Avocado Chicken Salad

February 21, 2012

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You knew this recipe was coming. In fact, you may see it as a cop out. But, I mean, one can only eat so many sandwiches with Avocado Egg Salad and Spinach before one needs to switch it up. And trust me, I’ve been eating a lot of those. So, I decided to play off the recipe and create a chicken salad of a similar nature. I’m in super duper busy mode at work and am needing to turn to some easier options if I want to get food in my mouth at some point throughout the day/night. And trust me, I do.

It’s not a chicken salad if grapes aren’t involved. Seriously. Once upon a time, I thought this was so weird, but now I absolutely cannot enjoy chicken salad if it doesn’t have grapes in it. I was a bit worried that the grapes and avocado may be a weird combo, but they weren’t. In case you were wondering. I actually quite enjoyed the pair together.

The measurements of ingredients in this recipe are so “whatever.” Basically take some chicken and add the rest of the ingredients in quantities that make you happy. Want it super creamy? Add more yogurt and avocado. Want it spicier? Add more cayenne and some other spices, too. Obsessed with grapes in chicken salad? Add a whole pound full. I won’t tell.

Avocado Chicken Salad (serves 4-6):
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  • 1 rotisserie chicken (or other cooked chicken), about 3 C
  • 2 avocados
  • 1/4 C Greek yogurt
  • 1 bunch grapes
  • 1/4 t cayenne pepper
  • 1 small bunch parsley, chopped

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Start by shredding your chicken into a big bowl. I’m pretty obsessed with rotisserie chickens (from Market Basket!) because they’re super inexpensive, amazingly delicious, and the easiest thing in the world to enjoy. I love making a batch of chicken salad to last the week without having to cook a thing. I don’t think I’m a lazy person, but when I get busy, my kitchen sadly gets abandoned.

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Chop your grapes in half. Unless you like them whole. And then, by all means, keep them so.

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In a separate bowl, mash your avocado. You can add some lemon, too, if you want. This will keep it from browning and give it a delightful spring-like touch.

Mix the avocado into the chicken, along with the yogurt, as well.

Sir in the grapes, cayenne powder, and parsley. Chill for a bit.

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Taste and then add anything else your heart desire. Spinach? I didn’t have any spinach, but if I did, I might add some in, just like I did the egg salad. The more green the better!

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I like to toast up a piece of really nice bread and enjoy an open-face sandwich with my chicken salad. But I also like to eat it right out of the bowl. If you love avocado and chicken, this will really make you happy. It’s super creamy and flavorful. And obviously the grapes add a perfectly wonderful crunch!

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I’m pretty psyched for another easy meal option I can take to work for lunch. Not to mention, it’s another healthy one. And one that I didn’t need to turn the stove or oven on for. I always get bonus points for that.

No, it’s not the prettiest sandwich, but my belly really doesn’t care about a little green tint. It just loves avocado!

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Thank goodness for quick, healthy, and most importantly, satisfying foods that can work as both lunch and dinner. Now, if only there was such an easy option for getting enough sleep…

What’s your ideal chicken salad?

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20 Responses to "Avocado Chicken Salad"

  1. Erica says:

    I want this on top of a salad with tons of extra grapes ;). I bet the avocado adds awesome creaminess.

  2. grapes in chicken salad are one of my favorite things ever!!!

  3. This sounds amazing! I’ve made avocado egg salad & chicken salad with grapes… but haven’t yet tried combining avocado & grapes in chicken salad.

    There are so many delicious add-ins for chicken salad; tonight I’m making (and will be posting soon) my recipe for buffalo chicken salad =).

  4. Simply Life says:

    I’ve never tried one with grapes- looks like I need to change things!

  5. Michelle says:

    I have been loving chicken salad lately with Laughing Cow blue cheese wedges, a touch of mayo and diced cucumbers. Yum!

  6. I am not a mayo fan, which generally turns me off of Chicken Salad, but this one I could totally get behind!

  7. I love the idea of using avocado in chicken salad, so delicious!

  8. i still have yet to try that egg salad, but i have to say: this is SUCH a good idea! my friend calls avocado “california mayonnaise,” it seems like such a no-brainer!

  9. sharon says:

    This was very delicious!

  10. A lovely salad, very healthly and delicious with avocadoes and grapes!

  11. Gia Grossman says:

    I love healthy but yummy recipes like this. Can’t go wrong!

  12. Shannon says:

    this sounds pretty much like my ideal chicken salad 🙂 i keep forgetting to pick up avocados though…. boo.

  13. Sophie says:

    A real delight of a special good-for-you salad sandwich! I love the tasty combo of chicken & avocado! Yummy!

  14. Avocados are a fantastic super food. Destroys bad LDL cholesterol. But I love them because they taste great. I have made an Avocado dip with feta cheese and garlic last weekend. Mmmm! Salad sounds great! Lunch Tomorrow.

  15. Kelly says:

    As if I needed another way to eat chicken salad! I love the Greek yogurt style. You’ve somehow improved on a perfect dish!

  16. Alanna says:

    I love the sound of this! I’m going to try it and also add some walnuts. I love the grape, walnut combo in a chix salad. Thanks for sharing.

  17. Misty says:

    I tried this tonight and added some pecans and lemon juice, plus swapped out the red pepper for ancho chili powder, a little salt and cumin. It was delicious!

  18. cltgrace says:

    Love, love, LOVE chicken salad with grapes. Thinking I’ll love it even more with avocados. Yum! In addition to grapes, I also like to throw in slivered almonds & cranberries. If not almonds, diced water chestnuts give it the crunch I love. I’m hungry now. =)

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