Chicken in Avocado-Buttermilk Marinade


Prepare this buttermilk chicken recipe when you have 20 minutes of free time, then store it in the freezer so you're never too far from a healthy and delicious dinner. The avocado-buttermilk marinade makes the chicken thighs remarkably moist and tender.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Bake Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins


  • 8 bone-in chicken thighs (about 3 1/2 pounds total)

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 avocado, halved, seeded, peeled, and cut up

  • 1 cup buttermilk

  • 1 ½ teaspoon finely shredded lime peel

  • 2 tablespoon lime juice

  • 1 - 2 fresh jalapeño chile peppers, halved and seeded*

  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin

  • Avocado slices (optional)

  • 4 lime wedges


  1. Sprinkle chicken with salt. Place chicken in a freezer bag.

  2. For marinade, in a blender or food processor combine cut-up avocado, buttermilk, lime peel, lime juice, jalapeño peppers, and cumin. Cover and blend or process until smooth. Pour over chicken. Seal bag; turn to coat chicken. Freeze for up to 4 months.

  3. To serve, thaw in the refrigerator overnight.

  4. Preheat oven to 375°F. Drain chicken, discarding marinade. Place chicken on a rack in a shallow baking pan. Bake for 60 to 75 minutes or until done (at least 175°F). Serve chickenn with avocado slices and lime wedges.

    chicken avocado-buttermilk marinade
    Jason Donnelly


Because chile peppers contain volatile oils that can burn your skin and eyes, avoid direct contact with them as much as possible. When working with chile peppers, wear plastic or rubber gloves. If your bare hands do touch the peppers, wash your hands and nails well with soap and warm water.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

498 Calories
36g Fat
8g Carbs
34g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 498
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 36g 46%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 188mg 63%
Sodium 480mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 34g
Vitamin C 13.6mg 68%
Calcium 111mg 9%
Iron 1.6mg 9%
Potassium 619mg 13%
Folate, total 39.4mcg
Vitamin B-12 1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.7mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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