Spicy Honey Chicken Salad

Long-time readers of our blog will recognize this little number. Whenever the topic of favorite Best Bites recipes comes up, whether it be with friends, family, on-line forums, parenting boards, etc. Spicy Honey Chicken is one of the things that’s almost always mentioned. It’s something I posted really early on before we had more than 14 readers, so I thought it could use a refresher with new pictures. On that original post I talked about how much I love it in a salad, and I love it so much that I decided the salad needed its own post! I also re-worked both the chicken recipe, and the dressing recipe, so if you’ve tried this before- give it a shot again and tell me what you think. When I made this recently, my husband said this is his favorite of all of the entree salads I make. It’s seriously good folks!

It combines 2 of my most favorite things: Spicy Honey Chicken, and Honey-Citrus Vinaigrette

And a big shout-out to one of you. I believe it was a reader, Leah, who mentioned on our very first mango giveaway post that she liked to add mangoes to this salad. I couldn’t believe I hadn’t thought of that before and I’ve been making it with mangoes ever since. So Leah, if you’re still around and checking in here, thanks girlie!

Spicy Honey Chicken Salad

1-2 heads Romaine or Red Leaf Lettuce
2 ripe but firm mangoes, chilled
2-3 ripe but firm avocados
optional: thinly sliced red onions

Spicy Honey Chicken
Honey-Citrus Vinaigrette

This serves 4 large salads or 6 smaller sized ones.

While chicken is grilling, wash lettuce and divide among serving plates. Slice avocados, onions, and mangoes and place them on top of the lettuce. When chicken is finished, let it sit for 5 minutes before slicing to preserve the juices. Then slice it up and divide among the salads. Drench it all in the Honey-Citrus Vinaigrette and pretend you’re at a fancy restaurant!

And when you’re done, you’ll definitely want to lick the plate. The left over dressing combined with the drippy honey glaze and spices from the chicken is yummmmmy.



  1. Thank you so much for this recipe! It's SO good. I made it for the first time tonight and my parents devoured it within minutes. My dad who hates spicy food ate 3 helpings of the stuff!!! I also used lemon juice instead of lime and it turned out great!

  2. I recently found your blog and I have loved looking around and writing down recipes. This is the first one I’ve tried and even my “meat and potatoes” husband, loved it!!! Thank you for sharing your recipes! I can’t wait to try more! We also use a lot of boneless skinless chicken thighs and I think they make a big difference!

  3. I just tried this last night and I’m in love! Everything combines so well. The flavors go together perfectly but don’t compete. Love your blog and I’ll be back often!

  4. This salad is awesome!!!

    Just a note: when making the chicken, don’t get distracted by small children and forget the honey glaze. The small children will thank you.

  5. Yes, I am still around. My husband loves this salad still and will always pick this over any other suggestion. Try it if you haven’t, super yummy!

  6. Oh! ME! I’m out there! LOL
    I actually saw the spicy honey chicken on http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com — and she’d gotten it from you! Now I follow your blog as well as hers.
    We’ve had the chicken twice, but we’ve never had enough leftovers for it to make it to my lunch salad. I’m going to have to do something about that!!

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