Thursday, September 2, 2010

Paula Deen's Lean: Avocado Chicken Salad

As I shared in my most recent "Livin' Lean Topic Tuesday" post, avocados are a fabulous source of good nutrition, as well as a smart alternative to items like butter or mayonnaise. To keep this theme goin', I bring to you the first of three avocado inspired recipes; Paula Deen's Avocado Chicken Salad. With some light mayo and the flavors of my Avocados from Mexico, this quick dish was a hit for a fun and healthy lunch.

Makes enough for 8...if you are willing to share!


3 cups cooked, diced chicken

2 avocados, peeled, diced, and tossed with 1 tablespoon lemon juice

3/4 cup chopped onion

1 cup Hellmann's Light mayonnaise dressing (green label)

1 to 2 teaspoons pepper

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves


Mix all ingredients and chill. Seriously...that's it! How's that for some directions.


I LOVE this spin on chicken salad. And just as much as I love the flavor, I love this fun way of serving it: Serve the chicken salad in the left-over avocado boats (see picture). How cute is that!?!

With this recipe, you will see that I changed quite a few items from the original. It calls for rice and additional dressing. I just don't think you need it. All the rice and dressing does is add to the calories and fat. In this case, less is more.

I will also encourage you to start with just 1/2 cup of mayo and see how it goes. Some reviews from readers on Food Network expressed their opinions that 1 cup was way too much mayo. Just a little FYI.


NUTRITION FACTS (per serving): 201.88 calories;  10.5g fat;  10.43g carbohydrate;  20.0g protein; 3.7g protein


  1. Great recipe! Love avocado and chicken!

  2. Yep, this does look amazing. You did a very nice job as with all your cooking. Love your line up of pros. They're my favorites too. Love Food and TV combination. What else is there?

    Just popping in to see what's cooking with you. I'm having a sandwich contest on my blog. Maybe you want to submit one of your masterpieces?

    Either way, have a fabulous weekend. Keri

  3. my goodness this looks yum. the avocados make wanna dive in =]



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