Blackened Chicken with Avocado Cream Sauce Recipe -
Blackened Chicken with Avocado Cream Sauce Recipe
  • READY IN 40 mins

Blackened Chicken with Avocado Cream Sauce

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"This recipe will kick your taste buds into high gear! The perfect blend of paprika, cumin, and cayenne pepper will have your mouth buzzing with flavor and heat, but don't worry, the addition of the avocado and Greek yogurt cream sauce acts as a cooling agent for all that fire! The quinoa adds a gentle basic flavor to this intense dish and contributes a satisfying amount of nutritious fiber and protein to keep you and your family full and happy!"

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    30 mins

    40 mins


  1. Bring chicken broth to a boil in a saucepan. Stir quinoa into the broth and bring again to a boil; reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until quinoa is tender and broth has been absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes.
  2. Stir scallions and 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice into the quinoa.
  3. Mix paprika, cumin, onion powder, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and sea salt together in a small bowl; rub onto chicken breasts to season completely.
  4. Prepare a large skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium-high heat.
  5. Lay chicken breasts into the hot skillet, cover skillet with a lid, and cook until chicken is no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear, about 7 minutes per side. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).
  6. Blend avocado, yogurt, 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice, and garlic powder in a food processor until smooth.
  7. Spread quinoa onto a serving platter. Arrange chicken breasts onto the platter. Drizzle avocado cream sauce over the chicken breasts.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jul 24, 2014

Made this last night and everyone loved it. My sauce ended up more like a guacamole texture, but I think that is because of the greek yogurt I used. I'll have to add something to make it thinner next time.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 05, 2014

Amazing dish! I prepared it just like it says and even doubled the avocado sauce (which is really tasty) and couldn't be happier. I will definitely be making it again!


13 Ratings

Jul 31, 2014

Pretty easy to make and super delicious. I made double the amount of creamy avocado sauce to have with some fresh veggies.

Mar 04, 2015

The chicken had a bland flavor but was still super spicy. Kids' mouths were burning. Cooking it with the lid on made it rubbery. Avocado cream sauce literally tastes like avocado flavored Greek yogurt. Sauce needed salt or more lemon juice or something. Will not make again.

Jan 18, 2015

Very good and quick. The only change I made was using olive oil instead of non stick spray.

Dec 26, 2014

delicious, but filled the kitchen with extremely caustic smoke... best done on a grill...

Oct 15, 2014

This was SO good. Very simple to make and had a nice kick to it. Will make it again for sure!

Aug 16, 2014

I doubled the sauce, and enjoyed every bite. My husband liked this very much. I had orzo in the house and not quinoa but the substition worked just as well. Will make for brother-in-law next week! Paired with steamed carrots, delish.


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  • Calories
  • 367 kcal
  • 18%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 33.2 g
  • 11%
  • Cholesterol
  • 71 mg
  • 24%
  • Fat
  • 10.3 g
  • 16%
  • Fiber
  • 6.1 g
  • 25%
  • Protein
  • 35 g
  • 70%
  • Sodium
  • 356 mg
  • 14%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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