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Playing Chipotle Chicken Tortilla Salad


  • 1 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken thighs or breasts, sliced into 1/2- to 1-inch strips
  • About 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • About 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • About 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/3 cup EVOO Extra Virgin Olive Oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 1 shallot, coarsely chopped
  • 1 large clove garlic, smashed
  • 2 tablespoons pured chipotle in adobo sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 2 romaine hearts, coarsely chopped (7 to 8 cups)
  • 1 small red onion, quartered and thinly sliced
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro or fresh parsley
  • 2 cups lightly crushed tortilla chips


Serves: 6


Season the chicken with the cumin, paprika, coriander, salt and pepper. In a large skillet, drizzle enough oil to just cover the bottom; heat over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook through, 7-8 minutes. Transfer to a plate; reserve the skillet.

In a food processor, pure the shallot, garlic, chipotle in adobo, vinegar and brown sugar. With the machine on, stream in EVOO. Pour into the reserved skillet and simmer the sauce for 1 minute.

In a large bowl, place the lettuce and onion. Add the avocado and dress with the lime juice. Top with the tomatoes, cilantro (or parsley) and chips. Pour in the warm dressing and toss. To serve, top the salad with the chicken.