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Curry, Tarragon & Cherry Chicken Salad

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Living in the south, chicken salad is a classic dish. No picnic or family gathering is complete without someone bringing a batch of “grandma’s chicken salad.” But I can guarantee that you’ve never had it like this before!

A few weeks ago, I had this chicken salad in Traverse City, MI, home of the nation’s largest cherry farms.  It was literally one of the best chicken salads that I had ever eaten.  So, I decided to remake the recipe with a few tweaks for flavor and calories.

This version of the chicken salad has less saturated fat but does not compromise on flavor. Instead of using mayonnaise as the only base, I tossed in Greek yogurt to reduce the number of fat calories while also boosting protein.  But, the hero of this salad is the dried tart cherry that provides just the right amount of sweetness to offset and complement the savory flavors of the spicy curry & minty licorice tarragon.

 

Ingredients for up to 6 servings:

  • 1.5lb raw chicken breasts
  • 2/3 cup lite safflower mayonnaise (I used Hain)
  • 1/3 cup 2% Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 2/3 cup sliced almonds
  • 2/3 cup naturally dried tart cherries
  • Herbs and spices:
    • 5 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon
    • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • sea salt & pepper to taste

 

Steps

  1. Boil water in a large pot (or deep pan) and toss in raw chicken breasts. Allow the chicken breasts to cook for about 12-15 minutes, or until the chicken is completely cooked with no more raw, pink areas.
  2. Once the chicken is cooked, remove it from the water and allow it to cool so that you can cut it into small pieces. Chop the chicken into smaller pieces, places the pieces in a bowl and place the chicken in the refrigerator to chill for at least 45 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl, add chilled chopped chicken and toss in the rest of the ingredients. Mix it together using a spatula and season to taste.

 

Approximate macros for 1 of 6 servings:

366 calories, 30g protein, 20g carbohydrates, 17g fat, 2g fiber, 11g sugar

*** To further reduce the amount of calories, you can: a) use less safflower mayonnaise and more Greek yogurt; 2) reduce or remove the almonds; 3) use less dried tart cherries.***

 

 

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