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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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
- In a small bowl, mash one half ripe avocado. Add yogurt, chicken, onion, celery, curry powder, cayenne powder, salt and pepper; combine well.
- Scoop a small amount of chicken salad (about ¼ cup) on top of one Bibb lettuce leaf. Repeat with remaining chicken salad and serve.
- Leftover chicken salad can be stored an airtight container for about two days.
This week’s #SundaySupper is a collaborative effort by the #SundaySupper Movement and American Family Insurance. Led by this week’s host, Katie of Ruffles and Truffles, we are encouraging all families to take steps to #ChooseDreams and turn your favorite family recipes into healthy ones. For more great healthy #ChoseDreams recipes, follow AmFam on Pinterest.
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- Corn and Crab Chowder by The Dinner-Mom
- Crab Cake Salad by Family Foodie
- Grilled Portabella Mushrooms On Red Pepper Slaw with Cucumber Dressing by Seduction In The Kitchen
- Healthy Chicken Salad by Run DMT
- Lighter Beef Tacos by Alida’s Kitchen
- Meatballs with Vegetable Noodles and Fresh Tomato Sauce by The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
- Roasted Cauliflower Mac & Cheese by The Messy Baker
- Spaghetti Squash with Mushrooms and Spinach by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
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- Chewy Coconut Granola Bars by Savvy Eats
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- Mom’s Fruit Salad by Magnolia Days
- Strawberry Vanilla Canapés by The Not So Cheesy Kitchen
- Superfood Pancakes by girlichef
- Zucchini Carrot Snack Cake by The Foodie Army Wife
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