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Chicken Avocado Salad

This recipe for Chicken Avocado Salad was inspired by those delicious oversized chicken tostadas from Mexico. There was this little “hole in the wall” restaurant that my parents would take us to everytime we visited Monterrey. Tostadas de la Siberia were as I said, oversized corn tortilla tostadas loaded with shredded chicken, fresh guacamole,  mexican crema and sometimes served with thinly sliced tomato. Topped with an extra tostada for scooping and pickled jalapeños on the side.  This was my first time trying Cabot Greek style yogurt  in a chicken recipe. I have enjoyed it in various dip and dressing recipes. The flavor profile is very much like sour cream, so I knew it would be great in this recipe. Besides serving it on a tostada, which is the most traditional  way, you could serve this is in a soft warm corn tortilla. It’s dipped in hot oil just to soften the tortilla and then, filled and rolled like a hearty flauta or taquito. The corn tortilla whether soft or crunchy  pairs well with this chicken, avocado  and crema flavors.

 

Mexican Inspired Chicken Avocado Salad

Chicken Avocado Salad
Ingredients
 4 1/2 to 5 cups cooked chicken, shredded
*I used both breast and thigh meat that was previously cooked  on the grill
3 roma tomatoes, diced, optional, but tasty!
2 avocados, diced or mashed
2 tablespoons pickled jalapeños, minced
1 to 2 tablespoons of brine from pickled jalapeños
1/3 to 1/2 cup red onion, finely diced
1 to 2 cloves garlic, grated
Juice of 1/2 lime
1 full cup plain Greek yogurt
salt to taste
Fresh cracked pepper to taste

Chicken Avocado Salad

 

Chicken Avocado Salad~Cabot Greek YogurtDirections

Combine all of the ingredients. Taste for salt and pepper. Cover and chill until ready to serve. Serve over a salad, with tostadas, soft corn or flour tortilla(wrap), saltines or with crusty rolls. Yields up to 6 to 8 servings.

Chicken Avocado Salad

The image below shows you exactly how it is typically served in the restaurants in Mexico.  If you wanted to serve a more authentic version, use mexican crema instead of yogurt and serve in layers as shown. For easy serving, you could also mix it all together when serving in a potluck or picnic setting.

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Chicken Avocado Salad

 

Lemon Garlic Chicken with Cilantro~Prepared Two Ways

As many times as we all prepare chicken recipes, one still manages to find a new way to enjoy it. Mixing and matching ingredients was the way I learned to cook. My family had there tried and true recipes that you did not veer from and they were delicious. But when you cook  95% of your meals at home, you have to get a little creative sometimes. I mean, I did not develop any new flavor combinations here, I just paired it in  a slight different way.  Once I learned a few basic sauce recipes, I documented them as I prepared them, always with my twist, then I could refer to them as a basic preparation for next time. The first recipe is prepared with grilled chicken and the second one is prepared with a lightly masa harina breading on the stove top. If it was up to me, I would grill everday, lol! But  you know that Mother Nature may have the last word when it comes to that. So, as Guy(food network), that guy would say, “Winner, winner, chicken dinner”!!

 

Grilled Lemon Garlic Chicken with Cilantro

Grilled Garlic Lemon Chicken

Ingredients

Recipe for Lemon Garlic Sauce with Cilantro (see recipe below)
3 large boneless chicken breast, filet and slice in half
Kosher salt
Fresh cracked pepper
Granulated garlic
Cumin
Chipotle powder or cayenne
Juice of 1 lemon
Olive oil or grapeseed oil

Tips~If chicken breast are thicker on one side after you slice them, pound them out lightly, so that they are even in thickness.

Grilled Garlic Lemon Chicken

The chicken breast look dark in the spots where the chipotle powder was more concentrated.

 

Directions 

Season on both sides, to taste,  with spices listed. Squeeze on lemon juice and drizzle with oil. Grill on preheated  grill at med/high heat for about 5 minutes per side. Make sure you keep lid closed during cooking time. Remove from heat and cover with lemon garlic sauce. Tent loosely and let rest for 5 minutes. Yields 4 to 6 servings. I served this chicken over rice and also sliced some of it thin for tacos.

Grilled Lemon Garlic Chicken with Cilantro

 

 

Stove Top Lemon Garlic Chicken 

Lemon Garlic Chicken

For Stove To Lemon Garlic Chicken
3 boneless chicken breast, pounded out slightly
lemon pepper seasoning
chile de arbol or chipotle powder
salt to taste
1/2 cup masa harina or all purpose flour
2 tablespoons flour, optional
grapeseed or olive oil for frying

 

For Lemon Garlic Sauce with Cilantro

Lemon Garlic Sauce with Cilantro
Olive oil
8 cloves garlic, sliced
1/3 cup shallots or sweet onions, finely diced
salt
pepper
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 tablespon flour
1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup white wine
1/2 cup chicken broth
6 thin lemon slices, optional
Juice from one lemon
6 jalapeño stuffed queen olives, finely chopped or 2 tablespoons capers

*1/4 cup packed cilantro, chopped or parsely if cilantro is not your thing.

Lemon Garlic Chicken with Cilantro

I prepared 6 pieces, but this was the next day, lol!

Directions

1. Season the chicken on both sides, to taste, with lemon pepper, chile de arbol(or chipotle) and salt. Dredge through the masa harina until coated evenly and set aside while you prepare your sauce.

2. For sauce: Heat olive oil to medium/low heat. Add the garlic and saute for 7 to 10 minutes. If it browns too quick, then turn down the heat.  The garlic will become a little sweet and mild in flavor. Add the shallots, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, oregano and basil and cook for 2 more minutes.

3. Turn heat up the heat slightly. Stir in the flour and cook for less than a minute. Add all of the remaining ingredients. Bring up to a boill, reduce to a simmer and continue cooking for 6 to 8 minutes or until the sauce thickens slightly. Taste for salt and pepper. Keep on lowest temperature to keep warm.

4. Preheat 1/2 cup oil in skillet at medium heat for 5 minutes. Fry the chicken for 4 to 5 minutes per side or until golden and crispy. Transfer to a metal rack to drain or a plate lined with paper towels. Serve with lemon garlic sauce over the top over pasta or rice. Yields 4 to 6 servings.

Lemon Garlic Chicken

 I served the chicken over some whole grain pasta with red sauce and grated parmesan. I also prepared some chicken parmesan style sub sandwiches with a few pieces. 

Lemon Garlic Chicken with Cilantro

Grilled Chicken Tacos~ Bring on the Mojo!

Finally here is the final chicken recipe in a series of three. One pack of six chicken breast, three different recipes. For the last recipe, I used that wonderful garlic mojo that I had prepared a few weeks before.  An overnight marinade and the next day, some of the most flavorful chicken tacos. The garlic mojo recipe was adapted from Chef Rick Bayless and I wished i would have prepared a batch alot sooner. Spend an afternoon  preparing some mojo, salsa, tortillas and when the mood strikes, taco night!! Not only was it great for marinating, but I also added it to some cooked pasta for extra flavor. So here’s to another tasty chicken recipe you can add to your menu plan. The next time you come across that great sale on chicken breast, don’t pass it up. Instead, plan ahead!

Garlic Mojo Grilled Chicken

 

Garlic Mojo Grilled ChickenGarlic Mojo Grilled Chicken Tacos

Ingredients
2 boneless chicken breast, lightly pounded out until even
salt and pepper to taste
1/3 to 1/2 cup garlic mojo 

 

You will Also Need
Oil for brushing grill grates
 8 Corn or flour tortillas
Chopped cilantro
Finely chopped radishes
Lime wedges
Grilled serranos, optional

Garlic Mojo

Click onto picture above for full recipe on Garlic Mojo.



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Garlic Mojo Chicken

If the boneless chicken breast are extra large, split it in half or butterfly them. This will make for more even cooking and extra portions. 

Six Chicken Breast, Three Recipes. Garlic Mojo Chicken

Here is a picture of the six chicken breast prepped for three different recipes. You can find recipes for Dry Rubbed Grilled Chicken and Stuffed Chicken Breast right on site. Just click into search bar.

Directions

1. Season  the chicken on both sides with with salt and pepper. Place in plastic storage bag or glass dish.  Add garlic mojo and marinate overnight.

2. Remove  chicken from refrigerator 30 minutes before grilling.  While the chicken comes to room temperature, prepare your outdoor grill. Heat to medium/high.

3.  Before placing chicken on grill, brush grates with oil. Place chicken on grill and cook  6 minutes per side,  closing lid while it cooks. Remove from grill and let rest for 5 to 7 minutes before slicing. Slice against the grain. Yields up to 4 servings for tacos.

Garlic Mojo Grilled Chicken

If outdoor grilling is not your thing, cook the chicken breast on a stove top grill pan or skillet coated (pre-heated at medium heat) with a little olive oil. Sear for 5 to 6 minutes per side. If extra thick finish cooking in a preheated 350 degree F oven for an additional 10 to 13 minutes.

Garlic Mojo Grilled Chicken

The Garlic Mojo was so falvorful, all I added was some fresh lime, radishes, cilantro and grilled serrano pepper. Tasty!!

Garlic Mojo Grilled Chicken

Here are the other two recipes. Just clic onto picture to see full recipes.

Stuffed Chicken Breast

Stuffed Chicken Breast

 

Dry Rub Grilled Chicken

Dry Rub Grilled Chicken