Cayenne-Rubbed Chicken with Avocado Salsa

Prep Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
30 mins

Cool, buttery avocado makes a soothing salsa -- a palate-pleasing contrast to spicy meats, such as these cayenne-rubbed chicken breasts.


  • Coarse salt and ground pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (6 to 8 ounces each)

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 medium red onion, finely diced

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

  • 1 Hass avocado, pitted and cut into chunks


  1. In a small bowl, combine 1 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and cayenne; rub all over chicken.

  2. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium. Add chicken, and cook until browned on the outside and opaque throughout, 8 to 10 minutes per side.

  3. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine onion and lime juice; set aside. Just before serving, fold avocado chunks into onion mixture; season with salt and pepper. Serve chicken topped with salsa.

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