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Fast & Easy Dinner: Chicken Salad With Avocado Dressing

Fast & Easy Dinner: Chicken Salad With Avocado Dressing

With hundreds of varieties and endless combination possibilities, I consider chicken salad to be one of the most versatile dishes around. Tonight's dinner salad consists of grilled, flattened chicken breasts and fresh peppery greens, tossed with a creamy avocado dressing. Bursts of vibrant color come from yellow peppers and cherry red tomatoes. Surprisingly, the smooth dressing comes not from mayonnaise, but from a few tablespoons of cream cheese. Sound tasty? Make it and taste for yourself! Get the recipe, just

Chicken Salad With Spicy Avocado Dressing
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2 skinless chicken breasts, 6 ounces each
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 small yellow pepper, seeded and sliced
2 1⁄2 ounces mixed fresh rocket, spinach and watercress leaves
12 cherry tomatoes, halved
2 spring onions, sliced diagonally
1 tablespoon cilantro leaves, to garnish
For dressing:
1 avocado, peeled, stoned and chopped
Juice and zest of 1 lime
3 tablespoons fromage frais or cream cheese at room temperature
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
1⁄4 teaspoon dried crushed chilli

  1. Put the chicken breasts between 2 sheets of cling film and flatten with the end of rolling pin. Heat a griddle pan and brush with the oil.
  2. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and griddle for about 2-4 minutes each side, until cooked through.
  3. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  4. Add the pepper to the pan and cook for about 5 minutes until tender.
  5. Blend together the ingredients for the dressing and season well.
  6. Peel the pepper slices. Arrange the salad leaves on 2 plates, then add the pepper, tomatoes and spring onions. Spoon over the dressing.
  7. Slice the chicken and place on top of the salad, then sprinkle with cilantro.

Serves 2.

Join The Conversation
KiwiLu KiwiLu 9 years
mellafe mellafe 9 years
Haa, this is so weird. That dressing, minus the creeme cheese, that's how we eat avocados all the time here. I mean, smashed with lemon juice, a bit of cilantro and maybe chilli. You put it on bread, and that's how you eat avocados all the time. I like the idea of trying it as a salad dressing, though. And I do adore chicken salad.
Leilanic1 Leilanic1 9 years
yum! i love love love avocado and will definitely make this recipe!
AlliJean AlliJean 9 years
sounds good, I think I'd add a little goat cheese :)
betka betka 9 years
I think i would rather use plain yogurt over cream cheese, would give a bit more tang too. Yes Rocket is Arugula, I like Rocket best, sounds much more fun.
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 9 years
oooo this looks tasty! i've never made an avocado dressing before. in fact, i've never made anything with an avocado. first time for everything, i guess.
LuciLu LuciLu 9 years
mmm, this looks delish!
ALSW ALSW 9 years
Sounds good! I'm not much for cream cheese, but there's not too much in here...
LaLa0428 LaLa0428 9 years
Yum! I might be able to pull this off without messing it up.
arihm arihm 9 years
rocket is arugula, right? I suppose this is (originally) a british recipe.
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