Cilantro-Lime Chickpea and Rice Salad With Chicken

21 02 2013

Found this chickpea salad recipe on Pinterest and thought it would be a good salad to bring to potlucks and picnics. I couldn’t wait until the weather got warmer to try it out though, so I added some chicken and made it into dinner 🙂

Cilantro-Lime Chickpea and Rice Salad With Chicken

Cilantro-Lime Chickpea and Rice Salad With Chicken

The following serves 2 with leftovers, if you make the chickpea salad alone it will serve 4 to 6 as a side dish:

  • 2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cubed
  • Chipotle chili powder
  • Garlic powder
  • 1 large can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cucumber, chopped
  • 1 large green pepper, chopped
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • Zest and juice of 1 lime
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Cilantro, chopped
  • Kosher salt

Combine chickpeas, cucumber, pepper and onion in a large bowl.

Whisk zest and juice of lime with some olive oil, cilantro and pinch of salt. Pour over chickpea salad and toss well.

Meanwhile heat a little olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Toss cubed chicken with salt, garlic powder and Chipotle chili powder (enough to coat / season the chicken). Saute chicken until browned all over.

To serve, dish out the chickpea salad on plates and top with chicken.

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