Jul 7, 2008

Lighter Chicken Salad




I always make my chicken salad from scratch by cooking the chicken breast in chicken broth and I usually add some onion, parsley and celery to the broth to give the chicken a lot of flavor. Using light mayonnaise and some of the broth keeps the chicken salad moist without the added fat.


Lighter Chicken Salad Recipe
Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes
Servings: 3 • Serving Size: 1/3 • Old Points: 4 pts • Points+: 4 pts
Calories:
169.4 • Fat: 5.3 g • Protein: 25.4 g • Carb: 4.1 g • Fiber: 1.0 g • Sugar: 0.0 g Sodium: 664.6 mg

Ingredients:
  • 2 pieces boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 chicken bullion
  • 1/4 onion, chopped
  • 2 tbsp parsley chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp Hellmann's Lite Mayonnaise

Directions:
    In a medium sauce pan, place chicken, half the celery, half the onion, parsley and cover with water. Add bullion and cook on medium flame, covered for about 15-20 minutes, until chicken is cooked through. Once cooked, remove chicken and let cool. Reserve chicken broth.

    Cut chicken into small pieces and place in a bowl. Add onions, celery and mayonnaise, 1/8 cup reserved chicken broth and mix well. If looks dry add 1/8 cup more. Serve on a bed of lettuce, in a lettuce wrap or on your favorite bread.

    33 comments :

    1. Gina, this looks positively delicious! :)

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    2. Looks so healthy, thanks for sharing it :)

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    3. Gina.
      I've been up and down your blog and I have just finished licking the computer screen.Wish I had smelly vision.

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    4. Gina,

      Thanks for sharing your wonderful WW recipes! It really gives me such choices that are good and healthy! I love it! :-)

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    5. Gina,

      I've been reading your blog all morning and sharing it with friends that are on WW. My fiancee LOVES chicken salad and makes it really good...add apples to your Chicken Salad and it fills you up!

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    6. I love apples in my chicken salad! Thanks for sharing, I'll have to make it with apples soon and post!

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    7. This was delicious. Seedless grapes would be a great addition also, or pineapple chunks. The great thing is that you can't even tell it is made with light mayonnaise. For a sandwich I used Pepperidge Farms deli flats for the bread, lettuce and tomato and had a 4 point sandwich!

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    8. I just found this post & cannot wait to try this! I love chicken salad & have never made my own from scratch! This sounds amazing & gives me a new option for a lunch for both myself & my daughter!! Thanks!!

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    9. Hi Gina, I just found your website and I LOVE it! I have made three recipes for my family for dinner already and we loved every one. Can you help with the portion size on this chicken salad? How many ounces of chicken or how much finished salad. Thanks!

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    10. I used this as a replacement for my Mother's full fat recipe and added a little old bay for a nice spicy Maryland kick. Even my diet food hating fiancee loves it!

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    11. Hi Gina,

      This looks amazing and I can't wait to try it. Is the serving size a 1/2 cup? Also, do you happen to know the new points+ value?

      Thanks

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    12. I love this recipe! I had never made chicken salad before yours, and now I'll never need another recipe! ;)

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    13. Do you know how much chicken in weight?

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    14. Just made this and it was yummy, yummy, yummy!!! I've always been leery of "lite" products but the Hellman's lite had just as much flavor as the full-fat stuff. Hubby wolfed it down (I didn't mention it was "lite"). Very tasty!

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    15. Gina can you please update this recipe for us? The weight of the chicken and the WW+ points or the status. I tried plugging it in to the builder but it doesnt seem accurate to me. I got 5 ww+ points per service. Still great but would rather be certain.

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    16. This is the old points, I'll check and see how it changes to points plus...

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    17. I would love to know the new points too! I think I am going to make this for lunches after my Macaroni BLT runs out! :)

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    18. hi gina - how many ounces of chicken do you use?

      thanks!

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    19. How many ounces of chicken? =)

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    20. What do you do with the onion and celery you cooked the chicken in - is this discarded and add the remaining half?

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    21. Any updates on this? How many ounces of chicken??

      Thanks :)

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    22. hi! i suggest adding some cranberries & walnuts! (i don't follow weight watchers so i'm not sure about the points)

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    23. Hi gina,

      do you know if you can substitute the mayo for non fat greek yogurt? does it taste any good? i'm not a very big fan of mayo and am trying to eat healthier!

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    24. i didnt have any chicken bullion so i cooked it in fat free low sodium chicken broth and also added tarragon it was great ty

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    25. I tried this with plain greek yogurt and it was delish!! :)

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    26. Yummy! Was delicious!! How much chicken? What is the serving size? I just did 1/2 cup serving but didn't have the actual pts. value for that? I used a pound of chicken breast.

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    27. I'm going to have to try this one! I LOVE Chicken Salad. Long ago, when I worked for fast food chicken restaurant, they added a splash of Worcestershire Sauce and honey to their chicken salad. Wonder if that would work here.

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    28. if i double the recipe do i double the chicken bullion or still put one cube?

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    29. Are the two pieces of chicken breasts 8 ounces each?

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    30. Hi' thanks for the recipe! Super easy love it. My intentions were to have enough for lunch the following day but that didn't work. It was gone in less the. 10minutes. Next time I'll double It up. I also added apple to it. It was yummy!

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    31. What a great idea, cooking the chicken in chicken broth! I think I'd just sub the mayo for avocado to avoid all those pesky additives.

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    32. I made this last night, it's delicious! I'll be taking it to work for the rest of the week.

      Anyone who makes this should be careful, though, and add up their own points. The chickens at my grocery store must live next to a nuclear power plant, because each breast is 16 oz. I was looking forward to how much I'd be getting for five points until I did the math myself: my servings end up being over twice as many points. I'm bummed to have to cut the servings in half, but am still hoping they'll keep me full.

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