Cajun Chicken Salad

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Tender, juicy, cajun chicken salad with a tangy garlic dressing. Spicy, bold flavors that will fill you up and please the pallet.

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Why Make This Cajun Chicken Salad

Cajun chicken salad has a wonderful cajun style seasoning on the juicy tender chicken breasts. There is a cooling, zesty avocado salad mixed in offering a creamy texture. Quinoa is sprinkled throughout giving protein and fiber and the zesty sour cream based garlic dressing takes it to the top. This meal is easy to make, a big crowd pleaser and it keeps well if you have some leftovers just like my Santa Fe Salad.

If you love spiced chicken recipes, try my Blackened Chicken some time for a stand up kick in flavor!

Ingredients Needed

Chicken Breasts. Boneless, skinless chicken breasts for the main source of protein on this salad. Chicken thighs will also work.

Oil. Olive oil or avocado oil for pan frying the chicken.

Seasonings. This is what does the heavy lifting with flavors. Cayenne pepper, black pepper, white pepper, salt, paprika, garlic, oregano are the seasonings needed.

Quinoa. This is to add some extra texture to the salad. Use tri color or whatever you prefer. Quinoa also has some protein in it.

Romaine Lettuce. This is one of my favorite greens, you can also use mixed greens.

Avocado Salad

Avocado. You will need two firm (not too firm but not overly ripe) avocados.

Tomatoes. Any will work, I prefer cherry tomatoes.

Red Onion. This adds a peppery onion flavor to the avocado salad.

Lime. Fresh limes to be juiced for the avocados.

Seasoning. A pinch of salt and pepper.

Olive Oil. Just a little to help “dress” the avocados for the salad.

Creamy Garlic Dressing

Garlic. This dressing is full of garlic flavors. I like to use fresh garlic clove, it offers the best flavor.

Sour Cream. This is the base of the dressing. You can also use plain greek yogurt or dairy free sour cream.

Cilantro. This just brings the flavors together in the dressing.

Seasoning. A pinch of salt, pepper and paprika.

Recipe Variations

Chicken Breasts. Chicken thighs will also work.

Romaine. Mixed greens will also work great.

Sour Cream. Plain greek yogurt is a good substitute, you can use mayonnaise but skip the excess salt if you go with mayo.

Lime. Lemon will work just fine.

Make it vegan. Don’t use chicken and sub the sour cream for a vegan sour cream.

Steps To Make This Recipe

White bowl with avocado salad and a skillet with chicken.

Step One. Start with the chicken. In a small bowl mix all the seasonings together. Clean and pat chicken dry with a paper towel. If the chicken breasts are large, cut them in half to ensure an even cook. Heat oil in a large pan or skillet on medium heat.

Step Two. Rub chicken both front and back with the seasoning mix. Add the breasts to the heated skillet, cook each side for about 8-10 minutes or until chicken is cooked all the way through and 165º internally. Start quinoa, this should take 15-20 minutes.

Step Three. While chicken is cooking, prepare the avocado salad. Slice avocados thinly (discard the skin and pit) or you can dice them up if needed. Slice tomatoes, red onion and add in lime, seasoning and oil. Gently mix together and set aside.

Step Four. Chop up washed and dried romaine and add to a big bowl. Mix up creamy garlic dressing.

Step Five. Add all garlic dressing ingredients to a small bowl (seasoning, sour cream, cilantro, minced garlic and water, mix well with a whisk).

Step Six. Once chicken is finished cooking, let it rest for a bit and then slice it up. Add quinoa to the large salad bowl with romaine, add in avocado salad, chicken and half the dressing. Gently mix together, serve and add more dressing as needed. Enjoy!

Grey bowl with avocado, salad, dressing and a fork on a white counter.

Recipe FAQ’s

Is this recipe spicy?

This recipe is about a medium spice. You can easily cool down the cajun seasoning by adjusting cayenne and pepper.

Is the avocado salad needed?

No, it’s not needed but it adds a nice creamy texture component. You can also just top the salad with preferred veggies.

Recipe Pairings

This cajun chicken salad is great on it’s own, but I love to make my Garlic Butter Rolls with it as a side, especially if I am entertaining and serving this to guests.

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Grey bowl with salad and avocado.
5 from 5 votes

Cajun Chicken Salad

Tender, juicy, cajun chicken salad with a tangy garlic dressing. Spicy, bold flavors that will fill you up and please the pallet. 
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Servings: 4

Equipment

  • large skillet or frying pan
  • whisk
  • bowls for mixing

Ingredients 

Cajun Chicken

  • .75 -1 lb chicken breasts
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp cayenne powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ½ Tbsp olive oil
  • ½ cup raw quinoa
  • 2 heads of romaine, about 8 cups

Avocado Salad

  • ¼ cup red onion, sliced
  • 2 firm avocados , *see notes
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced
  • ½ Tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ cup lime juice , *about 1 lime
  • 1 Tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped

Garlic Dressing

  • cup sour cream , *see notes
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • ¼ tsp smoked paprika
  • 3 Tbsp water, *more as needed to thin the dressing.

Instructions 

  • Prepare the chicken. In a small bowl mix all the seasonings together. Pat chicken dry with a paper towel. If the chicken breasts are large, cut them in half to ensure an even cook. Heat oil in a large pan or skillet on medium heat. 
  • Rub chicken both front and back with the seasoning mix. Add the breasts to the heated skillet, cook each side for about 8-10 minutes or until chicken is cooked all the way through and 165º internally. Start quinoa, this should take 15-20 minutes. 
  • While chicken is cooking, prepare the avocado salad. Slice avocados thinly (discard the skin and pit) or you can dice them up if needed. Slice tomatoes, red onion and add in lime, seasoning and oil. Gently mix together and set aside
  • Chop up washed and dried romaine and add to a big bowl. Mix up creamy garlic dressing.
  • Add all garlic dressing ingredients to a small bowl (seasoning, sour cream, cilantro, minced garlic and water, mix well with a whisk). Add more water as needed to thin dressing to desired amount.
  • Once chicken is finished cooking, let it rest for a bit and then slice it up. Add quinoa to the large salad bowl with romaine, add in avocado salad, chicken and half the dressing. Gently mix together, serve and add more dressing as needed. Enjoy! 

Notes

*Avocados should be just starting to ripen, if they are too soft/ripe they won’t hold their shape. 
*Plain greek yogurt will also work

Nutrition

Serving: 1.5cup | Calories: 417kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 84mg | Sodium: 441mg | Potassium: 1068mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 699IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Bailey
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Course: Main Course, Salad
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 417
Keyword: 30 minute, salad
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4 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This was such a delicious salad. I saw it on TikTok and I never made a TikTok Recipe before and boy am I glad this is what my first. YUM! The garlic dressing is just addicting.

  2. 5 stars
    I’ve been really trying to clean up my diet to finally reveal my six pack. The struggles were real until I discovered this page. This chicken gives my meal plan more depths of flavor and makes it easier to stick to my macros. Will be using more and more of these healthy and delicious recipes!