What’s for dinner? Creamy avocado and succulent chicken. Rich in good fats and high in vitamin C and vitamin B-6, avocado is also a good source of protein. This superfood tastes great on its own but combine it with chicken, a versatile protein, for an amazing meal that’s full of flavor.
According to the Hass Avocado Board, in 2013, Americans ate almost three billion Hass avocados. The Hass variety accounts for most of the avocados in the U.S. If you think avocados are just for guacamole (think like chips, salsa and guacamole for happy hour), think again. While they’re yummy on their own as a snack, they’re also great sliced, diced, or used as a spread. Avocados can be a flexible food to use when cooking. Add in chicken for even more possibilities.
That’s why we asked chefs to share their favorite recipes for this tasty combination. These flavorful avocado and chicken dishes won’t disappoint. On the menu? Chicken sliders with avocado, a zesty wedge salad highlighting chicken, avocado, jalapeno pepper and plain yogurt, an avocado and mango topper for any chicken meal, and a chicken and quinoa dish that’s got “smoky, spicy chipotle” combined with “creamy, cooling avocado.” Other recipes include quick dinner ideas like chicken, avocado, and cheddar melts, which cook quickly for a tasty comfort dish, a tasty take on a chicken club featuring ingredients like avocado, bacon, Dijon mustard, garlic, and cilantro, and a “hearty” arugula salad with apples, walnuts, avocado, and chicken.
No matter what you’re cooking, look for avocados that are ripe but firm. Otherwise they’ll be too mushy for your meal. Read on for avocado and chicken recipes that are so good, they may have you craving a second helping!
This story was originally published February 3, 2014.