Healthy Chicken Salad #SundaySupper #ChooseDreams

Disclosure: This #SundaySupper post is sponsored by American Family Insurance. All opinions are my own.

In our house, we grill a lot, especially in the summer.  With grilling almost every night, there are usually plenty of leftovers.  Whenever there’s leftover chicken, I love to chop it up and throw together a chicken salad with whatever ingredients I have in the fridge.

However, when you’re trying to eat healthy, traditional chicken salad loaded with mayonnaise isn’t the healthiest choice. Instead of using mayo, I found that a smashed avocado mixed with non-fat Greek yogurt makes a really nice healthy substitute. By adding Greek yogurt instead of mayo, this dish becomes even richer with protein as well as a great source of calcium and probiotcs for digestive health.

In the past, avocados have had a bad reputation for being high in fat content. Today, we now know this rich green superfood offers the right kind of fat to help lower cholesterol. Avocados are also high in dietary fiber, protein and an excellent source of potassium, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C and Vitamin E.

Mashed avocado

When preparing this Healthy Chicken Salad, I add celery and onion much like traditional chicken salad, however, to hide the somewhat sourness of plain Greek yogurt, I add some curry powder and a bit of cayenne pepper. As much as I love plain Greek yogurt, I had to mask the yogurt flavor when making this dish for my family in order for them to eat it. If it tasted to “yogurty”, they wouldn’t eat it.

Healthy Chicken Salad

When I served this dish to family for the first time, my husband loved it and didn’t offer any suggestions to change it, which is a HUGE deal in the Iron Chef Allan test kitchen.

Healthy Chicken Salad

Since my husband and I are trying to cut back on bad carbs, I like to serve Healthy Chicken Salad on leafy greens such as Bibb lettuce to offer a carb-free alternative wrap. It’s the perfect healthy, quick summertime fix for #SundaySupper.

Healthy Chicken Salad

Healthy Chicken Salad #SundaySupper #ChooseDreams
Recipe type: Easy
Cuisine: Healthy
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Serves: 4-6
A healthy alternative to a classic chicken salad
  • ¾ cup cooked chicken breast
  • ½ ripe Haas avocado
  • ¼ cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1Tbsp celery, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp red onion, finely chopped
  • ¼ tsp curry powder
  • ¼ tsp cayenne powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • 8-10 Bibb lettuce leaves
  1. In a small bowl, mash one half ripe avocado. Add yogurt, chicken, onion, celery, curry powder, cayenne powder, salt and pepper; combine well.
  2. Scoop a small amount of chicken salad (about ¼ cup) on top of one Bibb lettuce leaf. Repeat with remaining chicken salad and serve.
  3. Leftover chicken salad can be stored an airtight container for about two days.

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From start to finish, Denise is Run DMT, a Tampa Bay marathon mom on the run trying to maintain an easy pace through it all between races and raising three beautiful, brilliant children (ages 13, 9, 4). In 2007, I discovered a passion for running and in February 2015, I completed my tenth marathon, however, I continue to train for a variety of races and triathlons. In my spare time, I founded Tampa Bay Bloggers, a hyperlocal blogging network.

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  1. Katie says:

    Well, avocado and I are the best of friends, so I am totally on board with this version of chicken salad!!! It’s hard for me to believe that there was a time in my life that I refused to eat avocados. I mean…what was I thinking? ;)

  2. Alida says:

    I always pass on chicken salad because I’m not a fan of mayo, but your lovely healthy version with avocado and Greek yogurt is right up my alley. This looks wonderful!

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