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Avocado Chicken & Rice


It seems like all I do these days since I've retired is cook and eat, eat and cook. You know the game, rinse and repeat. I complain that I've gained about 20lbs since I retired in March but yet I've done nothing about it. I have a free gym membership and although the gym is less than 10 minutes away I can never seem to get my lazy behind in the car to go to the gym to workout. I do however find myself getting in my car to go to the nearest Sonic for late night shakes. While I don't have any "junk" food in my house, we don't do sodas, chips and cookies, and I still miss breakfast on most days, I do however make up for it around lunch and dinner times. I eat more than my fair share and it is surely catching up with me. One of my favorite meal that I just love making is Avocado Chicken and Rice. I grew up in the Caribbean where avocados were in abundance and we ate it with almost everything. We had an avocado tree in the backyard and I couldn't wait for them to ripen so I could have fresh avocado. I remember my mom would bake bread every Friday, and there was nothing better than a nice warm slice of bread with avocado smeared on. It was amazingly delicious! If you love avocados as much as I do, I think you're going to love my Avocado Chicken and Rice recipe. You may also check out my Tuna Avocado Salad or Avocado Egg Salad recipes which are also amazing.


Here is what you'll need:
Ingredients

2 cups cooked rice (I used brown rice)
1 cup cooked chicken, cubed
2 cups fresh spinach leaves, packed
1 medium size onion, chopped
1/2 cup vegetable broth
2 garlic cloves, crushed
Juice of 2 small lemons (about 1 1/2 tablespoons)
2 ripe avocados
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
5-6 fresh basil leaves, finely sliced (optional)


Directions

In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat and cook the onion until translucent, about 4-5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook a minute more.


Turn the heat down to low, add the vegetable broth, chicken, spinach, salt and pepper and cook for 2-3 minutes or until the spinach is just wilted. Remove from heat.



In a separate bowl, peel and core the avocados and scoop the flesh out. Squeeze the lemon juice over the avocados and mash with a fork until smooth.


Add the avocado mixture to the chicken and rice and mix until thoroughly combined. This works best with a spatula.


Taste and adjust seasonings and add in some fresh basil, if desired.

Serve immediately.

Store any leftovers in an airtight container and completely flatten the top, so that air only reaches the top layer. This will help keep the rest of it from turning brown.


I hope you're able to make this easy and quick meal. It's simply delicious!

Annmarie John
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  1. I have a newly discovered love of avocados. This sounds delicious.

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  2. This sounds amazing. I've been looking for healthier meal options and this looks really filling.

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  3. Ooh, that looks delicious! A perfect and easy lunch for summer!

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  4. Oh this looks really yummy! I never thought of putting avocado into rice. Great combo!

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  5. I really need to try this! I've never used avocado for chicken and rice before. How am I just learning about this!

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  6. Yum this looks so delicious. I need more avocado in my life. I don't enjoy it nearly enough. This would be a nice, and different way to enjoy it! Looks really good. - Jeanine

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  7. Perfectly balanced and perfectly delicious. My stomach is growling for it right now! Pinning!!

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  8. That looks delicious. I love rice and avocados, but I never thought they'd make a great combo. I want to make this.

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  9. That looks so good. I love the combo of rice and avocados. And after looking through the ingredients, it is gluten free so my daughter could eat it too!

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  10. I think my husband would really like this. I am allergic to Avacado so I will have to make it for him to take to lunch.

    Catherine S

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  11. This does look amazing, I've never seen avocados used this way - I want to try it! Many people have a giant adjustment when they retire, some of these things are most likely the giant change in your life even though it is good to be home. In time you'll get a new routine and will bounce back.

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  12. I love avocado recipes. This looks so good.

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  13. I don't often see avocados in a warm setting. I love avocados, I wonder what that would be with over riced cauliflower.

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  14. Sounds yummy. I love using avocados in meals. I have never made anything like this though, but I can't wait to try it.

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  15. rice and avocados, rich and satisfying...looks great and thanks for the recipe :)

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  16. I love avocado. This recipe looks great. Avocado is so good for you!

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  17. I discovered Avocado after I came here to the States. Your recipe for Avocado Chicken Rice is something my family would enjoy because it all the ingredients we love.

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  18. This looks very much delicious. Chicken is the favorite food for both my kids & my husband. I never tried chicken rice with Avocado and it sounds very different & healthy too. Would love to try this for sure.

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  19. I love avocado so this one is worth a try Looks yummy

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  20. Oh my, this looks good. I love avocado and this is a wonderful way to incorporate it into a dish. I can't wait to make this.

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  21. wow this looks so good and I love that it is a healthy recipe.

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  22. You had me at avocado! I love anything with avocados in it. I'm saving this and I'm definitely going to make it!

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  23. I have never tried avocado before. However, my boys love them some rice. I am going to have to make this one day for dinner as it looks delicious.

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  24. I love avocados so much and I have never heard of this recipe I must try this one and soon sounds perfect for summer eating.
    heather hgtempaddy@hotmail.com

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  25. This looks amazing! I will definately try this récipe. Thanks!

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  26. I have never had anything like this before but it looks super delicious and I do love avocado.

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  27. This looks terrific. I love chicken and rice, avocado just adds to it!

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