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Not Your Grandma’s Chicken Salad Sandwich replaces mayo with avocado

chicken salad sandwich

Even with the best of intentions, I find myself without a plan for dinner at least once a week. It’s on these nights, when take-out is a tempting option, I’m glad I have this easy go-to recipe in my back pocket! In just four simple steps you can have a complete meal including veggies, fruit (avocado), whole grains, and protein ready-to-eat in ten minutes!

This is “Not your Grandma’s Chicken Salad” since we’re replacing the often-used mayo with savory Avocado. Avocados provide over 20 essential nutrients including potassium, fiber, and B-Vitamins along with heart healthy fats while still providing that same satisfying, creamy texture we all love in a chicken salad!

chicken salad sandwich

If you’ve never worked with avocado, it can seem intimidating but it’s really simple! To make this delicious filling, start by giving your avocado a quick wash with water. Using a sharp knife, slice horizontally around the avocado until you have two halves. Simply remove the pit and slice through the meat of the avocado and step one is almost done!

chicken salad sandwich

Add your diced avocado to a bowl and mash with a fork until smooth. Stir in the lemon juice.

chicken salad sandwich

Next you'll mix your avocado with leftover, shredded chicken; I’m using shredded Rotisserie Chicken from our deli with the skin removed to cut down on the saturated fat.  For an easy boost of veggies and flavor, mix in a half pound of our Lime Black Bean Fiesta Salad, an Eat Well salad from our deli. Mix it all together and the filling is done!

chicken salad sandwich

Stuff your fresh filling inside an Arnold® Pocket Thins® Flatbread (the Italian Herb variety gets a stellar NuVal® score of 32!) and you’ve got your complete meal ready to take with you on-the-go!

chicken salad sandwich


  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled and cubed.
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • ½ lb. Lime Black Bean Fiesta Salad
  • 1 cup shredded rotisserie chicken
  • 4 Arnold® Pocket Thins® Flatbread (or desired bread)


  1. Add cubed avocado to a medium sized bowl and mash until creamy.
  2. Add lemon juice. Fold in shredded chicken and Lime Black Bean Fiesta Salad.
  3. Combine until well mixed.
  4. Use as a filling inside whole grain pita pockets or layer between slices of whole grain bread.


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