Santa Fe Chicken Salad Wrap

Lunch, Main Dish, Mexican, Poultry, Sandwiches, Wraps | 43 comments

I am totally on a Chicken Salad kick right now. I love how flexible a basic chicken salad can be depending on your moods and what you feel like mixing into it. Or even how you feel like serving it.

As part of my 1/3 Less Stress Challenge, I’ve been making more of an effort to eating an actual meal for lunch vs. just snacking on whatever happens to be in front of me. Last week I made these Santa Fe Chicken Salad Wraps and boy were they good!

santa fe chicken salad sandwich recipe

Eating a more balanced lunch has definitely improved my mood and energy, yet still it can be hard to get motivated to make something up for myself on the days that I’m all alone at home. Do you feel this way too?

My friend and neighbor, Jamie, and I have both been feeling kind of the same way. Sometimes we’ll get the kids together to play and have lunch together. Last week we both had a lot to do, so I decided that I’d make these wraps and then take her one so we’d both enjoy something yummy and not feel like we were eating alone even though we weren’t able to get together.

I also get so bored with sandwiches and lunch in general when I don’t take care to plan ahead when I’m writing my grocery list. Related: 5 Ways to Dress up a Sandwich

Eric bought a big pack of burrito sized tortillas from Costco the other day, so I’ve been stuffing all kinds of things inside a tortilla and eating lots of wraps for lunch. They’re more versatile than sandwiches in some ways because the ingredients are all bundled up inside and you don’t have to worry about thing falling out like you do with bread.

mexican chicken salad wrap

Chicken Salad sandwiches got a bit of a make-over here for this recipe. A little lime, cilantro and cumin are added for a Mexican zing. Black beans, corn and bell pepper make fun and colorful mix-ins in this recipe, too.

This chicken salad can be served stuffed inside a tortilla wrap with spinach leaves and avocado slices as I’ve show here, but you can also serve it on a bed of mixed greens or even with some tortilla chips for scooping. Serve the wraps with this awesome Fresh Strawberry Lemon-Limeade for a refreshing lunch or a simple dinner. I’m Lovin’ It!

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Santa Fe Chicken Salad Wraps

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For the Chicken Salad
2/3 cup sour cream
3 tablespoons lime juice
1/2 – 3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1 - 2 tablespoon minced cilantro
2 – 3 green onions, sliced thin
1 stalk celery, diced
2 cups poached, diced or shredded chicken
2/3 cup black beans, I like Bush's brand best
1/3 cup diced red bell pepper
1/3 cup corn kernels

For the Wraps

Santa Fe Chicken Salad
Burrito Sized Tortillas
Salad Greens or Baby Spinach
Avocado Slices


For the Chicken Salad:

In a medium bowl, combine the sour cream, lime juice, salt, pepper, paprika, cumin, and cilantro. Whisk to combine.

Add the chicken, green onion, and celery to the sour cream mixture. Stir until the chicken is well coated.

Fold in the black beans, bell pepper, and corn. Cover and chill until serving.

To Prepare the Wraps:
Layer chicken salad, salad greens or baby spinach and avocado slices inside burrito sized tortillas. Fold up the ends and roll the wrap to seal it. Slice in half. Serve with salsa on the side, if desired.

Katie Goodman

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Katie’s lifelong interest in cooking good food has shown her that part of the goodness in life is enjoying delicious food with friends and family. She is: Mom. Writer. Photographer. Recipe Developer. Website Founder. Lover of all things good in life. A mix of great recipes, family memories, and yummy photography is what Katie serves up each week at GoodLife Eats™. Katie and her family reside in Colorado.

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  • 1
    Aimee @ Simple Bites - May 09, 2011 @ 12:27 pm

    What a kickin’ flavor profile, Katie. Love the corn, avocado- all of it! OK, now I’m hungry. :)


  • 2
    Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} - May 09, 2011 @ 12:49 pm

    Ah, this looks fantastic! I’m going to have to put this on the menu soon–thank you.


  • 3
    Chef Danielle {CookingClarified} - May 09, 2011 @ 3:51 pm

    Love this! I could eat chicken salad everyday. It’s so versatile.


  • 4
    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen - May 09, 2011 @ 5:41 pm

    I like wraps for the same reason, you can put so many different things in them. I use them to finish up leftovers that I have lying around the fridge.


  • 5
    Blog is the New Black - May 09, 2011 @ 6:27 pm

    That’s a great way to jazz up a sandwich! ;)


  • 6
    Katrina (gluten free gidget) - May 09, 2011 @ 6:58 pm

    I need to make Chicken Salad. I haven’t had it for over 4 years! Crazy!


  • 7
    Sues - May 09, 2011 @ 7:16 pm

    This looks awesome! I love that it’s packed full of avocado!


  • 8
    Char - May 10, 2011 @ 4:50 am

    Oh, these look delish! Now if I can find some good avacados at the store next time, these will definitely be on a menu soon.


  • 9
    Kristen - May 10, 2011 @ 6:29 am

    Looks delicious – I love the addition of beans!


  • 10
    Brooke (Baking with Basil) - May 10, 2011 @ 7:05 am

    I was on FB last night and my husband was hovering over my shoulder. When he saw this wrap he about changed his whole dinner plan. Looks tasty!!


  • 11
    Erin - May 10, 2011 @ 7:52 am

    Looks delicious!

    How many wraps does this make?


  • 12
    Wenderly - May 10, 2011 @ 8:56 am

    Simply scrumptious! Those colors make me swoon!


  • 13
    Gwen~healthymamma - May 10, 2011 @ 10:28 am

    What a fabulous idea. I am in a lunch rut lately just throwing together a quick boring salad or even lazier just grabbing a string cheese and piece of turkey. blagh. I love this idea!


  • 14
    alison - May 10, 2011 @ 12:04 pm

    Think I will add a second can of black beans and make ours a vegetarian version. Love the avocado too!


  • 15
    Pam - May 10, 2011 @ 6:01 pm

    This looks absolutely delicious. The cumin and cilantro sound like the seasoning is going to be scrumptious!


  • 16
    Jan @ Family Bites - May 11, 2011 @ 11:18 am

    Stunning. I love the corn and avocado. And the beans and cumin. All of it, really.


  • 17
    Jamie - May 11, 2011 @ 1:26 pm

    It was so very YUMMY! I am lucky to have you for a friend Katie!


  • 18
    Jamie - May 11, 2011 @ 1:34 pm

    Oh and of courseof course not just for sampling your food….I like hangin’ with you too!


  • 19
    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction - May 12, 2011 @ 2:05 pm

    These wraps look amazing! I love Mexican flavors… Adding these to the menu soon :)


  • 20
    Nia - May 12, 2011 @ 8:06 pm

    This recipe was perfect! I made this for lunch and it was so delicious. The flavors went so well together. This will be one of my favorates!!!! I would love you to create more chicken salad combos.



    • Katie Goodman

      Katie replied: — May 13th, 2011 @ 9:30 AM

      I’m so glad you liked it. I’m sure I’ll cook up some more chicken salad recipes this summer.

  • 21
    Jessa - May 13, 2011 @ 1:27 pm

    This looks so, so good! I’m definitely going to try this!!!


  • 22
    Hollie - May 14, 2011 @ 11:33 am

    These look so yummy!


  • 23
    Carla - May 15, 2011 @ 3:31 pm

    Visiting through Tidy Mom’s I;m Lovin It Friday. That sandwich wrap is just beautiful. Makes me want to put the pork chop dinner on hold and make these instead.


  • 24
    Lauren T - May 18, 2011 @ 8:32 am

    Just made these ahead of time for tonight.. and I gotta say, it’s only 9:30a and I’m sneaking bites out of my mixing bowl.

    This is an excellent, refreshing spring meal for the warm, sunny day it is


  • 25
    Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies - May 19, 2011 @ 9:49 am

    I think this just might be lunch today. Yum!


  • 26
    Kulsum at JourneyKitchen - May 21, 2011 @ 10:40 am

    Oh man! this looks great. Reminds me of this wrap I have in mind to try for ages. Involves avocado and garlic chicken :-)


  • 27
    Lizzie in LA - May 23, 2011 @ 4:47 pm

    Oh wow this looks yummy. But I’m going to modify your suggestions a bit and use two nice big butter lettuce leaves instead of the tortilla. Two leaves make a relatively sturdy “container” and keeps the carbs at bay …..


  • 28
    Cindy Sullivan - June 06, 2011 @ 10:10 am

    I made these wraps the other night and they were delicious! Great meal for a summer night.


  • 29
    Lisa - July 18, 2011 @ 7:53 pm

    These look wonderful! Thank you for sharing your creation with us. How many does this serve? I’m going to make these for a baby shower and was just trying to plan out my shopping list. :D


    • Katie Goodman

      Katie replied: — July 19th, 2011 @ 6:35 AM

      Going to edit the recipe now to include servings. Sorry, sometimes I forget to add that on. I would say it serves 4. Enjoy!

  • 30
    Connie - November 09, 2011 @ 3:21 am

    Beautiful! I tend to think bread when I think sandwiches. I need to change that!


  • 31
    Clover@farrbetterlife - December 11, 2011 @ 10:23 pm

    gorgeous. My mouth is water at 930 at night.


  • 32
    Stormi - February 15, 2012 @ 11:00 am

    How long does this stay fresh? I cannot wait to make these!


    • Katie Goodman

      Katie replied: — February 17th, 2012 @ 9:23 AM

      A couple of days, 2-3 probably.

  • 33
    Abigail - February 18, 2012 @ 6:20 pm

    I’m eating my second one and just realized that I forgot the avocado and cilantro in the first and this one! It’s so delicious even without, Going to add it in and see if it’s possible to make this taste any better than it already does!


  • 34
    Amy - June 15, 2012 @ 2:42 pm

    Great salad but needed to increase the spice (cumin & paprika) to really give it the southwestern flavor my family likes.


  • 35
    mike - July 11, 2012 @ 8:12 am

    what is the leaf in the wrap? looks like basil… Or is it spinach? Would have been nice to have that detail included.


    • Katie Goodman

      Katie replied: — July 11th, 2012 @ 8:24 PM

      It is spinach, as stated in the blog post which you can see here:

      This chicken salad can be served stuffed inside a tortilla wrap with spinach leaves and avocado slices as I’ve show here, but you can also serve it on a bed of mixed greens or even with some tortilla chips for scooping. Serve the wraps with this awesome Fresh Strawberry Lemon-Limeade for a refreshing lunch or a simple dinner.”

  • 36
    Nicole - February 11, 2013 @ 2:23 pm

    This dish is absolutly amazing! Thank you so much!


  • 37
    Nicole - February 11, 2013 @ 2:59 pm

    This is an amazing dish. I make a big batch on Monday and take it to work all week for lunch. Thank you!


  • 38
    heather - September 04, 2013 @ 7:45 pm

    Loved this! and my husband loved it too so total score!
    wondering if you have the nutritional info on this recipe?


  • 39
    Jonathan - January 04, 2015 @ 1:53 pm

    I just got all the necessary ingredients and made this recipe…Hands down the best chicken salad sandwich ive made so far…if you want to spice it up a little mpre, add half a table spoon of tabasco sauce…enjoy


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