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Cilantro Lime Chicken Salad

Cilantro Lime Chicken Salad

Cilantro lime chicken salad is made with cilantro lime marinated chicken topped with fresh ingredients and a creamy cilantro lime dressing. This salad will remind you of summer all year long.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course, Salad
Cuisine American, Mexican
Servings 4 servings
Calories 1107 kcal


  • 4 chicken breasts, boneless and skinless

Marinade & Cilantro Lime Dressing

  • cup lime juice, about 4 limes
  • 1 cup cilantro, packed
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup sour cream


  • 1 head romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 10 ounces grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 15 ounce can corn, drained
  • 1 15 ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • ½ cup colby jack cheese, shredded
  • 2 avocados, sliced
  • 1 small red onion, diced


  • Place chicken breasts in a zip top bag.
  • Prepare the marinade by blending together lime juice, cilantro, salt and pepper, garlic, cumin, chili powder, and olive oil. Pour half of the marinade in the bag with the chicken. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to 2 days.
  • Add sour cream to the other half of the marinade still in the blender. Blend until smooth. Refrigerate to use later.
  • Heat a skillet over medium high heat. Remove chicken from the marinade and cook 4-5 minutes on each side, or until done. Discard any remaining marinade. Let chicken rest for about 5 minutes before slicing.
  • While the chicken is cooking, roast the corn. Evenly spread the corn onto a baking sheet and season with salt and pepper. Roast under the broiler until lightly browned.
  • Prepare all salad ingredients. Chop the romaine lettuce, slice the tomatoes in half, slice the red onion, rinse the black beans, and slice the avocado.
  • Assemble the salad with a base of lettuce topped with chicken, tomatoes, roasted corn, black beans, cheese, avocado, and red onion. Drizzle the cilantro lime dressing.


  • This can be made ahead with everything in separate containers to be used for meal prep.
  • Can all be set out and people can assemble their own salads how they like.
Keyword Main Dish Salad