Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Press On Wednesday: Spicy Chicken Salad

One of my favorite things to eat for lunch is Chicken Salad.  There are many variations of chicken salad and it is very easy and quick to make. I start with a 12 ounce can of chopped white meat chicken. (or two small chicken breasts, chopped)  I drain the chicken well and mix with diced apple, chopped onion, 2 Tablespoons of Hot Chow-Chow, 2 Tablespoons Mayo and Creole Seasoning and Pepper to taste.  I like this mixture because it has a spicy flavor.  However, there are many healthy variations on this salad.  Instead of the Hot Chow-Chow, you can add Dill Relish.  In place of diced apple, you can add either red grape halves or mandarin orange segments. I also occasionally add chopped pecans.   Instead of the mayo, you could use 1 Tablespoon Light Cream Cheese and 1 Tablespoon Light Sour Cream.  I have some friends that replace the mayo with plain Greek Yogurt.  Sometimes, I like to add a tablespoon of spicy mustard for a kick. The possibilities are endless. However, in order to keep this salad healthy, stay away from processed sugars, sweet relish, dried fruit that has added sugars, and other high calorie ingredients.  Don't forget to experiment with spices as well.  I love adding curry when using Mandarin Oranges and pecans.  For my lunch, I usually eat 1 cup of this salad with about 7 pretzels.  I occasionally put it on a bed of lettuce also.  For me, keeping a variety of flavors in my chicken salad satisfies me much more than the same old thing daily.  Try it out and let me know what you come up with!  Press on with healthy eating!