Wednesday, July 6, 2022
HomeFoodGrilled Hen Breast with Strawberry Avocado Salsa – WellPlated.com

Grilled Hen Breast with Strawberry Avocado Salsa – WellPlated.com


Fresh is the mood this time of year, and I have a recipe for you to match: Grilled Chicken Breast with Strawberry Avocado Salsa.

Strawberry chicken on a white plate with limes

Pin this recipe on Pinterest to save for later

Pin It!

This grilled chicken recipe is a shining example of the simple, delicious pleasure that occurs when familiar, individual ingredients unite to create something new and more delightful than they could ever be apart.

It has the fresh-but-familiar feeling of an old friend who can still surprise you.

It’s the summer berries and juicy Grilled Chicken you’ve loved since childhood, presented in a new, unexpected way (like in this summery Grilled Naan Pizza with Strawberry Chicken and Avocado).

  • This strawberry grilled chicken recipe begins with a lively cilantro-lime marinade that brightens and tenderizes the chicken.
  • It’s topped with a fantastic strawberry avocado salsa that will become a fast house favorite. Try it on a whole variety of grilled meats (or even with Grilled Halloumi Cheese).
healthy grilled chicken breasts topped with homemade fresh strawberry salsa with cilantro and lime

5 Star Review

“We made this recipe as written and it was delicious. A keeper for hot summer nights for sure.”

— Julie —

How to Make Grilled Chicken Breast with Strawberry Avocado Salsa

With a chunky mix of vibrant ingredients that enhance and balance one another, this healthy strawberry salsa with avocado is the perfect partner to succulent juicy grilled chicken breasts (or Grilled Chicken Tenders).


The Ingredients

  • Strawberries. With more vitamin C than an orange and loaded with antioxidants, strawberries turn this fruity salsa recipe into a fruity superfood salsa recipe. (Save some strawberries and make this Strawberry Cream Cheese Pie for dessert!)
  • Avocado. Loads this salsa with filling and satisfying healthy monounsaturated fats along with potassium, fiber, and vitamin K.

TIP!

Worried your avocados will not be quite ripe enough for dinner tomorrow? You can speed up the avocado-ripening process by putting an avocado in a sealed paper bag with a banana, apple, or kiwi you have hanging out in your kitchen. These fruits produce what’s called ethylene gas, a plant hormone, that aids the ripening process.

  • Cilantro. For freshness and additional vibrant green color.
  • Red Onion. Adds contrasting crunch and zip to the creamy avocado and juicy red strawberries.
  • Jalapeño. For a subtle kick of heat. (If you have extra jalapeños, serve this recipe with a pitcher of my favorite Spicy Margarita recipe.)

Ingredient Note

Not all jalapeños are created equal. The heat of a jalapeño can vary greatly. Therefore, always test a bit of your pepper before tossing it into a recipe so you can adjust the amount to suit your family’s preference/tolerance.

  • Lime. Lends a little tang and brightness to the salsa which also helps preserve the color of the bright green avocados.
  • Honey. Adds back in just the right amount of sweetness to counter the acidity of the lime.
  • Chicken Breasts. Lean, packed with protein, and their mild taste is perfect for soaking up all the yummy marinade without overpowering the berries.
  • Marinade. Any citrus-based marinade (like this Chicken Marinade and this Chicken Thigh Marinade) would be lovely with the strawberry salsa. I highly recommend trying this zippy blend of fresh lime juice and zest, honey, olive oil, and garlic at some point!
a plate of grilled chicken breast with strawberry avocado salsa with a side of greens

The Directions

  1. Pound the chicken to an even thickness using a meat mallet.
a bowl of zippy fresh lime marinade for chicken
  1. Whisk together the marinade ingredients.
chicken breasts soaking in a homemade lime marinade
  1. Pour over the chicken and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
homemade salsa ingredients in a bowl
  1. Combine all the salsa ingredients except the avocado.

Tip!

You can ease the “bite” of the red onion by soaking it in a small bowl of water. The longer you soak, the less bite the onion will have. You can, of course, skip this if you enjoy raw red onion just as it is.

a mixture of strawberries, cilantro and red onion
  1. Toss together gently.
a large bowl of fresh strawberry avocado salsa with honey and lime
  1. Fold in the avocado; keep it chunky.
simple grilled chicken breasts on a plate
  1. Grill the chicken, remove, and let rest. Serve chicken topped generously with the strawberry and avocado salsa. ENJOY!

Dietary Note

  • To Make Paleo and Whole30. For those with dietary considerations, this IS a Paleo and Whole30 chicken recipe (you can omit the honey). 
  • To Make Vegetarian. While it is not vegetarian, you could still make the strawberry salsa, then serve it over Grilled Cauliflower Steaks.

Storage Tips

  • To Store. Store leftover strawberry salsa with avocado in the refrigerator for up to 1 day. Leftover grilled chicken can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.

Leftover Ideas

In addition to being a strawberry topping for chicken, this fruit salsa is also yummy dipped with chips or tossed with greens, leftover grilled chicken, and a simple vinaigrette. For a dressing, try replacing the balsamic vinegar with lime juice in the dressing used for this Balsamic Chicken Salad with Blackberry or this Peach Salad (omit the Dijon).

What to Serve with Strawberry Avocado Salsa

Recommended Tools to Make this Recipe

  • Indoor Grill Pan. Ideal if you don’t have an outdoor grill, and you can make these Grilled Chicken Kabobs too.
  • Fish Spatula. My favorite for flipping chicken, burgers, pancakes, roasted veggies…you name it!)
  • Grill Spatula. If you’re looking for something sturdier for grilling the chicken (tongs work well too).

The Best Grill Pan

This pre-seasoned cast iron griddle is perfect for grilling inside on your stove on rainy days or in the winter.

Strawberry chicken on a white plate with limes

Did you make this recipe?

Let me know what you thought!

Leave a rating below in the comments and let me know how you liked the recipe.

Fire up that grill, stir together some salsa, and let’s keep it fresh!

Frequently Asked Questions

How Long Can You Marinate Chicken?

When using citrus-based marinades, I don’t recommend allowing the meat to soak for more than 24 hours. After 24 hours, the acid in the limes will begin to break down the meat tissue causing the chicken to become overly tender (i.e. mushy), which is not ideal.

Can I Prepare The Chicken Inside On The Stovetop Instead?

Absolutely! If you do not have access to an outdoor grill, you can certainly grill chicken on the stovetop using a grill pan or heavy cast-iron skillet.

Can I Freeze Strawberry Avocado Salsa?

I do not recommend freezing this salsa, as it will become watery and lose its texture once thawed.

For the Chicken:

  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs, trimmed of excess fat
  • 1 tablespoon lime zest from about 2 limes
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice from the same 2 limes
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil plus additional for oiling the grill
  • 2 cloves garlic minced (about 2 teaspoons)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons honey omit to make the recipe Whole30 or Paleo
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro chopped leaves and tender stems

For the Strawberry Avocado Topping:

  • 1/2 small red onion diced (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1 cup strawberries diced (roughly 2/3 dry pint of whole strawberries)
  • 1 medium jalapeno cored seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro chopped
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice (about 1 small/medium lime)
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey omit to make the recipe Whole30 or Paleo
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt (up to 1/2 teaspoon, adjust amount to taste)
  • 1 medium avocado diced

  • Place the chicken breasts on a cutting board with some space between them and cover with a large piece of plastic wrap. With a mallet, lightly pound the meat to an even thickness so that each piece cooks evenly. Place in a large ziptop bag.

  • In a small bowl or large measuring cup, whisk together the lime zest, lime juice, olive oil, garlic, honey, salt, pepper, and cilantro.

  • Pour over the chicken, seal the bag, then “squish” to coat the chicken evenly. Refrigerate for 1 hour or up to 1 day, rotating the bag once or twice if time (and memory) allow.

  • When ready to grill, remove the chicken from the refrigerator and let stand at room temperature for at least 10 minutes. Preheat an outdoor grill or indoor grill pan to medium-high (about 425 to 450 degrees F).

  • While the grill preheats, prepare the strawberry salsa: Place the red onion in a small bowl and cover with very hot tap water (this takes off some of the red onion’s bite while preserving its flavor. You can skip this step if you like raw red onion just as it is). Set aside

  • In a mixing bowl, add the strawberries, red onion, jalapeno, cilantro, lime juice, honey, and 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt.

  • Stir gently to combine.

  • Fold in the avocado. Taste and add a bit more salt if you feel it tastes a little too flat or additional honey if it is too spicy.

  • Lightly oil the grill. Grill the chicken until completely cooked through and the temperature on an instant-read thermometer reads 160 to 165 degrees, about 8 to 12 minutes total, flipping the chicken once or twice throughout. The amount of time you need will vary based on the size and thickness of each breast. Remove to a plate, cover, and let rest for 5 minutes.

  • Transfer the chicken to serving plates and top each with a few generous spoonfuls of the strawberry salsa. Enjoy immediately.

  • TO STORE: Store leftover strawberry salsa with avocado in the refrigerator for up to 1 day. Leftover grilled chicken can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.
  • Nutrition information is meant to be an estimate and has been calculated with half the amount of marinade, as some is discarded. If you’d like to calculate it differently, you can do so for free at myfitnesspal.com.

Serving: 1(of 4)Calories: 408kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 50gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 145mgPotassium: 1229mgFiber: 5gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 254IUVitamin C: 48mgCalcium: 36mgIron: 1mg

Join today and start saving your favorite recipes

Create an account to easily save your favorite projects and tutorials.

Register

Related Recipes

Try grilled chicken breasts topped with one of these other healthy dip recipes:

 

RELATED ARTICLES

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Most Popular

Recent Comments