Southwestern Grilled Chicken Salad W/Tomato and Black Bean Salsa

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Total Time
26mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 6 mins

For those that love main dish salads, this full flavoured dish adapted from the 2011 Fine Cooking - Cooking Fresh magazine, is sure to please. Serve with a crusty baquette. The original recipe called for added brown sugar & honey so if you prefer a bit of sweet with your savory flavours, just add the optional fresh corn. It adds a great texture as well as flavour.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Trim and then butterfly the chicken breasts by slicing it horizontally almost but not entirely in half. (so you can open it like a book).
  2. In a small bowl combine the chili powder, coriander, cumin and salt. Rub into both sides of the butterflied chicken breasts and let sit while the grill heats.
  3. Clean and oil the grill grate. Grill the breast until the edges of the top side are white, about 3 to 4 minutes. Flip and cook until just done, another 2 minutes or so. Remove and let sit for 8 to 10 minutes before slicing.
  4. In a small bowl or glass jar with a tight lid, combine the olive oil, lime juice, 1 Tbsp of the cilantro, 1/2 tsp salt, a few grinds of pepper and a few shakes of green tabasco . Wish or shake well to combine.
  5. To make the salsa, combine the black beans, tomatoes, scallion, remaining cilantro and a pinkch fo salt in a small bowl. Add the kernals from a fresh, uncooked sweet corn on the cobb if you want added sweetness. Add 2 Tbsp of the dressing, toss gently and set aside stirring occassionally.
  6. Put the lettuce in a bowl, season with a little salt and with jsut enough of the dressing to lightly coat - reserve a little to drizzle on the chicken. Arrange the lettuce on dinner plates.
  7. Slice the chicken breasts very thinly. Pit and slice the avocado. Arrange the chicken, avocado and salsa on the lettuce. Drizzle a little of the remaining dressing over the chicken and avocado. Sprinkle each dish with sesame seeds.
  8. Enjoy!