Santa Fe Chicken Salad Recipe -
Santa Fe Chicken Salad Recipe
  • READY IN 50 mins

Santa Fe Chicken Salad

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"This is one of my favorites. It's very festive and it makes a great meal."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    50 mins


  1. In a gallon size plastic bag or 9x9 baking dish, mix together the mayonnaise and Italian dressing. Place chicken in mixture and marinate overnight in the refrigerator.
  2. Chop, wash, and dry the iceberg and romaine lettuce. Mix and divide among four dinner-size plates. Divide and place the tomato and green onions among the plates. Sprinkle the top of each salad with shredded cheese.
  3. Remove chicken from marinade and grill or broil until cooked. While chicken is cooking, cut tortillas into three thick strips and cut each strip into 'matchsticks'. Place on a cookie sheet and put under broiler until golden brown. Let cool. Cut the chicken into strips and divide among plates. Top with tortilla 'crispies'.
  4. To prepare the dressing, combine the salsa and ranch dressing in a blender and mix until smooth. Pour over each salad.
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  • The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the marinade ingredients. The actual amount of the marinade consumed will vary.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 22, 2005

Awesome! I'm a huge fan of the Applebee's version, and this is just as satisfying. For the dressing (which I did not double--was enough for me), I also added about a tablespoon of taco seasoning to kick it up a bit. I also burned the crispies, so I just crumbled up a few tortilla chips for topping. Like Applebee's, I also served it with a dallop of sour cream, a dallop of salsa and a dallop of homemade guacamole. Thanks Judy!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Mar 22, 2005

Not one of my favorites, dont think I'll be making this again.

Nov 14, 2003

YEAH BABY! This is awesome!! The combination of the tortilla crispies, the marinated grilled chicken and the funky dressing makes this salad a huge hit with my entire family!! A filling meal all by itself and I think is one of the best green salads I have come across on this site yet! Thanks Judy! I'd recommend this to anyone!

Mar 31, 2005

I confess I did not make the salad. I only used the chicken suggestion. I marinated the chicken in the mayo/dressing mixture overnight and broiled it the next day. Wow. Who would have thought mayo and Italian dressing would be so delicious together. I'll definitely make the chicken again and even try the salad.

Jun 29, 2006

Very Tasty, Really close to the Applebees Version which is what I was looking for. Thanks

Jul 17, 2005

Great-tasting salad and very easy to make. To save even more time, I skipped the first 3 ingredients and just bought at the grocery store the ready-cooked, packaged "southwestern" chicken strips (by Louis Rich). I also added shredded cheese, can of corn, and avocados.

Jul 05, 2003

The marinade for the chicken and the dressing came out great. My husband and I really enjoyed this recipe.

May 18, 2005

This salad was excellent and so easy to make. I marinated my chicken for 2 days (I used fat free sour cream instead of mayo) and it was so moist and flavorful. Yummy, both my husband and I really enjoyed it.


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  • Calories
  • 907 kcal
  • 45%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 46.1 g
  • 15%
  • Cholesterol
  • 116 mg
  • 39%
  • Fat
  • 63 g
  • 97%
  • Fiber
  • 8.6 g
  • 34%
  • Protein
  • 42.8 g
  • 86%
  • Sodium
  • 1807 mg
  • 72%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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