Tortilla Crusted Chicken Salad with Cilantro Dressing
Hearty tortilla crusted chicken salad filled with tomatoes, avocado, black beans, cheddar cheese, and tossed with a cilantro dressing. In lieu of breadcrumbs, chicken breasts are dredged with finely ground tortilla chips for a fun textural twist!
1garlic cloveroughly chopped
½teaspoonDiamond Crystal kosher salt
2tablespoons (30 mL)fresh lime juice
¼cup (60 mL)extra virgin olive oil
¼cup (60 mL)safflower or other neutral oil
¼cup (60 mL)red wine vinegar
½cuppacked fresh cilantro leaves
Tortilla Crusted Chicken:
1large handfulthin corn tortilla chips
1boneless chicken breast (without the skin)
unbleached all-purpose flourfor dredging
freshly ground black pepper
vegetable oilfor cooking
2cupsthinly sliced romaine leaves
1small ripe avocadothinly sliced or cubed
½cupcooked black beans
⅓cupgrated extra sharp cheddar cheese
cilantro leavesfor garnishing
Prepare Dressing: Combine ingredients in a high powered blender and puree until smooth. Set aside in a container with a tight fitting lid (dressing can also be refrigerated and kept for up to a week in the fridge.
Prepare Chicken: Place tortilla chips in the bowl of a small food processor and process until tortilla chips are evenly ground, but still have some texture. This might take several minutes. Prepare a breading station with flour, the beaten egg, and ground tortilla chips on separate plates or sheets of wax paper.
Pound out the chicken breast between two pieces of wax paper until it is ½ to ¾-inch thick. Season on both sides with salt and pepper. Dredge the chicken breast in flour, shaking off any excess; dip in the beaten egg, and coat on both sides with the ground tortilla chips.
In a medium sized non-stick skillet, heat a thin layer of vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Once the oil is shimmering, add the breaded chicken breast (it should immediately sizzle in the cooking oil) and cook until golden brown on both sides, roughly 3 to 4 minutes per side. Adjust heat as needed; total cook time will vary depending on the thickness of your chicken breast.
Transfer the cooked chicken to a clean paper-towel lined plate and immediately sprinkle lightly with salt. Allow the chicken to rest for 5 to 10 minutes before slicing and serving on the salad.
Assemble Salad: Combine the mixed greens, romaine lettuce, avocado, cherry tomatoes, and grated cheese in a large salad bowl. Toss with dressing until the leaves are evenly coated (be sure to shake the dressing well before using). Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve and top with slices of tortilla crusted chicken, cilantro leaves, and limed wedges for squeezing.
Dressing barely adapted from Joe Yonan’s Serve Yourself