romaine lettuce, torn into small pieces
  • 1 cucumber, cut lengthwise into quarters and sliced
  • 3-4 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 3 tablespoons toasted sesamed seeds
  • 2 cups crushed tortilla chips
  1. Make dressing by combining oils, juice and sugar in a jar. Close the lid tightly and shake until well-combined. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  2. Combine chicken, lettuce and cucumber in a large salad bowl. Pour dressing over salad and toss to coat thoroughly.
  3. Add sesame seeds and tortilla chips and toss again. Serve at once.


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  1. says

    This is definitely an awesome change from the traditional mayo heavy chicken salad! I just know that dressing and I would be best friends forever.

  2. Nichole says

    So good. =) I only needed juice from one lime to reach the right acidity balance on the dressing. But what a perfect way to make my left-over roasted chicken from last night make it’s 2nd appearance!

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