Chicken, Recipes

Ginger Chicken with Avocado

ginger chickenHappy Spring! Yesterday in Bloomington on the first day of spring we experienced the best and worst spring has to offer–in the morning, rain, wind, and 45 degrees, followed by 60 degree temperatures and sunny skies in the afternoon. Today  is supposed to be much of the same. And while rain is not my favorite thing ever, I must admit that I prefer it to snow and certainly prefer it to ice. Whether winter will make another appearance before summertime arrives is a mystery, but one thing that is not a mystery is how wonderful my new favorite way of preparing grilled chicken is! I realize I have new favorites all the time, but this recipe is just fabulous. You have got to try it. We loved the contrast between the slightly spicy chicken and the creamy avocado sauce, bursting with fresh flavors. Serve it with a bright, fruity spinach salad and welcome spring tonight!

Ginger Chicken with Avocado [from Eat Cheap but Eat Well by Charles Mattocks]


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves [~1 pound]
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 medium avocado, peeled and diced
  • 1/4 cup nonfat plain yogurt or sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1 clove garlic, minced


Mix together ginger and cumin and rub over chicken. Cook in a hot skillet with oil or on the grill [we used our George Foreman] until the juices run clear and internal temperature reaches 160 degrees.

While chicken is cooking, prepare the avocado sauce. In the bowl of a food processor, combine avocado, sour cream/yogurt, cilantro, lime juice, and garlic. Puree until smooth. Spoon sauce on top of chicken and enjoy.

Click here for the printable version: Ginger Chicken with Avocado

13 thoughts on “Ginger Chicken with Avocado”

  1. Hi Sarah, I love your blog! And this recipe sounds fantastic. 🙂 Did you use the yogurt or sour cream?
    Also, would you mind if I put a link to your blog on my blog?


    1. hey angie! thanks! i used sour cream. i have made a similar sauce before and used plain yogurt too, so really either works. i just had sour cream already and didn’t want to buy plain yogurt just for this.

      and yes, you can link to me on your blog. i’ll have to check yours out! 🙂


  2. Happy spring to you, too! Though it is currently snowing here in Boston. Boo! This dish looks AMAZING… I LOVE ginger and avocado and have a feeling this is the perfect way to kick plain old chicken up!


  3. The avocado sauce sounds awesome!! Avocado is just the best. We got rid of our George Foreman because of lack of use (and space in our kitchen), but one day I hope to have a real grill.


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