Blackened Chicken with Avocado Cream Sauce


This chicken with avocado sauce recipe will kick your taste buds into high gear! The perfect blend of paprika, cumin, and cayenne pepper will have your mouth buzzing with flavor and heat, but don't worry, the addition of the avocado and Greek yogurt cream sauce acts as a cooling agent for all that fire. The quinoa adds a gentle basic flavor to this intense dish and contributes a satisfying amount of nutritious fiber and protein to keep you and your family full and happy.

close up view of Blackened Chicken with Avocado Cream Sauce over quinoa, garnished with fresh herbs, on a plate
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
40 mins



  • 2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth

  • 1 cup quinoa

  • ½ cup chopped scallions

  • 1 ½ teaspoons lemon juice

Blackened Chicken:

  • 1 teaspoon paprika

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • ½ teaspoon sea salt

  • 4 (4 ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

  • non-stick cooking spray

Avocado Cream Sauce:

  • ½ avocado

  • ¼ cup plain non-fat Greek-style yogurt

  • 1 ½ teaspoons lemon juice

  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder


  1. Make the quinoa: Bring chicken broth to a boil in a saucepan. Stir quinoa into the broth and bring to a boil again; reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until quinoa is tender and broth has been absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes. Stir scallions and lemon juice into the quinoa.

  2. Prepare the chicken: Mix paprika, cumin, onion powder, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and salt together in a small bowl; rub onto chicken breasts to season completely.

  3. Prepare a large skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium-high heat.

  4. Lay chicken breasts into the hot skillet, cover skillet with a lid, and cook until chicken is no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear, about 7 minutes per side. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

  5. Make the avocado cream sauce: Blend avocado, yogurt, lemon juice, and garlic powder in a food processor until smooth.

  6. Spread quinoa onto a serving platter. Arrange chicken breasts onto the platter. Drizzle avocado cream sauce over the chicken breasts.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

367 Calories
10g Fat
33g Carbs
35g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 367
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 2g 9%
Cholesterol 71mg 24%
Sodium 356mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Dietary Fiber 6g 22%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 35g
Vitamin C 8mg 38%
Calcium 35mg 3%
Iron 5mg 25%
Potassium 416mg 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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