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
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
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.
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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