Margarita Chicken Salad Sandwiches

"The only thing better than chicken salad is margarita chicken salad."
photo by Jonathan Melendez photo by Jonathan Melendez
photo by Jonathan Melendez
photo by Chrissy K. photo by Chrissy K.
photo by Jonathan Melendez photo by Jonathan Melendez
photo by Jonathan Melendez photo by Jonathan Melendez
Ready In:
2hrs 45mins




  • For the chicken: Whisk to combine the orange juice, tequila, lime juice, triple sec, olive oil, chili powder, cumin and garlic in a medium bowl. Place the chicken in a resealable bag or in a bowl and pour the marinade over. Refrigerate for 2 hours and up to overnight.
  • Preheat a grill or grill pan over medium heat and drizzle with olive oil. Remove the chicken from the marinade and discard the liquid. Sprinkle the chicken with salt and pepper, then grill until cooked through, about 6 minutes per side. Remove from heat, cover with foil and let rest while you prepare the dressing.
  • For the dressing: Whisk to combine the olive oil, lime juice, orange juice, sugar, chili powder, cumin and some salt in a small bowl.
  • For the salad and sandwich: Dice the grilled chicken and place in a large bowl with the cherry tomatoes, cilantro, celery, avocado, mango and some salt and pepper. Drizzle over the dressing and toss to coat.
  • Place a lettuce leaf on the bottom half of each croissant and top with chicken salad. Place the tops on each sandwich, then cut in half and place a toothpick in each half to serve.

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  1. I loved this chicken salad. The flavors were spot on and I loved that it didn't have mayo in it, which makes it easier to transport and leave out if need be!
  2. This was wonderful. Hubby & I both really enjoyed it. I added chopped onion, because not much hits our table without onion. The only critique hubby had was that he thought it needed more crunch and more heat. Next time I make it I will add a chili pepper or two, depending on what I have on hand. I also will toast some walnuts or pecans and add those in as well.


  1. I skipped the celery lettuce and tomato and instead of croissants, I put it in grilled flour tortillas with a little bit of cilantro lime sour cream. Amazing! I won best tailgate food at the Cincinnati Jimmy Buffett tailgate with it last week!
    • Review photo by Chrissy K.


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