As a dietitian, providing healthier options to my clients is the bare minimum of what I do. If it tastes like cardboard, what is the point?  Therefore, if I am offering suggestions or recipes, I am going to try them out for myself first to make sure they pass the test. If I can’t find a realistic option, then I will create one. And this is one of the main reasons why I spend hours of my time in my kitchen working on new recipes to share with my clients as well as my readers.

The recipe development process is timely, yes. But it can also be also pretty fun if you like to taste-test. In my kitchen, a recipe is never 100% complete, but at some point you have to put the forks down to write it all down.  This chicken salad tune-up is a healthier option to the mayo-overloaded chicken salad without sacrificing the flavor.

A Chicken Salad Tune-Up

yields approximately 3-4 servings

    • 32 oz Organic Chicken Broth, Reduced Sodium
    • 1-2 lb Organic Chicken Breast
    • 1-2 stalks Celery (finely chopped)
    • 1/4 cup Onion (finely chopped)
    • 1/2 cup Organic Mayonnaise
    • 1/3 cup Greek yogurt
    • 2 tsp Onion Powder
    • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
    • 1 tsp Fresh Ground Pepper
    • 1 tsp Kosher Salt
  1. Pour chicken broth into crock pot and turn on high heat.
  2. Once liquid begins to simmer, add chicken breasts, cover with a lid and turn heat to low. Allow chicken to slow cook for 4-6 hours until tender.
  3. Chop celery and onion while chicken is slow cooking. Place into a small, covered container and store in refrigerator until ready to use.
  4. In a small mixing bowl, stir mayonnaise, Greek yogurt, and spices. Store in refrigerator until ready to use.
  5. Once chicken has cooked, remove from crockpot and transfer to a large mixing bowl. Shred chicken with two forks while it is still hot. Allow to cool for 15-20 minutes, then cover container with foil and place in refrigerator to chill.
  6. Once chicken has cooled, add remaining ingredients and combine well. Adjust seasonings to your preference.

I recommend pairing this chicken salad with Trader Joe’s Raisin Rosemary Crisps or Mary’s Gone Crackers depending on your taste preferences and diet restrictions. The Raisin Rosemary Crisps bring a slight sweetness to the chicken salad game for a great sweet and savory combo, and they are a good bang for your buck with respect to calories and taste (90 calories for 11 crackers). Mary’s Gone Crackers allows the chicken salad to take the spotlight, and they are organic, vegan, non-gmo and gluten-free! You really cannot go wrong with either choice.

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