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Southwestern Chicken Salad

Southwestern Chicken Salad

Southwestern Chicken Salad

  • Yield: 8 Servings

The zesty flavors of America’s Southwest, combined with heart healthy steel cut oats and low fat chicken, make an appealing main course summer salad.


  • 2 c. McCann’s® Traditional Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal
  • 3 c. cubed, grilled, chicken breast
  • ½ c. diced red onion
  • 1 c. diced jicama
  • ¼ c. diced yellow bell pepper
  • ¼ c. diced green bell pepper
  • ¼ c. chopped cilantro
  • 1 tbsp. minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp. minced, pickled, jalapeño chillies
  • ¼ c. mayonnaise (low fat, if desired)
  • ¼ c. sour cream
  • 1 tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 1 tbsp. fresh orange juice
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 300°F. Place oatmeal on a baking sheet, with sides, in preheated oven.

  2. Toast, stirring frequently, for about 20 minutes until lightly browned. Remove from oven and allow to cool.

  3. Place in a heat proof bowl. Cover with boiling water. Allow to sit for about 20 minutes or until just tender but not gummy. Drain off excess liquid. Place drained oats in a clean kitchen towel and tightly squeeze to remove any remaining moisture.

  4. Combine chicken, oatmeal, onion, jicama, peppers, cilantro, garlic and jalapeno in a mixing bowl.

  5. Whisk together mayonnaise and sour cream. Beat in lime and orange juice and stir into chicken mixture. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.

  6. Cover and refrigerate for about 30 minutes to allow flavors to blend. Serve on a bed of lettuce.