Lightened-Up Chicken Salad

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Lightened-Up Chicken Salad Recipe -- made with Greek yogurt and all of the classic ingredients we all love! | gimmesomeoven.com

I have this habit of forgetting about grapes.

As in, I have this habit of forgetting that grapes exist.

Do you ever do that with foods?  Like, totally go for months without eating or seeing a certain food anywhere, and then suddenly it pops up on a random cheese platter and you realize that — oh my gosh — I totally forgot about grapes!  And about how much I freaking love grapes!?

This exact scenario just might have happened to me while we were in New Zealand.  And ever since we arrived home, I have been on a mission to make up for all of this lost time that apparently lapsed with me and grapes.  Which means that I may have over-purchased a bit.  And that my fridge may been transformed into a virtual vineyard.  And I may now be racking my brain for all sorts of different ways to use these puppies up.

So my random throwback craving of the week has now turned into today’s new blog post.  That’s right.  Skip the mayo and toss in some Greek yogurt.  But other than that, it’s the classic chicken salad that we will forever and always love.

Lightened-Up Chicken Salad Recipe -- made with Greek yogurt and all of the classic ingredients we all love! | gimmesomeoven.com

I’ll admit — I probably haven’t had a classic chicken salad in about 10 years.  But after whipping up this recipe, I’m convinced that it only gets better with age.  And when lightened up with some Greek yogurt in lieu of mayo, I’m convinced it may be even better than the original.  ;)

To make it, just chop up a bunch of cooked chicken (I used a rotisserie), celery, grapes, shallot, walnuts, dried cranberries, Greek yogurt, and lots of salt and pepper.  (Next time I totally want to add in an avocado too!)

Lightened-Up Chicken Salad Recipe -- made with Greek yogurt and all of the classic ingredients we all love! | gimmesomeoven.com

Toss it all together until everything is evenly coated with the Greek yogurt…Lightened-Up Chicken Salad Recipe -- made with Greek yogurt and all of the classic ingredients we all love! | gimmesomeoven.com

…and then within minutes, your lightened-up chicken salad will be ready to enjoy.  Serve it up on some sandwich bread with lettuce, serve it in an avocado shell, serve it on a simple bed of arugula, serve it with an extra side of grapes (that you’re desperately trying to use up)…you know, you decide.  ;)  However you serve it, I hope you love it as much as I did.

Cheers!

Lightened-Up Chicken Salad

This Lightened-Up Chicken Salad recipe is made with healthier Greek yogurt and many of the other classic ingredients we all love!

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups diced cooked chicken
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup plain low-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup seedless grapes, halved
  • 1 small shallot, peeled and finely-diced
  • 1/2 cup toasted walnuts
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries or cherries
  • 1 teaspoon worchestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly-cracked black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients to a large bowl, and toss until combined and evenly-coated.
  2. Serve immediately, or refrigerate in a sealed container for up to 3 days.

Recipe slightly adapted from Add A Pinch.

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!


Lightened-Up Chicken Salad Recipe -- made with Greek yogurt and all of the classic ingredients we all love! | gimmesomeoven.com

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  1. Vivian | stayaliveandcooking — March 4, 2016 @ 8:28 am (#)

    I think I forget about random foods a lot, too (can’t remember any examples now of course) but luckily there’s food blogs to help me remember! This looks totally delicious, and I think it would indeed be even better with some avocado. Yumm!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 4th, 2016 @ 10:41 pm

      Thank you Vivian — we hope you enjoy it (and we think the avocado would be a super yummy addition)! :)

  2. Melanie @ Gather for Bread — March 4, 2016 @ 9:22 am (#)

    Greek Yogurt is my favorite way to make things ‘lighter’. I use it in chicken salad a lot. Love the pop of color the grapes give it. Fabulous!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 4th, 2016 @ 10:39 pm

      Thank you Melanie! We hope you can give this recipe a try! :)

  3. Ali's mom — March 4, 2016 @ 9:24 am (#)

    Just like your mother makes except I add a squirt of Dijon mustard

  4. Deborah @ The Harvest Kitchen — March 4, 2016 @ 1:13 pm (#)

    Beautiful sandwich (I’ll have to try your mom’s Dijon add too)! 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 4th, 2016 @ 10:31 pm

      Thanks Deborah — we hope you enjoy it! :)

  5. Josh | The Kentucky Gent — March 4, 2016 @ 1:32 pm (#)

    You really can use greek yogurt for just about everything.. 

    Sounds like the perfect thing to have on hand as we move into the warmer months! 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 7th, 2016 @ 3:00 pm

      Yes, we can’t wait! Come on Spring! :)

  6. Anne Marie @ Inspiration Kindled — March 4, 2016 @ 1:49 pm (#)

    This looks super yummy and fresh, perfect for the nicer weather that’s just around the corner :-)  I’m a grape fan myself, but I also love my mayo… I eat Greek yogurt daily however and always have it on hand.  I’m thinking maybe I could cheat by using *mostly* Greek yogurt and subbing 1/4 cup with good-quality mayo.  Thanks for putting Spring and fresh eating back into my head!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 7th, 2016 @ 3:00 pm

      Thanks Anne Marie! We hope you love it! :D

  7. Kathleen — March 4, 2016 @ 2:14 pm (#)

    This looks delicious and just in time for spring!

  8. Karen @ Seasonal Cravings — March 4, 2016 @ 3:05 pm (#)

    Ooh, I love a classic recipe.  I haven’t had chicken salad in ages but this looks worth a try.  Thanks for not using mayo – ew!

  9. Debbie — March 5, 2016 @ 8:10 am (#)

    I’ve never thought of using Worcestershire sauce in chicken salad.  I’ll have to try it!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 5th, 2016 @ 8:29 pm

      We hope you enjoy it Debbie! :)

  10. Jen | A Sip of Bliss — March 5, 2016 @ 7:01 pm (#)

    Yum! I love chicken salad with a lot of chunks like this! (that sounds a little gross, but you know what I mean haha)

    -Jen

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 5th, 2016 @ 8:33 pm

      We hope you enjoy the recipe Jen!

  11. Trina — March 6, 2016 @ 11:31 am (#)

    I love chicken salad and lighting it up means lunch is planned for today. Thanks for the guilt-free recipe!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 7th, 2016 @ 3:21 pm

      Thanks Trina — we hope you enjoy! :)

  12. Ron — March 9, 2016 @ 2:31 pm (#)

    Looks great and I think it’s what I’m going to make for dinner tonight!

  13. Nancy Karriker — May 18, 2016 @ 4:21 pm (#)

    Be sure to let people know there is Worchestershire sauce in this.  Anyone with a seafood allergy should not eat this, Worchestershire has anchovies in it.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — May 19th, 2016 @ 8:39 am

      Thanks for this reminder Nancy — we will include a note in the recipe!

  14. Gustav — August 16, 2016 @ 12:22 pm (#)

    You have the best recipes!!!!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — August 16th, 2016 @ 9:40 pm

      Thank you very much, Gustav — we appreciate that!