Light & Easy Chicken Salad
Something interesting hit me the other day. I have never put a recipe on the blog with chicken. I normally don’t eat a lot of meat or poultry but on occasion, I indulge, and I do like it! It’s funny because I grew up eating the bird almost every day…and if there was a single thing to name as a staple that was constantly in my fridge as a child, it would be chicken salad. My mother always had a tupperware full of the stuff as it was her favorite snack ready for eating at any time of the day. My mother made us dinner every night and it always included some protein, some starch, and of course a green vegetable. The protein was chicken pretty often and when there was leftovers she would shred it up and make chicken salad for the week. The trick to her amazing chicken salad was using chicken that had been well seasoned and cooked to perfection. My favorite was when she made rotisserie chicken; it yielded the best leftover chicken salad. Kris and I had some chicken for dinner this week and I knew exactly what I would do with the leftovers. Can you guess? I wanted to make a lighter version than I grew up on; so I subsituted plain greek yogurt for the mayo, because hey, we all could use a little less calories in our daily intake. Let me tell you….You can not even taste the difference and to be honest I like it even better. I honestly loved this new version so much that I called my mom right away to tell her the good news…less calories and less fat and one of the best versions I have ever tasted! She seemed interested but she’s pretty set in her ways…I wonder still if she will ever stray from what she knows and loves. Sometimes people are sticklers that way. But, if you are like me, and you want a new, light, and healthier take on the classic then please make this as soon as possible. You won’t regret it!
- 3 cups cooked chicken, diced *See note
- 1 cup grapes, quartered (I used a mixture of red a green for color)
- 2 stalks celery, sliced
- 2 green onions, thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 1 TBSP fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
- 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
- 1 TBSP dijon mustard
- 1/2 tsp red wine vinegar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- Combine all the chicken salad ingredients in a large bowl. In a smaller bowl, whisk all the ingredients for the yogurt sauce. Mix the sauce into the large bowl and stir it all together to coat. Taste and adjust seasonings if needed. Serve open-faced on wholegrain toast, in lettuce wraps, or on crackers! Chill leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
- I used cold leftover rotisserie chicken from dinner the night before. Leftover BBQ chicken or baked chicken would be just as delicious in this! If your chicken is freshly cooked and hot, make sure to cool the chicken salad in the fridge before serving.