Southwest Guacamole Chopped Chicken Salad

Southwest-Guacamole-Chopped-Chicken-Salad

I love guacamole.

Meat-and-Potatoes-Guy is a fan too.

It’s pretty safe to say we’re addicted to guacamole with chips as a snack or an appetizer.

It’s so richly flavored (and so easy to make), I’m often thinking of ways homemade guacamole could really enliven classic dishes with those bright, creamy, fresh flavors of avocado, lime, and cilantro.

So recently I started thinking it would probably taste delicious mixed together with chopped chicken and added to a Southwest-flavored salad, completely transforming the classic mayo-filled chicken salad.

Guacamole-Chopped-Chicken-Salad

Yup. Delicious.

Southwest-Guacamole-Chicken-Chopped-Salad

Of course!

The creamy, richly flavored guacamole is a perfect complement to grilled chicken.

And it adds so much flavor to a chopped salad, transforming plain old veggies into something really fresh and unique.

Southwest-Chopped-Chicken-Salad

I top everything off with a couple of tortilla chips (for crunch) and an easy homemade chimichurri dressing (a flavorful herb vinaigrette, with cilantro, chives, and seasonings).

It’s bursting with creamy, rich, fresh, crisp, and bright flavors.

It’s a complete, satisfying meal in one bowl.

And it’s packed with healthy antioxidants and nutrition too!

Here is the complete, printable recipe:

Southwest Guacamole Chopped Chicken Salad
 
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Nutrition Information
  • Serving size: 4
  • Calories: 422
  • Fat: 23g
  • Saturated fat: 3.8g
  • Carbohydrates: 24.8g
  • Sugar: 5.4g
  • Sodium: 471mg
  • Fiber: 7g
  • Protein: 38.5g
  • Cholesterol: 87mg
Recipe type: Chicken Dish (a clean, whole recipe)
RECIPE WELLNESS BENEFITS:
Citric acid (from lime) - burns fat, boosts metabolism
Fiber (from avocado, sweet corn) - regulates and slows feelings of hunger, rids
the body of toxins
Lutein (from sweet corn) - supports sharp, clear vision
Lycopene (from tomato) - supports eye health and eyesight, boosts immune
system
Potassium (from avocado) - maintains hydrated, smooth,
supple skin
Vitamin A (from bell pepper and tomato) - a powerful nutrient for clear, smooth,
supple, radiant-looking skin
Vitamin B-6 (from avocado) - improves mood and brain function
Vitamin C (from bell pepper, sweet corn, tomato) - detoxes the body, protects
against free radicals and pollution, builds a strong and healthy immune system,
promotes clear and smooth skin

Total Time: 30 minutes
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Level: Easy
Ingredients
  • 1 pound organic pastured skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 ripe avocado, pits removed, peeled and diced
  • 1 lime, freshly squeezed
  • ¼ jalapeño pepper, finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1½ tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon plus ¼ teaspoon cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon plus ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 tablespoons sunflower oil (or organic canola oil)
  • 1½ tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1½ tablespoons chives, chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 4 cups lettuce, chopped
  • 2 large tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup sweet corn kernels
  • 16 organic tortilla chips
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Prepare the grill for medium heat.
  2. Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper and cook for about 6 minutes. Flip the chicken and cook the second side for about 6 minutes more, or until chicken is cooked through.
  3. Allow chicken to rest for 5 minutes.
  4. Roughly chop the chicken into bite-sized pieces.
  5. Place the diced avocado and half of the freshly squeezed lime juice into a large mixing bowl. Use a fork to mash the avocado until it reaches a creamy consistency. Add the jalapeño, 1 tablespoon cilantro, ¼ teaspoon garlic powder, and ¼ teaspoon cumin. Season well with salt. Stir to combine. Mix in the cubed chicken.
  6. Next prepare the Chimichurri Dressing. Add the oil, vinegar, remaining lime juice, chives, 1½ tablespoons cilantro, ¼ teaspoon cumin, ¼ teaspoon garlic powder, and crushed red pepper flakes to a mixing bowl. Season with salt, and whisk until well combined.
  7. Assemble salads by arranging lettuce on serving plates. Add tomatoes, bell pepper, and corn. Drizzle the Chimichurri Dressing over the salads. Add heaping spoonfuls of the guacamole chicken, and top each salad with a few crushed tortilla chips. Serve.

And for the step-by-step instructions…

ingredients

Start with these key ingredients.

chopping-lettuce

Then grab a head of lettuce and peel off and discard the first couple of outer layers.

Chop it in half and cut out the core.

Then roughly chop up the lettuce.

Also roughly chop any other veggies you’d like to add to the salad.

I used cherry tomatoes, a bell pepper, and some organic frozen sweet corn that I thawed.

preparing-jalapeno-pepper

Next, chop both ends off of a jalapeño pepper …

how-to-prepare-jalapeno-pepper

…and then cut it into quarters.

Cut all of the seeds out of the insides and discard (they’re really hot!)

dicing-jalapeno-pepper

Then finely dice up the pepper.

For a mild guacamole, use just one quarter of the pepper.

squeeze-lime

Next, squeeze all of the juice from a few limes.

chopping-cilantro

Chop up some fresh cilantro.

chopping-chives

And also chop up some fresh chives.

preparing-avocado

Then prepare an avocado.

Cut it in half lengthwise. You’ll feel a large pit in the center, just cut around it.

Twist the two sides you’ve cut in opposite directions to pull apart the two halves.

Then use a spoon to scoop out the pit.

peeling-and-coring-avocado

Then use the spoon to scoop the avocado from the skin.

And roughly chop it up.

grilling-chicken

Next, cook up some skinless, boneless chicken breasts, either by roasting them in the oven or grilling them.

For the healthiest and most all-natural chicken, look for two things in particular:

  • USDA-certified organic chicken
  • pastured (also called grass-fed) chicken

chimichurri-dressing

While the chicken is cooking away, prepare the Chimichurri Dressing.

Grab a mixing bowl and add some sunflower oil (or substitute organic canola oil or extra virgin olive oil), some white wine vinegar, and some of the freshly squeezed lime juice (set aside the rest for the guacamole).

Also toss in the chopped chives, some of the chopped cilantro (save the rest for the guacamole), and a pinch of garlic powder, cumin, and crushed red pepper flakes.

Season the dressing with salt, and whisk until everything is well combined.

guacamole

Then prepare the guacamole.

Place the diced avocado and all of the remaining lime juice into a large mixing bowl.

Use a fork to mash the avocado until it reaches a creamy consistency.

Then add the jalapeño, the remaining chopped cilantro, and a bit of garlic powder and cumin.

Season the guacamole with salt, and stir until everything is well combined.

chopped-chicken-with-guacamole

When the chicken is cooked, roughly chop it up.

Then toss it into the bowl containing the guacamole and stir until everything is well combined.

Southwest-Guacamole-Chicken-Chopped-Salad

Last step: assemble the salads by arranging the chopped lettuce in serving bowls.

Add the tomatoes, bell pepper, and corn, and then drizzle the Chimichurri Dressing all over the salads.

Add a couple of scoops of guacamole chicken, and then top off each salad with a few crushed tortilla chips.

Guacamole-Chopped-Chicken-Salad

The fresh guacamole adds so much rich, creamy flavor to the chopped chicken (complemented with a tasty crunch from the tortilla chips).

And the fresh herbs and spices in the Chimichurri Dressing make the salad interesting and unique.

Southwest-Chopped-Chicken-Salad

It’s a bright, fresh, crisp dish filled with zesty, satisfying, Southwestern flavors!

 

 

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