Chicken Salad with Jalapeno Cream Dressing

Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 15 mins

A Southwest style dinner or luncheon salad topped with a creamy dressing made with jalapeno pepper jelly.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Jalapeno Cream Dressing: Whisk together jelly, sour cream, lime juice and cilantro, chill until serving time.
  2. Salad: Combine black beans,corn, tomato, green onion, picante sauce and salt to taste, set aside.
  3. Sprinkle both sides of the chicken breasts with taco seasoning.
  4. Heat oil in a non-stick skillet over medium heat.
  5. Add chicken and cook 6-8 minutes per side or until juices run clear when stuck with a fork.
  6. Remove from the pan, let sit 10 minutes then slice crosswise.
  7. Arrange salad greens on a platter or 4 individual plates.
  8. Top with chicken slices and spoon black bean mixture around the chicken.
  9. Top the chicken with 1/2 of the dressing, garnish with jalapeno slices if desired, and pass the remaining dressing.
Most Helpful

4 5

I made a half recipe of this tonight, and we enjoyed it a lot. I really enjoyed the dressing, no problem with it being too sweet as the other reviewer mentioned. I used a lovely jalapeno jelly that Lorac sent me and 2 teaspoons of lime juice. I used thigh fillets in prefernce to breasts which meant the chicken was nice and juicy. I think avocados would be a good addition to this, adding to all the textures and tastes in it.

4 5

This chicken salad was very good. It reminds me of the Southwestern Chicken Salad from Jack-in-the-Box, which is a good thing. The only thing that kept me from rating this with 5 stars was that the dressing turned out a too sweet for me. It may be the jalapeno jelly that I used was sweeter than some, I don't know, but next time I think that I'll play around and try to come up with something less sweet. Also, I used leftover rotessorie chicken instead of cooking my own. I deboned it and cut it into chunks and sprinkled the taco seasoning on it. It was still very good. I would recommend this recipe to anyone. Just go easy on the dressing until you try it out. BTW I think that almost any dressing would work with this. Ranch with a kick of cayenne pepper would be great. Khandi

5 5

Oh my gosh, this salad was incredible and beautiful, too! Used frozen corn, and for the dressing used light sour cream and Jalapeno Jelly. Dressing was spicy with just a touch of sweetness. Pounded the chicken breasts before cooking. Thanks for sharing!!