Mar 17, 2009

Lighter Chicken Salad

I am always, always looking for new lunch items and this has been in my folder to try for awhile. It's an ever reliable Everyday Food magazine recipe.

I really liked this chicken salad for two reasons.
1. Very little mayo.
2. Very little mayo.

Don't get me wrong, I like mayo as much as any mayo lover but for some reason, chicken salad is often too mayo heavy, even for me. The addition of the buttermilk really helped this catastrophe. I made a couple of changes, one was that I added grapes...that's my favorite part of chicken salad...grapes! And instead of poaching the chicken, I roasted it in the oven. I just really don't like poached chicken.



Lighter Chicken Salad
Everyday Food

Ingredients
Serves 6

Coarse salt and ground pepper
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (6 to 8 ounces each)
1/4 cup light mayonnaise
1/4 cup low-fat buttermilk
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 to 1 teaspoon hot sauce
2 celery stalks, finely chopped
1/2 small red onion, finely chopped
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/2 cup sliced grapes

Directions
1. Bring 1 inch salted water to a boil in a large skillet with a tight-fitting lid. Add chicken, cover, and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer 5 minutes. Off heat, let chicken (still covered) steam until cooked through, 12 to 14 minutes. Remove from skillet; when cool enough, cut into chunks or shred with two forks. Or roast in oven appropriately. I used bone in, skin on chicken breasts, so that took longer than boneless skinless breasts would...obviously cook accordingly.
2. In a medium bowl, stir together mayonnaise, buttermilk, mustard, lemon juice, and hot sauce. 3. Stir in chicken, celery, onion, and parsley; season with salt and pepper.
4. Serve on bread or over greens.

4 comments:

Joelen said...

Thanks for sharing this - I prefer my chicken salad to be on the light side of mayo too!

Rebecca said...

Looks yummy! I don't really eat chicken salad because of the mayo factor..but I'm going to try this one for sure since it's on the light side. Thanks!

Gwen said...

you should try it with plain fat free yogurt in place of the mayo! it's really tangy and yummy. My version has a bit of cumin in it and chopped walnuts too. ;-)

Rebecca said...

Looks yummy! I don't really eat chicken salad because of the mayo factor..but I'm going to try this one for sure since it's on the light side. Thanks!

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