Tempt My Tummy Tuesday… Southwest Chicken and Rice Salad

by Lisa on July 25, 2011


Who wants to heat up the kitchen and turn on the oven?  Any takers?  Anyone? I totally agree!!!! It is too hot. We are having a “heat wave” hovering over the Midwest and we all know how hot they have been down south this summer.  HHHHhhhooooottttt!!!  That is why I am sharing this fresh and easy recipe which requires NO OVEN, only a little stove top action and the outdoor grill if you are brave enough to go outside.


Southwest Chicken and Rice Salad

  • 2 medium ears of sweet corn
  • 1/4 cup olive oil, divided
  • 2 cups cubed cooked chicken breast
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, julienned
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and minced
  • 2 Tbsp minced fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 2 medium ripe avocados, peeled and cubed
  1. Remove and discard corn husks and silk.  Brush 1 Tbsp olive oil over ears of corn.  Grill, covered, over medium heat for 15-20 minutes or until tender.  Cut corn from cobs.  (If it is too hot to grill, then used frozen whole kernel corn or a can of whole kernel corn, drained. )
  2. In a large bowl, combine cooked chicken, red pepper, jalapenos, cilantro and corn.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the lime juice, garlic, chili powder, salt, pepper and remaining oil; pour over chicken mixture and toss to coat.  Cover and refrigerate for 2-3 hours.
  4. Cook rice according to package direction; cool.  Just before serving, stir rice and avocados into salad.

Stay cool out there and enjoy!

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Emily {Frilly Details} July 25, 2011 at 7:50 pm

What a yummy sounding recipe, Lisa! I know what you mean about not turning on the oven. I’m on a mission to avoid cooking anything in the oven this summer. It’s just too hot!

Thanks for the link party! I linked up my Panzanella salad recipe.


Sharyl@Thelittlebrownhouse July 25, 2011 at 8:57 pm

Thanks so much for hosting! I feel kind of guilty here in the Northwest at 70 some degree’s with all the heat waves going on! Your salad looks amazing though!


Jill July 25, 2011 at 9:15 pm

I shared my Shake To Go and two articles that I hope you enjoy!


Janet July 25, 2011 at 11:36 pm

That recipe sounds delicious. Thanks for hosting.


Georgia July 26, 2011 at 1:41 am

Sounds amazing as always!!


Kristin July 26, 2011 at 7:49 am

Linking up today for the very first time! Thanks for hosting a wonderful recipe linky…I can’t wait to visit around the other participants! Nice to meet you Lisa.~


Hollie July 26, 2011 at 8:47 am

Thanks for hostessing!


Liz July 26, 2011 at 8:53 am

Thank you for hosting.I liked up crock pot chicken stroganoff this week.



Melinda July 26, 2011 at 9:12 am

It’s hot here as well. Beastly hot. Even with the AC we try not to use the oven. This is a perfect recipe to try!


Carol@easytobeglutenfree July 26, 2011 at 10:43 am

What a great salad! I love the southwest flavors. Can’t wait to try this.


The Farmers Wife July 26, 2011 at 11:03 am

I’m new to your site, but just wanted to say this salad looks amazing. And I linked up my Philly Cheesesteaks!


Allison @ Allies Clean Plate Club July 26, 2011 at 11:49 am

Great minds think alike 🙂 I just shared by recipe for Grilled Fish Tacos that we tried out over the weekend. It was great to keep almost all of the cooking outside on the grill….which meant that my hubby did most of the cooking for a change 🙂

Thanks for hosting another great linky party!


Michelle July 26, 2011 at 12:21 pm

Too funny, I actually mentioned in my post that this was a recipe that violated my “we don’t use the oven or stove in the summer if at all possible” rule. I’m with ya, and yum that salad looks great!


Lisa @ Happy in Dole Valley July 26, 2011 at 12:34 pm

Sounds delicious! Thanks for hosting. 🙂


Jane July 26, 2011 at 1:09 pm

This sounds yummy and perfect on a hot summer day! I especially like the flavor of cilantro and lime juice together in a salad…yum!

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Rug Cleaning Los Angeles August 10, 2011 at 3:22 pm

This looks like a great summertime dish! I’m going to make if for dinner tonight 😀


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