I'm back with a new recipe! This week is chicken salad! Since PH and I are selling our house it needs to look perfect all the time. This makes me afraid to make anything, because I have to immediately clean everything up afterwards. This chicken salad is the perfect solution because its easy to make and a quick and easy clean up!
When I was younger I was an incredibly picky eater. I drove my mom crazy with my stubborn refusal to eat anything I thought looked gross. This obviously included anything that was coated in anything white, like chicken salad. Therefore I didn't try chicken salad until high school because it always looked gross to me. As with most things I refused to eat as a child, after trying it, I liked it! I wanted to come up with the lightest, tastiest version around. Floating around on the internet are a lot of 21 Day Fix Friendly recipes. If you haven't heard of 21 Day Fix it's an exercise and portion control program available through Beachbody (where I happen to be a coach!) You can find recipes going along with the program all over the internet, and you can guarantee it's always a valiant effort at healthy, tasty, clean eating. I found a 21 Day Fix recipe for Chicken Salad. I liked the idea of using Greek Yogurt like this one here (did you know that you can buy this Greek Yogurt off of Amazon and you'll get a case of 6? Talk about Food Storage Prep!!). I decided on my own concoction, partially based off of what we had in the house.
I have to admit that I intended on adding red onion, and then I forgot. I still included it in the recipe here because I think it would add the perfect bite to this great chicken salad. Finally, I had bought some great rolls from the bakery at our local grocery store. Unfortunately I made this a week later than I intended, so the bread went bad. Fortunately, PH and I have some baguettes in the freezer. An aside about these baguettes. You may or may not know, I have lived in France. First I lived there during law school for a semester, then I went back after law school as a missionary. The second time around I was there for about 18 months. Baguettes like the ones at the link are a favorite for poor students and missionaries on a budget. As you know, France has the best bread in the world. These baguettes are handy because you pop them in the hot oven for ten minutes and then you have yourself a decent baguette! Crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside. Also, it's perfect for a chicken salad sandwich! Finding these and using them has brought me such joy. And you buy this package of bread and can stick it in your freezer so you'll have baguettes for awhile!
Anyway, back to the matter at hand, I cooked two of them and we used that as our sandwich bread. Let me know what type of bread you use, or maybe you'll do a lettuce wrap! (Although I exhort you to buy those baguettes and try them for yourself! You don't have to order them in bulk from France, They are at Costco!) (Here is another version, also from France.)
I know we normally provide you with a separate recipe button, but I have to admit that there wasn't a lot of formal measuring here.
I can tell you I used 1 lb of chicken breast, and 16 oz of Greek Yogurt. So the recipe goes something like this:
1 lb chicken breast
16 oz Greek Yogurt
1 Apple diced (I used Gala. I think a more tart apple like Fuji or Pink Lady would be fun as well.)
about 2 cups of grapes
about 1 cup of craisins
1 TBSP lemon juice
1 cup pecan halves
about 1/2 a red onion, diced
Salt and Pepper to taste
Boil the chicken in salt water until thoroughly cooked. Shred chicken with two forks. Place in a mixing bowl. Add in craisins, apples, pecans, grapes, onions and lemon juice. Mix. Stir in half the Greek Yogurt and stir until the Greek yogurt is evenly spread. Then add the rest and stir until evenly coated again.
Bake your baguettes as directed. Once cooled cut in half and slice open. Add some chicken salad and enjoy!
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Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!