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Mexican Chicken Salad

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Creamy Mexican salad, also known as Ensalada de pollo, with potatoes, chicken, and a creamy base, is a fantastic and delicious side dish recipe that suits so many summer dishes.

Perfect for eating as a complement to a burger or chicken sandwich, this dish is also just as delicious piled high on tostadas, as a filling for tacos, or stuffed in lettuce wraps.

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Why you will love making Mexican Chicken Salad

Unlike other traditional chicken salad recipes, this dish doesn’t just focus on proteins. Stuffed with delicious vegetables, the light, and creamy dressing gives the salad the perfect balance. 

Great to serve with pasta salads or fruit salads, this refreshing potato salad recipe will make the mayo hater in you still gobble up every bite. Full of flavor and packed with simple ingredients, this Fiesta party favorite balances tex-mex flavors that can be easily adapted. 

When serving, don’t forget other Mexican dishes like Mexican Street Corn Casserole, or street corn salad.

Salad Ingredients

  • potatoes – yellow potatoes or Russet potatoes
  • frozen but thawed diced carrots and peas 
  • frozen sweet corn – thawed
  • real mayonnaise
  • sour cream
  • lime juice
  • jalapeno brine
  • boneless skinless chicken breast cooked cubed
  • salt and pepper
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How to make Ensalada de Pollo

BOIL POTATOES FIRST

  • Place potatoes into a large saucepan and cover with water, making sure the water is at least 1″ above the potatoes. Generously season the water with salt. Heating over medium-high heat, boil the potatoes, cooking for about 8 minutes once they come to a boil or until tender when a fork is inserted in them. Drain tender potatoes and set aside.
  1. If necessary, thaw frozen vegetables by cooking according to package directions. Drain excess water and set aside.
  2. Combine mayonnaise, sour cream, lime juice, jalapeno brine, potatoes, mixed vegetables, and chicken together in a large mixing bowl.
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  1. The potatoes will be warm and help meld the flavors together. Generously season with salt and pepper.
  2. Serve chicken mixture warm or cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
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Can Rotisserie chicken be used in Mexican potato salad? 

Like any classic chicken salad recipe or pasta dish featuring chicken, Rotisserie chicken is a fantastic quick hack to cut out the timing on a recipe.

Purchase and shred rotisserie chicken as the base if preferred or make this dish with leftover chicken from other dinner recipes like diet coke chicken or oven baked chicken breasts

Is this dish potato salad or chicken salad? 

Yes. It’s both really – full of flavors, textures, and rich and creamy ingredients; this simple dish can be used as more of a filling, served on crackers, or served as a side dish.

Ensalada de papa means more of a potato-only dish. 

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Alternate Ingredients

Not everyone loves mayo, so we find that Greek Yogurt while lacking in a bit of the flavor we personally enjoy, makes a fine substitute. 

Toppings can include fresh cilantro, green onions, and a dusting of extra black pepper. I also love lime wedges alongside any Mexican recipe I am serving, including this Mexican Chicken Salad recipe

Fresh Veggies or Frozen?

Either way, it doesn’t matter, but the vegetables should be cooked through, which makes frozen a much easier way to assemble.

How to serve Mexican Chicken Salad

How to store leftover salad

Store any leftover chicken salad in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

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Mexican Chicken Salad (Ensalada De Pollo)


Prep Time 30 minutes
Make this tasty Mexican Chicken Salad with just a few simple ingredients – quick and easy, perfect for any meal!

Ingredients
 

  • 3 yellow potatoes washed and cut into 1/2" pieces
  • ¾ cup frozen diced carrots and peas thawed for recipe, drained of excess water
  • ½ cup frozen corn thawed for recipe, drained of excess water
  • ½ cup real mayonnaise
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 2 tbsp  lime juice
  • 1 tbsp Jalapeno Brine
  • 2 cups chicken  cooked cubed
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  • Place potatoes into a large saucepan and cover with water, making sure the water is at least 1" above the potatoes. Generously season the water with salt.
  • Heating over medium-high heat, boil the potatoes, cooking for about 8 minutes once they come to a boil or until tender when a fork is inserted in them. Drain and set aside. 
  • If necessary, thaw frozen vegetables by cooking according to package directions. Set aside. A tip here is to pre-thaw by leaving in the fridge overnight before making the dish.
  • Combine mayonnaise, sour cream, lime juice, jalapeno brine, potatoes, mixed vegetables and cooked chicken together in a large mixing bowl.
  • The potatoes will be warm and help meld the flavors together.
  • Season the entire potato chicken salad generously with salt and pepper. 
  • Serve Mexican Chicken salad warm or cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Notes

Frozen vegetables should be thawed before using. If serving dish cold, its fine to thaw night before. If serving dish warm, go from frozen to cooked (following instructions on bag) and then add to dish warm. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 178kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 136mg | Potassium: 302mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1217IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg

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