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Healthy Chicken Salad

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I learned this recipe at a healthy cooking class at Hy-Vee during my dietetic internship a few years ago. I fell in love with it and it has since become one of my favorite lunch options. I love to eat this chicken salad on whole wheat bread, with whole grain Triscuits, or even by itself! I added some slivered almonds to the recipe for some added texture and crunch.

Further Food Commentary:

This chicken salad is packed with more protein and less fat than the traditional version, plus more calcium! Protein can help you feel full longer and is important for weight management and muscle recovery after a workout. This savory sweet recipe is perfect for quick snacks or a light lunch with whole-wheat crackers and plenty of leftovers!

By Kathleen Benson, RDN LD

Healthy Chicken Salad

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  • Prep Time:10 minutes
  • Cook Time:0 minutes
  • Servings: 6

Ingredients

12 ounce can of 98% fat free white chicken breast (I usually use canned chicken because it’s easy to keep on hand, but you can also used 12 oz of chicken cooked & shredded)
6 ounce Chobani plain Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons Mrs. Dash Ranch dressing mix (or any store-brand dry ranch dressing mix if you can’t find Mrs. Dash – it can usually be found at Hy-Vee)
½ cup of grapes (cut in fourths-I like to use both green and red grapes to add color!)
1/3 cup slivered almonds (optional – but I love the extra crunch!)

Instructions

  1. Place chicken in a large bowl (drain first if using canned chicken).
  2. Use a fork to shred chicken.
  3. Add in yogurt and dressing packet and mix until incorporated.
  4. Mix in grapes and almonds.
  5. Enjoy with whole wheat bread or crackers!
Place chicken in a large bowl (drain first if using canned chicken). Use a fork to shred chicken. Add in yogurt and dressing packet and mix until incorporated. Mix in grapes and almonds. Enjoy with whole wheat bread or crackers!

Nutrition Information

Per Serving:  Calories: 129; Total Fat: 4g; Saturated Fat: 0g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 55mg; Sodium: 140mg; Potassium: 69mg; Carbohydrate: 3g; Fiber: 0g; Sugar: 3g; Protein: 20g

Nutrition Bonus: Calcium: 9%

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