Grilled California Avocado Chicken

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…

Grilled California Avocado Chicken

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.
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Grilled California Avocado Chicken

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!!
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword avocado chicken, california avocado chicken
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 4 People
Calories 558kcal
Author Alyssa Rivers

Equipment

  • Utopia Kitchen Cooking Knives

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

Calories: 558kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 95mg | Sodium: 621mg | Potassium: 1123mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 775IU | Vitamin C: 18.5mg | Calcium: 198mg | Iron: 2mg

A Reader’s Review

“So many good flavors! I w’ ill make this over and over forever!” – Andrea
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Sticky Honey Soy Baked Chicken

Honey Soy Baked Chicken is a good one for busy nights and lazy Sundays. Just mix up a simple honey soy garlic sauce, pour it over chicken and bake in the oven. And out comes a sweet, salty, sticky chicken dinner – just the sort of flavours everybody loves! Quick to prepare baked chicken recipes... Get the Recipe The post Sticky Honey Soy Baked Chicken appeared first on RecipeTin Eats.

Sticky Honey Soy Baked Chicken

Honey Soy Baked Chicken is a good one for busy nights and lazy Sundays. Just mix up a simple honey soy garlic sauce, pour it over chicken and bake in the oven. And out comes a sweet, salty, sticky chicken dinner – just the sort of flavours everybody loves!

Quick to prepare baked chicken recipes like Balsamic Chicken, Honey Mustard Chicken and this sticky soy chicken are great back-pocket recipes because they’re made with pantry staples. Finger licking good!

Easy Baked Honey Soy Chicken

The best way to make Honey Soy Chicken is to marinade it for 24 – 48 hours, then baste constantly while cooking on the stove or BBQ and serve it with a glossy honey soy garlic sauce. And here’s the recipe for how to make it that way – if you have the time!

This recipe is the baked version that’s effortless with completely hands off cooking. It’s every so slightly adapted from this Baked Sticky Honey Soy Sesame Chicken by Claire from Sprinkles and Sprouts, a fellow Australian food blogger.

The glaze is perfect. Strong flavour, but there’s not an overwhelming amout of it – just enough to coat the chicken which is all you need. And it’s because the glaze has such great flavour that you don’t even need to marinate the chicken.

Just throw a handful of ingredients in a pan, bake it, and this is what you get:

Overhead photo of pan of Honey Soy Baked Chicken fresh out of the oven

What you need to make Baked Honey Soy Chicken

Here’s what you need to make this dish:

Honey Soy Baked Chicken ingredients

How to make Honey Soy Baked Chicken

Mix the sauce > pour over chicken > bake.

Anything else you need to know?? ???? (Just jokes!!)

How to make Honey Soy Baked Chicken
  1. Sauce – Mix the honey, soy sauce, garlic, vinegar, sesame oil and pepper.

  2. Line pan – Line a pan with both foil AND baking paper (parchment paper). This is a jammy glaze we have here, and if you just use baking paper, you’ll be suffering through a serious scrubbing session like I did!

    Then spread the onion out in the pan.

  3. Pour sauce over chicken – Top with chicken upside down (ie skin side down) and pour the sauce over. We start with the skin side down to get a bit of colour on the underside (because colour = flavour) otherwise the underside is just stewing the sauce the whole time.

  4. Bake 25 minutes – Bake the chicken for 25 minutes at 200°C / 390°F (180°C fan).

  5. Turn and baste – Turn the chicken and spoon the pan juices over the chicken.

  6. Bake 25 – 35 minutes – Bake for a further 25 to 35 minutes until the chicken is nicely browned. Hopefully, the sauce will be reduced down to a syrup and require no adjustment, but sometimes it will still be too thin. If it’s too thin, it’s an easy fix: remove chicken on a plate, pop pan back into oven. It will thicken quite quickly.

    The reason it’s hard to say whether your sauce will be perfectly syrupy straight of the the oven is due to factors such as pan size (more space around chicken = faster reduction), juiciness of chicken (juicier = leeches more water = thins sauce more), if the chicken was frozen (tends to drop more water) and how evenly head circulates in the oven.

  7. Squidge! Turn the chicken over and squidge the chicken skin into the syrupy sauce. And yes, “squidge” is a real word. See?

  1. Baste – Spoon the sauce over the chicken to coat it more. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and something green if you want to pretty it up a touch (coriander/cilantro leaves, green onion, parsley, chives). And serve!

Overhead photo of pan of Honey Soy Baked Chicken fresh out of the oven

Fork picking up piece of Honey Soy Baked Chicken set on rice

What to serve with Baked Honey Soy Chicken

In the photo above, the chicken is pictured with plain rice. Even though there’s not a ton of sauce, what you do have has a fairly intense flavour so a little goes a long way when mixed through rice.

Choose from: white rice, jasmine, basmati, brown rice or (just in case you’re doing the low carb thing) try cauliflower rice. Actually, this is a good one for cauliflower rice because the sauce flavour is quite strong so it will disguise any remnant of cauliflower flavour!

If you want to raise the bar, try it with a side of flavoured rice! Here are some options:

Love to know what you think if you try this chicken dish. And tell me what you served on the side! – Nagi x


Watch how to make it

Close up photo of freshly baked Honey Soy Baked Chicken
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Sticky Honey Soy Chicken – baked

Recipe video above. This is still the best, EASIEST sticky honey soy chicken recipe I have come across. And I've tried many over the years!
Marginally adapted from this recipe by Sprinkles and Sprouts. The sauce is very thin when you put it together and gets even thinner while baking, but miraculously, it suddenly thickens into an incredible glaze to squidge the chicken in. It's salty and sweet with a lovely hit of sesame.
Course Chicken, Dinner
Cuisine Asian influence
Keyword Baked chicken, honey soy chicken
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 5 – 6 people
Calories 492cal
Author Nagi | RecipeTin Eats

Ingredients

  • 1.2kg / 2.4lb bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs OR drumsticks (5 – 6 pieces) (Note 1)
  • 1 red onion , peeled, cut into wedges

Glaze

  • 3 cloves garlic , minced
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce (Note 2)
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar or ordinary white vinegar
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

Garnish (optional)

  • Sesame seeds
  • Fresh coriander/cilantro leaves (or other green things like green onion, parsley, chives)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 200°C/390°F (180°C fan).
  • Line pan: Line a baking dish with foil then baking paper. The baking tray should fit the chicken comfortably, not too spaced apart (glaze will dry out), not too snug (glaze won't thicken enough). (Note 3)
  • Glaze: Mix the Glaze ingredients together.
  • Pour glaze over chicken: Place onion and chicken in the baking dish skin side down, then pour the Glaze over.
  • Bake 50 – 60 minutes: Bake for 25 minutes, then turn and bake for a further 25 to 35 minutes, until the chicken is browned and the glaze is sticky. If the glaze is not syrupy, remove the chicken onto a plate and put the pan back in for a few minutes (it will reduce quickly).
  • Squidge/coat chicken – Turn chicken and squidge in the glaze, then also spoon it over.
  • Serve! Serve with rice and steamed greens, sprinkled with sesame seeds and fresh cilantro/coriander leaves.

Notes

1. Chicken – Bone in, skin on thighs work best because the sauce should reduce down to a syrup in the same time it takes for the chicken to cook. Drumsticks also work, without any alteration to the recipe.
Boneless skinless thighs and breast – Pour sauce over onion, bake 15 to 20 minutes until syrupy. Place boneless thighs in, turn to coat. Bake at 220°C/425°F for 20 minutes, basting once or twice, until chicken is cooked through. Caramelisation won’t be as good as pictured (need skin).
2. Soy sauce – Use ordinary, all purpose soy sauce. Sub light soy sauce (though sauce colour will be slightly paler).
Do not use dark soy sauce or sweet soy sauce. 
3. Sauce thickness – Factors such as pan size, space around chicken, how much juice the chicken leeches in the oven (sometimes chicken is injected with brine, frozen is more watery etc), how evenly you oven circulates heat will all affect exactly how thick the sauce is at the end of the bake time. 
However, it’s an easy fix – just take the chicken out then return the pan into the oven. It reduces really quickly.
This recipe doesn’t make stacks of sauce, which is the way it is supposed to be because it is quite strong in flavour. It reduce to a jammy sticky glaze, enough to coat the chicken. That’s all you need!
4. Nutrition per chicken, assuming all sauce is consumed.

Nutrition

Serving: 207g | Calories: 492cal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 196mg | Sodium: 658mg | Potassium: 471mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 157IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 2mg

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