Spicy shredded blackened chicken balanced with cool, creamy avocado.
Healthy Blackened Chicken & Avocado Salad
Yield: 4 servings Prep: 15 minutes Cook: 15 minutes
- 3 chicken breasts
- 2 avocados
- 1 lime
- 1/2 cup low fat sour cream or greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup red onion, diced
- 1/4 cup tomato, diced
- cilantro, to taste
- salt, to taste
- iceberg, butter, or romaine lettuce
- 2 tbsp Paprika
- 1 tbsp garlic powder
- 1 tbsp onion powder
- 1 tsp ground black pepper
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
Preheat oven to 400°F.
In a small dish, combine the seasoning ingredients.
Heat a large (oven safe) skillet over high heat. If your chicken breast are thick, slice the chicken (width-wise) through the centre or pound it flat. Season each side of the chicken with 1 tsp of blackening seasoning. Place the chicken in the pan and sear on each side, about 2 minutes. Finish the chicken in the oven until cooked through, about 7 more minutes.
Allow the chicken to cool for 10 minutes or so. Use two forks to shred the chicken.
In a medium bowl, mash the avocado. Add in the sour cream, juice of 1 lime, red onion, tomato, cilantro, and salt. Stir to combine. Fold in the cooled shredded chicken. Scoop into lettuce cups and serve.
You can definitely simplify this recipe by using a store bought rotisserie chicken or any shredded chicken you have around the house. I wanted to add a little kick, so I choose blackened chicken. It adds an extra layer of flavour that makes the dish a little more interesting. Either way, its super easy and healthy and sure to leave you satisfied.
I use iceberg lettuce because it adds a crunchy texture. If you’re not a fan of lettuce cups, switch it up for wraps or pita.