Monday, 3 March 2014

How to Make a Good and Healthy Chicken Salad?

Chicken salad is one of the recipes which I prefer in my dinner, as its delectable, quick and easy to make and pack full of nutrition. We all know about this saying that eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like pauper. But it doesn’t mean in dinner you have to eat some bland, boring and a tasteless food. It should be light and easy to digest. So make something which is scrumptious but satisfying and easy to digest.

Chicken salad is the best solution to it. It contains vegetables, fruits if you wish, nuts or pine nuts and chicken breasts. We all know chicken breasts are the best source of protein and got less fat contents. Simply mix the cooked chicken pieces with the mix of vegetables and any dressing of your choice, toss well and serve. Mostly people make chicken salads in mayonnaise or in wine vinaigrettes etc. there are plenty of more dressings depends upon the recipe that you can try. In today’s post, I am sharing a recipe called Wholehearted Chicken salad with Honey Mustard Dressing. It also got low-fat Greek yogurt in the dressing. Do you know the best replacement of mayonnaise other than low fat version is yogurt! It’s healthy and fat free which helps in making a guilt free indulgence for us.

I am not claiming that this recipe is the best recipe so far, however it is one the worth trying recipe for sure. Unlike other chicken salad recipes, it is not cold but warm in nature. You don’t have to refrigerate this salad, just make it and consume it. No standby or waiting period, instead of marinating which can be excluded if you have cooked chicken or leftovers. 

Nevertheless, let’s start cooking this wonderful and simple warm chicken salad recipe –

This recipe serves up to 4 servings
Preparation Time: 15 Minutes
Cooking Time: 25 minutes
Total: 40 minutes

Ingredients –
  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1-2 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp. grainy mustard
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 400g Skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into chunks
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 130g packet baby spinach
  • 1 avocado, cut into chunks
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half 
  •  1 bell pepper, cut into strips (optional)
  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp. low fat yoghurt
  • 1 tbsp. grainy mustard
  • 1 tsp. honey
  1. Mix olive oil, garlic, mustard and honey in a bowl and stir well. Add the chicken pieces and mix properly by ensuring chicken pieces are covered with marinate. If possible, cover and refrigerate for at least 20-30 minutes.
  2. Heat a large nonstick frying pan at low heat. Add the chicken and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until the chicken is golden in color. Now add red onion and continue cooking for another 3 to 4 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked completely. Keep it warm.
  3. Now prepare the dressing by combining all ingredients mentioned in the dressing.
  4. Place the baby spinach, avocado, cherry tomatoes and bell pepper on a serving platter. Top with the chicken and onion mixture and all pan juices. Drizzle with the dressing and serve immediately.
I hope you will like the recipe, if you have such interesting chicken salad recipes that you would like to share, please comment and share the recipes. You can also share your thoughts and opinions about this recipe. Stay healthy and stay fit.

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