Thursday, May 3, 2012

Chicken Taco Salad

The main course for my Cinco de Mayo celebration - good stuff!

Serves - 4  /  Serving Size - 1 cup filling & 2 cups salad
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes

1/2 cup prepared salsa
1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream
1 tsp canola oil
1 medium onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 pound 93%-lean ground turkey [used shredded chicken]
2 large plum tomatoes, diced
1 14-oz can kidney beans, rinsed [used black beans]
2 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp chili powder
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
8 cups shredded romaine lettuce
1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese [use Mexican style grated cheese]

1.  Combine salsa and sour cream in a large bowl.

2.  Heat oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat.  Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring often, until softened, about 2 minutes.  Add turkey and cook, stirring often and crumbling with a wooden spoon, until cooked through, about 5 minutes.  Add tomatoes, beans, cumin and chili powder; cook, stirring, until the tomatoes begin to break down, 2 to 3 minutes.  Remove from the heat, stir in cilantro and 1/4 cup of the salsa mixture.

3.  Add lettuce to the remaining salsa mixture in the bowl; toss to coat.  To serve, divide the lettuce among 4 plates, top with the turkey mixture and sprinkle with cheese.

Exchanges/Carb: 1 starch / 2 vegetable / 4 lean meat / 1 carb serving
Calories - 447                           Sodium - 629mg
Total Fat - 19g                          Total Carbs - 27g  w/net Carbs - 17g
   Saturated Fat - 8g                       Dietary Fiber - 10g
   Monounsat Fat - 5g                Protein - 42g
Cholesterol - 108mg

Source: Eating Well


  • Having just made salsa, I had enough to use in this recipe as well as for chips.
  • I didn't think the sharp cheddar cheese would work with the shredded chicken.  So instead used  Mexican style grated cheese.  Talk about a distinct flavor too.
  • Also added a small can of corn - yes, added color and the benefit of another veggie.
  • Definitely had leftovers of the filling.  Recommend you reheat the filling to get the most out of the flavors.

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