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Spicy Southwest Salad Recipe (Chick-Fil-A Copycat)

Spicy, flavorful, crunchy, and delicious. This Spicy Southwest Salad copycat recipe tastes just like the Chick-Fil-A version! Make this easy salad in no time at all for a healthy weeknight meal that everyone will love.
Course Dinner, Lunch, Dinner, Appetizer, Salad
Cuisine Southwest
Diet Gluten Free
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 Salads
Calories 343kcal


Southwest Chicken Marinade

  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar or any vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp orange juice
  • 1 Tbsp avocado oil
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 2 chicken breasts or 3 small

Spicy Southwest Chicken Salad

  • 1 large red bell pepper, chopped
  • 6-8 cups chopped spinach or romaine
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, sliced
  • 1/2 cup black beans
  • 1/2 cup corn
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese
  • 1/4 cup pepitas
  • 1 cup crumbled tortilla chips or tortilla strips
  • 1/3 cup Southwest Salad Dressing


Marinating the Chicken

  • Mix the ingredients for the marinade together.
  • Place the chicken in an airtight container or freezer bag and pour the marinade over it.
  • Marinate the chicken overnight (or for at least 30 minutes before baking).

Making the Spicy Southwest Salads

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degress F.
  • Place the marinated chicken on a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes.
  • Add the chopped bell pepper to the baking sheet and continue to bake for another 15 minutes (or until the chicken is fully cooked).
  • While the chicken is baking, make the salad dressing.
  • Chop the spinach.
  • In a large salad bowl, toss all of the salad ingredients together (except for the pepitas, tortilla chips, and dressing).
  • Add the chicken and bell peppers once they are done baking and toss together.
  • Plate each salad, add the peptias, tortilla chips, and drizzle with dressing.
  • Serve and enjoy!



Calories: 343kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 83mg | Sodium: 431mg | Potassium: 1048mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 6188IU | Vitamin C: 78mg | Calcium: 143mg | Iron: 3mg