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Spicy Warm Chicken Salad

 Spicy Warm Chicken Salad
This hearty main-dish salad, sent in by Iola Egle of Bella Vista, Arizona, makes a great cool-weather entree. It's colorful, delicious and filled with the kind of heat that’s great after a chilly football game or hike. Best of all, you can have it on the table in half an hour!
4 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 30 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 envelope onion soup mix
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (4 ounces each)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1/2 cup picante sauce
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup jalapeno pepper jelly
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 cups chopped iceberg lettuce
  • 2 cups torn romaine
  • 1 small sweet red pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped, optional

Directions

  • Rub soup mix over both sides of chicken. In a large skillet, cook
  • chicken in oil over medium heat for 8-10 minutes on each side or
  • until a meat thermometer reads 170°. Remove and keep warm.
  • In the same skillet, combine the beans, corn and picante sauce. Cook
  • and stir over medium heat for 2-3 minutes or until heated through.
  • Stir in chilies and onions; set aside.

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Spicy Warm Chicken Salad (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • In a small bowl, combine the sour cream, pepper jelly and lemon
  • juice; set aside.
  • Toss lettuce and romaine; divide among four salad plates. Slice
  • chicken; arrange on greens. Place red pepper slices and bean mixture
  • around chicken. Drizzle with sour cream mixture; sprinkle with
  • cilantro. Serve with jalapenos if desired. Yield: 4 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (prepared with reduced-fat sour cream) equals 417 calories, 11 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 26 mg cholesterol, 1,054 mg sodium, 65 g carbohydrate, 8 g fiber, 16 g protein.
Wine: Light-Bodied White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.