Jan
8
2014

Skinny Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad

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You’ll never know this is a Skinny Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad! Tastes just like the real deal lathered in mayonnaise :)

Skinny Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad

So excited to share some “healthier” recipes with you this month.  My husband and I teamed up and developed this creamy dreamy chicken salad packed with all kinds of goodness.  I’m not going on any crazy diets for my New Years resolutions, but healthier lunch options coupled with gym attendance produces better results :)

Let’s take a look at our chicken salad…

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Here’s your ingredient line up.  The chia seed and grape nuts are optional, but we LOVE them in our salad!  Chia adds fiber, Omega-3, protein, and is an antioxidant.  If you don’t have chia seed, flaxseed will work also.  Grape nuts add a nice crunch to the sandwich, but sprinkle during sandwich creation.  At first, we stirred in the nuts into the salad but the crunch was only present if we ate it immediately.  The next time we reached for the chicken salad, the crunch was gone as the nuts became soggy.

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We used the canned chicken that you get from Costco or any grocery store.  Feel free to use your own chicken breast that you bake yourself.

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Sprinkle in some chia seeds.  Check the research on them, sooooo good for you and you really can’t taste them at all.  Also, another way to get chia seed into your diet is adding them to your jug of water.  But, only if you don’t mind a jello consistency. :)

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For the creamy base we used plain Greek Yogurt.  Give it a try, you’ll be surprised!

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Drizzle in your honey!

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We added dill pickle relish and mustard at this stage.  Mmmm!!

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Celery and cucumber please!

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Sliced grapes!  Give a good stir then squeeze lemon on top and pepper to taste.   Plate over a nice bed of arugula or lettuce, or in a wrap or sandwich.  Most of the time, we don’t get to the sandwich phase, we ending up eating the salad with crackers.

Skinny Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad

Sprinkle with Grape Nuts for a great crunch.  Enjoy!

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SKINNY GREEK YOGURT CHICKEN SALAD

Skinny Greek Yogurt Chicken SaladPrep time: 15 min | Cook time: 0 min | Total time: 20 min

Ingredients

  • Two 12.5 oz cans chunk chicken breast
  • 1 cup nonfat or lowfat plain greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 4 tablespoons dill pickle relish
  • 1 cup (about 4 stalks) chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup quartered, then chopped cucumber
  • 1/2 cup sliced grapes
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 medium lemon, squeezed
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

OPTIONAL SECOND INGREDIENT LIST:

  • 2 tablespoons Chia or Flax Seed (we used Chia)
  • 2 teaspoons Cholula Hot Sauce (add more if you live a spicy life)
  • Sprinkle of grape nuts (best applied at time of eating-HIGHLY RECOMMENDED)

Directions

  1. Combine chicken, greek yogurt, honey, mustard, dill relish, and chia seed into large bowl. Mix together until chicken is shredded.
  2. Add and mix in, chopped cucumber, celery, and grapes.
  3. Add garlic salt to taste.
  4. Squeeze lemon, add salt and pepper into chicken salad and combine.
  5. When making a sandwich, salad, or wrap, sprinkle grape nuts over the top for a crunch.

Makes 8 Servings

 


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  1. 1

    Grape Nuts! I’ll have to give that a try!!! Thanks, Jenny!

  2. 2

    What a nice chicken salad! Love the use of the juicy grapes in it!

  3. 3
    Maria says:

    Love this lighter version!

  4. 4

    healthier options are 100% on my mind right now! Looks good

  5. 5

    Loved that you added grapenuts! :)

  6. 6

    I love chicken salad with greek yogurt. You really can’t tell the difference in taste! Love the addition of grape nuts for the crunch!

  7. 7

    Love this lighter version!! Perfect for staying fit! :)

  8. 8
    Liz says:

    Nice recipe. thank you and have a great day!

  9. 9

    Is it lunch time yet? This chicken salad looks and sounds amazing!

  10. 10
    Michelle K says:

    I think I’m in love!!!! Can’t wait to try this! It would be great wrapped in a tortilla, too.

  11. 11

    I’ve never made chicken salad with greek yogurt before. This looks like my kind of meal! Can’t wait to make this :)

  12. 12
    Loretta says:

    I could probably eat chicken salad every day for lunch! There’s so many options for mix-ins, you’d never get bored. I like the idea of adding chia seeds…I was pumped off them for a while after reading Born to Run, but now we aren’t stocked up. Thanks for the reminder! I love them in the summer with water and a squirt of lemon or lime juice!

  13. 13

    Yummy! This looks so delicious! I never thought of adding chia seeds! What a great idea!

  14. 14
    Tieghan says:

    Loving this light version and those grape nuts! I have to give this a try!

  15. 15

    I love this skinny version – I’ll be making this for sure!

  16. 16
    Aggie says:

    Oh Jenny I’m just loving this!!

  17. 17
    marla says:

    Such a healthful & tasty salad!

  18. 18

    This looks so fresh, yet filling!

  19. 19
    Andrea W says:

    I LOVE chicken salad but not the calories and fat that come with it, so thank you for this! I have a question though – I plan to use my own chicken breasts. How much do you think I would need to equal the canned amount you use?

  20. 20

    I love celery and grapes in chicken salad! This looks fabulous, Jenny! xoxo- K

  21. 21

    […] So excited to share some “healthier” recipes with you this month.  My husband and I teamed up and developed this creamy dreamy chicken salad packed with all kinds of goodness.  I’m not going on any crazy diets for my New Years resolutions, but healthier lunch options coupled with gym attendance produces better results Read the rest of Skinny Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad […]

  22. 22

    Just made this for lunch for this week – by far the best chicken salad recipe I’ve tried! Thanks for sharing!

  23. 23
    Andrea says:

    So delicious! The yogurt dressing is the best! I usually don’t care for yogurt dressings,but this one is great! I grilled two marinated chicken breasts instead of canned chicken. Added a ton of flavor. Because I was out of cucumber and celery, I substituted finely diced yellow peppers. This makes 4 large or 8 smallish portions. (4 PP or 2 PP) thanks fort this recipe.

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