Cilantro-Lover’s Low-Carb Leftover Chicken Salad
Cilantro-Lover’s Low-Carb Leftover Chicken Salad is a tasty salad with leftover chicken for people who really like the distinctive flavor of cilantro! Use Salad Recipes to find more like this one.
One of the biggest challenges for anyone who really likes to cook is to develop great recipes out of leftovers. I’m talking about recipes that will transform leftovers into something you’ll love to eat: things with completely different flavors than the original dish. For me, one of the biggest leftover challenges is rotisserie chicken. I’m a fan of those Costco rotisserie chickens, which taste great when you take one home on Friday night, but the next day I want that chicken transformed into something else entirely. This recipe is one of my latest creations for leftover rotisserie chicken, and I’m using an idea from the middle east, where large amounts of herbs are used in salad, similar to how you would use lettuce!
Fans of Weekend Herb Blogging, hosted by Sher of What Did You Eat this week, will notice I’ve managed to return to cilantro before my reputation got completely tarnished by those rumors that I’ve been flirting with parsley. Of course cilantro will always be my very favorite herb. I searched for some new information about cilantro, since I’ve written about it so many times before. Foodreference.com made this observation:
Interestingly, the regions of the world where it is most cherished are not where it originated. Cilantro’s genesis can be traced to the Mediterranean. The Romans spread it to Asia while the Spanish conquistadors introduced it to Mexico and Peru. Subsequently, cilantro is a primary herb in Indian, Asian, and Latin American cuisines while Europeans and Americans have given it a lukewarm reception. Nevertheless it is touted as the world’s most popular herb.
Of course, I know we will never convince some of you of those claims about the popularity of cilantro, even if you happen to have leftover chicken. No worries, I’m calling this recipe Cilantro-Lover’s Low-Carb Leftover Chicken Salad so people like Sher and myself can have it all to ourselves.
More Cilantro Salads to Savor:
Black Bean, Rice, and Cilantro Salad from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Mexican Chopped Salad with Avocado Dressing from The Paupered Chef
Asian Cucumber Salad with Cilantro and Vidalia Onions from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Cilantro-Lover's Low-Carb Leftover Chicken Salad
Cilantro-Lover’s Low-Carb Leftover Chicken Salad is a tasty salad with leftover chicken for people who really like the distinctive flavor of cilantro!
- 2 cups leftover rotisserie chicken, coarsely chopped or shredded
- 2 cups coarsely chopped cilantro
- 8-10 radishes, thickly sliced, then slices cut in half
- 1 cup snow peas, cut into diagonal pieces
- 1/2 cup sliced green onions
- 4 T fresh squeezed lime juice (about 2 limes)
- 4 T olive oil
- 1/2 tsp. Ancho chile powder (or more, other chile powders can be substituted)
- 1/4 tsp. salt, preferably sea salt
- 1 tsp. Spike Seasoning (optional but highly recommended)
- Aleppo pepper to sprinkle over (optional but highly recommended)
- Chop chicken into bite-sized pieces and place in large salad bowl.
- Cut largest stems from cilantro, then wash and spin dry or dry with paper towels.
- Coarsely chop cilantro and add to chicken.
- Add sliced radishes, diagonal sliced snow peas, and sliced green onions.
- In small bowl, whisk together lime juice and olive oil.
- Stir in Ancho chile powder (I use Ancho chile powder from Penzeys.), salt, and Spike Seasoning.
- Pour dressing over salad and stir gently so greens and chicken are coated with dressing. (If you prefer your salad on the dry side, you may not need all the dressing.)
- Sprinkle with Aleppo pepper (available from Penzeys) if using, and serve immediately.
Recipe created by Kalyn.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Cilantro-Lover’s Low-Carb Leftover Chicken Salad is a great dish for low-carb diet plans, and for any phase of the South Beach Diet.
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