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Chicken Pecan Mexican Rice Salad

Sharing a favorite chicken salad recipe today! Enjoy my Zesty Chicken Salad Recipe this week! So simple and flavorful!

 

Chicken Salad Recipe

I had so much fun creating this zesty chicken salad recipe loaded with chicken and vegetables.  The 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!

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How Do You Make Chicken Salad?

  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.

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.

Pecans and sugar snap peas up next.

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

Stir in your cilantro ranch dressing then gently stir in a chopped ripe avocado. Time to eat! Enjoy 🙂

How Do You Make Cilantro Ranch Dressing?

  1. 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.

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.

Zesty Chicken Salad Recipe

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Servings: 10
Calories: 550kcal
Author: Jenny
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Ingredients

  • 4 cups cooked brown rice blend
  • 2 cups diced cooked chicken breast
  • 3/4 cup Chopped Pecans
  • 1 small bag sugar snap peas
  • 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

Instructions

  • Place rice into a large mixing bowl. Add chicken, chopped Pecans, sugar snap peas, feta cheese, roasted red pepper, salt and pepper. Stir to combine then set aside.
  • 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.

Nutrition

Calories: 550kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 680mg | Potassium: 447mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 262IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 88mg | Iron: 2mg
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