Avocado Chicken Cakes



I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend! Ours was very relaxing. I finally found our ice cream maker and whipped up a yummy strawberry-mango sorbet. We also had a date at Costco (Am I the only one that considers going to Costco together a date?), and came home with a rotisserie chicken since it was too nice outside to turn on the oven. I decided to develop a chicken cake recipe with the leftovers – crab shouldn’t have all the fun! The flavors were inspired by all the mouth-watering Mexican dishes on Pam’s blog, For the Love of Cooking.

I just took the chicken off the bones with my hands and tore it up and then mixed it with some mashed avocado, red onion, and spices. Then I covered the outside of each cake with some panko crumbs so they would be crispy on the outside, browned them in a little olive oil, and topped each one with a bit of salsa. I realized looking over these pictures that I need to work on my food styling skills – there is salsa all over the plate! We were starving though, so I’m lucky I got any pictures at all. This is a great way to spice up any leftover chicken and I think the cakes would also be really good on top of a salad with corn and black beans!


Avocado Chicken Cakes
Printable Recipe

1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup chopped red onions
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups cooked shredded chicken
1/2 avocado, mashed (mine was a little less than 1/2 cup)
1 cup panko
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg, beaten
5 tablespoons of your favorite salsa


Heat 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet over medium high heat and sauté onions for 5-7 minutes, or until soft. Add garlic and sauté one additional minute.

In medium bowl, mix together the shredded chicken, onion mixture, avocado, 1/3 cup panko, cumin, paprika, oregano, salt, and egg. Shape mixture into 5 cakes that are 1/2-inch thick; lightly coat all sides of each cake in the remaining 2/3 cup panko.

Heat 1/2 tablespoon olive oil over medium high heat in a nonstick skillet. Add 2 chicken cakes and cook until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes per side. Repeat with remaining 1/2 tablespoon olive oil and 3 chicken cakes. Drizzle 1 tablespoon of salsa over each chicken cake. Makes 2 servings.

Nutrition: 468 calories, 13.9g fat, 1.8g fiber, 45.3g protein per serving
Cost: $2.15 per serving

47 Responses to Avocado Chicken Cakes

  1. With all due respect to your avocado chicken cakes, it’s the mention of strawberry-mango sorbet that has my mouth watering. My husband, by the way, would totally agree with you about Costco as a prime date location.

  2. Kerstin- These look absolutely fantastic. How unique, I love your creativity. I would never ever have thought of this! I would love to try one.

  3. I am totally going to make these! Thanks so much for posting the recipe.

    I never have crab around, but always have chicken.

    If you don’t buy a rotisserie chicken, I will put frozen chicken breasts in my crockpot with about a cup of chicken stock in my crock pot on low all day. When you get home and take out the chicken, it just falls into pieces and is already shredded.

    I think I will do that, and make these yummy cakes!

  4. This is a great use for chicken leftovers! They look so yummy with that nice golden crust on the outside. Avocado and chicken are a great flavor match.

  5. They look great! What a creative use of chicken and avocado.
    Hubs and I consided the Home Depot a date.. and can be found holding hands while walking down the aisles..

  6. These look so delicious! I love avocado. I don’t consider going to Costco a date, more a marathon. Our Costco is always extremely crowded, have to fight for parking and then avoid getting run over by shopping carts in the store. We try to get in and out as quickly as possible :)

  7. I love that you came up with a chicken cake! This is such a great concept and can be adapted for a lot of different flavors – although I love the ones you used this time. We don’t have a Costco membership but often have grocery store and Target dates :)

  8. 1. I love cooking with rotisserie chicken – so much easier!
    2. This recipe looks so awesome! I am definitely going to make this.
    3. I love the avocado addition!

  9. Yum! I’ve made southwestern inspired chicken croquettes before (one of my favorite things to do with roasted chicken leftovers!) but I’ve never thought to add avocado. These look delicious!

  10. I love this! This is so creative.

    I’m not sure if I would call Costco a date. My trip always involves my three year old having to go to the bathroom when I am on the complete opposite side of the store…kinda ruins any mood we have going on, lol.

  11. Thanks everyone! I will be making these again for sure.

    Jess – The sorbet was yummy! I used this recipe but substituted mango for half the strawberries and added lime juice.

    Jenn – Thanks for the tip on making quick shredded chicken! I love that you can put it in frozen – I need to get a crockpot.

  12. You are so right, Kerstin!! Crab should not have all the fun! I’m so glad you made these chicken cakes. They look absolutely delicious. I love that you combined the chicken with one of my favorite ingredients–avocado! Delicious. What a fabulous job.

  13. looks fabulous!!! I made something like this with crab, too! I never thought you could use those rotisserie chicken for chicken CAKES! amazing idea…now I can buy myself a chicken from Costco too without worrying about too much leftovers!

  14. Oh my gosh, I have to try this recipe. Yum!!! Black beans and corn in it would be amazing too!

    You can’t beat Costco at lunch time with all those samples…makes my day!

  15. Oh wow, these are such a brilliant idea!!! Pure genius!! I was planning something else entirely for dinner, but I am definitely now dropping all other plans and fixing these – they look tooooo incredible!! Thank you for the gorgeous recipe!

  16. What a unique and tasty idea! This is such a good spin. We eat a LOT of chicken so I’m excited to put this idea into the mix!

    And yes, we’ll be in town for the 4th! I know it’s a busy time of year, but even a coffee (or cocktail!) would be fun if we can find time to meet up :)

  17. MMMMMM, Yum. Can’t wait to try these. I stopped by via Cinnamon Spice’s blog; hope to visit more. Bella (from bella’s blog).

  18. I’m making these for the third time tonight…the first two times were for my parents back in California and tonight my fiance gets to try them for the first time. I’m addicted, I love them!

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