This easy Southwestern Chicken Salad recipe is a healthy spin on a chain restaurant favorite loaded with black beans, sweet corn, avocado, tomato, and blackened southwest chicken breast all tossed with a creamy homemade Avocado Ranch dressing.
In a large bowl, mix together lime juice, cumin, chili powder and sea salt. Add the chicken halves and toss to cover them with marinade. Place in the fridge and marinate for 20 minutes while you prep the rest of the ingredients (I recommend prepping the avocado once the chicken is cooked to avoid browning)
Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Remove visible garlic pieces from the chicken (to avoid them burning) and brown 2-3 minutes on each side. Reduce heat and continue cooking for 6-7 minutes or until chicken is cooked through (no longer pink inside) but still tender.
Place on a cutting board, allow to cool slightly and slice (I use a tong to hold the chicken while I cut it)
Arrange all salad ingredients (except dressing and lime wedges) in a large salad bowl or two plates, top with chicken pieces and drizzle with avocado ranch. Serve with extra lime wedges and enjoy!
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