Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Grown Up Chicken Salad (192 Calories Per Serving)


This recipe was outside of my comfort zone because I do not typically like chicken salad. I think it’s the dominate roll the chicken takes in the recipes that I don’t particularly care for. I just happened to have all the ingredients and some extra rotisserie chicken that I didn’t want to waste so I thought I would give it a try. I am the only one in our house that isn’t a chicken salad fan so I figured it would get eaten regardless of my opinion of chicken salad.

I found this recipe interesting because it’s a little different than your typical chicken salad. I loved the surprising sweetness with the dried cherries and I loved the occasional crunch from the almonds.  This recipe takes an old boring recipe and gives it a nice make over.

I really enjoyed this recipe! The only thing I would change next time would be severing it on plain white or wheat sandwich bread instead of a roll. The roll overwhelmed the chicken salad. When I used the leftovers on toasted sandwich bread it was fantastic!

Ingredients:
  • 1 pounds of rotisserie chicken
  • ½-3/4 cup mayonnaise (I used light and ¾ cup)
  • 1 tablespoon Spicy Brown Mustard
  • 1/3 cup roasted, salted almonds, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup dried cherries, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup small-dice celery (from 1 stalk)
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • *4 to 6 Kaiser rolls or sandwich-sized slices of focaccia or ciabatta bread (optional)
  • *Bibb, Boston, or iceberg lettuce (optional)

Instructions:
  1. Cut chicken into bite-sized pieces and place in a large bowl. 
  2. Add the mayonnaise, mustard, almonds, cherries, celery, shallot, and thyme and season with salt and pepper. 
  3. Stir to evenly combine, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled, about 1 hour.
  4. If serving as sandwiches divide the chicken salad among the bread/rolls and top with lettuce.


Number of Servings: 6  (*Calorie Count Does not include roll or any toppings*)
Nutritional Information:
  • 192 calories per serving
  • 9 carbs 
  • 11 grams of fat 
  • 17 protein
  • 0 sugar
*Nutritional information found on www.myfitnesspal.com this information will vary based on the products you use.*



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