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Spicy Ranch Chopped Chicken Cabbage Salad



Spicy Ranch Chopped Chicken Cabbage Salad

For the Chicken:
– 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast
– 2 tablespoons olive oil
– 1 tablespoon honey
– Juice from 2 small limes
– 1 teaspoon chili powder
– 1 teaspoon cumin
– ½ teaspoon garlic powder
– ½ teaspoon paprika
– ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
– ½ teaspoon salt
– Freshly ground black pepper

For the Salad:
– 6 cups shredded green cabbage (or a mix of purple and green)
– ½ cup diced green onion (or sub diced red onion)
– ¾ cup freshly diced cilantro
– 1 cup shredded carrots (from 2 large carrots)
– 1 red bell pepper, diced
– 1 jalapeno, seeded and diced
– ½ cup roasted pepitas
– 1 ½ cups fresh raw corn off the cob (or thawed frozen corn)

For the Spicy Greek Yogurt Ranch:
– ¾ cup plain Greek yogurt
– 1 teaspoon garlic powder
– ¼ teaspoon onion powder
– 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
– ¾ teaspoon dried dill or fresh chopped chives
– ¼ teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
– 2-4 tablespoons water, to thin dressing
– 1-3 teaspoons hot sauce (adjust to taste) or ½-3/4 teaspoon chipotle chili powder

For Topping:
– 1 cup tortilla strips or slightly crushed tortilla chips
– Optional: 1 avocado, sliced
– Extra cilantro and green onion for garnish

1. Prepare the Chicken:
   – In a bowl, mix olive oil, honey, lime juice, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, paprika, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper. Coat the chicken breasts with the marinade and let them marinate for at least 15 minutes.

   – Grill or cook the chicken until fully cooked. Allow it to rest for a few minutes before slicing into bite-sized pieces.

2. Make the Spicy Greek Yogurt Ranch:
   – In a bowl, combine Greek yogurt, garlic powder, onion powder, lemon juice, dried dill or chives, salt, and hot sauce or chipotle chili powder. Adjust the consistency with water and taste for seasoning.

3. Assemble the Salad:
   – In a large bowl, combine shredded cabbage, diced green onion, cilantro, shredded carrots, diced red bell pepper, diced jalapeno, roasted pepitas, and fresh corn.

   – Add the sliced grilled chicken to the salad mixture.

4. Dress the Salad:
   – Pour the spicy Greek yogurt ranch over the salad and toss until all ingredients are well-coated.

5. Top and Serve:
   – Sprinkle tortilla strips or crushed tortilla chips over the salad. Add sliced avocado if desired. Garnish with extra cilantro and green onion.

6. Enjoy:
   – Serve immediately, savoring the blend of spicy, savory, and refreshing flavors in this vibrant chopped chicken cabbage salad.


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