Lightened-Up Chicken Salad

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!

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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.

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43 comments on “Lightened-Up Chicken Salad”

  1. 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!

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

  2. 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!

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

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

  5. 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! 

  6. 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!

  7. This looks delicious and just in time for spring!

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

  10. 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

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

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

  13. 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.

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

  14. You have the best recipes!!!!

  15. How about nutrition facts on this chicken salad. 

    • Hi Carol! We’re sorry but we are unsure of the nutrition facts/amount of calories in this recipe. We currently are not publishing nutrition facts on the site, as the nutrition calculators available are not 100% accurate, and we never want to publish anything that might be misleading. However, a lot of our readers love the My Fitness Pal nutrition calculator, so feel free to try that for an estimate. We hope that helps!

    • We’re sorry but we are unsure of the nutrition facts/amount of calories in this recipe. We currently are not publishing nutrition facts on the site, as the nutrition calculators available are not 100% accurate, and we never want to publish anything that might be misleading. However, a lot of our readers love the My Fitness Pal nutrition calculator, so feel free to try that for an estimate. We hope that helps!

  16. Looks like a great take to work lunch recipe, thanks for the idea!

  17. I forget about grapes too, unless they’re right in front of me and when I saw them in this, I knew it was an inspired recipe, prefer not to use mayo anyway, great idea using Greek yogurt, thank you for this!

  18. Thanks for sharing your recipe! It looks super! I was wondering what brand of Greek yogurt you use????

    • You’re very welcome, Liz, we hope you enjoy! And we like Trader Joe’s and Fage! :)

  19. You’ve always posted tempting photos. I will make this recipe for my children

    Rating: 4
  20. Are the dried cranberries/cherries sweetened? If not where do you purchase unsweetened?

    • Hi Mary! They are not unsweetened, but you can find them online if you just do a Google search for unsweetened dried cranberries/cherries.

  21. This is looking an awesome recipe, I must try it in coming days.

    Rating: 5
  22. One of my favorite lunches. Love the Greek yogurt switch.

  23. Can’t wait to try this. I have made it before but, not with grapes or yogurt. Sounds wonderful…Thank you.

  24. I’ve totally done that with certain foods. I forget about them and then see them in the grocery store and then I think, “Oh, yeah!” This salad looks delicious. I like grapes in my chicken salad!

  25. I adore a classic recipe. I haven’t had chicken salad in ages however this looks worth a try. Thanks for not using mayo