Healthy Chicken Salad - personal chef/nutritionist

Healthy Chicken Salad

Chef Abbie Gellman RD

Traditional chicken salads are drowning in mayonnaise, which contains hundreds of unnecessary calories. Instead, using small amounts of flavorful ingredients can help bring out the delicious flavor so you can feel good about eating chicken salad again.

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Healthy Chicken Salad

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Course: Salad, Side Dish
Keyword: chicken, healthy, salad
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 32 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Chef Abbie Gellman RD


  • Combine salt and pepper in a bowl. Heat a large grill pan over medium-high heat. Coat with cooking spray. Sprinkle chicken with some of the salt mixture; place in pan. Reduce heat to medium; cover. Cook until chicken is cooked through, about 12 minutes (flip halfway through cooking time). Remove from pan; set aside. Note: can also grill chicken on an outdoor grill, same procedure applies.
  • In a bowl, combine yogurt, mustard, chives, tarragon, and remaining salt mixture. Core the apple, and cut into 1/4-inch dice. Place in a medium bowl with lemon juice, and toss to combine. Add fennel, celery, and grapes. Cut reserved chicken into 1/2-inch pieces. Add to salad with yogurt dressing; stir to combine.
  • Serve on toasted pumpernickel bread, open-faced, with watercress.


Nutrition Information (per serving)

Calories: 240; Total Fat: 3.5 grams; Saturated Fat: 0.5 grams; Protein: 23 grams; Carbohydrates: 28 grams; Sugars: 11 grams; Fiber: 4 grams; Cholesterol: 55 milligrams; Sodium: 500 milligrams

Recipe provided by Abbie Gellman, MS RD of Culinary Nutrition Cuisine
Photo by Del Lau

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