Chicken salad… on a sandwich, in a pita, a whole wheat tortilla, scooped up in some whole grain “scoop” chips, in a lettuce wrap, or by itself… I’ve tried it all different ways and I really can’t decide which is my favorite. It’s a great option for a lazy weeknight dinner, or to prep ahead for a week’s worth of lunches.
I won’t lie: we used to eat it with mayo, on bread, with Cheetos on the side. Over the years, we updated the fix-in’s for a cleaner, healthier meal. Since we’ve started the 21 Day Fix program, I upped the ante and mixed in whatever containers I needed for the day (think: sliced carrots, grapes, nuts, etc.). My usual go-to: in a whole wheat tortilla with diced green apple, halved red grapes and some halved grape tomatoes. YUM!
If you’re following the 21 Day Fix meal plan, one serving of my clean version of chicken salad will satisfy 1 red container. If you’re splitting hairs, you can count 1/4 green container too (because of the celery & onion). But I’ll usually throw in some lettuce & tomatoes to make it a full green container.
For the chicken portion, you can use a WIDE variety: good ol’ canned white chunk chicken (find organic, clean options to make it even cleaner), a roasted chicken from the grocery store (this is the BEST in terms of flavor), leftover grilled chicken or just boil and shred your own chicken. You’ll need about 2 cups.
Once your chicken is chopped or shredded, throw in 1/4 cup of PLAIN yogurt (Greek is best), 2 stalks of chopped celery (about 1/2 cup), 1/2 a large diced onion (about 1/2 cup), the juice of 1 small or 1/2 large lemon.
For the seasonings, I use 1/4 tsp salt (Himalayan or sea salt is best), 1/2 tsp black pepper, 1/2 tsp onion powder, 1/4 tsp paprika, 1/8 tsp cayenne (optional).
Stir it all up and test for any additional seasonings or lemon juice. Enjoy!
Recipe makes 4 servings
Total time: 10 minutes
2 cups cooked chicken (diced or shredded)
1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup diced onion
juice of 1/2 lemon
1/4 tsp Himalayan salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp paprika
1/8 tsp cayenne
Optional mix-ins: diced green apple, halved grape tomatoes, halved red grapes, chopped walnuts, chopped pecans
Mix all ingredients together eat however you like! Some options: in a lettuce wrap, whole wheat tortilla, on a sandwich (I recommend Ezekiel bread), or by itself. For 21 Day Fixers, 1 serving = 1 red container. For non-Fixers, 1 serving is about 3/4 cup of chicken salad.