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Applebee's Santa Fe Chicken Salad


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Menu Description: "Grilled chipotle chicken breast with guacamole and sour cream on a bed of greens tossed with two cheeses, pico de gallo, tortilla strips and our Mexi-ranch dressing."

Create a robust chipotle marinade that fills your chicken fillets with flavor. As you wait for the chicken to marinate you have plenty of time to throw together clones of the Mexi-ranch dressing and fresh pico de gallo. Now most of the work is done, and you're standing in front of the gate to salad heaven. When you're ready to enter, simply grill the chicken, assemble your salads and open wide.

You should know that if you don't have buttermilk for the dressing, and don't want to buy a whole carton to use just a single tablespoon, simply substitute regular milk. You'll find ground chipotle pepper where all the spices are stocked in the market: I use McCormick. If you can't track down ground chipotle, use ground cayenne pepper. Just be sure to measure roughly half the amount, since cayenne packs more heat than chipotle.

Source: Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 2 by Todd Wilbur.

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Felecia Lovely
Apr 25, 2021, 12:52

For years, the only dish I ate at Applebee's was the Sante Fe Salad. Imagine my surprise several years back when I ordered only to find out it was no longer on the menu. Once, another store still tried to make it for me but it wasn't the same. I was elated to find this recipe several years back and it tastes just like if not BETTER than the original dish. One of my all-time fav dishes. Thanks Todd!!!!

Patty
Jun 21, 2006, 22:00

This recipe was excellent! We go to Applebees often and this is our favorite dish. It took a lot of time cutting, chopping and mixing all the ingredients but it tasted just as good as what we are served at the restaurant.

I'm Todd Wilbur,
Chronic Food Hacker

For 30 years I've been deconstructing America's most iconic brand-name foods to make the best original clone recipes for you to use at home. Welcome to my lab.

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