Southwestern Oven-Fried Chicken Salad with Avocado Dressing

by Erin

Crispy, Southwestern seasoned, oven-fried chicken salad topped with avocado dressing is a salad you’ll actually look forward to eating.

Southwestern Oven-Fried Chicken Salad with Avocado Dressing

If I could eat avocados in every meal of the day, I’d be one happy camper. Which means I was super excited to have a double dose in just one meal with this Southwestern oven-fried chicken salad – fresh sliced avocado in a salad topped with avocado dressing.

The dressing is definitely the star of this dish, but along for the ride is some oven-fried chicken which has taco seasoning mixed into the breadcrumb coating. Crunchy, creamy, fresh and zesty. What more could you want?

Southwestern Chicken Salad with Avocado Dressing

The base of the salad can be flexible to your preferences- black beans or corn would also be nice additions. Kick up the heat a little more in the seasoning or dressing if you prefer as well.

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Southwestern Chicken Salad with Avocado Dressing

Post updated 7/30/22, photo above is the original.

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Southwestern Oven-Fried Chicken Salad with Avocado Dressing


Yield: 4 servings Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat



  • 1 ripe avocado, pitted and peeled
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 1 tsp ranch seasoning powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp chipotle chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  • 2 chicken breasts, butterflied
  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 Tbsp taco seasoning


  • 2 hearts romaine, chopped
  • 2 cups lightly packed spinach
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 carrot, shredded
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Arrange a wire rack on a large baking sheet; coat rack with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. While the oven preheats, prepare the dressing. Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Refrigerate for one hour.
  3. For the chicken, put the egg white in a shallow bowl and beat until well blended. Combine bread crumbs and taco seasoning in a second shallow bowl. Dip the chicken into the egg then coat with the bread crumbs. Arrange on prepared rack and coat with cooking spray. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden.
  4. In a large bowl, toss together the salad ingredients. Divide into four bowls, top with sliced chicken and dressing. Serve immediately with avocado slices and shredded cheddar cheese, if desired.
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Source: Chicken adapted from The New Way to Cook Light. Dressing from Buns in my Oven.

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Jocelyn@Brucrewlife February 24, 2014 - 1:36 am

I am in love with this meal!! So many awesome flavors going on!! :) I especially love that avocado dressing!!

Kevin @ Closet Cooking February 23, 2014 - 8:22 am

What a fabulous salad! I love the avocado dressing!

spiffycookie February 23, 2014 - 8:43 am

Thank you Kevin!

Renee @ Tortillas and Honey February 21, 2014 - 6:46 pm

Yum, these flavor combinations look killer! I like that you used oven fried chicken for this!

Laura @ Lauras Baking Talent February 19, 2014 - 9:41 pm

I love avocados too… so I’m super excited about this dressing. Thanks for sharing :)

Kate February 19, 2014 - 7:01 pm

perhaps it is time to tell you that my parents have an avocado tree in their yard! It is definitely time for you to come to CA

spiffycookie February 19, 2014 - 7:17 pm

Aaahhh! I could live in that tree.

Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers February 19, 2014 - 6:18 pm

Yum Erin! Your salad looks just amazing! I feel the same way as you do about avocados! Awesome recipe!

amy @ fearless homemaker February 19, 2014 - 3:36 pm

Dude, this picture is SO good! It looks amazingly delicious. And you’re gonna love – not only does my husband hate green peppers (as you read in my latest post), but he also hates avocado so I wouldn’t be able to make this unless he was out of town. Saaaaaad, because it looks amazing!

spiffycookie February 19, 2014 - 3:41 pm

Yay thank you!! And boo to him not liking all these delicious green things.

amy @ fearless homemaker February 19, 2014 - 3:44 pm



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