Chicken Salad in a Cone: the Quick Recipe for a Perfect, Crispy and Fresh Appetizer

Total time: 30 mins.
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 10 people
By Cookist

Chicken Salad in a Cone is a tortilla-based roll ideal for those who have lunch in the office, but also for those who want to enjoy a quick snack, or prepare a scenographic appetizer to serve during spring brunches. It'll only take you half an hour to prepare this light, simple, tasty and low-calories meal.

This Chicken Wrap variation is a stuffed tortilla shaped like a cone. It's the perfect solution for those who have little time but want to prepare a quick and tasty meal, without resorting to the usual sandwich. The secret to making this dish to perfection is giving the tortilla the right shape: just cut it in half, roll it up and close it with a toothpick to obtain a flawless roll. These rolls will then be cooked in the air fryer for 3 minutes and finally stuffed with the chicken salad enriched with vegetables.

What are Chicken Salad in a Cone?

A chicken salad is a versatile dish made by combining cooked chicken with various vegetables, fruits, and a dressing, such as mayonnaise or sour cream. Typically, it includes ingredients like lettuce, tomatoes, and avocados, offering a nutritious and flavorful mix. On the other hand, a chicken wrap involves placing cooked chicken and other ingredients inside a tortilla, creating a convenient and portable meal option. This recipe ingeniously combines both dishes by preparing a chicken salad with cubed chicken, tomatoes, lettuce, avocado, and sour cream, which is then used to fill wheat tortillas, creating a delicious and easy-to-make chicken salad wrap. The tortillas are crisped in an air fryer, adding a delightful crunch to each bite.

Tips for the Best Chicken Salad in a Cone?

  • Ensure the chicken is cooked thoroughly and evenly. Cut the chicken breast into uniform cubes, season with salt and pepper, and cook in an oiled, heated pan until golden brown and fully cooked.
  • Use the freshest ingredients for the best flavor. Choose ripe tomatoes, crisp lettuce, and creamy avocados.
  • Dice the tomatoes and avocado into small, uniform pieces and shred the lettuce finely. This helps with even mixing and easier eating.
  • Mix the cooked chicken with the vegetables and add sour cream. Ensure the sour cream is evenly distributed to bind the ingredients together and provide a creamy texture.
  • Fill the crispy tortilla cones with the chicken salad mixture, making sure each cone is packed with a balanced portion of chicken and vegetables for the perfect bite every time.
  • Don’t be afraid to adjust the seasoning. Add a bit more salt, pepper, or even some herbs and spices to enhance the flavor.
  • For the best texture and taste, serve the chicken salad cones immediately after assembling to keep the tortilla cones crispy and the salad fresh.

Can I Make the Tortilla Cones in the Oven Instead of the Air Fryer?

Yes, the cones can be cooked in an oven instead of an air fryer. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F), place the tortilla cones on a baking sheet, and bake for about 5-7 minutes or until they are crispy and golden brown. Keep an eye on them to prevent burning and ensure even cooking.

Can I Make This Recipe in Advance?

Yes, you can prepare this recipe in advance. Cook the chicken, chop the vegetables, and make the tortilla cones ahead of time. Store the chicken salad mixture in the refrigerator and the tortilla cones in an airtight container. Assemble the cones just before serving to keep them crispy.

What Can I Use if I Don't Like Sour Cream?

If you don't like sour cream, you can use Greek yogurt, mayonnaise, or a blend of olive oil and lemon juice as a substitute. Each option provides a different flavor and texture, so choose based on your preference.

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How to Store Chicken Salad in a Cone

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. The chicken salad can be frozen for up to 1 month, but the tortilla cones should not be frozen as they will lose their crispiness. Reassemble the cones with fresh tortillas when ready to serve.


wheat tortillas
Chicken breast
250 grams
100 grams
100 grams
100 grams
to taste
Black pepper
to taste
Sour cream
120 grams

How to Prepare Chicken Salad in a Cone

Cut the tortillas in half, roll them into cones and fasten with a toothpick.

Arrange the rolls in an air fryer and cook for 3 minutes at 356°F.

Cut the chicken breast into cubes, season with salt and pepper and massage it so it spreads evenly.

Cook in an oiled and heated pan.

Cut the tomato into cubes and add to a glass bowl.

Cut the lettuce into thin slices and add them to the tomato.

Lastly, cut the avocado into tiny cubes and add them to the bowl.

Add the chicken to the mixture and then mix to amalgamate all the ingredients.

Finally, add the sour cream, salt and pepper and mix again, so the condiment spreads evenly.

Fill the cooked tortilla cones, helping yourself with a spoon.

Serve immediately, to best enjoy the contrast between crispiness and softness of the chicken salad. Enjoy!

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