Grilled Chicken and Corn Salad

Grilled Chicken and Corn Salad –  An EASY salad that’s ready in 15 minutes and you won’t be able to stop eating it!! Tender chicken, juicy corn, crisp bell peppers and tomatoes, creamy avocado, cilantro, and fresh lime juice for the WIN!!

Grilled Chicken and Corn Salad -  An EASY salad that’s ready in 15 minutes and you won’t be able to stop eating it!! Tender chicken, juicy corn, crisp bell peppers and tomatoes, creamy avocado, cilantro, and fresh lime juice for the WIN!!

How Does The Grilled Chicken and Corn Salad Taste

This salad is perfection for us. It’s got so many awesome flavors and textures that whenever I make it, we eat the whole batch the same day.

It’s a spinoff of this Grilled Corn and Avocado Salad except I added grilled chicken to this one. We’re trying to milk every last drop of summer and this salad is perfect for Labor Day weekend or end of summer backyard barbecues.

Tender chicken, juicy sweet corn, creamy avocado, crisp red bell peppers and tomatoes, and the fresh zing of lime juice and cilantro is what summer is all about. I wish I could find great fresh sweet corn all year because I would make this year-round. 

The salad is naturally gluten-free which is a nice score if you are hosting an event or get-together with guests with a variety of dietary paths.

We can eat this by itself and are extremely content but it would also be great with other Mexican recipes or other grilled chicken recipes, especially Grilled Lime Cilantro Chicken. 

Grilled Chicken and Corn Salad -  An EASY salad that’s ready in 15 minutes and you won’t be able to stop eating it!! Tender chicken, juicy corn, crisp bell peppers and tomatoes, creamy avocado, cilantro, and fresh lime juice for the WIN!!

Flexible Recipe

This recipe is ripe for experimentation and mixing and matching based on what you enjoy. Some recipe tweaks include:

  • Try adding red or green onions
  • I used multi-colored grape tomatoes but other tomato varieties are just fine
  • Incorporate black beans for extra protein
  • Add cayenne pepper or canned or fresh diced green chiles or jalapeños if you’re looking for a kick
  • Add zucchini or cucumber to amp the veggie level up
  • Cotija cheese or queso fresco would be lovely

The sky is the limit with where you want to take this salad with Mexican-inspired flavors.

How To Grill The Corn

I recommend using fresh, in-season, sweet corn. I clean the corn by removing all the husks and silks, drizzle the corn with a bit of olive oil and rub it in, and add the corn directly to the grill.

Grilling it for about 7 to 8 minutes over medium-high heat, while rotating the ears a quarter-turn every couple minutes, works well for me but it all depends on the heat and potency of your grill. 

If your corn is blackening very quickly, your grill is likely a bit too hot. A little bit of blackening is fine, but too much blackening of the corn can adversely effect the flavor of the salad making it taste too charcoaly.

Grilled Chicken and Corn Salad -  An EASY salad that’s ready in 15 minutes and you won’t be able to stop eating it!! Tender chicken, juicy corn, crisp bell peppers and tomatoes, creamy avocado, cilantro, and fresh lime juice for the WIN!!

Thin-Sliced Or Pounded Chicken Breasts

I find the corn and chicken cook in the same amount of time but as a pro-tip, make sure you use thin-sliced or pounded chicken breasts.

Those big fat ones will take much longer to cook than the corn and it’s nice to have the chicken and corn be finished in about the same amount of time so that you’re not manning the grill for longer than is necessary and you can get on with eating and enjoying this irresistible salad. 

Favorite Corn Recipes:

Grilled Chicken and Corn Salad -  An EASY salad that’s ready in 15 minutes and you won’t be able to stop eating it!! Tender chicken, juicy corn, crisp bell peppers and tomatoes, creamy avocado, cilantro, and fresh lime juice for the WIN!!

Grilled Chicken and Corn Salad

Grilled Chicken and Corn Salad

Grilled Chicken and Corn Salad -  An EASY salad that’s ready in 15 minutes and you won’t be able to stop eating it!! Tender chicken, juicy corn, crisp bell peppers and tomatoes, creamy avocado, cilantro, and fresh lime juice for the WIN!!

Yield: 5
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes

Ingredients

Chicken

  • 1.25 to 1.50 pounds thin-sliced or pounded boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/3 cup lime juice
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste

Corn

  • 5 ears fresh sweet corn, husks and silks removed
  • 1/4 cup olive oil, divided
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter

Salad

  • 2 medium avocados, ripe but not mushy, diced into small pieces
  • 1 large red bell pepper, diced small
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes (I used multi-colored; other varieties of tomatoes may be substituted)
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup fresh lime juice, or to taste
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, finely minced, or to taste
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons kosher salt, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil, optional

Instructions

Chicken

  1. Place all contents in a large ziptop plastic bag, seal, and smoosh around to coat evenly. Place bag in the fridge to marinate for at least 30 minutes, or overnight. When you're ready to grill, preheat to medium-high heat.

Corn

  1. Evenly drizzle the corn with the olive oil and rub it in evenly over the corn.
  2. Place the chicken and corn on the grill and cook for about 7 to 9 minutes, turning the ears every couple minutes by one-quarter turn, or as needed so that corn is cooking evenly but isn't burning. Flip the chicken once midway through cooking.
  3. After corn is cooked, cut the corn off the ears with a sharp knife, place into a large bowl, top with the butter, and stir to combine until the butter melts.
  4. Dice the chicken into bite-sized pieces and add to the bowl with the corn.

Salad

  1. To the bowl with the corn and chicken, add all remaining ingredients except the olive oil, stir to combine, and taste. If desired, add additional salt, pepper, etc.; or add a pinch of cayenne pepper for heat, or add any of the suggestions given in the blog post. Serve salad immediately. Salad will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 4 days, noting the avocado will oxidize as time passes.

Adapted from Grilled Corn and Avocado Salad

Notes

  1. The nutritional info is pulling on the high side because it's taking into account the honey in the chicken marinade, as well as the olive oil in the marinade and the excess oil that runs off the corn and onto the grill.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

5

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 673 Total Fat: 53g Saturated Fat: 12g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 38g Cholesterol: 45mg Sodium: 1722mg Carbohydrates: 46g Fiber: 7g Sugar: 25g Protein: 12g

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5 comments on “Grilled Chicken and Corn Salad”

  1. Fresh sweet corn won’t be around much longer–this would be a fantastic way to enjoy it. We have loved your grilled sweet corn salad recipe this summer!

    • This is a spin off on that one and glad you’ve loved it! Even though lots of people have moved past summery meals already, there is nothing like fresh sweet corn (and tomatoes) for me and this was my one last hurrah recipe!

  2. I got a few ears of sweetcorn from a neighbor so had to try this yesterday. Loved it of course! It’s so good with the marinated chicken. Fresh corn and garden tomatoes are a couple of my favorite summer foods too!

    Rating: 5

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