Grilled California Avocado Chicken

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Grilled California Avocado Chicken is tender chicken marinated in an amazing honey garlic balsamic sauce and is grilled to perfection! Topped with a thick slice of mozzarella cheese and avocados, tomatoes, and basil, this chicken is INCREDIBLE!!

The combination of chicken and avocado is one of my favorites! If you love California chicken and don’t have a grill try this delicious California avocado skillet chicken, Chicken Enchiladas with Avocado Cream, or Avocado Chicken Salad.

Grilled Chicken topped with avocado.

Grilled California Avocado Chicken

I could not wait to share with you this grilled California avocado chicken!  Cue all of the heart eye emojis for the avocado, tomato, and basil combination! My mouth was watering making this avocado salad of sorts to top off the chicken. It provides a fresh and delicious element on top of the moist, flavorful chicken. It also makes for a vibrant, colorful, and delicious presentation. So pretty!  In spite of looking too great to eat, this grilled California avocado chicken was quickly devoured by my family!

Usually, when something looks and tastes this good, I know I am going to have to put in lots of ingredients and lots of time to make it.  However, this avocado chicken comes together so quickly and easily I was shocked! I am telling you, this was one of the best things that I have ever thrown on the grill. I already can’t wait to make it again. The flavors came together so well and I know that this will become a family favorite at your house as well!

Avocado Chicken Ingredients

First of all, this chicken marinates in a honey garlic balsamic sauce. It marinates to perfection and honestly grills up tender and juicy! The flavor is absolutely unreal in this chicken.

  • Balsamic vinegar: This is the acidic ingredient in the marinade that will act as a tenderizer.
  • Honey:  Part of the marinade that adds flavor and keeps the chicken super juicy.
  • Garlic: Cloves, minced
  • Olive oil: The oil in your marinade will penetrate the meat, and bring the other flavors of the marinade along with it.
  • Italian seasoning:  The perfect blend of flavors for most things, but especially this avocado chicken!
  • Salt and pepper: To taste.
  • Chicken: Boneless skinless breasts will grill best.
  • Mozzarella: I love how fresh sliced mozzarella pairs with the tomato and basil, but any good melting cheese will work to smother the chicken.
  • Avocados: Diced to bite size perfection.
  • Roma tomatoes:  Any tomato will work, just be sure to cut into bite sized pieces.
  • Basil: Fresh chopped basil is perfect on this chicken.
  • Optional: Balsamic vinegar for drizzling

How to Grill California Chicken

And just when you think that it can’t get any better, top it with a thick slice of mozzarella cheese when it comes off of the grill. It gets so melty and ooey-gooey. Then, JUST when you think it can’t possibly get any better with the ooey-gooey cheese on top comes the avocado, tomato, and basil.  Mind blown!

  1. Marinate chicken: In a medium sized bowl, whisk the balsamic vinegar, honey, garlic, olive oil, italian seasoning, and salt and pepper. Add the chicken breasts and coat. Marinate for 30 minutes.
  2. Mix avocado topping: Meanwhile, in a small bowl add the avocado, tomato, basil and salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
  3. Grill: Heat the grill to medium high heat. Grill the chicken on each side about 6 minutes or until cooked throughout and no longer pink.
  4. Dress chicken and serve: Top with mozzarella cheese and avocado, tomato basil mixture. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and serve immediately.
Grilling the chicken, topping it with cheese, making the avocado topping and placing at the chicken.

Grilling the Perfect Grilled California Avocado Chicken

Chicken can be tricky to grill without drying it out, but I’ve got all the tips to keep it moist and tender.

  • Make sure your grill is clean before you begin and rub some oil on the grates to prevent the chicken from sticking.
  • Thinly sliced chicken breasts won’t take as long to reach temperature. If your chicken breasts are really thick, pound them to thin them out.  It will reduce cooking time and help it to cook more evenly.
  • Basic rule is 3-5 minutes per side on medium to high heat, but will vary depending on the thickness of your meat.
  • You are aiming for a medium, indirect heat while grilling so that the outside of the chicken does not burn while you get the inside up to temperature.
  • Keep the grill closed while cooking. This will keep the heat in and allow the chicken to cook quicker and more evenly.
  • The chicken is done the temperature reaches 165 degrees or the juices run clear.
  • The chicken will continue to cook slightly even after removed from the grill.
Chicken on the grill.

Variations for Grilled Chicken

It may not be possible to improve on this amazing recipe, but we tried.

  • Marinate: Marinate in a combination of olive oil, lime juice, cilantro and garlic. (The longer it marinates the more flavor you will get, so if you have more time, let it sit in the juices for up to 24 hours.)
  • Add more flavor! If you want even more spice and flavor: Add garlic seasoning on the chicken and use pepper jack cheese instead of mozzarella.
  • Toppings: To change it up, you could even add black olives or bacon on top. Because let’s be honest.  Everything is better with bacon!
  • What to serve with it? Serve with rice, a fresh salad, or seasoned fingerling potatoes.
  • Bake instead of grilling: Cover the chicken with foil and cook chicken only at 350 for approximately 45 minutes depending on thickness of the chicken.  Then, uncover and add cheese and basil and place back in the oven for an additional 5 minutes or until the cheese melts.  Finally, top with the fresh avocado mixture immediately before serving.
Upclose picture of chicken topped with the avocado salsa and basil.

Storing Grilled Chicken

I am not sure you will have any leftovers with this delicious chicken but it is easy to store just in case. Here are a few steps to help keep your grilled chicken fresh.

  • Allow to cool after cooking no more than 2 hours before refrigerating or freezing.
  • Store in a shallow airtight container.
  • Grilled California Avocado Chicken will be good in the refrigerator for 3-4 days or in the freezer for 4 months.
  • To avoid freezer burn be sure to pack your chicken tightly with airtight heavy-duty foil, plastic wrap or freezer paper or putting it in a freezer bag.
Grilled California Avocado chicken on a white plate with basil and sliced avocado garnish.

Grilled California Avocado Chicken

4.83 from 47 votes
Grilled California Avocado Chicken marinates in an amazing honey garlic balsamic sauce and is grilled to perfection! It is topped with a thick slice of mozzarella cheese and avocados, tomatoes and basil. This chicken is INCREDIBLE!!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 4 People

Ingredients
  

  • 3/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 4 slices mozzarella cheese
  • 2 avocados diced
  • 3 roma tomatoes diced (any tomato will work)
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped basil
  • salt and pepper
  • balsamic vinegar for drizzling optional

Instructions
 

  • In a medium sized bowl whisk the balsamic vinegar, honey, garlic, olive oil, Italian seasoning, and salt and pepper. Add the chicken breasts and coat. Marinate for 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl add the avocado, tomato, basil and salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
  • Heat the grill to medium high heat. Grill the chicken on each side about 6 minutes or until cooked throughout and no longer pink. Top with mozzarella cheese and avocado, tomato basil mixture. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and serve immediately.

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Notes

Updated on July 21, 2021
Originally Posted on June 11, 2017

Nutrition

Serves: 4

Calories558kcal (28%)Carbohydrates38g (13%)Protein33g (66%)Fat31g (48%)Saturated Fat8g (40%)Cholesterol95mg (32%)Sodium621mg (26%)Potassium1123mg (32%)Fiber8g (32%)Sugar27g (30%)Vitamin A775IU (16%)Vitamin C18.5mg (22%)Calcium198mg (20%)Iron2mg (11%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword avocado chicken, california avocado chicken
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A Reader’s Review

“So many good flavors! I w’ ill make this over and over forever!” – Andrea

Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. 5 stars
    This was so good! A definite addition to our rotation this summer. We had extra marinade so we threw in extra chicken breasts so we will have leftovers for salads and sandwiches later this week.

  2. 5 stars
    This looks and sounds absolutely amazing Alyssa. Love the flavour combos. A perfect healthy summer dinner! Looking forward to hearing about the new addition!

  3. I am so excited for you to get your new little one here! One of the best things in life is being a mother.❤️I hope all is well and that mom, baby and all are getting some rest.?

    1. AWE!! Thank you so much!! She has arrived and we are ALL smitten by her!! Pictures and updates will come soon! Right now I am soaking up every minute with her and my family!! XOXO

  4. This recipe looks fantastic. I really need to try it. So glad that your little one arrived and that you are all doing well. Enjoy that much deserved time with your family!

    1. AWE! Thank you so much!! She is a bundle of joy and sleeping while I type:)! We are all smitten by her! This California chicken is so delicious! Hope you are able to make it soon!! Xo

  5. 5 stars
    This was excellent, and served with Goya yellow rice. My problem is the current cost of Avocados which have doubled in cost in roughly a month. They have gone from $.99 to $2.00 today, the rise has been about $.20 every time I have been in the market. If there is one advantage it is easier to find a ripe avocado with so many passing them by. I only used one in the recipe and it was enough.

    1. I am so glad you liked the chicken!! I totally understand about the avocados. It is frustrating especially since they are so good!! I hope you are able to make it again soon!! Thanks for sharing!

    1. I have found the best way to get nutritional info on all of the recipes is through MyFitnessPal.com. You just type in the recipe and it tells you!  
      Skinnytaste.com is also a great resource for healthy and delicious meals and provides nutritional info. Hope this helps!!

  6. I will try this recipe tomorrow for my girlfriends and me. I am located in Germany and am wondering what is the exact quantity of ‘one cup’ in millilitre or gram?

    1. HI in Germany!!! When I googled it this is what came up with the conversion: 1 cup = 236.588237 milliliter or 1 cup = 227 grams of butter but 1 cup = 201 grams of sugar. Good luck!! I hope that helps! Thanks for following along with me!!

  7. 4 stars
    This is incredibly perfect for dinner! Just wondering what’s the perfect side dish to pair on this heavenly menu? Dinner rolls? Steam rice? Or ??? I’ll appreciate your kindness for any responses. Thanks!

  8. Alyssa, This chicken looks amazing – would you be able to tell us what kind of grill you’re using?

    1. Yes of course! I use a Staub grill. You can either put it on top of a gas stove inside or use it outside as well. It has been one of my favorites!! Hope that helps!! XOXO

  9. Hi! This looks amazing! I can’t wait to try it!! Do you happen to have the nutrition info on it?

    1. I have found the best way to get nutritional info on all of the recipes is through MyFitnessPal.com. You just type in the recipe and it tells you! Skinnytaste.com is also a great resource for healthy and delicious meals and provides nutritional info. Hope this helps!  

  10. 5 stars
    Hey Alyssa…made this last night. So sensational and could not believe how easy it was to make for a beginning cooker like me. Excellent.

  11. 5 stars
    I made this recipe for my family and we all loved it! The chicken was really flavorful and the avocado and tomato topping was delicious. I will definitely be make this dish again!

  12. 5 stars
    Great recipe followed every step and you can taste every herb and spice. 6 minutes per side was perfect!We put in the binder of try again

  13. I’m a little lost on the balsamic vinegar – there’s a million things that say balsamic on it at the store. Does this recipe call for true vinegar that is balsamic or a salad dressing or a glaze? Thank you!

  14. 5 stars
    The grilled avocado chicken is my fourth recipe I have made from the site. I am 4 for 4 with a big thumbs up from my husband. Can’t wait to go thru the recipe box and find what I am making next. Love the simplicity of the ingredients and steps with the recipes.

  15. 5 stars
    I’m a wife, and momma of 2 little boys. I’m up late on Pinterest and cane across yr blog with ALL of yr amazing recipes!!! They look soooo AMAZING!!!! Just saved a BUNCH, can’t wait to try them??

    1. Light corn syrup would be the best flavor match, but dark corn syrup will work, too. Other options to try: maple syrup or molasses. These substitutes can replace honey measure for measure. They may change the flavor of your recipe slightly. Hope you can find something that will help! XOXO

  16. HI Alyssa, this is a really good recipe lots of great flavors and I love Avocado. I used Mozzarella cheese and did this in the skillet. I was having trouble getting the cheese to melt. I put it right on the chicken but it just wasn’t melting for me. I felt like my chicken was going to burn while I waited for it to melt any ideas for me??

    1. OH no! I am sorry I am not sure why it wouldn’t melt on the chicken. Mine just suctions to the chicken right away and doesn’t take long at all. I would recommend adding the chicken before the very end. It should just melt right on especially with the grill lid closed. Hope that helps and they tasted great for you. Thanks so much for following along with me! XOXO

  17. JUST CURIOUS TO KNOW IF YOU HAD THE NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION FOR THIS RECIPE? THANK YOU SO MUCH!

  18. Recipe for chicken looks and sounds delicious. Thank you for sharing this. I hope all goes well having your baby, congratulations.❤️

  19. 5 stars
    Made this for my husband and he said it was better than a restaurant meal! It was so delicious, it had a nice zesty, tangy flavour! I only made three chicken breasts and we were able to pile on extra veggies that way. If I make it with four, I’ll probably cut up more veggies to go with it, they really just add a balance to it. Thanks for sharing this, it’s going in our cookbook!

  20. 5 stars
    I don’t even usually like avocado, but this recipe was AMAZING! I ate it for lunch the next day too!

  21. The drizzle in the video isn’t just straight balsamic vinegar so is it a mix of what the chicken was marinated in?
    Can’t wait to try this though!! ??

  22. 5 stars
    I just moved from California to North Carolina. This was my 1st summer dish prepared and grilled for my wife and friends It was an awesome meal. 4 thumbs up!

  23. 5 stars
    I made this tonight for dinner and everyone loved it. I loved the flavor of the balsamic with the avocado. My new favorite chicken dish.

  24. I made this grilled California avocado chicken last night. I don’t have a grill pan, so I used a large cast iron pan instead. While the recipe was tasty, it all but ruined the pan. I will not be making this again!

  25. For some reason, I can’t seem to pin this in Pinterest. Is it just me? This is where I keep all of my recipes.

  26. 5 stars
    Hope you are enjoying time with your sweet baby! My friend posted this recipe and I was wondering what place avocado had in a “Caprese” recipe. I made this tonight and found out! It adds a wonderful, creamy texture that goes well with the mozzarella. I added twice the garlic and basil… it was delicious! I frequently make recipes I see on Facebook, but this is one I’ll make over and over!!

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