Grilled Chicken with Avocado Salsa Recipe

Serves: 4

Preparation Time: 20 minutes Cooking Time: 10 minutes

Total Calories: 2,080 kcal (520 kcal per serving)

Introduction

Enjoy a healthy, delicious meal with this Grilled Chicken with Avocado Salsa recipe. With only 520 calories per serving, it’s a guilt-free, flavorful option for any day of the week.

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 6 ounces each)
  • 2 ripe avocados, diced
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Optional: lime wedges and cilantro sprigs for garnish

Chicken Marinade

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Prepare the Chicken

First, whisk together the marinade ingredients in a small bowl. Subsequently, place the chicken breasts in a shallow dish or resealable plastic bag. Pour the marinade over the chicken, ensuring each piece is well-coated. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to an hour, allowing the flavors to penetrate the meat.

  1. Make the Avocado Salsa

Meanwhile, combine the diced avocado, chopped red onion, minced jalapeno, halved cherry tomatoes, and chopped cilantro in a medium-sized bowl. Next, add the lime juice and 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Gently mix the ingredients together, seasoning with salt and pepper as desired. Set the salsa aside, letting the flavors meld while you grill the chicken.

  1. Preheat the Grill

Preheat your grill or grill pan to medium-high heat. Remove the chicken from the marinade, discarding any excess liquid. Lightly season both sides of each breast with salt and pepper. Place the chicken on the hot grill or grill pan.

  1. Grill the Chicken

Grill the chicken for 5-6 minutes on each side, or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C) using a meat thermometer. Once cooked, transfer the chicken to a plate and allow it to rest for a few minutes.

  1. Assemble and Serve

Finally, serve the grilled chicken topped with a generous spoonful of avocado salsa. Add a lime wedge and a sprig of cilantro for garnish, if desired.

Nutritional Information (per serving)

  • Calories: 520 kcal
  • Total Fat: 33g
    • Saturated Fat: 5g
    • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 110mg
  • Sodium: 200mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 16g
    • Dietary Fiber: 7g
    • Sugars: 3g
  • Protein: 42g
  • Vitamin A: 10% DV
  • Vitamin C: 30% DV
  • Calcium: 4% DV
  • Iron: 12% DV

Recipe Tips and Variations

  1. Marinate Longer for More Flavor

For a more intense flavor, marinate the chicken for up to 4 hours in the refrigerator. Be sure not to exceed this time, as the acidity of the lime juice can break down the chicken’s texture, resulting in a mushy consistency.

  1. Customize the Heat

Adjust the spiciness of the avocado salsa by using more or less jalapeno pepper. You can also replace a milder pepper, such as a poblano, for a less spicy dish.

  1. Use Chicken Thighs

For a juicier, more flavorful option, substitute boneless, skinless chicken thighs for the breasts. Be aware that this may alter the nutritional information slightly.

  1. Grill Vegetables

Enhance the dish by grilling some vegetables alongside the chicken. Zucchini, bell peppers, and asparagus are excellent choices for a well-rounded meal.

  1. Make It a Salad

Serve the grilled chicken and avocado salsa over a bed of mixed greens for a refreshing, low-carb salad option.

  1. Try a Different Protein

Swap the chicken for fish, such as salmon or halibut, for a delicious alternative by all means. Adjust the grilling time according and on account of to the thickness of the fish fillets.

Conclusion

This Grilled Chicken with Avocado Salsa recipe is a nutritious, flavorful choice for a healthy meal. As has been noted with only 520 calories per serving and a generous portion of protein, it’s perfect for those seeking a satisfying, guilt-free option. Not to mention a recent article by taste.com.au speaking of the 10 unsung benefits of Avocado. Enjoy the dish as-is, or experiment with the variations to create a meal tailored to your taste buds.

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