Chicken Fajita Salad

This is another of my “salads for salad dodgers” recipes.

Don’t worry, if you’re already a virtuous, salad sort of person, you’ll love it!

But for those who shudder at the very mention of green juice, low cal and positively run from anything proclaiming to be ‘detox’… this is a total dreamboat.

All of the good stuff from your standard Mexican night in, but lighter, crunchier, healthier and potentially even tastier! Hell, I’m going to just throw this out there; it’s better than chicken fajitas.

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Crisp, crunchy seared peppers.

Plump cherry tomatoes.

Spicy fired chicken.

Creamy avocado.

All tossed in the zingiest, creamy dressing.

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Easy to turn into a packed lunch, too.

To make enough for 2 people (or one with left overs) you’ll need:

Marinade:

6 boneless free range chicken thighs (if you’re in the US don’t buy free range; buy pastured/grass fed)

Juice of 1 lemon

Juice of 1 lime

2 cloves crushed garlic

1tsp chilli flakes

1tsp runny honey

Pinch of rock salt

3tbsp olive oil

Salad:

3 Peppers (One yellow, one green, one red)

1 Avocado, chopped.

Handful of crumbled feta cheese

One big head of lettuce (or two if smaller)

Couple handfuls of cherry toms

Handful of coriander (cilantro US)

Dressing:

Small pot of Greek yogurt (skinny if you prefer)

Handful of coriander

A few pickled jalapeño slices (like these)

Juice of 1 lemon

Juice of 1 lime

1tsp honey

2tbsp olive oil

Pinch of salt

Ideally you want to marinade your chicken over night. Pop your chicken thighs into a sealable container with the rest of the marinade ingredients.

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Close it up, give it a good shake and leave in the fridge to get all delicious over night.

You can make your dressing ahead of time too, if you like.

Blend together the coriander, jalapeños, honey, oil & salt. Once nicely combined, blend with the yogurt and citrus juices. Taste it, see if it needs a little more sweetness or citrus and adjust accordingly. If the dressing doesn’t seem runny enough, you can loosen it up with a splash of water, and blend again.

Remember; it really needs a good blitz to come together properly.

Pop into a jar and keep cool until you’re ready.

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Get a griddle pan nice and hot.

Shake your marinade box about, get the chicken nice and coated before adding to the pan.

Try not to crowd the chicken too much, you can always do it in batches. Otherwise it won’t get all crisped up!

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While it’s frying, chop up your peppers.

Cook the chicken until it’s golden all over, hopefully a little charred and white right through the middle.

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Leave on one side to rest, while you fry your peppers in the same pan.

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Toss them about a bit and they’ll pick up a whole lotta flavour from the pan, while softening and sweetening in the heat.

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While they’re sizzling away, tear up your lettuce.

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Chop up your tommies.

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Throw on your peppers while they’ve still got a bit of crunch.

Followed by your avocado (halved, scooped and chopped).

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Using a pair of sharp scissors, chop your chicken up over the top.

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Snow with a dusting of sharp, salty feta.

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Add a little chopped, fresh coriander.

And you’re ready to roll!

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So much colourful goodness, all disguised by that glorious fajita flavour.

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Drizzle/dollop your dressing all over the top.

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Toss it all together and serve with optional (but highly recommended) sombrero (and margarita).

If you make it, send me a snap on social!

And incase you get hooked (you will) give some of my other salad dodger salads a go;

BLT Bowl

 Skinny Crispy Chicken Burrito Bowls // Pad Thai Salad

Pumpkin & Sage Courgetti // Caprese Salad with Pesto Dressing

Lemon Tomato & Feta Coodles

And remember, strictly no diets allowed. Anti-Diets only this year, please.

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  • This looks amazing! I am veggie but definitely trying this with quorn v soon. Love a salad dodger salad, and guilty of making them far too much! So much so, in fact, that a lot of my ‘salads’ are barely salads, more just big plates of food that happen to have lettuce with them!
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      ahahahaha, I like your style!

  • This looks scrummy! Dinner for tonight sorted 🙂 thanks

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  • My kind of meal! A good one for lunch.

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  • I just moved into an apartment for the month with no microwave. It’s been a struggle finding satisying salads that I actually WANT to eat in the winter, but I think this might do the trick!

  • This salad sounds amazing!! The toppings are definitely the best part of any salad!

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  • wonderful and whimsical

    Ah I just posted a similar recipe!! LOVE a good salad! Looks delicious!

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  • This is my kind of salad Rosie. It looks amazing, so I’ll definitely be trying it when I get back of my hols.
    Hugs Adele xoxo

  • Jennifer Everest

    That looks so yummy! and that heart bowl is so cute, I would make (and eat) more salads if I had that!!

    Xx Jenn Everest

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  • Nathailieee

    Yum, this salad just screams to be eaten:) Love these kind of meals which you can even leave in the fridge for some day and just come to top up an up and up.I am making a very similar recipe but I do not use any honey for the chicken or dressing. Will have to try this who knows what I have been missing:) Wonderful photos as always!
    xx

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  • Looks amazing! Will definitely try this week. Georgie xx
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  • ninegrandstudent

    Rosie this looks amazing. Crisp and healthy whilst still being a treat. Definitely going to give it a try!

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  • Madison

    Oh my gosh, I can’t wait to make this!! Rosie, you would make the absolute best cookbook!! Hoping that’s a secret project for the future 🙂 Thanks for posting!

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  • THIS LOOKS SO DELICIOUS. Well in need of some cooking inspiration – going to buy ingredients on the way home. I wouldn’t normally opt for salad on a Monday but you’ve persuaded me! Sophie xxx
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  • Queenie Lee

    This looks so yum! Will deffo be giving this a go! 😀

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  • Alex

    This looks amazing. I’m definitely going to try this out soon.

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  • Great recipe! Sounds like a salad right up my street!! 🙂

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  • mycitymylondon

    I loveeeeee my salads:) This is right up my street! I love making raw pad thai:) using the spirilzer. Recipe is on my blog:)

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  • Looks amazing. Especially the chicken!

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  • Looks delish! definitely one i’ll be making for lunch! xo

  • Donna Wishart

    This looks so good, I’m not even sure I’d miss bread! x

  • Lucy Birchall

    Yuuu-hum. Imma whip up a big batch of chicken and peppers to make this over the next week or so! Eating healthier is easier than it seems I think. Something like this is packed full of protein from the chicken and fats from the avocado and feta which will keep you much more satisfied than a carb loaded version. I think it’s the idea that healthier food is bland is the issue. You can just look at this and KNOW it won’t taste bland. Nutritious and delicious, mmm!

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  • This looks INSANE! Probably shouldn’t have read it before bed as now I’ve got a serious craving! Will have to hold out until tomorrow, thanks for the idea!
    Tara xo
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  • This looks delicious! I’ll have to try it!

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  • Ashlee

    OMG this looks amazing!!

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  • It’s lunch time here. I just finished my avocado on 1 slice of toast and your photos are making me hungry again! oh dear…. 🙂

  • Ooooft this looks like a combination of all my favourite things! Also a great escape from the bland January grub. This is definitely going to turn into a lunchtime fave, thanks for sharing! Immy x

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  • This looks SO delicious Rosie Londoner! I absolutely love the ingredients you have used! I don’t know if this is helpful for non-coriander lovers but celery leaves make a great substitute as they have a similar texture and taste!
    Love Suzi
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  • These look divine! Definitely going to have to make some!

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  • This looks good although I’m so weird about making salads. I feel it takes so long for such a fast eat time haha. That said, I LOVE your heart shape bowl!!

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  • Beccy

    Well this looks delicious – and exactly my sort of salad!

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  • I’ve made similar meal salads in the past, but I cannot wait to make this one. And I love your heart bowl! Give Custard a head scratch for me!
    xoxo, Rebecca
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  • Looks quite delicious and not so bad to make 😀 -Maireem

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  • Love this.

    I often make chicken fajitas, but use big gem lettuce leaves instead of the wraps. Such a healthy & yummy alternative.

    Mel x
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  • oh my. this is my idea of heaven in a bowl!! cannot wait to recreate this soon!

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  • Thebeautyspot

    yummy! this looks amazing and very healthy! need to try this for sure

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  • I’m a salad dodger and this looks amazing! I’ll definitely be giving it a go!
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  • Kari Guastella

    I hate normal salads but I have a taco salad that I make that is very similar that is delicious and helps balance out other meals.
    Kari
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  • Natalya

    Mmmm, this does look amazing, Rosie! Great idea for one of my fast day’s light supper (I do a 5:2 diet). Thanks!

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  • Jessica

    There’s definitely another spice on that chicken (red powder) not listed in the marinade ingredients. Can you let me know which one?

  • Oz Burns

    I made this last night! I can’t believe I’ve never combined the salad element before – it was best fajitas we’ve ever had. We upgraded the feta for some halloumi as well! 😉 Thanks for sharing!

    Oz
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  • Rosie, all your chicken recipes look amazing. I love your Mom’s chicken recipe with garlic and lemon- its super easy and chicken comes out moist inside and crispy outside. Thank you
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  • sgbabe

    I love this recipe, Rosie, except I don’t have a grill pan so I roast the chickens peppers and even baby tomatoes! It is absolutely delicious and everyone I have made it for so far just loves it. Thank you for this.