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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Chicken Salad My Way

LOVE me some chicken salad. Especially the chicken salad from Pot Belly Deli in Clemson... sigh. I have been in search of a chicken salad recipe that has just the right taste to the dressing part and I have found it with Pioneer Woman of course! I took her recipe and healthified it a bit and changed up a few things for Chicken Salad done MY way.

Emily's Chicken Salad
makes 6 servings, adapted from Pioneer Woman

Handful of Cilantro (or other fresh herb like Oregano, Rosemary, Dill), minced
1/2 cup light/reduced fat mayonnaise
1/2 cup nonfat yogurt
1-2 Tbsp lemon juice
1-2 Tbsp brown sugar
Salt and ground pepper to taste
Dash of cayenne pepper
Rotisserie chicken, cut up with any fatty pieces thrown out
1-2 handful of Craisens
2-3 Green onions, chopped
2 Granny Smith apples, chopped

In a small bowl mix first 7 ingredients. They key to this part is tasting it to see what you may need a little bit more of... start with the 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and brown sugar and add more to your taste. I know brown sugar sounds strange but I think it is the dressing's not-so-secret ingredient for goodness.

In medium to large bowl combine other 4 ingredients. Pour dressing over top and mix well. Chill for several hours or overnight and serve as desired. We like ours on rolls or in a wrap.

I have made this several times now but every time we eat it before I remember to take a picture haha so I am so glad I get to share it now. I think this chicken salad is delicious but can easily be adapted to have chicken salad YOUR way too. I have made this before with grapes in place of the apples or craisens and it was very yummy then too.

What is in the chicken salad done your way??

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  1. Yum! So many amazing flavors -- cilantro, craisins, apple, cayenne...And I love all the healthy elements too like the yogurt, lean chicken and lite mayo!

    Emily, thank you for always having something wonderful to share on "A Little Birdie Told Me..." Tuesdays at Rook No. 17!


  2. This looks delicious - the brown sugar is an interesting addition. I'm going to try today


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