Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Drool Worthy Avocado Chicken

How was everyone's Memorial Day? Ours was spent planting our garden (and getting some sun, vitamin D, and bug bites)! I'll be posting about it on Thursday. I'm starting to think we may have more produce than we can handle, but it never hurts giving some away, right? We could have our own farmer's market in our backyard!

My mom brought this fantastic chicken dish over for dinner the other night. She has been making this dish since I was young because she got it out of the Columbus Dispatch in 1980. Apparently the Dispatch has a recipe contest every year (how come I didn't know that?!) and this was the winner in 1980.

"Drool Worthy" Avocado Chicken


4 chicken breasts -boneless

2 T cornstarch
1 t ground cumin
1 tsp garlic salt
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 T water
1/3 c cornmeal
3 T vegetable oil
1 firm ripe avocado, peeled,sliced
1 1/2 c shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1/2 c sour cream
1/4 c sliced green onions, tops only
1/4 c chopped red pepper


1) On a hard surface, with meat mallet or similar flattening utensil, pound chicken to 1/4 inch thickness.

2) In shallow dish, mix together cornstarch, cumin, and garlic salt. Add chicken, 1 piece at a time, dredging to coat.

3) In small bowl mix egg and water. In another small bowl place cornmeal. Dip chicken, first in egg and then in cornmeal, turning to coat.

4) In large fry pan, place oil and heat to medium temperature; add chicken and cook 2 minutes on each side. Remove chicken to shallow baking pan; place avocado slices over chicken and sprinkle with cheese. Bake in 350* oven about 15 minutes or until fork can be inserted in chicken with ease and cheese melts.

5) Top chicken with sour cream, dividing equally; sprinkle with green onion and red pepper. Garnish with cherry tomatoes and parsley. Makes 4 servings.

Score: 9.5 out of 10!

Nutrition Facts
(For One Serving)

SOURCE: CalorieCount.com

Healthier Modifications

- Use reduced fat or fat free cheese (reduced fat cheese will melt better than fat free)

- Use plain Greek yogurt instead of sour cream

- Use egg beaters instead of an egg (this isn't necessarily healthier, but it will decrease the calories and fat just a bit)

Coming Up
I won't hear about my job until later this week (keep your fingers crossed!). I will be telling you all about it at the end of the week, regardless of if I even get the job. Until then I will be seducing you with more sweet treats...... Tomorrow; DARK CHOCOLATE SORBET!

Thanks for reading, and have a good Monday...I mean...TUESDAY! Feels like Monday, right?!


  1. We always have such an overabundance in our garden. It's great though because you can give it away to all your friends who don't have the room for a garden.

  2. That looks delicious! Avocado makes everything delicious :-)

  3. That chicken dish sounds wonderful! Love, love, love avocado!

  4. What a great dish!!! It definitely sounds drool worthy :)

  5. That looks great! I love anything with avocado! I am catching up on your weekend posts. I am craving peanut butter and sweet potato now too aah!

  6. you can't miss with avocado! this looks delicious :)can't wait to hear about the possible job and i am keeping my fingers crossed for you :)

  7. You cannot go wrong with a little cheese, avocado and chicken! Looks so good!

  8. WHY did you have to say "dark chocolate" i was doing good with this post until you said that hahaha.

    the cado chix sounds off the hizzy good but i've been on such a dark chocolate craving kick lately that your sorbet tonight seems a tad more enticing ;)

    how about cado chicken PLUS dark chocolate!

  9. It looks like it turned out really well. I can't believe she has been making this for 30 years. It must be a good recipe. I can't wait to hear about the dark chocolate sorbet.

  10. Avocado and chicken..two of my favorite things!
    I love the feeling that today is actually Tuesday..not Monday!

  11. I'm obsessed with anything avocado right now...soo good! Job searching is definitely not fun right now. It's so hard to wait to hear back from interviews, too. Good luck!

  12. mmmm definitely drool worthy!!

  13. yums that chicken DOES sound good!

    ::fingers crossed:: good luck!

  14. THAT LOOKS WONDERFUL! I am so making that! I'll just omit the avocado for Mark's portion! YUM!!! :) Maybe we can make it together soon! :)

    I can't wait to see progress on your garden and hear good news *fingers crossed* on the job! Exciting times for you! :)

  15. i think im going to cry happy tears - this recipe looks absolutely amazing... thanks for sharing!!

  16. i was JUST thinking of a chicken and avocado recipe but HATE cilantro and most of the ones I found use cilantro, this looks so good!!

    fingers crossed!!

  17. Sending positive thoughts your way about the job.

  18. Yummy looking chicken...I am keeping my fingers crossed for you.

    Looking forward to the chocolate sorbet.

  19. Sounds amazing! I'm Amanda's other blogger friend -- so funny we both know her! :)

  20. fingers, toes, and nose, ALL CROSSED!

    already drooling btw.. ur right! haha

  21. I would be happy to take any left over produce off your hands :)

    Can't wait to hear about the job possibility! I hope you get it!