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Chicken Pecan Mexican Rice Salad

Enjoy my Chicken Pecan Mexican Rice Salad this week! So simple and flavorful!

Chicken Pecan Mexican Rice Salad

It’s always a pleasure partnering with Fisher Nuts to bring you new recipes! I had so much fun creating this zesty Mexican rice salad loaded with chicken, vegetables and Fisher Nuts Chopped Pecans. Chicken and pecans go together so nicely. Adds a great nutty texture to each bite. I’ve also blended a simple cilantro dressing that gets stirred into the salad. This is a perfect salad to bring to a potluck or even by itself as a light dinner. All of my favorite flavors!

Hope you enjoy!

Chicken Pecan Mexican Rice Salad-4

You’ll need some lovely chopped pecans for your salad. Love having Fisher Nuts on hand for snacking and using in my recipes!

Chicken Pecan Mexican Rice Salad 1

Place your cooked rice blend into a large bowl. I love Trader Joe’s Brown Rice Blend that you find in the freezer section. Any brown rice blend with do the trick. Add chicken as well.

Chicken Pecan Mexican Rice Salad 2

Pecans and sugar snap peas up next.

Chicken Pecan Mexican Rice Salad 3

Add Feta cheese and roasted red peppers. I transferred to a larger bowl to make it easier to stir.

Chicken Pecan Mexican Salad 4

Stir in your cilantro ranch dressing then gently stir in a chopped ripe avocado. Time to eat! Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

Chicken Pecan Mexican Rice Salad

Please note this salad is best eaten the day of. We tried it the next day and the dressing soaked into the rice making it a little dry. Enjoy right away for best results.

Chicken Pecan Mexican Rice Salad


Chicken Pecan Mexican Rice Salad

Chicken Pecan Mexican Rice SaladPrep time: 15 min | Cook time: 0 min | Total time: 15 min


  • 4 cups cooked brown rice blend
  • 2 cups diced cooked chicken breast
  • 3/4 cup Fisher Nuts Chopped Pecans
  • 1 small bag sugar snap peas/span>
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 cup roasted red peppers, chopped
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Cilantro Ranch Dressing

  • 1 cup prepared Ranch dressing, I used a yogurt Ranch dressing
  • 1 cup packed cilantro leaves


  1. Place rice into a large mixing bowl. Add chicken, Fisher Nuts Chopped Pecans, sugar snap peas, feta cheese, roasted red pepper, salt and pepper. Stir to combine then set aside.
  2. To prepare dressing, place ranch dressing and cilantro into a high powered blender. Blend until smooth and well combined. Pour over salad, stir then add avocados. Serve immediately. Best eaten same day.

Makes 8-10 Servings

This is a sponsored post for Fisher Nuts however thoughts and opinions are my own.

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  1. 1
    Maria says:

    Great salad for lunch or dinner!

  2. 2

    Brace yourself: We are NUTTY for pecans and nuts of all kinds! It’s to the point that if I make a dish I think my husband won’t Mike, I could just sprinkle some nuts on top and all is well in the world. Is it weird to be craving Mexican for breakfast? Because I want to reach into my screen and take a bite of this right now!

  3. 3

    Huge fan of chicken salad and this one is definitely a fun version. Love it!

  4. 4

    Love the flavours in this chicken and rice salad!

  5. 5

    OMG! This makes me so giddy for Cinco de Mayo!! Love!

  6. 6

    What great flavors Jenny!

  7. 7
    naomi says:

    I want this for lunch – flavor packed and so easy!

  8. 8
    Gaby says:

    Love these flavors, so perfect for dinner!

  9. 9
    Holly says:

    FYI~ I don’t see the avocados listed in the ingredients.

    • 9.1
      Holly says:

      I only say this because I will pull up saved Pinterest recipes at the store and go directly to the ingredient list while shopping. I would forget to buy some!

  10. 10

    I love a rice salad and you have paired some great flavours, Jenny!

  11. 11
    Tieghan says:

    So flavorful! Perfect for a quick meal!

  12. 12

    LOVE this. I’m making something today but this Mexi (not to be confused with maxi) version is deeelarsh.

  13. 13

    Love this! So easy and quick!

  14. 14

    I LOVE THAT RICE FROM TJ’s! It’s the best when you’re in a pinch!

  15. 15

    I can never get enough salad recipes for summer, and this looks like a great addition

  16. 16
    Charlyn says:

    This looks really good. I have some questions though. Do you eat this warmed up or cold? Also, we are not fans of cilantro, like at all, so do you have any suggestions for a substitute? I would just leave it out but I wasn’t sure if it was going to change the taste too much. Thanks!

  17. 17

    This looks so good, I will be using it for Thanksgiving dinner, As my family has decided they don’t want Turkey this year. I am going to put Turkey in the salad instead of the chicken. I may add some quinoa just because.
    The cilantro dressing sounds yummy.
    I enjoy trying new recipes, and Fisher nuts are good so it will make a good combo.

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