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Southwest Grilled Chicken and Avocado Melts

Even within the same variety, chiles can vary greatly in heat. If you like yours mild, pull out the inner membrane when seeding them; that's where a lot of the heat-producing capsaicin is concentrated.

Sunset MAY 2010

  • Yield: Serves 4
  • Total:30 Minutes


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 4 Anaheim or poblano chiles
  • 4 boned, skinned chicken breast halves (about 8 oz. each)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Lime wedges
  • 1 avocado, peeled, pitted, and sliced
  • 1 cup shredded jack cheese


1. Prepare a grill for high heat (450° to 550°; you can hold your hand 5 in. above cooking grate only 2 to 4 seconds). Rub 1 tbsp. oil over chiles. Cook chiles, turning often, until skins are browned. Put chiles in a bowl, cover, and let cool. Seed chiles and rub off skins.

2. Meanwhile, rub remaining 1 tbsp. oil over chicken. Combine cumin, cayenne, and salt and sprinkle evenly over each breast. Grill chicken, turning once, until browned and cooked through, about 10 minutes total.

3. Squeeze a little lime over chicken, then top each breast with a few avocado slices, a reserved chile, and about 1/4 cup cheese. Grill, covered, until cheese melts, about 4 minutes.

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 586
  • Calories from fat: 42%
  • Protein: 62g
  • Fat: 28g
  • Saturated fat: 8.6g
  • Carbohydrate: 18g
  • Fiber: 7.4g
  • Sodium: 760mg
  • Cholesterol: 150mg

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