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.


  • 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

  • ½ cup black beans, rinsed and drained

  • ½ medium red onion, chopped (½ cup)

  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice

  • 10 cherry tomatoes, quartered

  • 2 ripe Hass avocados, halved, pitted, peeled, and diced

  • ½ teaspoon coarse salt

  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste

  • 4 ounces baby arugula


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

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

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

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