Tropical Layered Chicken Salad

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. Grill: 20 min. + chilling


6 servings

Updated: Jun. 27, 2023
This is a fresh and delicious recipe that is a big hit whenever I take it to a potluck—it's always the first to go! —Frances Pietsch, Flower Mound, Texas
Tropical Layered Chicken Salad Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1/2 cup chopped peeled mango
  • 3 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • SALAD:
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (8 ounces each )
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 5 cups torn romaine
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper
  • 2 cups chopped peeled mangoes
  • 3 medium ripe avocados, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup minced seeded jalapeno pepper
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • Crushed tortilla chips, optional


  1. Place the first 5 ingredients in a blender. While processing, gradually add oil in a steady stream; set aside.
  2. Sprinkle chicken with 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper; place on greased grill rack. Grill, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from heat 8-10 minutes on each side until a thermometer reads 165°. Cool slightly and chop into 1/2-in. pieces.
  3. Layer lettuce, chicken, red pepper and chopped mangoes in a 3-qt. dish. In a large bowl, gently combine avocados, onion, cilantro, jalapeno, lime juice and remaining salt. Spoon over mangoes. Refrigerate 30 minutes. Just before serving, pour vinaigrette over salad. If desired, sprinkle with tortilla chips.
Peppers (Hot)
Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.

Nutrition Facts

2 cups: 483 calories, 26g fat (4g saturated fat), 84mg cholesterol, 644mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 7g fiber), 33g protein.

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