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This easy 30-minute Instant Pot Meal is a true game-changer in the kitchen. I can’t get enough of the flavor of chicken and avocado salad and the crunch from the bacon bits is amazing! I’m certain that you’re going to feel the same.

Not only is it a simple salad recipe to make as long as you follow the directions but the Instant Pot also gets to take over and do all the hard work!

This is the perfect chicken dinner recipe for someone who is looking for a lighter meal that packs a whole bunch of flavor and taste. Don’t forget that this chicken, bacon, avocado salad literally takes just 30 minutes to make!

That’s a super fast way to get lunch or dinner on the table fast!

Avocado, Bacon, and Chicken Salad

There’s just something so wonderful about letting the Instant Pot have a bit of control in the kitchen. It’s not often that you get to plan dinner, and then put your feet up while the hard part gets taken care of by “someone” else. (aka the Instant Pot!)

And if you’re a fan of cooking with your Instant Pot, be certain to check out my Instant Pot Sweet and Sour Meatballs – Made With 3 Ingredients! This is another super simple recipe that is cooked perfectly every single time!

Avocado, Bacon, and Chicken Salad Ingredients

All you need to do is gather up the list of simple ingredients below to get started. This chicken, bacon, and avocado salad recipe will be on the table in no time at all.

Vinaigrette Ingredients:

  • Honey
  • Whole grain mustard
  • Dijon mustard
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • White balsamic vinegar
  • Chopped shallots
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste

Salad Ingredients:

  • Bacon Bits (Imitation bacon bits work great!) or slices of diced bacon
  • Boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • Mixed salad greens
  • Diced cherry tomatoes
  • Avocados, pitted and sliced
  • Fresh lime juice

Chicken Breasts

You can use other type of chicken meat if you want but the chicken breasts are going to have the most flavor and cut up the best for this dish. If you have a few extra minutes, you can make this from frozen chicken breasts but then it may take you a bit more than 30 minutes, not by much though.

Salad Greens

Pick whatever type of salad that you light for this. There is really no wrong choice. If you are sharing this with your kids, Iceberg or Romain work great because the taste is very kid friendly. If just adults are enjoying this (or your kids have a mature taste) then microgreens are delicious!

Avocado, Bacon, and Chicken Salad

Frequently Asked Questions

Can this recipe be stored for another day?

Absolutely! The chicken and dressing will taste amazing the next day! But… I wouldn’t recommend mixing the dressing with the greens days before you plan to enjoy this salad. That could cause the greens to wilt. Your avocado may also brown unless you take certain precautions.

So just keep your chicken, greens, and dressing separate, and leave your avocado unpeeled… then assemble your salad when you are ready to enjoy it!

Keep in mind though, this is an easy 30 minute chicken salad recipe so you really don’t need to make this ahead!

How do you know when an avocado is ripe?

Trying to time when an avocado is ripe can be tough! It seems like just when you think you know, it’s too late and now it’s just too ripe to use.

There are a few things to keep in mind that can help you along the way. The first is that you’re going to want to give the avocado a squeeze. If it has a little bit of give to it, it might be ripe!

Here’s a pro tip… try to remove the nub at the top of the avocado. If it won’t budge easily, your avocado isn’t ready. If it comes off and the flesh under it is green, your avocado is ripe! If it comes off and the avocado flesh is really dark or brown/black, your avocado is past-ripe and no longer good to eat.

If it’s hard as a rock, it’s going to take several days before it’s edible, and if it literally smooshes from your squeeze then you know that it’s too ripe and not something that you should spend your money on.

At what temperature is chicken cooked and safe to eat?

You need to be certain that your chicken is cooked all the way through before serving. I would invest in a meat thermometer just to be on the safe side. For chicken to be done all the way, it needs to have an internal temperature of at least 165 degrees.

Anything less than that and you need to cook it longer. Anything above that should be fine.

Avocado, Bacon, and Chicken Salad

I love this instant thermometer because it reads the temperature so quickly! You can quickly check the temperature and move on. I’ve tried other thermometers that took so long to read the temperature completely that I felt like the meat had already begun to cool! So make sure that you have a quick one!

Variations for Chicken Salad with Bacon and Avocado

One of the reasons I love this recipe so much is that this quick chicken salad recipe is so easy to customize based on what you have on hand or your taste!

You can also opt to make a different homemade salad dressing or keep it super simple and use one that you bought at the store.

My other favorite part of this easy salad recipe is that if you’re able to use fresh tomatoes from the garden, it really does take on a whole other flavor and taste!

Avocado, Bacon, and Chicken Salad

3 Ways to Cook Chicken Breast

How to cook chicken breast in an instant pot

This is one of the easiest ways to cook chicken breast and my favorite for this recipe because of just how easy it makes the process. To cook chicken breast in an instant pot, just follow these easy instructions:

  1. Put a shallow rack on the bottom of your instant pot
  2. Add 4 boneless chicken breasts (not-frozen) to the pot (on the rack). Now is the time to season them if you want to.
  3. Add 1 cup of water, brother, or any other liquid of your choice
  4. Put your lid on the instant pot and close the valve
  5. Cook on high for 8-10 minutes
  6. Quick release and test the temperature of your chicken. If it’s not ready yet, put it back in the pot and let it sit covered for a few more minutes.

If you want to cook frozen chicken breasts, just cook for 20-25 minutes instead of 8-10.

Juiciest chicken breast on a cooktop method

If you don’t have an Instant Pot or are unable to use your Instant Pot, you can easily cook this up in the skillet, too.

Here’s my favorite, no fail way to cook juicy chicken breast on the cooktop:

  1. Heat a coverable pot or dutch oven on medium to high heat
  2. Add your chicken breast and cook for 2-3 minutes
  3. Flip your chicken breast and quickly cover the pot
  4. Lower your heat to low-medium and cook for 10 minutes (set your timer)
  5. Turn off the heat and cook for another 10 minutes
  6. Check your meat’s temperature. It should be ready! If not, cook for a few more minutes on low heat and then check again.

How to cook chicken breasts in an Air Fryer

If you want crispier chicken, you can absolutely cook your chicken in an air fryer and it’s often my go-to if I have more time. When I air fry chicken breasts I like to add BBQ sauce or some other sauce half way through the cooking process – it comes out amazing! Just add your chicken breast to a rack, and air fry 18-25 minutes depending on how big your chicken breasts are. The beauty of air frying is that it’s easy to open the lid and chicken on the chicken breast temperature so you don’t over cook it!

Avocado, Bacon, and Chicken Salad

30 minute Avocado, and Chicken Salad

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

A quick healthy 30-minute meal that will become your new go-to when you want something light, filling, and quick!

Ingredients

Vinaigrette Ingredients:

  • 2 Tablespoons of honey
  • 1 Tablespoon of whole grain mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon of Dijon mustard
  • 3 Tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons of white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon of chopped shallots
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste

Salad Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup of Bacon Bits (or cooked slices of bacon)
  • 1½ pounds of boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 4 cups of mixed salad greens
  • 2 cups of diced cherry tomatoes
  • 2 large avocados, pitted and sliced
  • 2 Tablespoons of fresh lime juice

Instructions

  1. Make the dressing: Put the honey, both mustards, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and shallots in a small bowl. Whisk to mix. Set aside.
  2. Put a shallow rack on the bottom of your instant pot
  3. Add 4 boneless chicken breasts (not-frozen) to the pot (on the rack). Now is the time to season them if you want to.
  4. Add 1 cup of water, brother, or any other liquid of your choice
  5. Put your lid on the instant pot and close the valve
  6. Cook on high for 8-10 minutes
  7. Quick release and test the temperature of your chicken. If it's not ready yet, put it back in the pot and let it sit covered for a few more minutes
  8. Let your chicken rest while you prepare the salad...
  9. Put the salad and tomatoes into a bowl and add the bacon bits
  10. Slice your chicken and put on top of the salad
  11. Cut up the avocado and toss with lime juice. Place on top of the chicken.
  12. Drizzle the salad dressing over the salad and toss.
  13. Top with bacon bits

Notes

If you want to use sliced bacon instead of bacon bits, just add the bacon to a large skillet and cook over medium heat for about 6 minutes. Take off and put onto paper towels to drain the grease. Set aside.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 632Total Fat 33gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 25gCholesterol 145mgSodium 565mgCarbohydrates 27gFiber 9gSugar 13gProtein 59g

Nutritional information is an estimate only and is auto generated. Please consult the nutritional information on the ingredients you use for exact nutritional information.

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