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Jamaican Jerk Chicken Salad With Lime Vinaigrette

This Jamaican Jerk Chicken Salad is topped with refreshing fruit and veggies, then drizzled with a lip-smacking lime vinaigrette.
Course Main Course, Salad
Cuisine Jamaican, Jerk
Keyword easy, healthy
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 2 people
Author Dana Sandonato

Ingredients

Jamaican Jerk Chicken Salad.

  • 2 skinless boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup good quality Jerk sauce, plus more for drizzle
  • 8 cups mixed salad greens, washed and patted dry
  • 1/2 cup diced fresh pineapple
  • 1 ripe mango, diced
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1/2 cup diced grape tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup diced cucumber
  • 1 avocado, cubed (or sliced)
  • 1/4 cup freshly chopped parsley or cilantro

Lime Vinaigrette.

  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 limes zested and juiced
  • 1 tsp raw liquid honey
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp kosher or sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp cracked black pepper

Instructions

Jamaican Jerk Chicken Salad.

  • Place chicken thighs in a medium-sized bowl or marinating bag and drizzle with Jerk sauce; toss to coat. Set aside. 
  • Preheat your grill on medium-high heat—about 400º F. (See notes for baking instructions.)
  • Prepare the pineapple, mango, red onion, tomatoes, cucumbers, cubed avocado, and parsley. Toss them all into a bowl together and set aside. If you simply slice the avocado, leave it aside to top the salads later. (I slice mine because I love big pieces of avocado in my salad, but this is a personal preference and it's delicious either way!)
  • Once the grill is heated, place saucy chicken breasts onto the grill and drizzle them with any leftover sauce they were sitting in. Grill for 5-7 minutes, flip, and grill for another 5-7 minutes or until they reach an internal temperature of 165º F and juices run clear.
  • While the chicken cooks, prepare the vinaigrette (recipe below).
  • Once the chicken is ready, slather them with some extra Jerk sauce and slice or cube them. Place mixed salad greens in serving bowls, top with fruit and veggie mixture, sliced avocado, and finally, top with the chicken. Drizzle with your desired amount of dressing and serve.

Lime Vinaigrette.

  • In a medium-sized bowl, whisk the olive oil, lime zest, lime juice, honey, cayenne, salt, and pepper together until cohesive.

Notes

If you're baking your chicken, preheat the oven to 375º F. Place the saucy chicken in a baking dish and drizzle with whatever sauce is leftover from the marinading process. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165º F and the juices run clear.
Wondering about the marinade time? America's Text Kitchen recently busted the myth of marinating poultry, which is why I no longer marinate it for hours. Marinating chicken doesn't do anything. I like to give the chicken a toss in the sauce before cooking so that the chicken is seasoned and gets a nice coating while cooking, but that's it. You can definitely let your chicken sit in the marinade for longer in the fridge to help with time and prep, but it won't change the texture of flavor of the inside of the chicken.