Healthy Chicken Salad
Everyone loves a classic southern chicken salad. It isn't a southern bridal or baby shower if chicken salad doesn't make an appearance. However, I have never been a fan....
gasp. I am not a mayo fan. HATE celery. Yep, those two things are enough for me never to grab the chicken salad at a shower.
BUT! There is a but! I do love Greek yogurt. You can always find a tub of nonfat plain Greek yogurt in our fridge. It is a staple. I am not for sure what gave me the wild hair one day to make Healthy Chicken Salad with Greek yogurt but boy I am glad I did. I put in the additions I enjoy and left the others out *cough celery cough*.
This can be thrown together in less than 10 minutes if you need. Use rotisserie chicken for super fast and easy, throw it in the crock pot-shred-and enjoy in time for dinner, or traditionally bake. It doesn't matter in the slightest. Toss in some sliced red grapes, toasted pecans, green onions and a ton of spice (the KEY part of this recipe) and wha-la! Healthy, protein-packed chicken salad.
Now FYI this will not be like the traditional chicken salad in the richness and flavor department. That is where the spices come into place. Since you have cut out the fat factor from the mayo, just the yogurt and chicken is quite bland and frankly no good. This takes a generous amount of salt. Taste as you go so you can adjust the amount to your liking, but it will be more than you think you will need. I like to add garlic powder, pepper, and white pepper--that is my "secret" ingredient. It adds a kick of flavor and a spicy punch. Be careful not to add too much, small amounts at a time, it is quite strong and unlike black pepper.
Store in an airtight container and enjoy for up to 5 days. We put ours in mini cream puffs (PERFECT for all of your shower menu needs), croissants or on top a bed of spinach. Actually, Justin prefers to eat it with a fork straight out of the Tupperware, so anyway is acceptable.
Put this on your next weekly menu for a new healthy recipe idea. Let me know how you like it!
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