Smashed avocado with crispy chicken, pickled onions & tortillas

Smashed avocado with crispy chicken, pickled onions & tortillas

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(7 ratings)

Prep: 50 mins Cook: 25 mins Plus marinating


Serves 4
Spread chunky homemade guacamole on flatbreads, use this southern-style fried chicken recipe to create goujons and serve with sweet onion topping

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal941
  • fat32g
  • saturates8g
  • carbs104g
  • sugars29g
  • fibre8g
  • protein45g
  • salt2g
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  • 2 large, very ripe avocados



    Although it's technically a fruit, the mild-flavoured avocado is used as a vegetable. Native…

  • juice 1 lemon



    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…

  • 8 seeded soft tortillas, or your favourite flatbreads, warmed



    In Spain, a tortilla is a kind of omelette, with ingredients added - frequently sliced cooked…

  • small bunch coriander, to serve

For the onions

  • 1 large red onion, very thinly sliced
  • 100ml red wine vinegar
  • 4 tbsp caster sugar

For the chicken

  • 4 skinless chicken breasts, each cut into 3-4 chunky strips
  • 284ml pot buttermilk
    Buttermilk pancake mixture in bowl with whisk



    There are two types of buttermilk. Traditional buttermilk is a thin, cloudy, slightly tart but…

  • 85g polenta or cornmeal



    An Italian storecupboard staple, polenta has its roots in the peasant cuisine of northern Italy…

  • 85g plain flour
  • 1 tbsp sesame seed
  • 1 tbsp sweet paprika



    A spice that's central to Hungarian cuisine, paprika is made by drying a particular type of…

  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 pinches ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp garlic salt (or normal salt)
  • sunflower oil, for shallow-frying
    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil is made from pressing sunflower seeds and extracting the oil. It's usually…


  1. Mix the chicken strips with the buttermilk and chill for about half a day.

  2. Mix all the onion ingredients, season with salt and set aside to marinate for at least 30 mins or up to half a day.

  3. Mix together the polenta or cornmeal, flour, sesame seeds, paprika, cayenne pepper, cinnamon and garlic salt on a plate. Heat 2cm sunflower oil in a deep frying pan (or slightly more in a big wok) until a cube of bread browns in 1 min. Lift the chicken from the buttermilk and drop into the flour mix, tossing to coat well. Add about 3 chicken strips at a time to the oil and fry, turning, until golden on all sides and just cooked through. Drain on kitchen paper while you fry the rest.

  4. Halve and stone each avocado, scrape out the flesh into a bowl with the lemon juice and some seasoning, and very roughly smash together with the back of a spoon. Spread over the warm tortillas or flatbreads, top with the crispy chicken, pickled onions and some coriander, and roll up to tuck in.

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29th Jan, 2015
Made this a few times now - fairly straight forward to do and tastes great. Makes a great Saturday night TV meal.
7th Aug, 2014
I thought that there were too few ingredients but sometimes less is more. The buttermilk made the chicken moist and tender. The onions were delicious. The avocado was just perfect. I used 2 avocado's instead of one. I used the corn meal and it gave the coating a delicious crunchy texture.
11th Jun, 2013
Made this for my family...they all loved it including my 3 year old who can be pretty picky!
21st Mar, 2013
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21st Mar, 2013
great recipe. 5 stars.
17th Feb, 2013
We made this last night and it was delicious. We used ready prepared guacamole as it's hard to find ripe avocados and we used Hugh Fearnley's magic bread dough to make the wraps. I've not fried chicken before so wasn't sure if it would be cooked through so I did finish it off in the oven to make sure. It went really well with the onion. A big hit with my daughter and with me!
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17th Feb, 2013
I made it with the cornflour. For the complete review go to my blog at
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