My Green Chile Chicken Salad is an incredibly easy to make 10-ingredient recipe often requested at gatherings. Mostly because it is full of tender chicken, savory green chilies, and crunchy radishes. All tossed together in a tangy sour cream lime dressing. Who knew a pantry staple like canned green chiles could turn traditional chicken salad into a Tex-Mex party favorite?!
Most of the peeps in our circle are foodies. Which means parties are typically potluck. This ensures a variety of food we all enjoy. Plus we almost always dine on Southwest inspired dishes. We are not the type to rush through cocktails by the pool. So I like to have munchies on hand like this Green Chile Chicken Salad recipe. It gives everyone something to snack on until it is time for the big meal. We have learned from experience that after a few adult beverages – on an empty stomach – while basking in the sun – we are not real motivated to cook. Too many people are napping!
Green Chile Chicken Salad
This Green Chile Chicken Salad recipe is best made ahead of time so that the flavors have a chance to mingle and get their cha-cha on. I confess I am not a fan of traditional mayo-heavy salads. Most of my recipes favor lighter dressings that allow the salad ingredients to shine thorough. Sour cream and Greek yogurt are my favorite go-to dressing substitutes. You can mix in all kinds of fresh herbs, vinegars, sweeteners, and spices to achieve delicious flavor combinations.
I like to serve sliced radishes and lime wedges along with this Green Chile Chicken Salad so people can customize their snacks. The crunchy bite of the radish compliments the smokey flavor of the green chile while lime juice brightens up the whole affair. Cilantro is a popular garnish that enhances the southwest flavors of the dish.
I hope you like this Green Chile Chicken Salad recipe as much as my crew does. If you love this updated classic, you can find more like it by checking out my Salad section! For recipe inspiration delivered to your inbox, subscribe to my newsletter, follow my photography journey on Instagram, and for generally inappropriate humor follow like me on Facebook!
Green Chile Chicken Salad
- 4 cups chopped or shredded cooked chicken
- 2 4-ounce cans diced green chilies
- 1 small red onion finely diced
- 6 medium radishes finely diced
- 1/3 cup sour cream
- 3 tablespoons Greek yogurt
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
- Juice of 2 limes
- Salt and pepper to taste
- In a large bowl add chicken, green chilies, onion and radishes; mix together.
- In a separate bowl whisk together remaining ingredients.
- Pour sour cream sauce over chicken mixture, stir to coat thoroughly. Chill until ready to serve.