This Chicken Apple Salad Stuffed Avocados are made with only 7 ingredients! And it’s totally worth it! WIth juicy herb poached chicken breasts, crunchy celery, and sweet apples, this is a stuffed avocado recipe that will remind you of Thanksgiving and family gatherings!

This Stuffed Avocado chicken salad with apples is tossed with a Japanese-inspired Whole30 ranch dressing – because with all the delicious flavors and texture contracts stuffed in the creamy avocado boats, they make a great side dish, healthy snack, and party finger food!

Stuffed avocados with chicken and apples over a large plate

 

Show Off Chicken Apple Salad – Stuffed in Avocados!

I’ve been dreaming of making stuffed avocados for years! They are so cheerful looking and who doesn’t love avocados?

It just so happened that a friend of mine sent me a case of beautiful apples so I figured why not make a dish, using avocados and apples. Hence: Chicken apple salad stuffed in avocados 🙂

I call this recipe the fancier version of chicken apple salad. Why? Just look at how festive looking they are. Such a showy way to dress up the apple salad with perfectly ripe creamy avocados and crispy prosciutto.

Did I mention they make a great healthy snack and movie night finger food?

A large mixing bowl with chopped apples, celery, cooked chicken

What you need for the Stuffed Avocado Chicken Apple Salad Recipe

  • Chicken breasts (poached or grilled)
  • 1 apple (green, red, or a combination)
  • Celery stalks
  • Prosciutto or bacon (optional but extra salty crispy crunch)
  • Avocados
  • Scallions
  • A creamy tangy dressing

Whole30 ranch yogurt dressing I Heart Umami

Whole30 Ranch Yogurt Dressing – Japanese inspired!

I’m pretty sure you have a favorite go-to ranch dressing but if you are looking for an Asian-inspired touch, give my Whole30 ranch yogurt dressing a try!

What’s so special about it? Besides it’s dairy-free, my Japanese-inspired ranch dressing has a touch of coconut aminos (it adds extra umami deliciousness) and uses thick and rich dairy-free yogurt. It adds extra creaminess and tangy flavor to the dressing that’s not only refreshing but also easy to whip together!

The dressing also works great with peppery greens like baby arugula or this Tatsoi Asian Greens Salad.

Mix the chicken apple salad with whole30 ranch dressing in a large bowl

How to pick the perfect avocados

There are 3 easy steps that I learn from this article to pick the perfectly ripe avocados –

  1. Color inspection
  2. Naval inspection
  3. Pressure test

About the color, let’s use an example of Hass avocado. If you want to use the avocado right away or the next day, the color should be in dark green (or deep emerald green). If it looks brownish, that means the avocado might be too ripe. There should be no major indentations.

Take a quick inspection of the naval (the little tip where it has been separated from the stem). If you can flick if off easily, the avocado is ripe and ready to eat. If not, that means the fruit was harvested too soon. I also like to inspect the color of the naval, it should be in green and not deep brownish color.

Gently squeeze the avocado with your palm and it should feel the fruit is firm yet has a little give. If the fruit is too ripe, it bruises easily.

To ripen avocados, try placing them in a bag with a banana or apple for 1 – 3 days, checking occasionally. The natural ethylene gases released will help ripen your avocado to perfection.

A photo shows stuffed avocados with chicken and apple

How to poach chicken breasts that are juicy and delicious (p.s. taste like Thanksgiving!)

We are not talking about flavorless bland chicken breasts here. I’m talking about juicy and tender poached chicken breasts that taste and smell like Thanksgiving holiday. Here’s how –

  1. Arrange the chicken breasts in a single layer and add cold water to the pot to cover the chicken about 1-inch above or so. (I use 2 lbs chicken breasts)
  2. Add the dry spices and salt. I use 1 tsp each thyme and rosemary, 1 dry bay leaf, and ½ tsp coarse sea salt.
  3. Bring the water to a gentle simmer over medium heat then turn the heat down to low.
  4. Cover the pan and simmer for 8-12 minutes (depending on the size/thickness of your chicken)
  5. Test with a digital thermometer. It should read 160F at the thickest part.
  6. Remove the chicken from the water and let it rest for 5 minutes. The temperature should come up to 165F. If not, send it back to the hot poaching water for 10 minutes and the temperature should come up further.

Make this Chicken Apple Salad Stuffed Avocados as …

  • A meal in itself – the avocado is packed with healthy fat and stuffed with chicken and apples. It’s a mini stand alone meal by itself. You can also make it even more substantial with chicken yakitori skewers, roasted cauliflower, Paleo cashew chicken, or Whole30 Bang Bang Shrimp.
  • Party appetizer – these stuffed avocado boats make a great movie night dinner. They are beautiful looking and make a great spread. And easy to hold … just eat with a spoon! 🙂
  • Healthy snack – A great savory snack with a hint of sweetness from the apples and full of flavors and texture contrast. P.s. great for keto, too!

More Healthy Salad Recipes

A super close shot of one stuffed avocado filled with apple chicken and the dressing

Friends! This Stuffed Avocado Chicken Apple Salad recipe is very versatile and you can serve it in many ways. It’s full of creaminess, healthy fats, and texture contrasts all in one stuffed avocado boat! You can easily hold one in your palm and just scoop and eat it with a spoon! I can see them being served by the poolside, holiday table, or any family gathers, plus they are easy and fun to make!

If you give this dish a try, please rate the recipe and leave a comment below! I look forward to hearing from you! Xo!

A photo shows stuffed avocados with chicken and apple
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Chicken Apple Salad Stuffed Avocados

Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 0 mins
Poached chicken (if cook from scratch): 15 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Servings: 6 people
Author: ChihYu
This Chicken Apple Salad Stuffed Avocados recipe will remind you of Thanksgiving! Stuffed avocados with chicken apple salad make a healthy snack/appetizer!
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Ingredients

  • Whole30 Ranch Yogurt Dressing
  • 4 pieces prosciutto or turkey bacon, optional
  • 1.5 lbs chicken breasts, poached or grilled
  • 2 cups celery, diced
  • 3 bulbs scallions, chopped
  • 1 whole apple, core removed and diced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Dried thyme, sprinkle
  • 3-4 whole Hass avocados

Instructions

  • Make the Whole30 ranch yogurt dressing. Crisp up the prosciutto over medium heat about 3 minutes per side, if using. Dice the cooked chicken breasts to cubes.
    Healthy yogurt ranch dressing I Heart umami
  • In a large mixing bowl, add the chicken, celery, scallions, and apple.
    A large mixing bowl with chopped apples, celery, cooked chicken
  • Drizzle with the dressing. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle with dried thyme. Toss well.
    Mix the chicken apple salad with whole30 ranch dressing in a large bowl
  • Slice the avocados in half and remove the pits. Place them over a large serving tray. Scoop 2-3 spoonfuls of the chicken apple salad into the avocado boat. Crush the crispy prosciutto and sprinkle them on top and all over. Enjoy it with a spoon!
    A photo shows stuffed avocados with chicken and apple

Notes

  • If on Keto, swap toasted walnuts for apples.
  • How to poach chicken breasts that are juicy and delicious (p.s. taste like Thanksgiving!)
  1. Arrange the chicken breasts in a single layer and add cold water to the pot to cover the chicken about 1-inch above or so. (I use 2 lbs chicken breasts)
  2. Add the dry spices and salt. I use 1 tsp each thyme and rosemary, 1 dry bay leaf, and ½ tsp coarse sea salt.
  3. Bring the water to a gentle simmer over medium heat then turn the heat down to low.
  4. Cover the pan and simmer for 8-12 minutes (depending on the size/thickness of your chicken)
  5. Test with a digital thermometer. It should read 160F at the thickest part.
  6. Remove the chicken from the water and let it rest for 5 minutes. The temperature should come up to 165F. If not, send it back to the hot poaching water for 10 minutes and the temperature should come up further.
  • The nutritional label is estimated with 1/4 cup homemade ranch yogurt dressing. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving, Calories: 143kcal, Carbohydrates: 2g, Protein: 25g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 73mg, Sodium: 159mg, Potassium: 512mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 193IU, Vitamin C: 3mg, Calcium: 25mg, Iron: 1mg
Course: Appetizer, Salad, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple salad, apple salad recipe, Chicken apple salad, Chicken apple salad stuffed avocados, Stuffed avocado, Stuffed Avocado Chicken Apple Salad
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