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Guacamole Chicken Salad

January 30, 2015

This Guacamole Chicken Salad is an easy, healthy and delicious lunch recipe. Using pre-made chicken your new favorite sandwich is ready in less that 5 minutes!

Recipe ideas always hit me at the most inopportune moments. They just randomly pop into my head and I get all fired up to get crazy in my kitchen at which point I usually realize I am nowhere near it. Exhibit a) this guacamole chicken salad which was delivered to me from the recipe gods somewhere between the jungle and the beach in a remote corner of Costa Rica. Convenient.

Guacamole Chicken Salad - an easy, healthy and delicious lunch recipe. Using pre-made chicken your new favorite sandwich is ready in less that 5 minutes!This.always.happens. I get a recipe idea in my head and all I want to do is go make it, but I can’t. So I had to suffer through another week in Costa Rica (poor me) until I could finally satisfy my craving. And satisfy I did. I satisfied three days in a row. And it was glorious.

You know what else is glorious? Fast and easy recipes. Now you know I sometimes put you through the ringer with THM recipes, but not this time. I left my strange ingredients in the cupboard (cough cough…nutritional yeast) and legitimately timed how long it took me to make this recipe. From start-to-finish: 20 minutes. And it fed me for 3 days. I’m not great at math but I’m pretty sure it makes this recipe the fastest and easiest I’ve ever posted. THM for the win!

I wish I could take full credit though. It was really a tag team effort with my friends over at Epicure. The Guacamole Chicken Salad was all me, but that hearty and delicious bread it’s served on? All them.

8 minute gluten-free bread!If you guys haven’t heard of Epicure, you should probably check them out. They’re a well established Canadian brand that I’ve come across quite a few times in my foodie-filled years. Their message is amazing: Good Food. Real Fast. They’re trying to inspire people to eat REAL food but don’t want you spending hours upon hours in the kitchen making it. So they’re making your lives easier with awesome cook and bakeware along with spices, marinades, sauces and so much more that are nut-free, gluten-free and non-GMO and made entirely from real ingredients. Basically, I have a girl crush on them.

One of the things I really wanted to try out was their microwaveable silicone steamer. You can pretty much do anything in this thing from steaming veggies, to POPCORN (!!!) to bread making. I was particularly fascinated with their gluten-free bread recipe that you can make in the steamer in less than 8 minutes.

Bread. In eight minutes! Woah. I made the bread faster than it took me to make the chicken salad. Or fold my laundry…

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Guacamole Chicken Salad - an easy, healthy and delicious lunch recipe. Using pre-made chicken your new favorite sandwich is ready in less that 5 minutes!My thoughts? It was delicious! I used the gluten-free flour blend from my healthy breakfast ecookbook and made their gluten-free bread recipe exactly as directed. Does it taste like straight-out-of-the-oven bakery sourdough? No way. But for a no-knead, microwaveable bread made entirely from whole-grains it’s great! And it made the perfect surface for satisfying my guacamole cravings.

The lesson learned here is that yes, you can make good food real fast. You don’t need to be slaving around in the kitchen to eat a healthy and nutritious meal. Case in point: This insanely good guacamole chicken salad on 8 minute gluten-free bread. Thank goodness, because waiting a week to make it was brutal.

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Guacamole Chicken Salad

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x
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Ingredients

  • 2 large avocados, peeled and pitted
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 medium red onion, chopped finely
  • 1 jalapeno, chopped finely
  • 2 6 ounce chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
  • juice and zest of 1 lime
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • optional: 1 tsp of Epicure’s guacamole dip mix

Instructions

  1. Place the avocados in a large bowl and mash up using a potato masher or fork.
  2. Add in garlic cloves, onion, jalapeno, chicken breasts and zest and juice of lime. Stir well.
  3. Add in salt, pepper and cumin (and guacamole dip mix if using) and stir once more.
  4. Place one large scoop of salad onto a slice of gluten-free bread and top with other slice for a sandwich or serve over greens.
  5. Salad will keep for several days in refrigerator.

Guacamole Chicken Salad - an easy, healthy and delicious lunch recipe. Using pre-made chicken your new favorite sandwich is ready in less that 5 minutes!This post is sponsored by Epicure. I was compensated for my time, however all opinions expressed and creative control are entirely my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that help me run THM as a business.

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  • Reply
    Linda @ The Fitty
    January 30, 2015 at 5:42 am

    Oh yum–what perfect timing too. We just bought a Costco chicken and avocados are on sale days. 🙂

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      Davida Kugelmass
      January 30, 2015 at 8:42 am

      I saw that!!! Avos are NEVER on sale but I got 2 for $4 which is super cheap in Toronto!

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    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    January 30, 2015 at 10:06 am

    This is a killer sammy! Love the avocado so it’s (egg/mayo) free! XOXO

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      Davida Kugelmass
      January 30, 2015 at 11:43 am

      Yes! I love making lunch salads without the mayo 🙂

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    Cassie
    January 30, 2015 at 11:59 am

    Can I get one of those steamers??? i want to make GF bread. I eat sprouted bread thinking it won’t do anything to me then I’m always wrong when I feel like junk an hour later 🙁

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      Davida Kugelmass
      February 1, 2015 at 9:27 pm

      I need to get you a steamer! You can make popcorn in it too. You would LOVE it!

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    Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen
    January 30, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    Amazing! This is the perfect way to feed my guac addiction.

    My favourite fast lunch is usually an omelette with avocado toast!

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      Davida Kugelmass
      February 1, 2015 at 9:26 pm

      I need to go to rehab for my guac addiction. I ate it alllll week in CR and I’m still not sick of it!

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    Michele @ paleorunningmomma
    January 30, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    Yum! This looks so perfect!

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    Les @ The Balanced Berry
    January 30, 2015 at 6:10 pm

    Uhhhhh YUMMMM. Between this, and your tuna salad, you’re making my avocado dreams come true. So thanks for that 🙂 and I’m SUPER curious about this bread/steamer situation. It sounds so cool!

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      Julie Heinbuch
      January 30, 2015 at 10:57 pm

      There are Epicure consultants all across the country who would be happy to order one of those steamers for you. Website is http://www.epicure.com and you can search for a consultant in your area and contact them or order directly from the website. They are fantastic!

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    She Rocks Fitness
    January 30, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    I would EAT all of it in a heart beat…Quick easy lunches are usually eggs and whatever veggies are lying around, plus some avocado…So basically the “kitchen sink” and usually ready in under 20 minutes. 🙂

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    Arman @ thebigmansworld
    January 31, 2015 at 2:39 am

    Dude this is awesome- I remember you telling me about them! Now as for the sandwich- You make sandwiches so attractive.

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    Alysia @ Slim Sanity
    January 31, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    I don’t ever make bread at home. I want to start doing this! I have only tried to make it from scratch once and it was an epic fail. Try try try again?

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    Kim
    January 31, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    I think I could add avocados to just about anything and be happy!!!!

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    Sarah Pie
    February 2, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    I almost don’t believe bread that good looking came out of the microwave… but I am very curious to try it out for myself the next time I want a sandwich, thanks for the great idea!

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    Becky Fuller
    January 24, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    In the GF bread recipe on the second ingredient it says 1 Tbsp but doesn’t say what the ingredient is. I tried to contact them but won’t accept my message being outside of Canada. Thank you if you can help. Blessings.

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      Davida Kugelmass
      January 24, 2016 at 5:21 pm

      You are so right! I’m going to shoot them an email and hopefully they get back to me! How strange!

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    Edgar @ GarageGymPlanner
    February 26, 2016 at 12:26 am

    I was looking for a fast and easy chicken recipe with avocado as the main ingredient, and found this. Amazing! Myself being a big salad hunter, I’m definitely going to give it a go. Will be back with my feedback 🙂 Thanks.

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    Julia Kruz
    July 17, 2017 at 7:39 am

    I was looking for this gluten-free bread recipe for a long time! I’ll try to add tomatoes for this guacamole chicken salad recipe! Thx for sharing!

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    Kara Mathys @Wellnessgrit
    January 25, 2019 at 11:16 am

    I had a similar gluten-free bread at a restaurant recently and found myself craving it and wondering if I could recreate it today.

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