Jalapeno Chicken Salad

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This Jalapeno Chicken Salad has a mayonnaise base and is spiced up with pickled jalapenos. Serve it in a crisp tortilla bowl for a fun and delicious chicken salad southwestern style.

Jalapeno Chicken Salad

Chicken Salad is without a doubt one of my Top 5 favorite things to eat for lunch. I love the creaminess of it and I usually like it chock full of nuts (pecans or almonds) and fruit (grapes or dried cranberries).

But every now and then I like to add some heat to my chicken salad and this Jalapeno Chicken Salad is the perfect spicy version. It’s simple to make. Mix some shredded chicken with mayonnaise, lime juice, a little ground cumin, celery, red onion, red bell pepper, avocado, and fresh cilantro. Plus a heavy dose of chopped pickled jalapenos.

Jalapeno Chicken Salad

The pickled jalapeno and lime juice really add some zest and the cool and creamy avocado helps cool it down some.

Instead of serving it on bread, it’s fun to make simple tortilla bowls. Just heat a tortilla in a skillet until very pliable. Then shape it over an upside down bowl. Leave it that way until it cools and voila! You have an edible bowl for your chicken salad.

So next time you’re in the mood for chicken salad, try this south of the border version. I think you’ll love it!

Jalapeno Chicken Salad

Jalapeno Chicken Salad

Jalapeno Chicken Salad

Course: Lunch
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 570kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Creamy Jalapeno Chicken Salad has a little zip from pickled jalapenos and lime juice. Serve in a homemade tortilla bowl for a fun presentation.
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  • 2/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 1/2 celery rib, finely chopped
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1/2 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 avocado, diced
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 cup sliced pickled jalapeno peppers, diced
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 large flour tortillas
  • cooking spray


  • In a medium bowl, stir together mayonnaise, lime juice, and cumin.
  • Add chicken, celery, red bell pepper, red onion, avocado, cilantro, and pickled jalapenos. Stir well to combine.
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat. One at a time, spray both sides of a tortilla with cooking spray and heat, flipping half way through, in skillet until soft and pliable and beginning to get brown spots.
  • Quickly place tortilla over an overturned bowl, use your hands to shape it around the bowl. Let cool.
  • To serve, place about 1 1/3 cups of chicken salad in each tortilla cup.


Calories: 570kcal

Recipe adapted from Cook’s Country

21 thoughts on “Jalapeno Chicken Salad

  1. I’ve made this several times for myself and my client. Great recipe!! Will be making again very soon! I’ve used for sandwiches and to go with water crackers…whatever you have on hand to eat it with, DO IT!!

  2. You know I’ve been thinking of all the different kinds of ways I could spice up chicken salad to take to work, and this wins a big ole’ spot on my lunch board on Pinterest! Especially since the bf loves jalapenos in everything. 😀

  3. Christin, this chicken salad is SOO up my alley! I adore anything with a punch of heat and I love pickled jalapenos! This is such a fun way to shake up normally-boring chicken salad. Knowing me, I would probably go crazy with the jalapenos and throw in a ton. 😀 Pinned!

  4. This chicken salad looks awesome served in the flour tortilla bowl – so fun! I love the creamy avocado along with the spicy kick from the pickled jalapeños – it sounds amazing!

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