Guacamole Chicken Salad

This salad was a very happy accident.

Well, not entirely. I was trying to make a salad (and not, say… trying to paint my nails.)

The fact that the chicken was smothered in deconstructed guacamole was an accident. I wanted to make a chicken salad-type thing for lunch and started adding things. Then a lone avocado on the counter was staring me in the face as if to say, “Well, you put lime, cilantro, and onions in there. Were you planning on including me, too?”

Um, yes. I was absolutely planning on doing that.

The fact that both of my kids begged me to make it again tells you how great this was. They ate theirs in pita halves, and I put mine over a bed of Romaine lettuce. I only wish I had more leftover chicken!

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Guacamole Chicken Salad

Yield: 2-3 servings

Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

2 cups leftover cooked chicken, cubed or shredded
1/3 cup whole plain Greek yogurt
2-3 T salsa verde (optional)
1 green onion, chopped
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 cup crumbled Cotija cheese (feta would work, too)
1/2 an avocado, diced
juice from 1/2 a lime
generous pinches of salt and ground cumin

Directions:

In a medium bowl combine the chicken, yogurt, salsa verde, onion, cilantro, and Cotija cheese. Mix thoroughly. Gently fold in the avocado. Add the lime juice, salt, and cumin and stir again gently. Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary.

Serve wrapped in a tortilla, in a pita, with chips, or over salad greens. Or by itself.

from Perry's Plate

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15 Responses to “Guacamole Chicken Salad”

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    Sprigs of Rosemary — August 7, 2012 @ 4:51 am

    A happy accident you couldn’t have planned any better! Avocado adds such a nice creamy richness to salads.

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    Bev @ Bev Cooks — August 7, 2012 @ 6:45 am

    A) This looks freakin’ awesome.
    B) I just did the same thing with tuna! So when you see it posted in a couple of weeks, just know I’m not copying. ;)
    C) Let’s do one more of these – ;)

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    Cookbook Queen — August 7, 2012 @ 9:25 am

    I LOVE chicken salad and I LOVE guacamole. Avocado is one of my major pregnancy cravings right now. There is NO way this chicken salad can be anything but amazing!!

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    Bree — August 7, 2012 @ 9:54 am

    Love this! It looiks amazing!

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    Cassie — August 7, 2012 @ 10:51 am

    I love happy accidents, especially when avocado is involved!

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    Joanne — August 7, 2012 @ 1:20 pm

    Food related happy accidents are the best! This sounds awesome to me. :)

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    Frozen Food Fairy — August 7, 2012 @ 1:46 pm

    This looks delicious and I would have never thought to have tried avocado. Wish I was eating this instead of my butternut squash ravioli.

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    Caitlin — August 8, 2012 @ 11:58 am

    I’m eating this right now. Win.

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    Cara — August 8, 2012 @ 1:13 pm

    Sounds pretty fantastic to me :)

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    Abby — August 8, 2012 @ 3:03 pm

    I’m in foodie heaven right now! Looks so good :)

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    Kristin — August 17, 2012 @ 7:21 am

    I made this Sunday. It was delicious! I have been sharing the link to the recipe with everyone. Thanks.

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    Angela @ AnotherBitePlease — September 4, 2012 @ 6:56 pm

    This sounds so good – yeah for accidents!

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    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — September 12, 2012 @ 6:25 am

    I saw this recipe featured at Tasty kitchen and I had to jump over here to say that it looks amazing. My favorite type of salad is chicken salad and I can’t wait to try it out with guacamole! Definitely a winner!

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    • Natalie replied: — September 13th, 2012 @ 11:42 pm

      Thanks Maegan! I love TK buddies… nice to see you here!

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