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Lemon and avocado chicken salad sandwiches

July 8, 2014

Lemon and avocado chicken salad on toasted kalamata olive bread

I’ve never been a big fan of chicken salad, so I’m not sure what motivated me to try this recipe — but I’m so glad I did, because it is amazing!  I just had to share.  A note about the bread: I used a loaf of rustic bread studded with kalamata olives, from my favorite local bakery (where they use it to make a killer tuna & artichoke salad sandwich!).  I think any bread — rustic white or wheat, sourdough, pumpernickel, or even regular sandwich bread — would be great with this sandwich, but you might consider adding a few chopped up olives directly to the salad.  I really enjoyed the briny note this kalamata bread added to the overall flavor of the sandwich.

Lemon and Avocado Chicken Salad Sandwiches

(adapted slightly from Midwest Living)

serves 4

1 lb bone-in, skin-on split chicken breasts
olive oil
salt & pepper
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 stalks celery, thinly sliced
4 green onions, green parts thinly sliced (discard white parts)
a big handful of parsley leaves, finely chopped
1 large clove of garlic, minced
zest of 1 lemon + 3 Tbsp lemon juice (from 1-2 lemons)
1/4 cup finely shredded Parmesan
1 avocado, diced
8 slices kalamata olive bread

Preheat oven to 400°F.  Pat chicken breasts dry, drizzle with olive oil, and season with salt & pepper.  Roast in the oven for approximately 30 minutes, until internal temperature reaches 165°F and juices run clear.  Let cool; remove skins, separate meat from the bones, and chop into bite-size pieces.

In a large bowl, combine chopped chicken, mayo, celery, green onions, parsley, garlic, lemon zest and juice, Parmesan, and avocado.  Season with freshly ground black pepper.  Toast kalamata olive bread slices in a toaster or under the broiler, then build sandwiches.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. July 8, 2014 6:19 pm

    Thank you for sharing! I love chicken salad and I extra love avocados. There is a bakery in Portland (about 35 minutes away from us) that has the most delicious olive rolls. I’ll probably just add some olives to my sandwich. My one complaint of my wonderful husband is that he doesn’t like olives.

    • whitney marie permalink*
      July 8, 2014 7:01 pm

      Doesn’t like olives? Whaaaat??! My husband doesn’t like sweets and thinks tomato juice should be illegal. Husbands are weird 😉

  2. July 9, 2014 6:42 am

    just send all the sweets you make him and he doesn’t eat to me!

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