Chipotle Chicken Salad with Quinoa & Lime Crème Fraîche

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This chipotle chicken salad is a simple healthy dinner with roasted tomatoes, quinoa, chorizo and baby spinach. It’s the best chicken salad recipe!

Quinoa is an ingredient that I only use every now and then. It’s not my favourite grain but sometimes it just works perfectly. I also find it surprisingly filling which is always a winner in my book.

I love using quinoa in salads, especially this sweet potato & quinoa salad, and now this chipotle chicken version too.

Overhead shot of chipotle chicken salad and quinoa in a blue bowl with a striped cloth on a white wooden background

How’s it going team? It’s Sunday and we’ve spent the day being extremely lazy after our bottomless taco and margarita day yesterday.

I’m feeling surprisingly fine but Will is very hungover.

We had a really good day yesterday but we ate so many tacos. Obviously that sounds like a good thing but turns out there’s such a thing as too many tacos.

I know, who knew? We were so full after eating and ended up leaving a few tacos 😰

Roasted cherry tomatoes for chicken salad with quinoa

Ingredients for chicken salad in a bowl on a white wooden background with chicken and dressing

Anyway after indulging in A LOT of tacos and margaritas yesterday we definitely need some healthy comfort food like this chipotle chicken salad with quinoa.

It’s spicy, it’s filling and it’s got that amazing creamy dressing on top.

There’s so many different elements to it and they all work so well together.

Why we love this chipotle chicken salad:

  • It’s healthy thanks to loads of good for you ingredients including spinach, tomatoes, quinoa and spring onions
  • It’s full of flavour from the super sweet roasted tomatoes, the zingy and creamy dressing and the spicy chicken thighs
  • It’s naturally gluten free because we’re using quinoa as the central grain so it’s perfect for anyone avoiding gluten (but also great for everyone else too!)
  • This salad is filling enough to act as a main dish which makes it great for a summer evening
  • Finally, this salad is so easy to make your own! Not feeling the chicken? Switch out for haloumi or tofu. Got some other vegetables that need using up? Throw them in there – avocado or peppers would be delicious 

INGREDIENTS YOU NEED TO MAKE CHIPOTLE CHICKEN SALAD WITH QUINOA:

  • Olive Oil
  • Cumin
  • Sugar
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Crème fraîche
  • Lime
  • Chicken Thighs – I used bone in skin on. The skin gets all crispy and the meat stays juicy. However, you can use chicken breasts if you prefer
  • Chipotle Paste – This is the one we normally use.
  • Baby Spinach
  • Spring Onions (Scallions)
  • Mint Leaves
  • Quinoa
  • Chorizo

Keep scrolling to get the full recipe for this chipotle chicken salad with quinoa…

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How To Make Chipotle Chicken Salad?

So you start off by roasting your tomatoes and chicken thighs. The tomato halves are coated in olive oil and sprinkled with cumin and sugar before roasting until they’re insanely sweet and juicy.

Is there anything better than a super sweet roasted tomato? It could eat them all up right there and then plus with a little bread to soak up all those roasting juices, amazing.

The thing I love about using roasted tomatoes in this salad is that the roasting juices get tossed in with all the other ingredients and act as a dressing along with lime crème fraîche.

The chicken thighs are tossed in a mixture of chipotle chilli paste, olive oil and lime juice then roasted so that the skin is crispy and full of spicy flavour.

Ingredients for chicken salad in a bowl on a white wooden background with chicken and dressing

Chipotle chicken salad on a white wooden background with a striped cloth

Once you’ve got your chicken and tomatoes in the oven then you just need to put together the rest of the salad.

For the lime dressing you simply need to mix the juice and zest of a lime with crème fraîche and set aside until ready to use.

Overhead shot of chipotle chicken salad on a white wooden background with a striped cloth

For the rest of this easy chicken salad I used a handful of baby spinach leaves, some finely sliced spring onions (scallions), quinoa, chorizo and some fresh mint leaves.

The mint leaves are probably my favourite ingredient we’ve got going on here. Mint is one of my favourite herbs and it adds so much to this salad. I love it.

Then simply toss everything together and top with a roast chicken thigh and plenty of dressing.


Equipment you need to make this recipe…

Chipotle chicken salad with quinoa in a blue bowl on a white wooden background

Chipotle chicken salad with quinoa in a blue bowl on a white wooden background

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Chipotle chicken salad with quinoa in a blue bowl on a white wooden background

Chipotle Chicken Salad with Quinoa & Lime Crème Fraîche

This chipotle chicken salad is a simple summer dinner with roasted tomatoes, quinoa, chorizo and baby spinach. It's the perfect way to celebrate summer produce.
5 from 5 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 561kcal
Author: Amy Fulwood

Ingredients

For the Tomatoes

  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • 200 g Cherry Tomatoes halved

For the Lime Crème Fraiche

  • 100 g Crème Fraiche
  • 1 Lime zested + juice of half

For the Chicken

  • 4 Chicken Thighs bone in, skin on
  • 2 tbsp Chipotle Paste
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 Limes juiced

To Make the Salad

  • 50 g Baby Spinach
  • 3 Spring Onions sliced
  • 10 g Mint Leaves
  • 200 g Quinoa cooked
  • 200 g Chorizo cubed

Instructions

  • Heat the oven to 200°C. Spread the tomatoes out on a baking tray and add the olive oil, cumin and sugar and toss to coat. Place the chicken thighs into a bowl with the chipotle paste, olive oil and lime juice and mix thoroughly. Tip the chicken out onto another baking tray and place that and the tomatoes into the oven. Cook for 40 minutes.
  • Mix the crème fraîche and the lime together and set aside. Fry the chorizo for a couple of minutes over a medium heat.
  • To make the salad toss the quinoa with the spinach, spring onion, mint leaves and cooked chorizo. Add the roasted tomatoes and toss again. Serve with the chicken thighs and lime dressing.
Nutrition Facts
Chipotle Chicken Salad with Quinoa & Lime Crème Fraîche
Amount Per Serving
Calories 561 Calories from Fat 306
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 34g 52%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 57mg 19%
Sodium 784mg 33%
Potassium 808mg 23%
Total Carbohydrates 44g 15%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 4g
Protein 21g 42%
Vitamin A 38.3%
Vitamin C 40%
Calcium 10.7%
Iron 26.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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10 Comments

  • Reply
    Claudia
    22/07/2018 at 5:55 PM


    What a great hearty and healthy salad I could eat this everyday! I guess I need to get the ingredients soon!

    • Reply
      Amy
      22/07/2018 at 9:38 PM

      Thanks Claudia 🙂

  • Reply
    Jill
    22/07/2018 at 6:06 PM


    This looks like a delicious salad – love all the flavors!

    • Reply
      Amy
      22/07/2018 at 9:38 PM

      Thanks Jill!

  • Reply
    Lauren Vavala @ DeliciousLittleBites
    22/07/2018 at 6:29 PM


    This looks amazing! I love the chipotle and lime combination and the images are gorgeous!

    • Reply
      Amy
      22/07/2018 at 9:37 PM

      Thanks so much Lauren!

  • Reply
    Dana
    22/07/2018 at 7:58 PM


    Love all the ingredients and it looks really tasty!! I love all the flavors that go into this dish and it looks beautiful!

    • Reply
      Amy
      22/07/2018 at 9:37 PM

      Thank you 🙂

  • Reply
    Shanika
    22/07/2018 at 8:22 PM


    This looks so delicious! The perfect summer dish for dinner! Pinning for later!

    • Reply
      Amy
      22/07/2018 at 9:37 PM

      Thanks Shanika!

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