Grilled Chicken Taco Bowls With An Avocado Corn Salsa

Our little guy (Bentley) goes through a touch of a hitting stage. His older brother might even be a touch scared of him. In attempts to combat the hitting, I’ve tried almost everything. One thing that works (somewhat) is making him provides a “soft rub” if he does hit. I’ll say, “be soft, give it/him/her a rub.” (By “it” I mean whatever object he’s hit. Because yes, i actually make him rub objects he hits haha).

My newer plan to stop the hitting included buying a book on Amazon called “Hands aren't for Hitting.” It got dozens of rave reviews and reviewers swore by this book in helping their kids to prevent hitting. The minute it came within the mail, I read it to the boys. Except whenever I said “hands aren't for hitting” (a common phrase within the book), Bentley would hit the book as hard as he could. whenever I read the book his hitting takes an up-tick….so I’m thinking the book is more serving of a reminder that he might be hitting and hasn’t been for the last ten minutes…

Grilled Chicken Taco Bowls With An Avocado Corn Salsa
Grilled Chicken Taco Bowls With An Avocado Corn Salsa

In the meantime, i feel I’ll eat this meal for each remaining dinner of summer! My whole family is totally hooked in to these taco bowls. The “salsa” is my absolute favorite and I’ve been eating it by the spoonful. the opposite day I had a number of the salsa ingredients leftover so I whipped up just the salsa and ate the whole thing myself.

Corn and avocado are two of my favorite veggies and that i love how the 2 complement one another in flavors and texture. Especially with fresh grilled corn and perfectly ripe avocados — there aren’t too many things better that that in my opinion.

Before you think that that only the salsa is that the star of this show, the chicken is insanely good then easy to make! You’ll throw together a fast marinade which takes mere minutes (few ingredients and super simple) then grill the chicken and baste it with a touch of the reserved marinade. you finish up with ultra flavorful, tender, moist, and delicious chicken. The grilled chicken and avocado-corn salsa are pure dinner happiness together. I hope you're keen on these taco bowls the maximum amount as my family has. Enjoy!

Grilled Chicken Taco Bowls With An Avocado Corn Salsa

INGREDIENTS:
Grilled Chicken:

  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons olive oil, separated
  • 4 large juicy limes (1/2 cup lime juice + lime zest), separated
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 3 teaspoons ground cumin, separated
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • Salt and pepper

Grilled Corn and Avocado Salsa:

  • 4 ears sweet corn
  • Olive oil, salt and pepper
  • 2 large ripe avocados, diced
  • 1 small red onion (or half of a large one), diced
  • 1 small red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, optional
  • Optional: serve over rice or quinoa (I like to add lime juice and cilantro to the rice!)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Trim the chicken breasts of fat and pound them to even thickness to ensure even grilling. You can also slice them evenly in half widthwise for a quicker grill. Place the prepared chicken in a large ziplock bag and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl whisk together 1/4 cup olive oil, 1 teaspoon lime zest, 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice, minced garlic, 2 teaspoons cumin, paprika, chili powder, and salt + pepper (I use about a teaspoon of each). Once the mixture is well combined, remove about 2-3 tablespoons of the mixture and reserve for later.
  3. Add the rest of the marinade in the bag with the chicken. Seal the bag and then knead with your hands to ensure all of the chicken is well coated. Place in the fridge and marinate for at least 45 minutes and preferably 2-3 hours. Don't marinate longer than 5 hours.
  4. Preheat a grill to medium-high heat (about 450 degrees F.) Generously oil the grill (I drench a roll-up paper towel in vegetable oil and, holding it with tongs, rub it over the grill grates. Don't skip this step.) Husk the corn and rub olive oil over the corn. Sprinkle the corn lightly with salt and pepper. Place the corn on one half of the grill. 
  5. Remove chicken from marinade and season lightly with salt. Grill the chicken (on the other half of the grill) turning once halfway through grilling, about 4-6 minutes per side (until the thickest part of the chicken registers 165 degrees F.). Baste the chicken with the reserved marinade as you grill and after flipping. Transfer the chicken to a plate and cover for foil. Allow the chicken to rest for a few minutes so the juices can re-distribute! As you baste the chicken, flip the corn too. Remove the corn when grilled to your liking (about 15-20 minutes, flipping around every 5 minutes)
  6. Meanwhile prepare the salsa! Dice the veggies -- the avocados, red onion, red pepper and cilantro. Toss together in a large bowl. Add in remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil, remaining 1/4 cup lime juice, remaining 1 teaspoon cumin, minced garlic, and crushed red pepper flakes. Gently toss together. Slice the corn off the ears and add to the salsa. Add salt and pepper to taste. Toss again and serve over chicken

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