Air Fryer Peach Avocado Chicken Salad & Honey Balsamic Dressing

Juicy air fryer chicken in only 8 minutes w/ fresh peaches, avocado, feta cheese, toasted pumpkin seeds & a quick honey balsamic salad dressing for a nutrient-dense and flavor-rich salad. It’s sure to spoil yourself and impress your guests!

Juicy air fryer chicken in only 8 minutes w/ fresh peaches, avocado, feta cheese, toasted pumpkin seeds & a honey balsamic salad dressing.

Could your typical salad routine use a fresh twist? Get ready for ‘freshness meets deliciousness’ with my peach avocado chicken salad.

Sweet, juicy peaches are mixed with crisp leafy greens, and smooth, lightly salted avocado. Juicy chicken cooked in only 8 minutes in an air fryer turns this salad into a satisfying, high-protein meal. Then it’s sprinkled with flavorful feta cheese crumbles and butter-toasted pumpkin seeds. It’s all tied together with a drizzle of honey-kissed balsamic dressing, perfectly balancing the sweet, salty, and tangy flavors. If you haven’t made your own salad dressing before, this one is fool-proof.

My air fryer chicken turns out perfect every time and can be batch prepped for your weekly entres.

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Why You’ll Love My Air Fryer Peach Avocado Chicken Salad Recipe

  • It’s easy to prep, and the air fryer chicken only takes 8 minutes to cook.
  • The flavors are rich and vibrant.
  • All the simple ingredients are easily digestible for a gentle tummy.

Ingredients & Substitutions

Here is everything you need to make the best-tasting air fryer peach avocado chicken salad & honey balsamic dressing recipe:

Chicken Breast: If you prefer an alternative to chicken breast, you can use boneless, skinless chicken thighs, turkey breast, or tofu for a vegetarian version.

Peach: While fresh peaches are recommended for their natural sweetness and juiciness, you can substitute them with canned or frozen peaches if fresh ones are unavailable. Just ensure that they are drained and thawed if using canned or frozen peaches.

Avocado: If you’re not a fan of avocado or it’s not readily available, consider substituting it with cucumber, bell pepper, or even mango slices for a different flavor profile.

Spring Lettuce Mix: This recipe uses a spring lettuce mix, but you can easily replace it with your preferred salad greens, such as spinach, arugula, or romaine lettuce.

Feta Cheese: If you’re not a fan of feta cheese, other cheeses like goat cheese, blue cheese, or even shredded cheddar can be used as suitable substitutes.

Pumpkin Seeds: If you don’t have pumpkin seeds on hand, you can use sunflower seeds, pine nuts, or chopped nuts like almonds or walnuts for a crunchy element.

Balsamic Vinegar: In place of balsamic vinegar, you can use red wine vinegar, apple cider vinegar, or white wine vinegar for a slightly different flavor profile.

Honey: Substitute honey with maple syrup, agave nectar, or a different liquid sweetener if you prefer.

Olive Oil: Feel free to replace olive oil with other neutral oils like canola or vegetable oil if you prefer a milder oil flavor.

Garlic Powder: If you don’t have garlic powder, use finely minced fresh garlic or even garlic paste for a more pronounced garlic flavor.

Salt and Pepper: Adjust the quantity of salt and pepper to your taste preference. If you prefer other seasonings, consider using herbs like basil, thyme, or oregano for added flavor.

Juicy air fryer chicken in only 8 minutes w/ fresh peaches, avocado, feta cheese, toasted pumpkin seeds & a honey balsamic salad dressing.

How Do You Make My Peach Chicken Salad & Honey  Dressing Recipe?

Step 1: Air Fry the Chicken

Place a boneless skinless chicken breast in a plastic bag or between two sheets of plastic and pound with a meat tenderizer or rolling pin until it is an even thickness.

Adding wet ingredients to muffin batter.
Mixing cranberries into muffin batter.

Sprinkle both sides of the chicken with coarse sea salt, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and black pepper.

Adding wet ingredients to muffin batter.
Mixing cranberries into muffin batter.

Spray the inside of the air fryer basket or tray with oil. (Use a non-aerosol pump-style oil spray with no propellant to avoid damaging the inside of your air fryer).

Place the chicken breast inside the basket or on the tray and insert it into air fryer. Air fry at 400°F for 8 minutes. Flip the chicken breast over halfway.

Check the internal temperature of the chicken at the end of the 8 minutes. If the temperature is not at least 165°F, air fry for several more minutes. 

Once the internal temperature has reached 165°F, remove the chicken from the air fryer and place it on a plate to ‘rest’ for 15 minutes to seal in the juices.

Adding wet ingredients to muffin batter.
Mixing cranberries into muffin batter.

Step 3: Make the Salad Dressing

Add the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, honey, garlic powder, salt, and pepper to a small bowl. Stir until well combined.

Adding wet ingredients to muffin batter.
Mixing cranberries into muffin batter.

Step 2: Toast the Pumpkin Seeds

Add one teaspoon of butter to a small frying pan over medium heat. Add pumpkin seeds and a dash of salt. Stir the seeds to coat them in the butter. Continue stirring occasionally until you begin to hear the seeds popping, and they turn an amber color. Remove from heat and place on a paper-towel-lined plate to cool.

Adding wet ingredients to muffin batter.
Mixing cranberries into muffin batter.

Step 4: Layer the Salad

Add lettuce to the salad bowl. Then pour the desired amount of dressing and mix. 

Add 1/2 of a peach. You can chop it into wedges or chunks.

Add 1/4 of an avocado chopped into bite-size pieces.

Add chopped chicken.

Sprinkle with feta cheese and pumpkin seeds.

Then enjoy!!

Adding wet ingredients to muffin batter.
Mixing cranberries into muffin batter.
Adding wet ingredients to muffin batter.
Mixing cranberries into muffin batter.

Peach Chicken Salad Recipe Notes

Pounding the Chicken: Pounding the chicken breast to an even thickness helps it cook more evenly in the air fryer. This step ensures that the chicken remains tender and juicy.

Chicken Temperature: To ensure that the chicken is thoroughly cooked, use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature. It should reach at least 165°F (74°C) before removing it from the air fryer. Keep in mind that the chicken will continue cooking as it rests, so avoid overcooking to prevent dryness.

Resting the Chicken: Allowing the cooked chicken to rest for 15 minutes after air frying is crucial. This resting period helps lock in the juices, resulting in a more succulent and flavorful chicken.

Toasting Pumpkin Seeds: Toasting the pumpkin seeds enhances their flavor and crunch. Be cautious while toasting, as they can quickly go from golden brown to burnt. Keep an eye on them, and stir occasionally for even toasting.

Avocado Preparation: To prevent the avocado from browning too quickly, prepare it just before serving. If you need to prepare it in advance, drizzle a little lemon or lime juice over the avocado to help maintain its color.

Make-Ahead: You can prepare the honey balsamic dressing in advance and store it in the refrigerator for a convenient, quick salad preparation.

Serving: This salad is best enjoyed immediately while the ingredients are fresh and the chicken is still warm. If you plan to make it ahead, store the components separately and assemble just before serving.

Refrigeration: If you have leftovers, it’s best to store them in the refrigerator. Place the chicken, salad greens, and any components that haven’t been mixed with the dressing in airtight containers. Ensure that you store the avocado separately and drizzle some lemon or lime juice over it to prevent browning.

Dressing Separation: To maintain the freshness of the salad, store the honey balsamic dressing in a separate airtight container. This prevents the salad from becoming soggy, as you can drizzle the dressing just before serving.

Reheating Chicken: If you have leftover cooked chicken, you can reheat it in the microwave or on the stovetop. However, be cautious not to overheat it, as chicken tends to dry out when reheated.

Layering for Meal Prep: If you plan to prepare this salad for meal prep, consider layering the ingredients in a jar. Start with the dressing at the bottom, followed by the chicken, then the firmer ingredients like avocado, and finally the salad greens on top. Seal the jar and refrigerate. When you’re ready to eat, simply shake the jar to distribute the dressing.

Can I use a different type of lettuce for this salad?

Yes, you can use your preferred type of lettuce or greens, such as romaine, arugula, or spinach. The choice of greens is flexible.

What if I don’t have an air fryer?

If you don’t have an air fryer, you can cook the chicken breast on the stovetop or in the oven. Just ensure it reaches an internal temperature of at least 165°F (74°C).

Can I make the salad in advance and store it for later?

While the salad components can be prepped in advance, it’s advisable to assemble it just before serving to maintain freshness and texture. Store leftover dressing separately.

Are there vegetarian alternatives for the chicken?

Absolutely, you can substitute the chicken with grilled tofu, tempeh, or chickpeas to make it a vegetarian salad.

Can I adjust the dressing to my taste preference?

Certainly, you can adjust the dressing’s flavors to your liking. If you prefer a tangier taste, add more vinegar, or if you want it sweeter, increase the honey content.

Is it possible to make the salad dairy-free?

Yes, you can omit the feta cheese to make this salad dairy-free. There are various dairy-free cheese alternatives available, as well.

How can I make sure the chicken remains moist and juicy?

Allowing the chicken to rest after cooking is essential for sealing in its juices. If you slice it too soon, the juices will escape, leaving you with drier chicken. You can also pan-sear your chicken with my Juicy Pan-Seared Chicken Recipe.

Can I use pre-cooked or leftover chicken for this salad?

Absolutely, you can use pre-cooked or leftover chicken to save time. Simply reheat it briefly before assembling the salad for a warm meal or use it cold for a refreshing option.

Juicy air fryer chicken in only 8 minutes w/ fresh peaches, avocado, feta cheese, toasted pumpkin seeds & a honey balsamic salad dressing.

Peach Avocado Chicken Salad w/ Honey Balsamic Dressing

Gluten-Free diet-friendly recipe
Juicy air fryer chicken in only 8 minutes w/ fresh peaches, avocado, feta cheese, toasted pumpkin seeds & a quick honey balsamic salad dressing for a nutrient-dense and flavor-rich salad. It's sure to spoil yourself and impress your guests!
5 from 1 vote
Servings 2
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 1 boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1 peach
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 4 cups spring lettuce mix
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds

Honey Balsamic Dressing

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • dash pepper

Instructions
 

Air Fryer Chicken:

  • Place a boneless skinless chicken breast in a plastic bag or between two sheets of plastic and pound with a meat tenderizer or rolling pin until it is an even thickness.
    Drizzle with olive oil and spread on both sides of the chicken with your hand or a pastry brush.
    Sprinkle both sides of the chicken with coarse sea salt, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and black pepper.
    Spray the inside of the air fryer basket or tray with oil. (Use a non-aerosol pump-style oil spray with no propellant to avoid damaging the inside of your air fryer).
    Place the chicken breast inside the basket or on the tray and insert it into air fryer. Air fry at 400°F for 8 minutes. Flip the chicken breast over halfway.
    Check the internal temperature of the chicken at the end of the 8 minutes. If the temperature is not at least 165°F, air fry for several more minutes. 
    Once the internal temperature has reached 165°F, remove the chicken from the air fryer and place it on a plate to 'rest' for 15 minutes to seal in the juices.

Toasted Pumpkin Seeds:

  • Add one teaspoon of butter to a small frying pan over medium heat. Add pumpkin seeds and a dash of salt. Stir the seeds to coat them in the butter. Continue stirring occasionally until you begin to hear the seeds popping, and they turn an amber color. Remove from heat and place on a paper-towel-lined plate to cool.

Honey Balsamic Salad Dressing:

  • Add the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, honey, garlic powder, salt, and pepper to a small bowl. Stir until well combined.

Salad Construction:

  • Add lettuce to the salad bowl. Then pour the desired amount of dressing and mix. 
    Add 1/2 of a peach. You can chop it into wedges or chunks.
    Add 1/4 of an avocado chopped into bite-size pieces.
    Add chopped chicken.
    Sprinkle with feta cheese and pumpkin seeds.

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Nutrition

Calories: 387kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 21gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 53mgSodium: 611mgPotassium: 817mgFiber: 6gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 6340IUVitamin C: 16mgCalcium: 143mgIron: 3mg
Keyword air fryer, avocado, balsamic, chicken, feta cheese, honey, leafy greens, peaches, pumpkin seeds
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