The other day I was in the mood for chicken salad… but I didn’t want just regular old deli-style chicken salad. I wanted to take it up a notch. The best way I could think to do that was use some grilled chicken breast and then substitute the mayo with fresh avocado. Not only was the result delicious, but it didn’t feel as heavy as the stuff we’re all used to. I ended up serving it as an open faced sandwich on some of my homemade parmesan herb focaccia (you can find that recipe on the site) topped with a mildly spicy tomato salsa, and accompanied it with zucchini arancini and a sriracha dipping sauce (which I’ll also be posting at some point this week). This could also be served on top of salad, or even as a dip!
This recipe is easy, fresh and delicious… Definitely chicken salad taken to eleven!
Serves 3-4 people
Ingredients (chicken salad):
3 Chicken Breast, lightly seasoned with salt & pepper then grilled, cubed
3 Medium Avocado
1tsp Ground Black Pepper
1/2tsp Garlic Powder
1/4tsp Chili Powder
1/4tsp Ground Cayenne Pepper
1c Fresh Tomato, diced (I used small vine ripened)
1/2c White Onion, thinly sliced
1/4c Jalapeno, seeded & chopped (roughly one jalapeno)
1/2tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2tsp Granulated Sugar
1/4tsp Ground Black Pepper
First thing’s first, we need to make the salsa. You should make this 30 minutes prior to serving to allow the flavors to come together. Just combine all of the ingredients listed above and mix well. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge.
The chicken salad is just as easy as the salsa… While you’re grilling the chicken remove the meat from the avocados and add the seasoning, then mix until most chunks are broken down and the seasoning is well blended. I prefer NOT to use a hand mixer or emulsifier because I don’t like the consistency to become too loose. Once the chicken is done on the grill cube it up and stir it into the avocado mixture. As far as the chicken goes… I prefer larger cubes for a sandwich or salad, it feels more substantial, but if you’re going to use this as a dip I would recommend smaller pieces for easier scooping.
There you have it, simple and delicious. Enjoy!