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Copycat Applebee’s Southwest Lime Grilled Chicken Irresist-A-Bowl

Copycat Applebee’s Southwest Lime Grilled Chicken Irresist-A-Bowl

Grilled chipotle lime chicken on mixed greens and cilantro rice with house-made pico de gallo, black bean corn salsa and guacamole. Topped with chimichurri, tortilla strips and a fresh lime wedge.
4.88 from 8 votes
Prep Time 4 hrs
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 4 hrs 20 mins
Course Entree
Cuisine American
Servings 2 people
Calories 610 kcal


Chipotle Lime Chicken

  • 2 chicken breasts boneless, skinless
  • 1 packet chipotle marinade
  • 2 limes juiced
  • oil & water for marinade


  • 1 cup Minute rice
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tbsp cilantro
  • 1 lime juiced


  • 1 avocado
  • 1/4 cup pico de gallo
  • 1 tsp cilantro
  • 1/2 tsp coarse sea salt
  • 1/2 lime juiced


Salad ingredients


  • Marinate chicken overnight in chipotle marinade – add juice from 1 lime
    2 chicken breasts, 1 packet chipotle marinade, 2 limes, oil & water for marinade
  • Prepare chicken
    * Air fry at 350 for 10 minutes
    * OR Grill pan on medium high for 10 minutes
    Set aside to rest
  • Prepare cilantro lime rice
    * I use minute rice – 6 minutes – and then add 2 tbsp cilantro from tube and juice of 1 lime
    * can also use prepackaged, preseasoned cilantro lime blends of Minute Rice
    1 cup Minute rice, 1 cup water, 2 tbsp cilantro, 1 lime
  • Prepare guacamole by mashing avocado, adding in pico, cilantro, salt and lime juice. cover and refrigerate until ready
    1 avocado, 1/4 cup pico de gallo, 1 tsp cilantro, dash salt, 1/2 lime
  • Prepare chimichurri by stirring together parsley, garlic, evoo, vinegar, salt and red pepper (if using fresh parsley, you’ll need to add more evoo)
    1/2 tsp coarse sea salt, 3 tbsp fresh parsley, 2 tbsp olive oil, 1/2 tsp red wine vinegar, 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
  • Assemble ingredients:
    * place romaine in bottom of bowl
    * top with 2/3 cup cilantro lime rice
    * top with 2 Tbsp each of guacamole, pico, corn & black bean salsa
    * top with 1 chicken breast sliced
    * spread chimichurri on sliced chicken
    * sprinkle tortilla strips on top
    * serve with lime wedge
    1 head romaine lettuce, 1/2 cup pico de gallo, 1/2 cup black bean & corn salsa, tortilla strips, lime wedges


Serving: 1saladCalories: 610kcalCarbohydrates: 51.2gProtein: 20.8gFat: 40.1gSaturated Fat: 7.2gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 920mgPotassium: 1202mgFiber: 12.7gSugar: 8gCalcium: 113mgIron: 8mg
Keyword applebees, chicken, chicken salad, copycat
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