This Mexican chicken salad with orzo is fresh, healthy, and loaded with delicious Tex-Mex flavors including avocado and a delicious cilantro lime dressing! Quick and easy and ready in only 30 minutes - perfect for lunches, weeknight dinners, or potlucks.

Mexican Chicken Salad with Orzo

This Mexican chicken salad with orzo is fresh, healthy, and loaded with delicious Tex-Mex flavors! Quick and easy and ready in 30 minutes.

Course Salad
Cuisine Tex-Mex
Keyword Mexican chicken salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Author Natasha Bull


  • 1 cup uncooked orzo
  • 2 large chicken breasts cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 (19 fluid ounce) can black beans drained & rinsed
  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can corn drained
  • 2 tablespoons red onion chopped
  • Handful little tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 avocado chopped
  • 1/2 cup Mexican shredded cheese blend (optional)
  • 1 small jalapeno pepper sliced (optional)
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil 


  1. Cook orzo al dente according to package directions. Once it's done cooking, drain it and rinse it under cool water. Drain thoroughly and add it to a large bowl. I like to stir in a tiny bit of olive oil to stop it from sticking together. Set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, prep your chicken and add it to a skillet along with 1 tbsp of olive oil, the cumin, smoked paprika, chili powder, and garlic powder. Give it a stir to coat and cook it over medium-high heat for about 7 minutes (or until it's cooked), stirring often. You may need to add more olive oil if the pan gets too dry.
  3. Meanwhile, prep the other ingredients and add them to the bowl with the orzo. 
  4. Once the chicken is done cooking, add it to the salad and then add the dressing ingredients. I suggest starting with 1 tbsp olive oil and adding more if needed. Play with the dressing until you like the taste. Toss. Add extra salt & pepper if needed. 

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