Fresh is the mood this time of year, and I have a recipe for you to match: Grilled Chicken Breast with Strawberry Avocado Salsa.

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This grilled chicken recipe is a shining example of the simple, delicious pleasure that occurs when familiar, individual ingredients unite to create something new and more delightful than they could ever be apart.

It has the fresh-but-familiar feeling of an old friend who can still surprise you.

It’s the summer berries and juicy Grilled Chicken you’ve loved since childhood, presented in a new, unexpected way (like in this summery Grilled Naan Pizza with Strawberry Chicken and Avocado).

  • This strawberry grilled chicken recipe begins with a lively cilantro-lime marinade that brightens and tenderizes the chicken.
  • It’s topped with a fantastic strawberry avocado salsa that will become a fast house favorite. Try it on a whole variety of grilled meats (or even with Grilled Halloumi Cheese).
healthy grilled chicken breasts topped with homemade fresh strawberry salsa with cilantro and lime

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“We made this recipe as written and it was delicious. A keeper for hot summer nights for sure.”

— Julie —

How to Make Grilled Chicken Breast with Strawberry Avocado Salsa

With a chunky mix of vibrant ingredients that enhance and balance one another, this healthy strawberry salsa with avocado is the perfect partner to succulent juicy grilled chicken breasts (or Grilled Chicken Tenders).


The Ingredients

  • Strawberries. With more vitamin C than an orange and loaded with antioxidants, strawberries turn this fruity salsa recipe into a fruity superfood salsa recipe. (Save some strawberries and make this Strawberry Cream Cheese Pie for dessert!)
  • Avocado. Loads this salsa with filling and satisfying healthy monounsaturated fats along with potassium, fiber, and vitamin K.

TIP!

Worried your avocados will not be quite ripe enough for dinner tomorrow? You can speed up the avocado-ripening process by putting an avocado in a sealed paper bag with a banana, apple, or kiwi you have hanging out in your kitchen. These fruits produce what’s called ethylene gas, a plant hormone, that aids the ripening process.

  • Cilantro. For freshness and additional vibrant green color.
  • Red Onion. Adds contrasting crunch and zip to the creamy avocado and juicy red strawberries.
  • Jalapeño. For a subtle kick of heat. (If you have extra jalapeños, serve this recipe with a pitcher of my favorite Spicy Margarita recipe.)

Ingredient Note

Not all jalapeños are created equal. The heat of a jalapeño can vary greatly. Therefore, always test a bit of your pepper before tossing it into a recipe so you can adjust the amount to suit your family’s preference/tolerance.

  • Lime. Lends a little tang and brightness to the salsa which also helps preserve the color of the bright green avocados.
  • Honey. Adds back in just the right amount of sweetness to counter the acidity of the lime.
  • Chicken Breasts. Lean, packed with protein, and their mild taste is perfect for soaking up all the yummy marinade without overpowering the berries.

Substitution Tip

You can also prepare this recipe with Grilled Chicken Thighs if you prefer them over chicken breasts. Grilled Pork Tenderloin would be a divine pairing with this strawberry and avocado salsa too.

  • Marinade. Any citrus-based marinade (like this Chicken Marinade and this Chicken Thigh Marinade) would be lovely with the strawberry salsa. I highly recommend trying this zippy blend of fresh lime juice and zest, honey, olive oil, and garlic at some point!
a plate of grilled chicken breast with strawberry avocado salsa with a side of greens

The Directions

  1. Pound the chicken to an even thickness using a meat mallet.
a bowl of zippy fresh lime marinade for chicken
  1. Whisk together the marinade ingredients.
chicken breasts soaking in a homemade lime marinade
  1. Pour over the chicken and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
homemade salsa ingredients in a bowl
  1. Combine all the salsa ingredients except the avocado.

Tip!

You can ease the “bite” of the red onion by soaking it in a small bowl of water. The longer you soak, the less bite the onion will have. You can, of course, skip this if you enjoy raw red onion just as it is.

a mixture of strawberries, cilantro and red onion
  1. Toss together gently.
a large bowl of fresh strawberry avocado salsa with honey and lime
  1. Fold in the avocado; keep it chunky.
simple grilled chicken breasts on a plate
  1. Grill the chicken, remove, and let rest. Serve chicken topped generously with the strawberry and avocado salsa. ENJOY!

Dietary Note

  • To Make Paleo and Whole30. For those with dietary considerations, this IS a Paleo and Whole30 chicken recipe (you can omit the honey). 
  • To Make Vegetarian. While it is not vegetarian, you could still make the strawberry salsa, then serve it over Grilled Cauliflower Steaks.

Storage Tips

  • To Store. Store leftover strawberry salsa with avocado in the refrigerator for up to 1 day. Leftover grilled chicken can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.

Leftover Ideas

In addition to being a strawberry topping for chicken, this fruit salsa is also yummy dipped with chips or tossed with greens, leftover grilled chicken, and a simple vinaigrette. For a dressing, try replacing the balsamic vinegar with lime juice in the dressing used for this Balsamic Chicken Salad with Blackberry or this Peach Salad (omit the Dijon).

What to Serve with Strawberry Avocado Salsa

Recommended Tools to Make this Recipe

  • Indoor Grill Pan. Ideal if you don’t have an outdoor grill, and you can make these Grilled Chicken Kabobs too.
  • Fish Spatula. My favorite for flipping chicken, burgers, pancakes, roasted veggies…you name it!)
  • Grill Spatula. If you’re looking for something sturdier for grilling the chicken (tongs work well too).

The Best Grill Pan

This pre-seasoned cast iron griddle is perfect for grilling inside on your stove on rainy days or in the winter.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How Long Can You Marinate Chicken?

When using citrus-based marinades, I don’t recommend allowing the meat to soak for more than 24 hours. After 24 hours, the acid in the limes will begin to break down the meat tissue causing the chicken to become overly tender (i.e. mushy), which is not ideal.

Can I Prepare The Chicken Inside On The Stovetop Instead?

Absolutely! If you do not have access to an outdoor grill, you can certainly grill chicken on the stovetop using a grill pan or heavy cast-iron skillet.

Can I Freeze Strawberry Avocado Salsa?

I do not recommend freezing this salsa, as it will become watery and lose its texture once thawed.

Strawberry chicken on a white plate with limes

Grilled Chicken Breast with Strawberry Avocado Salsa

5 from 12 votes
This fresh strawberry avocado salsa is the perfect summer topping for marinated and grilled chicken breasts. Whole30, Paleo, and gluten free!

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 1 hr 35 mins

Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients
  

For the Chicken:

  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs, trimmed of excess fat
  • 1 tablespoon lime zest from about 2 limes
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice from the same 2 limes
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil plus additional for oiling the grill
  • 2 cloves garlic minced (about 2 teaspoons)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons honey omit to make the recipe Whole30 or Paleo
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro chopped leaves and tender stems

For the Strawberry Avocado Topping:

  • 1/2 small red onion diced (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1 cup strawberries diced (roughly 2/3 dry pint of whole strawberries)
  • 1 medium jalapeno cored seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro chopped
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice (about 1 small/medium lime)
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey omit to make the recipe Whole30 or Paleo
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt (up to 1/2 teaspoon, adjust amount to taste)
  • 1 medium avocado diced

Instructions
 

  • Place the chicken breasts on a cutting board with some space between them and cover with a large piece of plastic wrap. With a mallet, lightly pound the meat to an even thickness so that each piece cooks evenly. Place in a large ziptop bag.
  • In a small bowl or large measuring cup, whisk together the lime zest, lime juice, olive oil, garlic, honey, salt, pepper, and cilantro.
  • Pour over the chicken, seal the bag, then "squish" to coat the chicken evenly. Refrigerate for 1 hour or up to 1 day, rotating the bag once or twice if time (and memory) allow.
  • When ready to grill, remove the chicken from the refrigerator and let stand at room temperature for at least 10 minutes. Preheat an outdoor grill or indoor grill pan to medium-high (about 425 to 450 degrees F).
  • While the grill preheats, prepare the strawberry salsa: Place the red onion in a small bowl and cover with very hot tap water (this takes off some of the red onion's bite while preserving its flavor. You can skip this step if you like raw red onion just as it is). Set aside
  • In a mixing bowl, add the strawberries, red onion, jalapeno, cilantro, lime juice, honey, and 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt.
  • Stir gently to combine.
  • Fold in the avocado. Taste and add a bit more salt if you feel it tastes a little too flat or additional honey if it is too spicy.
  • Lightly oil the grill. Grill the chicken until completely cooked through and the temperature on an instant-read thermometer reads 160 to 165 degrees, about 8 to 12 minutes total, flipping the chicken once or twice throughout. The amount of time you need will vary based on the size and thickness of each breast. Remove to a plate, cover, and let rest for 5 minutes.
  • Transfer the chicken to serving plates and top each with a few generous spoonfuls of the strawberry salsa. Enjoy immediately.

Notes

  • TO STORE: Store leftover strawberry salsa with avocado in the refrigerator for up to 1 day. Leftover grilled chicken can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.
  • Nutrition information is meant to be an estimate and has been calculated with half the amount of marinade, as some is discarded. If you’d like to calculate it differently, you can do so for free at myfitnesspal.com.

Nutrition

Serving: 1(of 4)Calories: 408kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 50gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 145mgPotassium: 1229mgFiber: 5gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 254IUVitamin C: 48mgCalcium: 36mgIron: 1mg

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  1. Erin I made it today. Amazing.  We had pre grilled chicken left over from the weekend BBQ.  I poked holes in the chicken let it marinade all day then heated up on the pan.   Oh the other cheat I used was the bottle of real lime juice because limes were still too expensive up here.    Boyfriend went back for seconds and asked for it to be put in the rotation.  Rave reviews all around. 5 stars

    1. Ellen, I am so thrilled to hear how much you both enjoyed it! Thanks for sharing your tips and taking time to leave this wonderful review!

  2. What a treat! We made this on our indoor grill today due to hot Iowa weather. It’s the best lime grilled chicken recipe we’ve found. The strawberry avocado combo speaks to my soul. A true keeper. Hey, everyone, make it soon!5 stars

    1. Shawn, YAY!!! So so happy to hear it. Thanks for taking time to leave this fabulous review! It means a lot.

  3. I didn’t make the chicken, but turned the “salsa” in this recipe into a delicious salad, with larger pieces of strawberries and avocado, plus additional dressing. The tip about soaking red onion in hot tap water is one I will use again. Thank you.5 stars

    1. Mary, I am so so glad you enjoyed the salsa! That red onion trick has been a game changer for me too. Thanks so much for taking time to leave this lovely review!

  4. Made this tonight and my husband and I loved it! This is going into our summer rotation. Our kids (2, 4, and 6) loved the chicken too; I didn’t give them the salsa because they’re in an “everything has to be separate” phase. The soaking tip works really well. The last bag of onions I bought was strong so I tried soaking because I thought the kids might want to ttry the salsa when they saw our plates. It left this faint hint of red onion, but with no bite. We won’t do it next time because we like red onions and I think it will be a while before the kids will try the salsa anyway, but it’s a great trick when you’re cooking for those sensitive to onions.

    We served over brown rice and black beans because that’s what I had on hand and it was great, but we definitely want to try it as a salad over field greens next time. I think it will want a little crunch and I’m trying to decide what to add. I was thinking about jicama sticks. Any other ideas? Tortilla strips? Pepitas? Would love to hear how others have/would fixed as a salad. 

    I also think the first half of this would freeze really well. I’m going to make an extra batch of the chicken and marinade next time and stick it in the freezer. It would be so nice to be able to just pull out of the freezer a day or two before grilling and have your meat all ready to go. Then, all you have to do the day of is make the salsa.

    Thanks for another winner!5 stars

    1. Rebekah, HOORAYYYY! So happy to hear this was a hit. Thank you for letting me know how it came out! Jicama sticks sound DELICIOUS (I want to try that!) I think radishes would be great too!

  5. This recipe is so delicious! I made without the salsa, but will add that back in for another night. I omitted the garlic and onion from the recipe because my body does not tolerate it well. The recipe was still fantastic. Will use the thighs to top over a light kale salad. Thanks for sharing this delightful recipe!5 stars

  6. Quick question – the marinade for the chicken includes lime and the instructions say to marinade the chicken for at least an hour or up to a day.  I thought marinades with lime can’t be on that long b/c the acid starts to cook the chicken.  Or is that okay in this case? 

    1. Hi Janine! You’re right that the acid does start to break down the chicken, which is great for tenderizing. I wouldn’t leave it in the marinade longer than the recipe says, but I think the chicken can stand up to it for 1 day (unlike something more delicate, like fish). I hope that helps!

  7. Fantastic easy summer dish!  Even my 7 year old loved the salsa!  This one is on the meal plan all summer now!5 stars

  8. Dumb question, but would a lot of flavor be lost if I cooked the chicken in a skillet on the stove? I travel in a motorhome and don’t have room to carry a grill or heavy indoor griddle. Thanks! I’m anxious to try this!

    1. Hi Rhonda! Not a dumb question at all. I think this recipe would still have tons of flavor cooked in a skillet. I hope you enjoy it if you try it!

      1. Great to hear! Thanks so much. If my grocery store has any strawberries in stock, I’ll try it tonight! You are a beacon of light in this tough time! Please stay safe!

  9. This is an annual favorite for our family beach vacation. My mother in law picks up fresh strawberries from the farm stand, and we have this on girls night while the men go on their fishing trip. It is so fresh and flavorful. Pair with your favorite cocktails and you have a party! 5 stars

    1. I’m so pleased that this recipe has become a part of your traditions, Elizabeth! Thank you for sharing this kind review!

  10. I do not normally come back to write a review after I have made a recipe … but y’all!  I HAD to for this one!  OMG amazing!  So fresh, macro friendly, and a perfect summer meal! This is being added to my go to dinner list for sure! 5 stars

  11. This was an incredible dish! I sliced the chicken before I marinated it and then cooked it up in a skillet. The strawberry avocado topping paired so well! I served it all over some spinach to complete the meal!5 stars

    1. Hi Melissa! I think this dish would be delicious with rice or a vegetable (like this Roasted Asparagus or Roasted Broccoli). I hope it’s a hit!

  12. This is absolutely delicious!! So easy, too. I did it with breasts and thighs(I prefer the thighs) and served it on baby arugula and baby spinach with the lime vinaigrette. The only thing I changed was adding red chile flakes to the marinade. So fresh and flavorful!5 stars

  13. We made this recipe as written and it was delicious. A keeper for hot summer nights for sure. Thanks for the new recipe!5 stars

  14. Made this dish for my family. I’ve never cooked anything before if I’m being honest but your recipe impressed everyone at the table tonight . Will be trying something new tomorrow . Thanks again for making me look stellar tonight 👩🏽‍🍳5 stars

  15. Hello! My husband does not care for cilantro, are there other herbs that would be good in the salsa? Thanks for your delicious recipes.

    1. Hi Laura! While I haven’t tried it myself, I think you could swap fresh parsley or basil. I hope you enjoy the recipe!