Weekend Cooking: Toasted Avocado and “Chicken” Sandwich

Toasted Avocado and Chicken Sandwich

Every summer seems to bring its own particular food or simple meal that I become completely obsessed with and crave nonstop. Before going gluten-free, it was pasta salad  – which I still love, of course, but it’s been difficult finding the right GF pasta that can make it into a second day of leftovers. There also was the summer of hummus, cucumber and tomato sandwiches. So good.

This year belongs to the avocado. More often than not, my go-to dinner is smashed avocado and tomatoes (a humble guacamole, nothing fancy) for dinner with tortilla chips. That’s it. I don’t need much more than that.

Avocado toast is all the rage on many of the food blogs I read.  I hadn’t really been swayed to try it one way or another, but it certainly wasn’t out of the question because, avocado, yo.  I’ve been instituting “Buffet Night” once a week  – usually a Saturday or Sunday – where dinner becomes a free-for-all, a smorgasbord of still-good leftovers where at least one damn thing on the table is bound to meet the approval of everyone in this picky-eater family.  So one night we had some leftover mock chicken strips but not quite enough to make fajitas for all or something resembling a meal.

I had an avocado that had just reached perfection, and I looked at it and the fake chicken strips and thought, hmm … this has possibilities. And so, the Toasted Avocado and “Chicken” Sandwich was born.

(This is definitely not a Melissa Original, by any means; a Google search on “avocado and chicken sandwich” yields 2 bazillion hits, but I certainly felt like a brilliant five-star chef.)

It’s so easy. And so good. All you need to do is toast some bread (I used Aldi’s gluten-free white bread), and mash an avocado. Spread on the toast.  Add chicken. I used Beyond Meat’s Lightly Seasoned Chicken Strips. You can add tomato, as I’ve done on several occasions.

A simple and satisfying summer sandwich.

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12 thoughts on “Weekend Cooking: Toasted Avocado and “Chicken” Sandwich

    1. Melissa Post author

      My husband has the same opinion about avocado, so I understand where you’re coming from, Shelleyrae!

  1. Sue at Book By Book

    Mmmmm…I am a huge avocado fan, too! And I used to think I didn’t like them…until my husband introduced me to homemade guacamole – I was a convert! We eat them with everything – eggs in the morning, with burgers and sandwiches, and of course, with Mexican food. I even have a good recipe for Paleo brownies made with avocado – you can’t taste them but they add a wonderful moisture to the recipe.

    Glad you enjoyed your dinner so much!

    Sue

    Book By Book

  2. Laurie C

    Last year was The Summer of Pesto and this year it’s been The Summer of Guacamole! When we were still having family dinners (before the kids flew the coop) I used to love leftover night, too, which we called a smorgasborg. So easy and it clears out the fridge!

  3. Vicki

    I love avocado! I like them peeled and sprinkled with salt or in recipes. And my favorite meat is chicken so I bet I would love that sandwich!

  4. Sarah's Book Shelves

    Ha! I’m on an avocado obsession too! I have a half avocado with lemon juice and sea salt along with my turkey sandwich every day for lunch! But, I love this idea of avocado toast and have had a delicious version of it at a restaurant…with sweet peas, honey, and ricotta cheese.

  5. Beth F

    I bought a bunch of avocados this week and I had mashed avocado, tomato, and cucumber sandwiches this week too! I’m with you–a little guac with chips and glass of beer or wine is enough of dinner for me too.

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