Chicken Salad, Prepared Three Different Ways

by Kate on July 11, 2013

Chicken Salad, Three Ways

One of my most favorite summertime lunches is chicken salad.  It’s easy to make while being light and refreshing on a hot summer day.  But I’ve come to learn that there are lots of great ways to shake this old classic up. And instead of using mayonnaise, non-fat plain greek yogurt is a great alternative to spare some fat and calories while still giving the chicken salad that creamy texture that most recipes get with mayo.

Whether you’re brown bagging it for work, or looking for the perfect sammie to snack on in your beach chair, these three chicken salad combos are all winners in my book – Chicken Salad three ways: Plain & Simple, BLT style and Buffalo Chicken style.


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Chicken Salad, Plain & Simple
Maybe just like Ma’ used to make (or better).  Serve a big scoop on a bed of lettuce or for extra presentation points, inside a hollowed out fresh vine ripe tomato from the garden.

Chicken Salad, Three Ways

Chicken Salad, Plain and Simple

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked chicken
  • 1/2 cup non-fat plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 cup red onion, minced
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped small

Instructions

1) Place the cooked chicken in a mixing bowl. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together your yogurt, salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder until combined. Pour yogurt mixture over the chicken and stir until coated.

2) Gently fold in the red onion and chopped celery. Serve immediately or chill for up to 1 week.

http://www.andtheycookedhappilyeverafter.com/2013/07/11/chicken-salad-prepared-three-different-ways/

 BLT Chicken Salad
Two classic summer sammie combos combined into one magical scoop of heaven.  Might as well toss that pimento loaf now.

Chicken Salad, three ways

BLT Chicken Salad

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked chicken
  • 6 tablespoons plain, fat-free greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 cup mixed greens, chopped
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, chopped
  • 4 slices cooked bacon, chopped

Instructions

1) Place your cooked chicken in a large mixing bowl. Combine the yogurt, salt, pepper and garlic salt in a small mixing bowl and then stir into the cooked chicken until coated.

2) Gently fold in your mixed greens, tomatoes and chopped bacon until just incorporated with the chicken.

3) Serve immediately or chill for up to 1 week.

http://www.andtheycookedhappilyeverafter.com/2013/07/11/chicken-salad-prepared-three-different-ways/

 Buffalo Chicken Salad
I know, I know – I have a serious Buffalo Chicken addiction.  But this is truly one of my favorite recipes from the ‘buffalo chicken’ archives.  Slightly modified from a previous recipe from last year, this one is way better, and even healthier thanks to the Greek Yogurt!

Buffalo Chicken Salad

Buffalo Chicken Salad

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked chicken
  • 1/4 cup Frank's hot sauce (or hot sauce of your choice)
  • 1/3 cup fat-free plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon Hidden Valley Ranch powder (for the dip mix, not the dressing mix)
  • 2 stalks of celery, chopped small
  • 2 scallions (white part only) chopped small

Instructions

1) Place your cooked chicken in a mixing bowl. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together the hot sauce, yogurt and ranch powder until fully combined.

2) Pour the hot sauce/yogurt mixture over the chicken and mix until coated. Gently fold in the celery and scallions. Serve immediately or chill for up to one week.

http://www.andtheycookedhappilyeverafter.com/2013/07/11/chicken-salad-prepared-three-different-ways/

 

 

aimee @ like mother like daughter July 11, 2013 at 5:58 pm

Wow, genius ideas and your pics are beautiful!

Kate July 11, 2013 at 6:23 pm

Thanks Aimee! I was inspired by your chicken salad post – I cant get enough of it!

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