Healthy Macro Friendly Chicken Salad

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If you're looking for the perfect healthy chicken salad for your go to light meals and snacks this summer, you have come to the right place! This chicken salad has got it all - healthy fats, veggies, and lean protein make this a well rounded and delicious meal.

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At this time of year, I am all about light meals that you don't have to spend lots of time cooking over the stove. It is just too hot out! I also like to prepare my meals in advance so I can spend more hot summer days out and about enjoying the wonderful weather. This easy chicken salad recipe with Greek yogurt is one of my favorite ways to meal prep lunches at the beginning of the week. It is quick and easy to prepare, is a healthy and great option for a weight loss meal, and is delicious too!

Healthy Macro Friendly Chicken Salad on black plate
Healthy Macro Friendly Chicken Salad

What Are the Main Ingredients in Chicken Salad?

As the name suggests, the main ingredient in this recipe is cooked chicken. I love to use leftover rotisserie chicken in this meal.

The other main ingredient in this low carb chicken salad is Greek yogurt. This is the secret to what makes this recipe healthy without skimping on flavor! Typical chicken salads use a lot of mayonnaise in them, which adds a lot of unnecessary calories. Honestly, I find it makes it not taste as good either! The Greek yogurt lets us cut way down on the amount of mayonnaise we use in this meal, so it is much healthier but still has that great flavor we love!

Another key ingredient in this salad is a bit unexpected - curry powder. I honestly debated whether to name this recipe curry chicken salad instead! Using fresh herbs and a dash of curry powder give this delicious chicken salad a very unique flavor that you are going to absolutely love.

Why We Love This Chicken Salad with Greek Yogurt

One of my favorite things about this chicken salad is the textures and flavors in this meal.

  • It is creamy, thanks to the Greek yogurt and little bit of mayonnaise.
  • It is crunchy from the sliced fresh celery.
  • It is fresh due to the fresh lemon juice that brightens this dish up.
  • It is juicy thanks to the delicious tender chicken.
  • It is spicy, thanks to the sliced red and green onions, and curry powder.
Healthy Macro Friendly Chicken Salad on black plate
Healthy Macro Friendly Chicken Salad

My Simple Trick for Making Shredded Chicken Breasts

Usually, I can't be bothered to pre-cook my chicken breasts for this recipe - I buy pre-prepared plain cooked rotisserie chicken breast from the grocery store and shred them myself. They are just as healthy and take way less time for you to prepare!

If I do get ambitious and decide to prepare my own cooked chicken breast, I will simply season with salt and pepper and cook it in the oven at 350F for approximately 20-30 minute. Once cooked through to an internal temperature of 165F, I place the chicken in my stand mixer with the paddle attachment and mix it on medium/low speed for up to 30 seconds. This results in perfectly shredded chicken with almost no effort!

Ingredients and Substitutions

While the full ingredients list is available in the recipe card below, here are some tips for what you will need to make this classic chicken salad.

  • Cooked chicken breast, shredded
  • Plain Greek yogurt
  • Half fat mayonnaise
  • Dijon mustard
  • Celery
  • Fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Curry powder
  • Red onion
  • Scallions

You could also use shredded turkey breast or tofu as a substitute in this Greek yogurt chicken salad. You could also use chicken thighs if you don't have any chicken breasts handy! If you want to add some spice you could also add some tangy buffalo sauce.

Healthy Macro Friendly Chicken Salad on black plates
Healthy Macro Friendly Chicken Salad

How to Make Chicken Salad

While the full recipe instructions are available below, here are some tips to make this great recipe.

In a large bowl, whisk together your Greek yogurt, half fat mayonnaise, and Dijon mustard until well combined. Add all of your remaining ingredients into the bowl and fold together until well mixed and all ingredients are coated in the Greek yogurt mixture. Take a taste and stir in any salt and pepper as needed, to taste. Top with some additional green onion and cilantro and enjoy!

Serving Suggestions

There are a few ways I love to enjoy this meal. The best way to enjoy these as a lettuce wrap or on a slice of bread as an open faced sandwich. I even love this recipe without any accompaniments if I'm feeling lazy!

How to Store Leftovers/Preparing in Advance

One of the best things about this recipe is that it keeps so well in the fridge. Simply store in an airtight container. I love these bowls, because you can mix your salad directly in the bowl and then seal it with the lid it comes with and pop it right in the fridge. That is efficiency at its best!

Healthy Macro Friendly Chicken Salad on black plates
Healthy Macro Friendly Chicken Salad

FAQ for Low Calorie Chicken Salad

  • Can I use Greek yogurt instead of mayo? Absolutely! Using Greek yogurt helps to reduce the amount of mayo you need to use in this recipe, which cuts down on calories.
  • Is Greek yogurt better than mayo? I do not want to say one is better than the other. While mayonnaise might be tastier than plain yogurt, Greek yogurt is much healthier than mayonnaise since it is lower in calories and high in protein and low in fat and added sugars.
  • How long does chicken salad with Greek yogurt last in the fridge? Since there is meat and dairy in this meal, it will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two to four days.
  • Can I freeze chicken salad? Since there is dairy included in this recipe, it will not freeze very well. I would not recommend freezing this meal.
  • How do you make Greek yogurt taste like mayo? My trick for making Greek yogurt taste like mayo is to use full fat Greek yogurt. I also add some lemon juice and a little bit of half fat mayonnaise to give the flavor to it. I swear you will barely be able to tell the difference!
  • How bad is chicken salad for you? This chicken salad is good for you! There is nothing bad about chicken salad for you.
  • Will it be okay out of the fridge for a lunch on the go? Since there is meat and dairy in this recipe, I would not recommend having this meal out of the fridge at room temperature for more than two hours.

Other Healthy Chicken Recipes You Will Enjoy

If you loved this recipe, here are some suggestions for more healthy chicken recipes you will love!

Healthy Macro Friendly Chicken Salad

If you're looking for the perfect healthy chicken salad for your go to light meals and snacks this summer, you have come to the right place! This chicken salad has got it all - healthy fats, veggies, and lean protein make this a well rounded and delicious meal.

Author:
Kirsten

Ingredients

  • 1lb Cooked chicken breast, shredded
  • 1/4 cup Plain Greek yogurt
  • 3 tbsp Half fat mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup Celery, diced fine
  • 1 tsp Fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp Fresh cilantro, sliced
  • 1 tsp Curry powder
  • 2 tbsp Red onion, diced fine
  • 2 tbsp Scallions, diced fine

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together your Greek yogurt, half fat mayonnaise, and Dijon mustard until well combined. Add all of your remaining ingredients into the bowl and fold together until well mixed and all ingredients are coated in the Greek yogurt mixture. Take a taste and stir in any salt and pepper as needed, to taste. Top with some additional green onion and cilantro and enjoy!

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