good for you chicken salad

11 Jul


a trip to costco means a rotisserie chicken – the drumsticks for Hazel and some breast meat for North.  The rest usually ends up in some kind of casserole or salad.    i came across this “good for you ” chicken salad and thought why not try it?   we both thought it was good!  i might put a little less tumeric next time though!  we ate it with a piece of toasted whole grain bread.    i mixed in the pecans and pomegranate seeds instead of throwing them on top.




Winter Chicken Salad

makes 8+ servings, keeps refrigerated up to a week
1/4 cup scallion, finely chopped  (i used shallot)
juice and zest of 1 lemon
2 teaspoons salt
1 cup apple, cut into small dice
1 cup pear, cut into small dice
1 cup celery, thinly sliced
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1 to 1½ lbs cooked chicken
3 tablespoons light mayonnaise
1/4 teaspoon sriracha hot sauce
toasted pecan pieces
pomegranate seeds
In a large mixing bowl, combine the scallions, lemon juice and zest and salt. As you dice the apples the apples and pears add them to the bowl and mix to coat with the lemon juice to prevent browning. Add the celery and turmeric, mix again to combine all ingredients thoroughly.
Add the chicken, mayonnaise and hot sauce to the bowl and fold together with the other ingredients to mix without breaking the chicken too much. Adjust the seasoning to taste with more salt and hot sauce as needed.
To serve, make a bed of greens (spinach or arugula) in the center of each plate, greens may be dry or lightly dressed with olive oil and vinegar or lemon juice. Place a large spoonful of the chicken salad on top of the greens. Scatter toasted pecan pieces and pomegranate seeds over each plate.

3 Responses to “good for you chicken salad”

  1. snippetsfromsnaphappy July 11, 2011 at 8:13 pm #

    This sounds really good . . . but I don’t like mayo . . . what do you think I could substitute? I don’t like sour cream, yogurt, or mustard either . . .

    • ilonaskitchen July 11, 2011 at 8:25 pm #

      just leave it out! theres so little of it anyway! what about greek yogurt? softened cream cheese? hummus?

      • snippetsfromsnaphappy July 11, 2011 at 8:27 pm #

        HUMMUS. Perfect!!!! I will definitely make this. Thanks for posting! Keep the recipes coming! I am definitely lacking in this department. My husband ate Special K for dinner.

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