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Southwestern grilled chicken thighs with avocado tomato salad

Southwestern Chicken with Avocado Tomato Salad

Chicken thighs marinated and grilled for wonderful flavor. Fresh avocado and heirloom tomato salad adds even more depth and flavor.
Course dinner
Cuisine American, Southern
Keyword Southwestern Chicken, Southwestern chicken avocado tomato salad, Southwestern chicken with avocado tomato salad
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 12 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 639kcal
Author Jessica Robinson


Southwestern Chicken

  • 2-3 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup whiskey
  • 1 lime juiced
  • salt and black pepper to taste

Avocado Tomato Salad

  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 2 ripe avocados diced
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro finely chopped
  • 1 green onion finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper sliced thinly
  • salt and pepper to taste


Southwestern Chicken

  • Place all of the marinate ingredients into a large zip-style bag and press with your fingers to mix together. Place the chicken pieces into the marinate. Refrigerate for a minimum of 4 hours and up to 24 hours. The longer you let marinate, the more flavors the chicken will absorb.

Avocado Tomato Salad

  • Prepare the salad. In a large bowl, combine the tomatoes, avocado, cilantro, and green onion. Squeeze the lime juice over and stir gently to combine. Top with thinly sliced jalapeno slices. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • Grill the chicken on medium to high heat on either an outdoor grill or a cast iron grill pan. If using a cast iron grill pan, spray with plenty of cooking spray as your chicken cooks. Use tongs to flip the chicken. Cook until thoroughly cooked, about 12-15 minutes. Let rest about 5 minutes before slicing the chicken. Serve with the avocado tomato salad.


Calories: 639kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 47g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 215mg | Sodium: 238mg | Potassium: 1386mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 1660IU | Vitamin C: 46mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 4mg