Things I have been cooking lately #124: Spicy chicken and avocado salad

I feel like at least half of my recipes are spicy something. When I was younger I wasn’t a big fan of spicy food but Mr O is a complete spice addict and the more time I have spent with him the more adventurous I have gotten with my flavours. This chicken and avocado salad makes a delicious lunch, especially if you leave it overnight for the flavours to develop.


Spicy chicken and avocado salad

Adapted from Kalyn’s Kitchen

400g cooked chicken breast, shredded into chunks
2 ripe avocados, peeled, deseeded and diced
Juice of 1/2 a lime, divided
4 spring onions, thinly sliced
1 fresh red chili, deseeded and finely chopped
2 tablespoons low fat mayonnaise or creme fraiche
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
A pinch of salt
A bunch of coriander, finely chopped

Put the chicken, chili and spring onions into a large bowl. In a smaller bowl add half the lime juice to the avocado and set aside.

Stir together the mayonnaise or creme fraiche, remaining lime juice, smoked paprika and salt. Add the avocado to the chicken and then mix in the mayonnaise mixture. Add the coriander and mix in.

Serves 4 – 391 calories per serving


  1. Fresh coriander. Your market is better than mine. I love your recipe. And the spice when it’s paired with creamy avocado.

    1. abbiosbiston

      Fresh coriander is very easy to get in the UK. Even a tiny mini-mart would have it. I wonder if it’s because it’s such a core ingredient in Asian cooking. I hope you get some and can try this recipe out because it’s got so much flavour.

      1. In this region of the states, we find every ingredient to make a Hispanic dish, but not so with Asian cooking.

        1. abbiosbiston

          I always thought fresh coriander was a big part of Mexican food although I think you guys call it cilantro?

          1. OHHHH, cilantro! Why didn’t you say so? Yes, we’ve got it by the truck load. 😉

  2. I like the idea of adding some spiciness to this, glad you enjoyed it!

    1. abbiosbiston

      Thank you for coming up with such a delicious original recipe!

  3. I’ve already ate a big lunch and this makes me hungry again! 😉

    1. abbiosbiston

      That’s the best compliment. Maybe for lunch later in the week?

  4. Ian has gotten more adventurous with his eating habits since we’ve been married as well. Mildly.

    1. abbiosbiston

      So has Mr O. There were so many things he’d never tried when we met, including avocado! I grew up with parents who were always trying new food so I’ll eat almost anything.

  5. That’s such a cute reason for getting into spicy food. Are you a Nando’s fan?

    1. abbiosbiston


  6. Yum yum! I will definitely be trying this! Also, not a bad way to use up leftover rotisserie chicken.

    1. abbiosbiston

      It’s perfect for using up any leftover chicken!

  7. Looks delicious! Minus one ingredient of course 🙂 haha

    1. abbiosbiston

      Of course. Although that’s what makes it.

  8. I might look into this, got avo in the fridge right now and have been wondering what to make with it tonight hahahaha. I love spicy food ❤ Yum!

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