Want Easy Dinners Ideas? Try This Easy Chicken Taco Salad Recipe!

I love easy dinner ideas, especially when they are yummy as this SUPER EASY Chicken Taco Salad Recipe! It’s not just yummy, and super easy, it’s totally customizable. If you don’t like chicken, use beef, if you don’t like lettuce or something else, don’t add it. Maybe you want beans, add them. See, so my recipe, probably will just be a starting point for you to create your own easy Chicken Taco Salad, which could be a beef taco salad, lol!
Want Easy Dinners Ideas? Try This Easy Chicken Taco Salad Recipe!

The best part is that you do not need to worry about frying a huge taco shell! We use chips, which is much easier, and saves tons of time! I don’t know about you, but I love anything that allows me to save time.

If you love easy dinner ideas, that are totally yummy, and take very little time to make, you cannot go wrong with this easy chicken taco salad recipe!

Easy Chicken Taco SaladEasy Chicken Taco Salad Recipe

If you are hunting for easy dinner ideas you cannot go wrong with this chicken taco salad!  Make as little or as much as you like.

Ingredients for your Chicken Taco Salad

  • 2 Large Boneless Chicken Breast (about 2 pounds)
  • ½ bag of corn tortilla chips
  • Lettuce (you favorite kind, and amount is up to you)
  • 1 Can Black Olives Chopped (I was out, so we skipped. Still taste amazing)
  • 1 Medium Onion Chopped
  • 2 Medium tomatoes Chopped
  • 2 Large Avocados
  • ½ Package Taco Season (or season yourself with your favorite seasoning for tacos)
  • 1 Can Pinto Beans (Drained completely)
  • 2 cups of your favorite cheese shredded
  • Optional – black olives, green chili, corn, pinto beans drained completely, and anything else that sounds yummy.

How To Make Chicken Taco Salad

Chicken Taco Salad Recipe

  • Cube chicken, and cook with taco seasoning until completely done.  (You do not have to use taco seasoning.  Many prefer to make their own, which is totally okay).
  • You do not have to add beans, but they are very tasty.  If you decide to add them, warm them on medium low heat, until warm all the way through, and drain out all the liquid.  Placing them in a strainer works great.

lettuce, onions, tomatos, and avacado on a table

  • While the chicken is cooking cut up other ingredients.  Add as much, or as little as you like.  That’s what makes this the best easy chicken taco salad EVER – there are no rules!  Make it the way you like it.

chips in a bowl for taco salad

  • In a large bowl place (whole or crushed) tortilla chips on the bottom, and begin to layer in the other ingredients.  Typically, we put the beans on top of the chips, add in the veggies, and place the chicken and cheese on top.

Easy Dinner Ideas - Chicken Taco Salad

  • You can leave it layered, or mix it up.  I like to leave it pretty and layered, but it doesn’t last long before my husband comes along and mixes everything together, lol.
  • Top with your yummy salsa, and/or sour cream, and enjoy!

Tip: If you think you made enough to have leftovers, you might consider having everyone make their individual taco salads as you go.  If you combine, and try to save leftovers they will be soggy.

Easy Chicken Taco Salad

Each Chicken Taco Salad
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  1. 2 Large Boneless Chicken Breast (about 2 pounds)
  2. ½ Bag of Corn Tortilla Chips
  3. Your Favorite Lettuce
  4. 1 Can Black Olives
  5. 1 Medium Onion Chopped
  6. 2 Medium tomatoes Chopped
  7. 2 Large Avocados
  8. ½ Package Taco Season (or season yourself with your favorite seasoning for tacos)
  9. 1 Can Pinto Beans (Drained completely)
  10. 2 cups of your favorite cheese shredded
  11. Optional – black olives, green chili, corn, pinto beans drained completely, and anything else that sounds yummy.
  1. Cube chicken, add taco seasoning, a cook until completely done.
  2. Beans are optional, if you decide to add - warm on medium low heat, until warm all the way through. After beans are warm, drain out all liquid. Placing them in a strainer works great.
  3. While the chicken is cooking prepare other ingredients. Add what sounds good, keep out what doesn't, and get creative and add ex b tras.
  4. In a large bowl place (whole or crushed) tortilla chips, and begin to layer in the other ingredients. I personally like to make sure the beans are on top of the chips, and the checkn and cheese are last.
  5. Leave it layered, or mix it up.
  6. Top with your favoirte salsa, and/or sour cream when serving, and enjoy!
  1. You might consider not mixing anything, and leaving them all in their own individual bowls, especially if you think there may be leftovers. This will keep it from getting soggy.
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  1. Dandi D says

    This looks so easy! It’s nice to have a simple, somewhat healthy dish to throw together in a hurry for weekday evenings.

  2. lisa says

    That sounds pretty good. I will eat ground meat but, in general, I’m not fond of anything that’s ground up. I like to know exactly what I’m eating.

  3. Sandra VanHoey says

    I use to make a taco salad with the beef but this one sounds wonderful and healthier as well. I had forgot all about making it until reading your recipe. Thanks for sharing

  4. says

    I have tried this salad and its very delicious and satisfying.We love it so much it has become an instant hit in our home and the family is asking for it quite often.Thanks so much for an awesome recipe,

  5. says

    What an excellent idea for a taco salad. I never thought os using chips instead os shells. I’m glad to know that something so tasty can be made in a small amount of time. Because this recipe can be customized means every customer at home will be satisfied.

  6. says

    Our family loves anything Mexican and this salad has some of our favorite ingredients all combined togetherWe are big chicken lovers and love tacos too.I am a big enthusiast on salads in general and will definitely be throwing this one together.Thanks for sharing.

  7. Dawn Monzu says

    Ok…I wasn’t hungry before I read your recipe post….NOW I want it! It seems so easy, and I love the look of it! I really can’t wait to make this. Thank you so much!

  8. DESIREE H says

    MMMM great idea! Looks easy and pretty quick! :)
    Thanks for sharing. i LOVE tacos, and stuff like this!

  9. Michelle Salais says

    I love taco salads. I wish I could put it all in one bowl so that It looks cool like this. But, in our house everyone is picky and likes to put what they want on their taco salads. So I just chop everything up and put in separate bowls so everyone can choose what they want on theirs. I always use hamburger meat. I’ve never tried it with chicken. So I guess this shall go on the menu to try. Thanks.

  10. melisa says

    This is a great recipe, looks simple and tasty. I like how versatile it is ~ that it can easily and quickly be adapted to suit everyone’s tastebuds. And clean up is much, much better than tacos!

  11. Nena Sinclair says

    This looks absolutely delicious! This is a recipe I’ve got to try! Thanks for sharing!

  12. Mai Tran says

    That looks so yummy! Straight to shop and then make it as lunch for work tomorrow :) Thanks for sharing.

  13. M.Clark says

    I think that using chips instead of a taco shell is a great idea, and I like that this recipe is very customizable. Thank you foe sharing this recipe.

  14. Barrie says

    Thanks for a great recipe! It looks so easy and tasty! Something I think the whole family would enjoy to eat!

  15. bel says

    We always make fajita at home. I never tried eating avocados with chicken, Im keeping this recipe to try.

  16. Tammy Schweitzer says

    oh wow this recipe looks great easy too make I will have too try it soon thanks Jenn for the recipe. Something different too try indeed

  17. says

    This recipe sounds and looks delicious. My hubby is always looking to try something new and this just might fit the bill. I must copy this recipe out and give it a try. Another good thing would be its not a weight gainer. Perfect, and its quick to make. Love it. Thank you for posting.

  18. Julie Wood says

    This is such an easy Chicken Taco Salad recipe that I am going to make my family. We love tacos, but I never thought about having chicken taco salad made like this. It is very healthy, and my family will love it! I like the chips in it!

  19. lisa says

    Taco salad is always a popular meal here. I like that you can add whatever you like. My husband and I can have the same meal, yet it’s different.

  20. Lisa Konieczke says

    Oh WOW! That is pretty easy. Looks really yummy too. I love Taco Salads…. who needs Taco Bell right?

  21. Jenna says

    I made this recipe for dinner yesterday! It was so yummy and super easy! Thanks for the great dinner ideas!