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Monday, April 29, 2013


Usually when I pass along a recipe to you, it's something like Oreo Chocolate Sundae Pie, Triple Chocolate Cake, Indian Tacos, or Southwestern Ham & Turkey Sandwiches.  Oh so yummy, but not exactly healthy. Today I have a yummy AND healthy recipe for you!  With summer right around the corner, this Grilled Chicken with Avocado Veggie Salsa dish gets added to our menu often.

This recipe came from a sweet lady in my church, one of those who instantly makes you feel comfortable around her and is genuine through and through.  She is the ultimate decorator and hostess, has impeccable style, has raised beautiful kind children, and her love for the Lord shines through everything she does.  Last year she and her husband were kind enough to host our entire church ministerial staff at their home and she made this incredible lunch for everyone.  I begged her for the recipe and it's been one of our favorites ever since!  Even my kids love to scoop up the salsa on a chip.

A few in advance, place chicken in a baking dish and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and lime juice, and sprinkle on the magic seasoning...

Just let that sit in the fridge for a while until your ready to prepare the dish.  (I recently made this for a family birthday party, so I made about 4 times the normal recipe...that's why it looks like so many ingredients!)

When ready, grill chicken and after it's turned for the last time drizzle some honey over chicken.  Keep chicken on a plate covered with foil until ready to will stay nice and juicy that way!

Meanwhile while chicken is cooking, get to chopping!  The ingredient measurements don't have to be exact, add what you have or like.  I usually almost double the veggies when I make this so we'll have some leftover.  I actually prefer it cold right out of the fridge!

In a large skillet, wok pan, or dutch oven, heat a few tablespoons of olive oil and the butter.  I like to start the peppers and jalapeƱos first, and after they've cooked a little add in the onion, then corn.  Add salt, spices, and sugar to taste.  

Go ahead a dice avocados and drizzle with the juice from 1-2 limes, but don't add avocado until the other veggies are finished cooking and the heat is off.

When everything is finished, scoop out a bed of veggie salsa and top with chicken.  

I usually serve this with chips and salsa and we're good!  I think it tastes even better after all of the flavors have mixed together, so it works to even make it an hour or two ahead of time and just let it sit until you're ready to serve (although you probably wouldn't want the chicken to sit out that long).  It doesn't have to be piping hot to be out great if you're having guests!

Chicken & Avocado Salsa
serves 4

Chicken (strips or breasts, enough for your family)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Lime Juice
"Montreal Chicken" seasoning

1/2 red onion, chopped                              2 T. butter
1 jalapeno, seeded & chopped                    coarse salt
1 red bell pepper                                      dash of cayenne pepper & cumin
3 ears fresh corn, removed from cob           sugar (1-2 teaspoons)
2 avocados, chopped                                 

Note:  I've made this using fresh, canned, and frozen corn.  Fresh is the best, but frozen is almost as good, and canned is okay if you're desperate.  I would use almost a 16 oz. bag of frozen corn for this recipe, or 2 cans drained.  

Let me know if you try it, and what you think. It tastes like summer!

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  1. That looks delish! Our family loves any kind of salsa or pico with fresh ingredients, so healthy too!

  2. Sounds very good, and with a bit of tweaking, it would fit into our low-carb way of eating -- yum!

  3. My kinda dish! I really love things like this and it's easy & healthy ~ win, win! Thanks so much for sharing ~


  4. That looks so yummy and guess what, I'm a huge McCormick Montreal Chicken fan. So this has to go on my "to try" list!

  5. This is right up my alley! Just pinned. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Mmmm that sounds delish Jennifer! Thanks for sharing!!


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