My fellow foodies, avocado is all the rage right now. This dish with avocado and chicken added to the mix is a real avocado chicken salad jewel! This is the best unique chicken salad sandwich you will ever have. It is very healthy, satisfying, and perfect for sandwiches, and you can have it for lunch, dinner, or at brunch with your friends. You got to try this! Avocado gives this nutritious chicken salad a rich, creamy texture and a healthy amount of monounsaturated fat, which protects against chronic ailments like heart disease.
For a long time, I have given you many recipes and dishes. And you know me, I always have the favorites that I make repeatedly, and this heavenly salad is one of those favorites. I love it because it is loaded with many and straightforward ingredients and also very quick to prepare.
Why Eat Avocados?
Avocados are all the rage these days. What most people don’t realize is that they are incredibly healthy for your heart. According to the American Heart Association, avocados contain healthy monosaturated fatty acids that can lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Another fun fact is that avocados actually have more potassium than bananas but they never get that street cred! Given that they contain fiber, potassium, and of course the heart health benefits, it’s no surprise that people who eat avocados tend to be healthier overall.
How To Buy Avocado’s?
Avocados are not necessarily cheap these days. To be sure that you make the right choice, and more importantly to be sure that your avocados are ready when you are, you need to be sure that you pay attention to four key areas before you put it in the cart for purchase. They are color, texture and firmness. Generally you want a dark green/black skinned avocado, that has bumpy skin and is slightly soft when you are ready to use it. Keep in mind it takes about 3-4 days for an avocado to ripen, so if you are a few days out, then choose a brighter green, more firm and smooth skinned avocado.
For all of the best in’s and outs on how to buy avocados, head over to this Avocados From Mexico site. You will be an expert avocado shopper in no time at all!
INGREDIENTS YOU WILL NEED FOR AN AMAZING AVOCADO CHICKEN SALAD SANDWICH
- Sour cream
- Worcestershire sauce
- Cayenne pepper
- Individual wraps or croissants
- Chicken: I usually used chopped meat from the rotisserie chicken. If you like your meat dark, feel free to use the thighs.
How to make an AVOCADO CHICKEN SALAD SANDWICH
Avocado chicken salad is such a simple and easy lunch or even brunch meal to make. The secret to making fast is preparing all your ingredients first because the minute you start cooking, your dinner is served in less than 15 minutes. So, here is what you need to do:
Take the dressing ingredients in a large mixing bowl (sour cream, cayenne pepper, chopped onion, garlic, and Worcestershire sauce) and blend until creamy.
In another large bowl, add the cooked, chopped chicken and the chopped walnuts. Mix until the ingredients are evenly distributed.
Pour creamy avocado dressing over the mixture and stir until well combined. Serve with or without lettuce in your favorite wrap or on a croissant for decadence.
How to store the leftover Avocado Chicken Salad?
Once done, transfer all the remaining salad into an airtight container, and place a plastic wrap over the salad to keep the avocados from changing color to brown. If the salad turns color, it does not mean it has gone bad, it simply means the avocado has been oxidized. While it may not be serving worthy, it still will taste good. Take it as a sign that you should enjoy the leftovers yourself!
Tips & Tricks:
Approximately 1.5 pounds of uncooked, boneless chicken breast will yield 3 cups of diced chicken.
To keep the avocado from browning, be sure to toss the diced avocado with a tablespoon of lemon juice.
As an alternative to a traditional sandwich, create a beautiful presentation, serve the Avocado Chicken Salad in 1/2 of the skin that you have leftover from scooping the avocado meat. See the image below as an example. Serve with Avocado Dressing for a perfect marriage!
- 1 large avocado, peeled and mashed
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/3 cup chopped onion
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1 teaspoon salt Dash of cayenne pepper
- Other Ingredients:
- 3.5 cups chopped cooked chicken
- 1 cup roughly chopped walnuts
- 8 individual wraps or croissants
Place all of the dressing ingredients in a food processor or blender and blend until creamy.
In a bowl, add the cooked, chopped chicken and the chopped walnuts. Mix until the ingredients are evenly distributed.
Pour creamy avocado dressing over the mixture and stir until well combined.
Serve with or without lettuce in your favorite wrap or on a croissant for decadence.
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION : Calories 494, protein 22g, carbohydrates 33g, fat 34g, saturated fat 8g, cholesterol 7mg, potassium 910mg, sodium 490mg, fiber 9g, sugar 3g, Iron 2.5mg, Calcium 246mg, Vitamin A 1225IU, Vitamin C 39.6mg
Looking for other chicken options to consider for the week? Take a look at my Chicken Piccata recipe. It is so good! I often buy the family pack of chicken breasts from the store and find two meal options for the week to use it all up. This combo offers a lunch option and a dinner option to round out your meal planning in the chicken category !
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