Wanting to eat healthy and nutritious without giving up your favorite foods? This Bacon Avocado Chicken Salad Recipe is full of flavor, healthy fats, no-mayo and is Whole30 friendly.
I am proud to be partnering with the Hass Avocado Board and the American Heart Association through Kitchen PLAY to bring you this tasty recipe! As always, all opinions are 100% my own.
This is one of the recipes that got me through my Whole30 month. I need flavorful, satisfying meals when I am eating healthy otherwise it does not last long. This Bacon Avocado Chicken Salad is packed with protein!
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Lean chicken and nutritious Hass Avocados make this meal nutritious and filling. Fresh avocados are a heart-healthy fruit. They provide naturally good fats, are low in saturated fat, and are cholesterol- and sodium-free. Avocados, which are a fruit although most people think of them as a vegetable, contain less than one gram of sugar per 1-ounce, the least amount of sugar per serving of any other fresh fruit.
The Hass Avocado Board (HAB) and the American Heart Association (AHA) are encouraging Americans to eat the daily recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables, an endeavor that has the potential to limit deaths from cardiovascular diseases, stroke and diabetes.
This February, HAB and AHA are teaming up to host a recipe contest called Take Avocado to Heart. February is Heart Health Month. The contest will run February 9-27, 2017. You can enter your favorite recipes in the categories of appetizer, entrée and dessert. Recipe entries must adhere to the AHA nutrition criteria. Prizes: Grand Prize: $1,000; 2nd Place: $500; 3rd Place: $250 >> http://heart.org/avocadorecipecontest
While following the Whole30 I ate small amounts of this Bacon Avocado Chicken Salad alone to fill me up. It could also be served in lettuce wraps. Or, serve this on top of a nice big salad.
If you are adding bacon, just make sure your bacon is Whole30 compliant. I like to add fresh cilantro and finely chopped jalapeño for extra flavor!
And of course, if you are not following the Whole30 plan, this chicken salad is terrific on soft bread rolls or tortillas. This Bacon Avocado Chicken Salad is still an excellent alternative to the traditional mayo chicken salad.
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- 3 Cups Shredded Poached or Roasted Chicken Breast * approx 1.5 lbs
- 2 Large Hass Avocados - partially mashed
- 1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt or more to taste
- Juice of 1 Small Lime
- 1/3 Cup Cooked Bacon approx. 4 standard slices, chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
- 1/2 teaspoon Onion Powder
- 1/4 teaspoon Cumin optional
Poach or roast chicken until cooked through then let cool. (I prefer to poach my chicken breast in water with a drizzle of salt and pepper.)
Combine all ingredients until fully mixed. Try to keep some avocado chunks intact.
Store in a zip top plastic bag with the air removed to prevent browning. Refrigerate.
Serving Suggestion: Serve on sandwich bun, in a tortilla or on a lettuce leaf for Whole30. Top with seeded sliced jalapeños and fresh cilantro.
*Roast chicken breast at 450◦F for 20-30 minutes or until internal temp reaches 165◦F
**Use Whole30 compliant bacon if preferred
***turkey bacon is approved by the AHA for heart healthy recipes