Thursday, May 23, 2013

Gourmet Avocado Chicken Salad


We work from a home studio so it only makes sense that lunch is always eaten at home. But so many of you are out in the busy world and you just gotta grab a lunch somewhere that's convenient. Unfortunately it's so easy to slip into bad eating habits and spend way too much money when you're getting takeout or delivery. So if you've got the time to make and take a lunch, then by all means skip the diner or the deli or the burger, because we have got a deeelish healthy and cheap recipe for you. It makes enough for a few days worth and we think you'll like it so much that you'd eat it for a few days straight. It seriously takes minutes. And besides being a perfect healthy lunch in your busy day...think picnics, or bringing it to a summertime party. 
And it's not just healthier, it's way more tasty than your average chicken salad. When you get hints of cilantro and lime in every bite you'll realize why it's called Gourmet. You're likely to feel spoiled. Since we love avocado so much this is a total go-to lunch for us.  It's great in a wrap or even on toast or crackers, or served on a bed of your favorite greens. Turn your left over chicken into lunch gold...or do like we do so often...just grab a 4.99 rotisserie and half the work is done for you.

This is so simple and quick, and avocado is highly beneficial...and deeelish!

Serves 4-6

Here's what you will need:

2 cups shredded chicken
1 avocado (peeled, pitted, and cubed)
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2-3 teaspoons lime juice
2 stalks celery chopped
1/4 cup fresh cilantro chopped
1/4 cup light mayo
1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt



In a large bowl shred your chicken and set aside.


Then in a medium bowl combine your yogurt, mayo, salt, pepper, garlic powder, lime juice. And mix until well combined and smooth.  


Now add your diced avocado, celery, and cilantro to your chicken. Fold until well combined...you don't want to completely smoosh your avocado...you just want to gently turn your spoon or spatula to evenly distribute the ingredients. And we hope you love the bit of crunch that the celery brings!


Now, add your mayo mixture. Again, just fold it through gently to coat everything.


Yeah, you're done already! Now you can make a wrap, or top off some crackers, or a bed of greens. Simple as that. And store the rest in the fridge. We like wraps a lot, and we'll add a few grape tomatoes and a handful of veggie chips to the plate for good measure.
We hope you love this healthy, easy, affordable, gourmet lunch option!

xo, Jenny & Aaron



13 comments:

  1. Looks great, I'll definitely give this one a try, I'm always looking for new ways to add variety to my lunches (brought from home), because you're exactly right, the cost of getting lunch "out" every day takes a huge tole on the wallet and the waist. Thanks guys!

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  2. This sounds so yummy good! Just looking at the pictures is making me want some! I will be trying this recipe very soon! Thanks for sharing! Hugs, Leena

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  3. That looks so tasty! Totally pinned it to try!

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  4. I'm definitely making this for my garden club picnic!

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  5. Yum!!

    Made this today! I added diced tomatoes into the mixture. :D I loved it! Thanks for sharing!

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  6. @ Ana, wow! that's great. So glad you liked it. Aaron just had it again as a late night night snack after his workout. :)

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  7. @Lisa, glad to provide a new idea! We know you'll love it. It does not last long when we make it...we can't seem to stop ourselves from eating some later on.

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  8. @ Leena, thanks! you'll really like it.

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  9. @ Miss Angie, thanks! that's what we do...How did people ever cook without Pinterest?

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  10. Oh, yeah, I'm definitely making this. I love chicken salad and avocado!

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  11. I just made this, so delicious!

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  12. This was amazing! I used 2 avocados instead of 1 and it turned out great

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  13. How do you keep the avocado from going bad if you save the rest in the fridge?

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