California Avocado Chicken with Quinoa Salad

Grilled chicken breast with avocado spread on a plate beside quinoa salad.


Embrace the sunny flavors of California with this delightful Avocado Chicken paired with a fresh Quinoa Salad. This recipe celebrates the golden state’s love for healthy, vibrant ingredients like ripe avocados and citrus, perfect for a light yet satisfying meal.


For Avocado Chicken:

  • Chicken breasts (4, boneless and skinless)
  • Ripe avocados (2, medium-sized)
  • Fresh lime juice (2 tablespoons)
  • Garlic powder (1 teaspoon)
  • Olive oil (2 tablespoons)
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)

For Quinoa Salad:

  • Quinoa (1 cup, uncooked)
  • Cherry tomatoes (1 cup, halved)
  • Cucumber (1, medium-sized, diced)
  • Red bell pepper (1, diced)
  • Fresh cilantro (¼ cup, chopped)
  • Lemon juice (2 tablespoons)
  • Extra virgin olive oil (3 tablespoons)
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)

Shopping List:

  • Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Ripe avocados
  • Fresh limes and lemon
  • Garlic powder
  • Olive oil and extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Quinoa
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Cucumber
  • Red bell pepper
  • Fresh cilantro


  1. Avocado Chicken:
    • In a bowl, mash the avocados and mix with lime juice, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
    • Place the chicken breasts on a flat surface, season with salt and pepper, and brush each side with olive oil.
    • Grill the chicken over medium heat for about 6-7 minutes per side or until fully cooked (internal temperature should reach 165°F).
    • Once cooked, let the chicken rest for a few minutes, then top each breast with the mashed avocado mixture.
  2. Quinoa Salad:
    • Rinse the quinoa under cold water, then cook as per package instructions. Let it cool.
    • In a large bowl, combine the cooled quinoa, halved cherry tomatoes, diced cucumber, diced red bell pepper, and chopped cilantro.
    • For the dressing, whisk together lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, salt, and pepper.
    • Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to combine.


This dish pairs beautifully with a crisp Chardonnay or a refreshing glass of iced lemon water.


Enjoy a taste of California with this healthy and flavorful Avocado Chicken and Quinoa Salad. It’s a perfect meal for a sunny day, bringing fresh and satisfying flavors to your table. Whether you’re a novice in the kitchen or an experienced cook, this recipe is straightforward and sure to delight.

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