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Jamaican Jerk Chicken Salad Recipe | Video

Transform Last Night's Roast Chicken Into Jamaican Jerk Salad

It goes without saying that leftovers can get stale and boring fast. In our show Freshedovers, cooking expert and weeknight-dinner-whisperer Aida Mollenkamp demonstrates how to give your leftovers a much-needed makeover, starting with shredded roast chicken, which she transforms into a bold and citrusy Jamaican jerk chicken salad.

Jerk Chicken Salad With Avocado-Cilantro Dressing

Jerk Chicken Salad With Avocado-Cilantro Dressing

Jamaican Jerk Chicken Salad Recipe


For the salad:
Canola, grapeseed, or olive oil
1/2 small Fresno or jalapeño chile, seeded and finely chopped (more if you like spicy)
A few pinches ground allspice, ground cloves, or ground cinnamon
About 3 cups cooked shredded chicken (from about 1/2 roasted chicken)
Black pepper, freshly ground
1 head butter lettuce or 4 ounces mixed greens
1 mango, peeled, pitted, and diced
1 small jicama, peeled and diced
4 scallions (green onions), thinly sliced and ends discarded
1 handful roasted cashews, for garnish

For the dressing:
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup avocado (about half an avocado), diced, peeled, and seeded
1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon roasted cashews (optional)
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
1/4 teaspoon granulated sugar
Black pepper, freshly ground


  1. For the salad: Pour enough oil in a medium nonstick frying pan to just cover the bottom, then rotate pan to coat the pan. Heat oil over medium heat until shimmering. Add chile and spices, and cook until fragrant and chile is just soft. Stir in chicken, and cook until coated in mixture and heated through. Taste, and add more salt and pepper as desired.
  2. For the dressing: Combine all ingredients with 3 tablespoons water (less if you're not using the cashews) in a blender and process until smooth, at least 30 seconds. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. To serve, divide lettuce among plates and top each with some of the mango, jicama, scallions, and chicken, and drizzle with a spoonful of the dressing. Top with some cashews, and serve.
Join The Conversation
Amy3145567 Amy3145567 3 years
Jerk chicken is one of my favs! Can't wait to try this out :)
Nancy-Einhart Nancy-Einhart 3 years
That salad looks delicious. I want to make this!
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