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kat's southwest chicken salad

★★★★★ 22
a recipe by
Kathleen Hagood
Gorman, TX

My husband and I love spicy foods, so I made up a chicken salad recipe that really pushes the envelope on Southwest flavors! It's such a great change from the traditional chicken salad sandwich.

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This chicken salad sandwich is incredible! The chicken is tender and smoky. Onion and bell pepper add sweetness and crunch. Cilantro and olives bring a touch of fresh flavor and saltiness, while chipotle peppers and jalapenos add heat and smokiness. Held together with just enough creamy mayonnaise, the chicken salad has a burst of flavor and texture in every bite. Pineapple slices add a tropical feel and balance the spices. Hard rolls are sturdy enough to hold the filling without making the bread soggy. This chicken salad is great for a picnic, potluck, lunch, or dinner. Spicy and satisfying, you'll love this chicken salad.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
★★★★★ 22
method No-Cook or Other

Ingredients For kat's southwest chicken salad

  • 1 lg
    chicken breast, chopped (smoked, bone-in with skin on); remove skin and bone before chopping
  • 1/2 c
    chopped onion
  • 1/3 c
    chopped red bell pepper
  • 1/2 c
    fresh cilantro, pulled from stem then chopped
  • 1/8 c
    canned black olives, chopped
  • 2
    pickled jalapeno peppers, chopped
  • 1
    canned chipotle pepper in Adobe sauce, chopped (Kat uses 2)
  • 1/4 tsp
    ground cumin
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 3/4 c
    mayonnaise (more if needed to moisten the above ingredients)
  • cheddar jalapeno bread or hard sandwich rolls for eight sandwiches
  • garlic powder
  • cooking spray
  • peach slices, pineapple slices, or avocado

How To Make kat's southwest chicken salad

  • Chicken salad ingredients in a bowl.
    Combine all chicken salad ingredients in bowl and mix well. This is a very hot and spicy recipe, but you can reduce the chipotle and jalapeno pepper if you wish. The pickled jalapeno gives the chicken salad a little of the tartness that we expect with dill pickles in a traditional chicken salad.
  • Toasting the bread.
    Once mixed, sprinkle garlic powder on the bread or rolls. Spray with cooking spray and then toast under the broiler.
  • Topping added to the assembled sandwich.
    Spread the chicken salad mixture on the toasted bread. Choose a garnish. Try pineapple or peach slices (even better if it's grilled.) The sweetness of the fruit will complement and tame the heat from the peppers. Avocado is also a tasty garnish.