Love your lunchtime chicken salad sandwich, but starting a diet? You can learn how to make chicken salad healthy. Chicken salad is often loaded with fat and calories due to the mayonnaise that's added. But there are ways to work around this so you can enjoy the chicken salad and not feel guilty about it afterwards.
Healthy Baked Chicken Salad
Ingredients You Will Need:
3 boneless chicken breasts, cubed
1 cup fat-free mayonnaise
1 teaspoon lemon juice
½ cup sweet pickle relish
¼ cup red onion, minced
¼ cup celery, chopped
¼ cup cherry tomatoes, diced
1 teaspoon garlic powder
Pinch salt, pepper
Heat the oven up to about 350 degrees. Then grease a casserole dish with non-stick spray, and put it off to the side. Next, chop up your pieces of chicken into whichever size you like. Put the chicken in a medium-sized bowl, and combine it with the fat-free mayo and the lemon juice. Then drop in the rest of the ingredients: the sweet relish, the red onion, the celery, the cherry tomatoes, the garlic powder and the salt and pepper.
Make sure you cream the mixture together thoroughly. Transfer the mixture into the casserole dish, and bake for 15 minutes. Take it out of the oven, make sure the chicken is cooked through and let cool for several minutes. Finally, put the chicken salad into a plastic container, and seal it. Let it refrigerate for several hours before serving.
You can also use already cooked chicken (or even leftover chicken) for this recipe. Combine all the ingredients and, instead of baking, just refrigerate before serving.
Serving Chicken Salad
Chicken salad is a great topping to a garden or vegetable salad. Put a scoopful of it on top of the greens, and sprinkle with some fat-free dressing. Chicken salad is also perfect filler for sandwiches. Try it on whole wheat toast with some fresh lettuce and tomato or on a whole wheat bun or baguette.
Everyone loves sandwiches because of their versatility, simplicity and ease. Make sure your toppings and sandwich fillings ideas blend to complement each other, but still enable the ingredients to stand out. Check what types of meats, breads and spreads your guests like before putting together a delectable sandwich platter at your next gathering.
Special cold sandwich recipes should contain a tasty assortment of quality meats and cheeses, paired with savory condiments and delicious garnishes that are topped with a variety of gourmet bread. Serve a platter of unique cold sandwiches that will ensure to have your guests running back for more.