Friday, May 15, 2015

Copy-Cat La Casita Chicken Salad

La Casita Mexican Restaurant has a delicious yet simple chicken salad that I have duplicated here.

I've posted earlier about one of my favorite Mexican restaurants in Springville, Utah, La Casita. The restaurant is a quaint hole in the wall but the food is great. I have often ordered this salad. It is a simple salad, yet I love it.

Here is a rare instance where I will use a commercially prepared salad dressing.

This salad is super easy to make at home. I like to gently poach a batch of chicken breasts and then chill them in their poaching liquid. Then the chicken is ready for quick meals later.

A trick for tasty poached chicken is to season your poaching liquid. You can even brine your chicken first in this liquid before cooking it.

Here is another post where I write about poaching chicken that you might like: On-The-Go Grilled Chicken Strips

Copy-Cat La Casita Chicken Salad Recipe:

Serves: 1

1 Poached skinless, boneless chicken breast
1/2 head Chopped romaine lettuce (or mixed greens)
1 Diced fresh tomato
1/2 c. Shredded Jack and Cheddar cheese
House Dressing (Kraft Zesty Italian dressing & marinade)
Black olive, as a garnish


To poach chicken breasts:

Place chicken breasts into a large pot and pour enough cool water to cover the chicken breasts by at least a couple of inches.

Season the water with some salt, black pepper, garlic powder and onion powder, to your liking.

Place the pot on the stove and turn the heat to medium and bring up to a boil. As soon as it comes to a boil, turn down to a gentle simmer and simmer just until the meat is tender and no longer pink inside. Do not cook the chicken in boiling water or your chicken will become tough.

Let the chicken cool down a little bit before placing meat in a storage container. Pour warm poaching liquid over the chicken in the storage container, until the meat is fully immersed. Cover tightly and chill completely.

To make the salad:

When it is time to make the salad, pull out 1 poached chicken breast and dice it into bite sized pieces.

Pile the lettuce on a serving plate. Top with the diced tomatoes and chicken. Top with cheese.

To serve, drizzle the salad with the house dressing and top with an olive.

Note: The House dressing listed on La Casita's menu now is Ranch. The house dressing they served a few years ago, is what I prefer, and it is Kraft's Zesty Italian.

Here's a secret: 

La Casita restaurant drizzles just a hint of Zesty Italian Salad dressing on all their tacos too. This adds an extra flavor dimension that most restaurants don't have, and it is delicious.

Our recent visit to La Casita below:

My husband Ordered a chimi.

I ordered Chicken Taquitos with verde sauce

My husband enjoyed his Chimi!

Chips and salsa for the road...