Sometimes it can be a struggle to pack up the lunch bag with a healthy, nutritious meal to help you get through the busy day. Sure, it's easy just to grab some bread and whip up a sandwich, or even better, reheat last nights dinner for lunch.
Well, if you feel like you want to cut down on the carbs, but still want a quick snack to bring to the office, these chicken stuffed avocados recipes make healthy eating fun. Avocados are incredibly nutritious, contain healthy fats, and are low carb. And if you have leftover shredded chicken that you want to use up, it won't be going to waste with these recipes!
Check out our list of chicken stuffed avocado recipes below.
1. BLT Chicken Salad Avocado Cups
If you have leftover rotisserie chicken, a great thing to make is chicken salad. Forget about the bread and use the chicken salad to fill avocado halves. The bacon adds a nice crunch and the squeeze of lime juice over the top gives some acidity and freshness.
This is a simple make ahead meal, but just make sure to add the chicken mixture the day you'll be eating it.
2. Mexican Stuffed Avocado
If you have these three ingredients on hand-avocado, Mexican shredded chicken, and Queso fresco, you can whip up these Mexican stuffed avocados in no time. Once you remove the seed from the avocado, fill it with the shredded chicken and top off with the Queso fresco.
Place it in the oven for a few minutes and lunch is ready. You can make these ahead of time, but enjoying them the day you make them is always best.
3. Chicken Salad Stuffed Avocados
My favorite way to make chicken salad, if I have any leftover shredded chicken breasts in the refrigerator, is to flavor it with grapes, celery, and chopped pecans, just like this recipe. The Greek yogurt and mayonnaise add some creaminess, which is delicious with the naturally creamy avocado.
4. Chicken Enchilada Stuffed Avocado
These chicken enchilada stuffed avocados make the perfect lunch or main dish. It's also great to cut back on prep time by using leftover shredded chicken or chopped rotisserie chicken.
The bright flavors from the fresh cilantro, lime juice, and salsa verde make this gluten free meal not even seem low carb.
5. Chicken and Quinoa Stuffed Avocados
Quinoa is a super grain known for its many health benefits like: being rich in protein, high in fiber and vitamins.
Combining quinoa with sautéed onions, bell peppers, chipotle pepper, corn, chili powder, ground cumin and shredded chicken make this healthy dish one you'll want to bring to lunch everyday! Helpful tip: to prevent the avocado halves from turning brown right away, try slicing them after you prepare the filling.
6. Low Carb Buffalo Chicken Salad Stuffed Avocados
If you love chicken salad and some spicy flavors, why not just combine the two? Just mix together the shredded chicken, mayonnaise, mashed avocado, lemon juice, buffalo sauce, salt, and black pepper and serve them right away or save for tomorrow's lunch.
7. Southwestern Chicken Salad Stuffed Avocados
For an easy lunch that has full on Tex-Mex flavors, you'll have to try out this recipe for stuffed avocados.
Make sure you use ripe avocados for this for the best flavor. If you bought a few from the grocery store and they aren't ripe enough, check out this helpful list on how to quickly ripen avocados.
8. BBQ Pulled Chicken Avocado Boats
Personally, I love bbq pulled chicken. Combining that with crumbled bacon, cheddar cheese, and panko breadcrumbs all stuffed into an avocado boat is perfection. You can make your own pulled chicken, but to cut down on prep time, just use rotisserie chicken and mix it with your favorite barbecue sauce.