Chicken Avocado Tartine

by Khushboo on July 16, 2012

Pet peeves: we all have them, I know I could list plenty.  For starters, let’s talk about cling film.  I know it’s great for preserving food but trying to actually remove it from the box it can be so frustrating.  Apparently using it is an art because almost every time I contend with it, it clings to itself, turns to a lumpy mess and then I have to resort to aluminum foil.

And secondly: throwing food in the bin, especially avocados which turn brown & slimy before I’ve had a chance to eat the whole thing.  As much as I love all that creamy green goodness, I always feel pressure to eat & finish it as I slice into one…especially when I have an exceptionally ripe one on my hands.   I’ve read various tips for storing & preserving avocado such as sprinkling it with lemon/lime juice or some kind of acidic agent once its been cut into.   Personally, I stick to what I know best:

1) Tightly wrap the unused avocado in cling film (oh the irony), stone in tact, and refrigerate:

Attempt 1 & 2:

Third time lucky:

2) Include it in every subsequent meal once cut into:

Along with eating avocado with my eggs…


And adding it to my homemade burrito bowls…


I recently used it to make an, dare I say, epic lunch: Chicken Avocado Tartinebecause “tartine” sound more gourmet than “open-faced sandwich”.

Whereas traditional chicken tartines are coated with lashings of mayonnaise, this version relies on avocado for its creaminess

Chicken Avocado Tartine

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup shredded cooked chicken
  • 1/3 ripe avocado
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • Salt & black pepper to taste
  • 2 slices of bread, toasted

Method

  1. Using a fork, mash the avocado lightly
  2. Except for the bread, mix in the remaining ingredients.  Combine well so the chicken is well-coated with avocado
  3. Equally spread the chicken & avocado mixture on to each slice of toast & serve…or in my case, pack it up & eat at work ;)

Avocado, till we meet again!

 What’s your favorite way to eat avocado? I just sliced into a new one so I need more ideas…

{ 36 comments… read them below or add one }

Alex @ therunwithin July 16, 2012 at 7:23 pm

so i am not a huge avocado fan but for some reason these dishes made me drool! maybe i need to give it a try again.

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Khushboo Thadani July 17, 2012 at 1:47 pm

Oh you must! I used to HATE avocado so hopefully your aversion is also short-lived!

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forgottenbeast July 16, 2012 at 8:05 pm

Ahhh, oh my god, I HATE saran wrap (cling wrap) SO much. I refuse to buy it, use it, etc. Yup, just ends up wadded in a weird plasticky ball and refuses to stick to anything except itself. I gave up and just bought some good glass storage dishes with lids. Worth the cost to avoid the hours of frustration (and I used to have to work with it when I had a food service job–my coworkers would make fun of my saran wrap incompetence all the time :D ). Have you ever made avocado “mousse”? Blend it with some almond butter, agave nectar and cocoa powder. It sounds bizarre but is absolutely divine.

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Khushboo Thadani July 17, 2012 at 1:48 pm

Hahah so glad you share my cling film sentiments- nuisance and a half! Those dishes sound like a much better alternative, and hey at least you’re doing your bit for the environment :) ! I’ve heard so much about the avocado mousse but yet to try it myself- my current avo is HUGE so I think I will definitely be giving it a try- thanks!

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forgottenbeast July 17, 2012 at 8:36 pm

You should! I was so skeptical at first–I basically only tried it because I thought it was the weirdest recipe in a cookbook I owned. Little did I know–it would be love at first spoonful :)

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Tessa Merrick (@Tessa8m) July 16, 2012 at 9:26 pm

Hahaha that first comic thing is sooo so true… the angst I feel with plastic wrap is just the worst! And then when you throw a delicate avocado into the mix? Oh man, trouble. This recipe looks GOOD though, thanks for yet another winning idea for an avocado! I like them on sandwiches too, or part of a healthier cream sauce!

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Khushboo Thadani July 17, 2012 at 1:49 pm

You are very welcome :) ! Do you have a recipe for this cream sauce…I bet it would be fab on grilled tofu or chicken!

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Candice July 17, 2012 at 12:20 am

Yum!! Love finding new recipes with avocados!

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Khushboo Thadani July 17, 2012 at 1:49 pm

Same- love how versatile it is!

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sprint2thetable July 17, 2012 at 1:03 am

I am so glad I’m not the only one who struggles with cling wrap. It makes me feel challenged. LOL!

I don’t have a fav way to eat avocados… any excuse to get them in my mouth and I’m a happy girl!

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Khushboo Thadani July 17, 2012 at 1:55 pm

Haha I feel like such a clutz when I deal with cling film…the guy/girl who came up with it clearly didn’t think it through ;) !

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Brittany July 17, 2012 at 1:45 am

Ohh my gosh I am obsessed with avocados. I eat one daily I swear. I eat a lot of those burrito style bowls, or just put it with anything I can! If all else fails, grab a spoon and dig in!

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Khushboo Thadani July 17, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Hahah I like the way you roll…the spoon is my favorite way to eat peanut butter so I don’t doubt the same applies for avocado ;) !

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Renee Andrea Reddy July 17, 2012 at 2:24 am

Haha OH cling wrap woes, don’t we all know them! That burrito bowl looks soo yummy! Drool! So my most favourite way to eat avocado is the way that my grandparents and dad have always eaten it and what I’ve grown up with. I’m not sure if it’s just a South African Indian thing ‘cos none of my friends from SA and elsewhere know of this method and they all think I’m crazy but promise me you’ll try it because it’s delicious! Maybe you even know of this method of yumminess ?! Ok so take half or one whole avocado…throw it into a bowl add a spalsh of milk and maybe 2 teaspoons of sugar (more or less if desired, depends on your preference) and mash it all together…make sure to leave it a ‘lil chunky as well…and add a ‘lil more milk if needed to get it to a semi-pudding consistency. Then you’re done…enjoy this avocado goodness! Mmmm!!!

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Khushboo Thadani July 17, 2012 at 2:04 pm

Haha this doesn’t sound too crazy at all! Loads of people can vouch for avocado mousse so I don’t doubt this is equally tasty. The only thing I would add is perhaps some vanilla extract – thanks for the idea :)

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Renee Andrea Reddy July 17, 2012 at 3:31 pm

Oh yes how I adore chocolate avocado mousse! Healthy indulgence yet it tastes sinful, love it haha! Well lemme know how it tastes with the addition of vanilla, I’ve never had it that way! :)

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Jess July 17, 2012 at 5:10 pm

Haha I also hate cling wrap! I waste 3x more trying to get a piece then I need!

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Khushboo Thadani July 17, 2012 at 8:53 pm

Same here- clearly we aren’t doing the environment any favors ;) !

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hollyeatsinfrance July 17, 2012 at 6:32 pm

This tartine looks like a great quick sandwich, and in fact, all three of your avocado meal shots have got me inspired to add some avocado to my meals this week.

And yeah, plastic wrap – I fight with it every time.

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Khushboo Thadani July 17, 2012 at 8:53 pm

Avocado really takes a meal up a notch- enjoy :)

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Living, Learning, Eating July 17, 2012 at 8:46 pm

Tartines are yummy! There are a few foods/combos that I’ve started liking and used to hate:

avocado
hummus
peas
salty snacks
mint-chocolate combo

Weird, I must be having a tastebud change!

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Khushboo Thadani July 17, 2012 at 8:54 pm

Love all of those although peas are hit or miss for me- don’t mind them but don’t ever go out of my way to eat ‘em!

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Asmita (@FoodieAsmita) July 17, 2012 at 9:01 pm

Hi Khushboo,
I am big on avocados and this looks amazing!

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Khushboo Thadani July 17, 2012 at 9:56 pm

Please do give it a try- you won’t be sorry :) !

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Honey,What's Cooking (@honeywhatscook) July 17, 2012 at 9:44 pm

I love this post.. I always feel pressured to finish my avocado within a day or two cuz I hate throwing them out. Love tartine.. I saw that first when eating at Le Pain Quiotidien. I love eating avocados in guacamole, of course, and in boiled egg sandwiches. i recently tried it with chickpeas and they were so good. Burrito bowl sounds lovely too.

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Khushboo Thadani July 17, 2012 at 9:57 pm

So glad I’m not the only one who gets stressed out with cut avocadoes haha! LPQ tartines are the best- love all the different options on the menu…very creative!

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sarah July 17, 2012 at 11:15 pm

You can buy special avocado preserving containers!

Baha, oh clingfilm:/. I used to work in a sandwich shop where at the end of the day we had to cover aaall this leftover food with clingfilm. A couple of weeks into the job my boss decided I was not quite cut out to be the one to do this part of the job- cling film is too dang hard to get to grips with!
Xxx

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Khushboo Thadani July 18, 2012 at 2:21 pm

Oh wow- I’m never one to knock someone else’s job but working with cling film sounds BRUTAL! Glad your boss cut you some slack :)

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Ameena July 18, 2012 at 8:00 am

I am a HUGE fan of avocados. I totally crave them during Ramadan too. These are great ideas for the rough month ahead my friend. :)

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Khushboo Thadani July 18, 2012 at 2:21 pm

Oh yeaah I forgot that Ramadan starts earlier than normal this year! Better load up on avocado- those fats take ages to digest :) !

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Corrie Anne July 18, 2012 at 10:07 am

I’m literally so bad at perserving avocado that sometimes I just give up and throw it away. I try to feed a lot to Kevin so that doesn’t happen. They’re expensive!! I love avocado on everything, but probably my fave is a grilled cheese with avocado!

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Khushboo Thadani July 18, 2012 at 2:22 pm

Ohh I need to try it with grilled cheese- I have no doubt about it being an intense combination!

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Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli July 18, 2012 at 1:48 pm

Hey there! I just stumbled over here from Laura’s blog. I just read your About Me post and Wow! You look incredible, girl! Congratulations on losing it all AND keeping it off!

I discovered that handy little avocado trick a few months ago and it has changed.my.life! I had just about given up on buying avocados because like you said, it would always end up going bad on me before I could finish it…so glad I found a way to save them!

Avocado and eggs were truly meant to be together…and tomatoes! There’s nothing like an avocado and tomato sandwich! Mmm!

I have a recipe for what I call “Avo-fredo” sauce. It’s like a cheesy alfredo without the milk…or the cheese, but SO good! Here’s the link: http://www.kissmybroccoliblog.com/2012/02/07/raw-avo-fredo-sauce/

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Khushboo Thadani July 18, 2012 at 2:24 pm

Ah welcome to my blog and thanks so much for your comment- really made me smile :) ! Avocado & eggs is the new PB & J haha! Totally checking out this Avo-fredo sauce…sounds so good, especially for jazzing up some tofu or grilled chicken/fish! Thank you!

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Sig July 23, 2012 at 6:22 am

How funny that I have all those ingredients at home right now. looks like I have lunch all ready for me :D Mmmm avocado!

Bwahahaha…Have you seen those cling film boxes that come with the slidy cutter thing?? That solves half my problems when pulling it out and I don’t end up cursing for ten minutes straight.

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Khushboo Thadani July 23, 2012 at 11:20 am

Lemme know if you like it :) ! Uff on the contrary those damn slidy things add to my problems- I always somehow manage to cut myself against those sharp edges haha!

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