Healthy Greek Yogurt Almond Chicken Salad

Greek Yogurt Almond Chicken Salad
Kaleigh McMordie, MCN, RDN, LD

Nutrition Highlights (per serving)

Calories 90
Fat 4g
Carbs 3g
Protein 11g
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 (1 cup each)
Amount per serving  
Calories 90
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 22mg 7%
Sodium 140mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 2g  
Includes 0g Added Sugars 0%
Protein 11g  
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 59mg 5%
Iron 0mg 0%
Potassium 204mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Total Time 50 min
Prep 5 min, Cook 45 min
Servings 4 (1 cup each)

Chicken salad is one of those foods that can boast a health halo, but in reality, it's often loaded with saturated fat and sodium thanks to a generous amount of mayonnaise and sodium-based preservatives—especially if you're getting it premade at the deli. Making your own chicken salad at home, with chicken breast, is not only a much healthier option, but it will save you time and money.

This Greek yogurt almond chicken salad is a great starting point if you've never made chicken salad before. It's made with just a few simple ingredients and takes very little time to prepare. The dressing is made with plain nonfat Greek yogurt, Dijon mustard, and black pepper for a creamy, protein-packed sauce with less fat and sodium than the traditional mayonnaise base.

Ingredients

  • 1 (8-ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1 stalk celery, diced
  • 2 greens onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Freshly cracked black pepper

Preparation

  1. Heat oven to 350F. Season chicken with pepper and place in a baking dish. Cover with foil and bake 30-45 minutes or until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165F. Remove from oven and let cool.
  2. Chop chicken into small pieces and add to a large bowl with celery, onion, and almonds. Add yogurt, mustard, and pepper to taste. Stir to combine.
  3. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Ingredient Variations and Substitutions

Add any diced vegetables or fruit that you like, such as red onion or apple.

You can also add dried fruit, like cranberries.

Feel free to substitute the almonds for any other nut or seed, such as walnuts or pepitas.

Cooking and Serving Tips

This recipe is great to make ahead for a week of healthy lunches.

Make your chicken salad even faster (and save money) by using leftover chicken.

Serve chicken salad in a whole wheat wrap, lettuce wrap, on whole grain bread, or with whole grain crackers.

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