Fiesta Chicken Salad

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What a crazy weekend this has been! I feel like I have been on the go nonstop, but I have been very productive! Dan and I managed to motivate and go to the gym both days this weekend which feels AMAZING! I also spent a few hours meal prepping today to help me not feel so busy during the week. It DEFINITELY helps when I want to hit the gym after work, but also want to have a home cooked meal.

A great idea for meal prep is making something in bulk that is healthy and easy to bring work. This Fiesta Chicken Salad is a great option when you’re trying to eat better and want to pack a lunch instead of spending money going out every day. This recipe will easily make enough to last one person a week!

Fiesta Chicken Salad

  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast, cooked and shredded
  • 1 small can corn, drained
  • 1 can low sodium organic black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can Rotel (I used hot, but you can also use Original if you aren’t a big spicy fan), drained
  • 2 Tablespoons plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1 Tablespoon Cajun seasoning
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  1. Mix chicken with vegetables and cilantro in a large bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix Greek Yogurt with Cajun seasoning until blended.
  3. Mix yogurt mixture into chicken, stirring well.
  4. Refrigerate at least one hour before enjoying.

Note: This chicken salad is great served on Romaine lettuce leaves, in pita bread, or on it’s own! For an extra crunch, try topping with crushed tortilla chips!

Sante Fe Chicken

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First off, let me start by saying I can’t believe it has been almost THREE months since I posted anything! I apologize for that, and let me begin by explaining that it has been quite the crazy few months! Taking accelerated classes while working full time can be quite stressful, and on top of that, I have been wedding planning! That’s right! Dan asked me to marry him 🙂 So as you can imagine, things have been busy!

That being said, I have many new goals in mind! I plan on getting back into better shape, as well as eating better! But don’t worry, that doesn’t mean the end of yummy recipes, that just means you will see more recipes that are better for you AND delicious! How can you lose with that? I may also begin posting my journey through getting back in shape and all that entails. From workouts, to healthy meals and snacks, to staying on track (and lets be honest, probably falling off track as well). Feel free to share any of your tips and tricks along the way!!

So to begin with this whole new journey, I will start with a super simple recipe that comes together in a snap and is so delicious AND good for you! This is what I call a win-win-win.

Sante Fe Chicken

  • 1 can organic black beans, rinsed
  • 1 can corn, drained
  • 1/2 sweet onion, sliced
  • 2 cups brown rice, cooked
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 3 Tablespoons whole grain Panko bread crumbs
  • 2 teaspoons each, divided:
    • garlic powder
    • chili powder
    • salt
    • cumin
  1. In a greased 9×13 casserole dish, combine black beans, corn, onion, brown rice, cilantro, and 1 teaspoon of each seasoning.
  2. Place chicken breasts on top of rice mixture. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of each seasoning over top of chicken.
  3. Evenly spread bread crumbs over top of chicken, disregarding any leftover.
  4. Bake casserole at 425 for 30 minutes.