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Tropical Chicken Salad

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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 Hypothyroid Chef by guest contributor, Alison Marras. 

Alison is the Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and Passionate Home Chef of the delicious gut-healthy food blog, 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 Alison's cooking and eating philosophy perfectly.

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!

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Tropical Chicken Salad

Tropical Chicken Salad

Yield: 2
Author: Alison Marras, NTP
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 10 MinTotal time: 20 Min
Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Paleo, AIP


  • 2 skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 small head red leaf lettuce or similar, washed and torn
  • 1 cup ripe mango, diced
  • 1/4 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 ripe avocado
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 bunch of fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup green plantain chips, homemade or bought
  • 1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut


  1. Clean chicken breasts and place in a medium saucepan. 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 be at least 165f degrees).
  2. When the chicken is done, remove from cooking liquid and place on a plate to cool slightly. With two forks, pull apart the chicken breasts to shred. Set aside.
  3. To make the salad dressing: Combine lime juice, oil, and finely chopped cilantro to a food processor or just shake it up 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!

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