Salads

Tropical Chicken Salad

By: Alison Marras

Dietary Compliance: Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Paleo, AIP

This Tropical Chicken Salad is a carnival of flavors, textures, and colors, all brought together with an addictive cilantro-lime vinaigrette. It was generously shared with us by guest contributor, Alison Marras. Alison is the Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and Passionate Home Chef of the delicious gut-healthy food blog, FoodbyMars.com. Alison has experienced first-hand the healing power of food, using it to manage Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and PCOS. She believes the healing journey with real food can be a stress-free lifestyle filled with joy and flavor. 

This recipe embodies her cooking and eating philosophy perfectly. If you caught our interview with Alison on Thyroid Refresh TV, it’s also a great opportunity to try some of the mindful eating practices she’s so passionate about sharing with other thyroid patients. That means before you pounce on this Tropical Chicken Salad like a hungry jungle cat, slow down, take some deep breaths, and help your body get into what’s known as rest and digest mode before you eat. While you’re eating this salad, keep the chill vibes going by paying attention to your food (not your device or the news blaring in the background), and chew it thoroughly. Because nourishing ourselves is not just about WHAT we eat, but HOW we eat. And these how-to-eat practices can contribute to better nutrient absorption, healthier digestion, a healthy weight, and a healthy gut!

Poached chicken is the featured protein here, which is one of our absolute faves because it’s so easy, versatile, and make-ahead friendly. It keeps well and also tastes great at any temperature — hot, warm, or even chilled. Once your chicken breasts are poached and shredded all that’s left to do is throw together the three-ingredient dressing (lime juice, olive oil, cilantro), and then drizzle it atop your other salad fixings. Delicious and refreshing!

Here’s some info about the thyroid-healthy ingredients in this recipe:

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Tropical Chicken Salad

Dietary Compliance: Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Paleo, AIP

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 2

Ingredients

  • 2 skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 small head red leaf lettuceor similar, washed and torn
  • 1 cup ripe mangodiced
  • 1/4 small red onionthinly sliced
  • 1/2 ripe avocado
  • 1 limejuiced
  • 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 bunch of fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup green plantain chipshomemade or bought
  • 1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut

Instructions

  1. Clean chicken breasts and place at the bottom of a pot. Season with kosher salt and cover with water by 2 inches. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and cover. Cook for approx. 8 minutes (the internal temp. should at least be 165f degrees).
  2. When the chicken is done, add it to a plate and with two forks, pull at the chicken breasts to shred. Set aside.
  3. Make the salad dressing by combining: lime juice, oil, and finely chopped cilantro to a food processor or just shaking it in a mason jar.
  4. Assemble the salad by adding torn lettuce to bowls and dress with the salad dressing.
  5. Top with diced mango, sliced red onion, avocado slices, plantain chips, shredded coconut, and chicken. Serve!
Nutritional Info Print
Nutrition Facts
Tropical Chicken Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 582 Calories from Fat 351
% Daily Value*
Fat 39g60%
Saturated Fat 11g55%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 72mg24%
Sodium 143mg6%
Potassium 1109mg32%
Carbohydrates 36g12%
Fiber 9g36%
Sugar 19g21%
Protein 27g54%
Vitamin A 1539IU31%
Vitamin C 54mg65%
Calcium 40mg4%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

About the Author

Alison Marras is the Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and Passionate Home Chef of the delicious gut-healthy food blog, FoodbyMars.com. Alison has experienced first-hand the healing power of food, using it to manage Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and PCOS. She believes the healing journey with real food can be a stress-free lifestyle filled with joy and flavor. FoodbyMars.com features Paleo and AIP-friendly recipes, meal plans, community, and coaching services