Shredded Chicken Taco Salad


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This easy shredded chicken taco salad is one of the simplest ways to enjoy a filling, delicious lunch. You can use leftover fajitas, or make a whole fresh new batch to really get your taco salad hopping!

Plus, it’s just a fun way to enjoy one of my favorite restaurant meals at home.

Shredded Chicken Taco Salad in a blue bowl with a bowl of sauce in the background

Because what’s more fun than ordering out? Making it at home for a whole lot less and a lot more delicious!

a closeup of a forkful of Shredded Chicken Taco Salad in a blue bowl with a bowl of sauce in the background

What You Need to Make Shredded Chicken Taco Salad:

This is a very simple chicken recipe that you really can’t mess up, no matter how hard you might try. Seriously, anyone can make these, as long as you can follow some basic instructions. Here’s what you need:

  • 1 1/2 lbs chicken thighs and legs deboned
  • 1 sliced bell pepper
  • 1 sliced onion
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 3/4 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1 head Romain lettuce
  • 1 cup cooked black beans (canned is fine)
  • 1 avocado
a forkful of Shredded Chicken Taco Salad in a blue bowl with a bowl of sauce in the background

How to Make Shredded Chicken Taco Salad:

Step 1

Place chicken, sliced bell pepper and sliced onion in a pan over high heat. Saute until the chicken is cooked all the way through.

 chicken, sliced bell pepper and sliced onion cooking in a pan

Step 2

While the chicken is cooking, slice your cherry tomatoes in half and slice your avocado into strips.

slice your cherry tomatoes in half and slice your avocado into strips

Step 3

Place chicken in a bowl and shred it using a hand mixer. Add seasoning and stir until the chicken is evenly coated.

Step 4

Add Romain lettuce to the bottom of 4 bowls, then add about 1/4 cup of black beans.

adding black beans to romaine lettuce in a blue bowl with the rest of the ingredients for the chicken taco salad next to it

Step 5

Top the beans with chicken.

putting chicken on top of beans and lettuce in a blue bowl

Step 6

Add all of the other toppings to make the salad your own!

chicken taco salad in a blue bowl

More Easy Chicken Recipes You’ll Love

If you love this easy chicken recipe, but you’re not quite ready to bust out your cutting board, just pin this to your favorite easy lunch recipes board on Pinterest so you can find it quick later!

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Shredded Chicken Taco Salad

Shredded Chicken Taco Salad

This shredded chicken taco salad is the simplest lunch you can make! It's also super refreshing and filling, plus you can make it in just minutes.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs chicken thighs and legs deboned
  • 1 sliced bell pepper
  • 1 sliced onion
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 3/4 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1 head Romain lettuce
  • 1 cup cooked black beans (canned is fine)
  • 1 avocado

Instructions

  1. Place chicken, sliced bell pepper and sliced onion in a pan over high heat. Sautee until the chicken is cooked all the way through.
  2. While the chicken is cooking, slice your cherry tomatoes in half and slice your avocado into strips.
  3. Place chicken in a bowl and shred it using a hand mixer. Add seasoning and stir until the chicken is evenly coated.
  4. Add Romain lettuce to the bottom of 4 bowls, then add about 1/4 cup of black beans.
  5. Top the beans with chicken.
  6. Add all of the other toppings to make the salad your own!

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