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Asian Chicken Salad

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FitMenCook

My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is truly a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and enjoying adequate exercise. By experimenting in the kitchen and openly sharing my meals, I learned that healthy eating is hardly boring and that by making a few adjustments, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my personal fitness goals. Our bodies are built in the kitchen and sculpted in the gym.

Calories 343
Protein 33g
Fat 16g
Carbs 14g
Total Time 15 minutes

This is the second recipe in my 2-part series with my with friends from Hilton Home2 where I got to make easy, calorie-conscious recipes in the room.  Today, it’s an Asian chicken salad recipe!

One of my favorite projects to-date because I got to bring along my best friend, Max!

Max fitmencook dog - asian chicken salad
Max is “all of us” in any family photo.

Max fitmencook dog - asian chicken salad
Shown here resting before his on-camera debut.

 

What I love about this recipe…

One of everyone’s favorite go-to meal is chicken salad. It’s the “king” of the Thanksgiving leftover meals because it’s darn easy to make and gets the job done in terms of filling you up.  Only thing – it gets kinda “meh” after about 2 servings.

Well, here’s a version that’s lighter on the fat calories, relying on Greek yogurt instead of mayo, and heavy on flavor and vitamins, taking a spin on  a Thai peanut salad.  I tossed in butternut squash because, well…fall is here.

You can buy all of these ingredients packaged and fresh at a local grocery store so you can easily assemble while you’re away from your home kitchen.

Boom, indeed.

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Asian Chicken Salad

Ingredients

Ingredients for 5 servings

  • 16oz Rotisserie skinless chicken meat (mainly white), pulled/shredded
  • 1 cup cooked butternut squash, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 cup shredded (purple) cabbage
  • 1/3 cup green onion, chopped
  • 1/3 cup cilantro, roughly chopped
  • Sauce
    • 1 cup 2% Greek yogurt
    • 1/4 cup natural peanut butter, no-salt-added
    • 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
    • 1 tablespoon ginger, paste
    • juice from 1 lime
    • red pepper to taste
  • Garnish
    • cilantro
    • 2 tablespoons crushed, unsalted peanuts
Steps
  1. Slice raw butternut squash horizontally to create thick discs. Then chop off the sides to remove the skin.
  2. Place the discs in a microwaveable safe bowl and add about 1/2-inch of water.  Microwave for 3 to 4 minutes until they are crisp-tender.  Immediately place them on a plate lined with a paper towel to cool.  Once they are cool, chop them into pieces.
  3. Mix together the ingredients for the sauce.  Season to taste with more lime and/or soy sauce. Set aside.
  4. Purchase a cooked Rotisserie chicken.  Remove the skin and place the white meat into a large bowl.  Pull the chicken apart using forks.  Measure out your desired portion of chicken meat.
  5. In a large bowl, add the ingredients for the salad along with the chicken.  Fold everything to mix.
  6. Add the sauce and mix.
  7. Garnish and enjoy!

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Calories
343
Protein
33g
Fat
16g
Carbs
14g
Sodium
-
Fiber
4g
Sugar
7g
About the author

FitMenCook

My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is truly a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and enjoying adequate exercise. By experimenting in the kitchen and openly sharing my meals, I learned that healthy eating is hardly boring and that by making a few adjustments, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my personal fitness goals. Our bodies are built in the kitchen and sculpted in the gym.