Avocado Chicken Salad

Friday, August 30, 2013

I found this recipe on Pinterest and it looked like a recipe both hubby and I would enjoy. I was right! It was amazing! I think we were both a little surprised on how much we really liked it. I mean come on... it's just chicken salad ... well chicken salad that is all jazzed up! We all know the combination of avocado, lime and cilantro goes great together. Add some Greek yogurt instead of mayo and it makes a fabulous Lean. Serve with your favorite Green and you will have a complete Lean and Green meal. Yum! Talking about a fiesta in my mouth!
I grilled some chicken breasts and then cut them into bite size pieces. I didn't add any seasonings to the chicken because you are going to add the spices later when you put the chicken salad together. The black bits on the chicken are from the grill. I love me some grilled chicken! Don't forget to measure out 10 oz of cooked chicken!

Then I added the avocado and used my food scale to measure out 3 oz. Buy them ripe with some give to the touch. If you plan on using them a few days later, buy them firm and then put them in a brown paper bag to ripen. I have to say that this was my first time handling avocados so I if you have never cut one up, here is a great tutorial:

In a nutshell:
Grip the avocado with one hand and use a knife to cut lengthwise around the seed. Open the two halves and you will see the pit. Use the knife to tap the pit gently until a cut is made and then twist the pit out of the avocado.

Then take  a small dinner knife and make a cross-hatch pattern in the avocado flesh making sure not to break through the avocado peel. Next, use a spoon to scoop out the pieces.

Add some chopped cilantro.

Then add some fresh lime juice.

Add your seasonings.

Lastly, add the Greek yogurt to give it that creamy goodness without all the fat of mayo.
Stir it all together and you get this...

Avocado Chicken Salad
10 oz finely diced chicken, about 2 cups but weigh for accuracy (1 2/3 Lean)
1/2 cup 2% Plain Greek yogurt (1/3 Lean)
3 oz chopped avocado (2 Healthy Fats)
1/2 tsp garlic powder (1 Condiment)
1/4 tsp salt (1 Condiment)
1/8 tsp pepper (1/2 Condiment)
1 tbsp + 1 tsp lime juice (2 Condiments)
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped (1/4 Condiment)
Combine all ingredients in a medium sized bowl. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Split the chicken salad in half and serve with your favorite Greens!
2 Servings with 1 Lean, 2.37 Condiments and 1 Healthy Fat per serving

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