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Lemon Chicken with Avocado-Corn Salsa

Grilled chicken cutlets are even healthier when they're accompanied by an avocado salsa with protein-packed beans and fiber-rich corn.

  • servings: 4




  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken cutlets (each 8 ounces)
  • 4 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 ears corn, husked
  • 2 teaspoons seeded, finely chopped, fresh red, hot chiles (such as cayenne or jalapeno)
  • 2 tablespoons peeled, minced fresh ginger
  • 1/2 cup black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 medium red onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 10 cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 2 ripe Hass avocados, halved, pitted, peeled, and diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 4 ounces baby arugula


  1. Step 1

    Combine chicken with 2 tablespoons each oil and lemon juice. Marinate in refrigerator for at least 1 hour (or up to 3).

  2. Step 2

    Stand an ear of corn on one end, and using a serrated knife, cut off kernels; repeat (you should have 1 cup total).

  3. Step 3

    Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add corn, chiles, and ginger, and cook until softened, 3 to 4 minutes. Let cool.

  4. Step 4

    Preheat grill to medium. (If you are using a charcoal grill, coals are ready when you can hold your hand 5 inches above grill for just 5 to 6 seconds.) Grill chicken, flipping once, about 5 minutes per side. Remove from heat.

  5. Step 5

    Stir together beans, onion, corn mixture, lime juice, and 1 tablespoon oil. Add tomatoes and avocados. Season with salt and pepper, and stir gently to combine.

  6. Step 6

    Toss arugula with remaining 2 teaspoons each oil and lemon juice.

  7. Step 7

    Divide arugula among plates, and top with chicken and avocado-corn salsa.

Martha Stewart Living, July 2007



Reviews (1)

  • 2 Jan, 2013

    This recipe was awesome! I am always looking for whole food recipes to pin and share and try with my 90/10 nutrition challenge groups ( This fit perfectly and was a big hit. Highly recommended. The salsa just works perfectly with the chicken.