Keto Southwest-Spiced Chicken with Avocado Salsa

For this fantastically flavorful and fresh meal, quick-cooking chicken cutlets are slathered in zesty and fragrant Southwest spices and served with a spectacular salsa. Since it only requires one skillet and minimal prep, this low-carb chicken dinner is done in under 30 minutes, though you do need to marinate the chicken for an hour before cooking.
Serves 2 One Serving: 1 chicken cutlet + salsa

Ingredients List

  • 3 Tbsp olive oil, divided
  • juice of 1 lime, divided
  • tsp ground cumin
  • tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • tsp sea salt
  • 3/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breast cutlets (6-oz each)
  • 1/2 ripe avocado, peeled, pitted, and cubed
  • 1 small Roma tomato, seeded and diced ¼-inch
  • 2 Tbsp crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 Tbsp capers, drained and rinsed
  • 1 Tbsp diced shallot
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
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  • In a large bowl, combine one-third of the oil and half of the lime juice with the cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, two-thirds of the salt and pepper. Whisk to thoroughly mix. Add the chicken breasts to the marinade and toss to evenly coat. Cover, place in the refrigerator and let the chicken marinate for at least 1 hour and up to four hours.
  • Meanwhile, make the salsa. In a medium bowl, combine the avocado, tomato, feta, capers, shallot, cilantro, one-third of the oil and remaining lime juice. Season with remaining salt and pepper and lightly toss to combine. Refrigerate salsa for at least one hour to allow the flavors to come together.
  • When ready to cook, heat the remaining oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat until oil shimmers. Add chicken, smooth skin-side down. Cook, without moving, until the skin is deep golden brown and chicken easily releases from the pan, 8 to 10 minutes. Turn chicken and cook until a thermometer inserted into the center of breast registers 160°F, 6 to 8 minutes. Remove and let the cooked chicken breasts rest a few minutes before cutting into thin slices and seasoning with a bit of salt and pepper.
  • Served sliced chicken topped with avocado salsa.


RecipeEric Lundy

PhotographyErin Ng

3 reviews

  1. 5 stars
    Love it – easy to prepare und delicious to eat

    • Thanks for the feedback, Andrea! We’re glad you like it!


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