This avocado hen salad is loaded with recent corn, a creamy avocado, seasoned hen, crispy bacon, tangy crimson onion, and the most effective basil French dressing!

This avocado hen salad is taste packed AND wholesome! For different enjoyable variations on hen salads you should definitely strive our well-known chicken salad recipe, pineapple chicken salad, or this honey mustard chicken salad.

Overhead image of the avocado chicken salad

As you noticed from the record above, we love hen salad right here on Chelsea’s Messy Apron 🙂 And this can be a new favourite so as to add to the gathering! It’s made a complete lot more healthy, with none mayo or bitter cream. I’m utilizing one among my favourite dressing recipes that I shared final 12 months with this caprese salad. It’s made with recent basil, shallots, lemon, garlic, olive oil, and a pair different healthful substances. 

Overhead image of the green dressing that goes over this avocado chicken salad recipe

Is hen salad alleged to be chilly?

Most hen salad recipes are served barely chilled or at room temperature. This one is not any exception! Though the corn, hen, and bacon are being cooked, they’re all finest with the opposite substances (and dressing) at room temperature to barely heat. You don’t need the substances scorching! 

How lengthy will hen salad final?

This hen avocado salad is finest proper after it’s made. Usually most recipes with avocado should be eaten fairly quickly after they’re made.

Do you prepare dinner an avocado?

Not for this hen salad! I just like the avocado finest raw. That stated, in case you WANT to grill the avocado alongside the hen and corn, beneath are the instructions for doing that.

Overhead image of the corn and chicken on a plate freshly grilled

(Optionally available) The way to grill avocado

  • Prep the grill: warmth the grill absolutely after which clear the grill grates. Generously oil the grill grates. I do that by drenching a rolled up paper towel in vegetable oil and (holding with tongs) rubbing over the recent grates. 
  • Prep the avocado: minimize a ripe avocado in half and take away the seed. Drizzle the flesh with recent lime or lemon juice and brush calmly with olive oil.
  • Grill: gently place the avocado (minimize aspect down) on grill, over medium excessive warmth (~400 levels) for 2-Three minutes. Utilizing a metallic spatula, pull the avocado off the grill and sprinkle with wonderful sea salt. Cube and add to the avocado hen salad.

Overhead image of the easy avocado chicken salad

What to serve with hen salad

Truthfully this can be a nice all-in-one dish — you’ve bought loads of protein (hen & bacon), loads of veggies (avocado, crimson onion, and corn), and a scrumptious dressing to high all of it off. It’s additionally fairly filling due to the wholesome fat (within the avocado & olive oil) and the protein in from the meat.

That stated, a couple of sides that might pair properly potluck type:

Image of the dressed chicken and avocado salad

Extra scrumptious salad recipes:

Avocado Rooster Salad

This avocado hen salad is loaded with recent corn, a creamy avocado, seasoned hen, crispy bacon, tangy crimson onion, and the most effective basil French dressing!

Course:

Salad

Delicacies:

American

Key phrase:

avocado hen salad

Servings: 2 -Four servings

Energy: 253 kcal

Substances

Rooster Avocado Salad

  • 1
    giant (or 2 small)
    hen breast(s)
    (~1 and 1/2 kilos)
  • Olive oil and hen seasoning (we use Mrs. Sprint hen seasoning)
  • High-quality sea salt and freshly cracked pepper
  • 1
    cup
    avocado,
    diced (~1 medium)
  • 4-5
    slices
    heart minimize bacon,
    cooked and crumbled (relying on private desire, we like 4)
  • 1/3
    cup
    crimson onion,
    diced (~1/2 small crimson onion) Be aware 1
  • 1
    cup
    corn
    (~1-2 cobs)

Basil Dressing

  • 1
    small garlic clove,
    minced
  • 1
    tablespoon
    shallot,
    minced
  • 1
    cup
    packed basil leaves,
    coarsely chopped
  • 1 and 1/2
    tablespoons
    crimson wine vinegar
  • 1
    tablespoon
    freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4
    cup
    olive oil
  • 1
    teaspoon
    honey

Directions

  1. PREP CHICKEN: Halve the hen breast(s) in half horizontally and pound the items to even thickness (don’t desire the hen tremendous flat, simply even so it would prepare dinner evenly). Drizzle all sides with olive oil, salt, pepper, and hen seasoning. Flip items over and repeat — oil, salt, pepper, seasoning.

  2. COOK CHICKEN IN SKILLET: Warmth 1 tablespoon oil in a skillet over medium excessive warmth. Cook dinner for 4-5 minutes till golden and browned, then flip. (Cook dinner till inner temperature reaches 160 levels F; carryover warmth will deliver it to 165 levels; about 4-5 extra minutes relying on dimension/thickness of hen)

    ALTERNATIVELY COOK IN GRILL PAN OR ON GRILL: Preheat a grill or grill pan to medium-high warmth (about 400 levels F.) Generously oil the grill (I drench a roll-up paper towel in vegetable oil and, holding it with tongs, rub it over the grill grates. Do not skip this step.) (Grill pan: brush 1 tablespoon oil over the pan) Place the ready hen on the grill. Grill for 8-10 minutes, flipping as soon as in between midway, or till hen juices run clear and inner temperature is at 160 to 165 levels F. (160 levels will carry over warmth to get to 165 levels F).

    Tent hen with foil and let stand for 5-10 minutes earlier than chopping into bite-sized items.

  3. CORN: Warmth a grill pan to excessive warmth OR preheat grill to medium warmth (400 levels F). Shuck corns and discard silks. Drizzle corn with olive oil after which calmly sprinkle with salt and pepper. Rub the oil and salt/pepper into all sides of the corn. Add the corn to the heated grill over direct warmth. Grill corn about 10-12 minutes whole, rotating each 3-Four minutes till vibrant yellow and calmly charred. (Alternatively, minimize uncooked kernels of the cob and use in salad) Let grilled corn cool utterly earlier than reducing it off the cob.

  4. DRESSING: In a meals processor, pulse the garlic and shallot a couple of occasions. Add the basil and pulse till finely chopped. Add the crimson wine vinegar, recent lemon juice, and salt + pepper to style (I take advantage of about 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/Four teaspoon pepper). Pulse a couple of occasions and whereas operating, drizzle within the further virgin olive oil and pulse till clean. (Keep away from pulsing the combination an excessive amount of with the olive oil as typically oil with metallic can have a metallic response and alter the style of the dressing.)

  5. ASSEMBLE: add cooked and chopped hen, diced avocado, crumbled bacon, corn, and diced crimson onion to a big bowl. Drizzle dressing proper on high and gently toss to mix. Get pleasure from instantly. Salad does not sit properly and is finest eaten identical day.

Recipe Notes

Be aware 1: to take away the “chunk” of crimson onions, submerge diced them in a bowl or cup of ice chilly water. Let the onions sit for not less than ten minutes (stir 1-2 occasions) after which completely drain and add to recipe.

Nutrition facts in avocado chicken salad