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Roasted Jalapeño and Cilantro Pesto Chicken Salad

Posted by World Seasonings on

After making our Jalapeño Cilantro Pesto (previous recipe provided), we wanted use this delicious sauce as dressing for a chicken salad!

5 mins   7-10 mins   15-20 mins


¼ - ½ cup  Jalapeño Cilantro Pesto
2 Chicken breasts, butterflied
3 Teaspoon Olive oil (1- for brushing on the chicken, 2 - for using to cook the chicken)
2 Teaspoons  Smokin' Chipotle seasoning blend
1 Lime, juiced


ingredients for Roasted jalapeño and cilantro pesto chicken salad

Here are the ingredients (lime and Olive oil not in picture) that you need to make this delightful Roasted Jalapeño Pesto Chicken Salad.

butterflied chicken breast with chipotle seasonings

Butterfly the chicken breast then brush with olive oil. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of Smokin' Chipotle seasoning on each breast - ½ per side. Let chicken sit for 10 minutes to marinate.

cook butterflied chicken breast on iron cast skillet

Pull out a skillet or a saute pan and add 2 teaspoons of olive oil. Get it nice and hot so the chicken sizzles when you place it in the pan. The chicken will cook fairly quickly since it has been butterflied - about 4-5 minutes per side.

cooked butterflied chicken breast

Remove chicken from the pan and let it rest for 5 minutes or longer.  Make sure to save the juices left over on your place so you can add it back into the chicken salad for added flavor.

diced chicken breast with jalapeno cilantro pesto

Dice the chicken then add it to a mixing bowl. Add the juices from the pan and the  Jalapeño Cilantro Pesto. Use at least ¼ of a cup, but you can add more if you like. 

diced chicken breast mixed with jalapeno cilantro pesto

Lastly, squeeze the juice of a lime and mix well!

how to make roasted jalapeño and cilantro pesto chicken salad

Enjoy and happy cooking!

Do you love eating chicken salads like we do?  Try our other chicken salad recipes: Smokin' Chipotle Chicken SaladChicken Salad with Walnuts & Grapes, and Everyday Chicken Salad.  

Or, if you want a protein-packed breakfast follow these steps:

1 - Cup of Jalapeño Cilantro Pesto Chicken
2 - Eggs
1 - Tsp. Olive Oil

Add the oil to a sauté pan over medium-high heat.  Add the chicken and cook just until it begins to sizzle.  Crack the eggs on top of the chicken and cook for 1-2 minutes, then flip the mixture over and break open the yolk.  Cook for another 30 seconds or until the whites are cooked.  

Enjoy!  A great breakfast to start your day!