Jan 23, 2013

Pistachio Cinnamon Chicken Salad



I'm away in Orlando visiting Micky Mouse, so I asked my friend Amie Valpone, HHC, AADP, the Editor-in-Chief of www.TheHealthyApple.com; she is a Manhattan based Personal Chef, Culinary Nutritionist, Professional Recipe Developer, Food Photographer and Writer specializing in simple gluten-free ‘Clean’ recipes for the home cook. Amie recently healed herself from six years of chronic pain, exhausting every doctor in the country and Mayo Clinic; she shares her story of how Clean Eating saved her life and inspires you to Clean up your food, too. Amie lives in Manhattan, NYC where she cooks for a variety of clients including celebrities and people with busy lifestyles who enjoy healthy, fresh food.

Here's the easiest chicken salad recipe that will impress even the pickiest of eaters. In this recipe, cinnamon and pistachios are used to healthfully brighten up the dish, while adding fragrance and flavor. Serve this chicken salad as an afternoon snack with whole grain crackers or sliced vegetables; or for lunch atop a bed of mixed greens and whole grain bread. I've used Greek plain yogurt instead of mayonnaise to cut the fat and a bit more protein and flavor to each bite!


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Pistachio Cinnamon Chicken Salad
Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 6  Serving Size: 1/6 • Old Points: 4 pts • Points+: 5 pts
Calories: 177 • Fat: 5.5 g • Protein: 25.5 g • Carb: 6 g • Fiber: 1.5 g • Sugar: 3 g
Sodium: 178 mg

Ingredients:

  • 16 oz cooked shredded boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 1/2 cups Fat-Free Greek plain yogurt
  • ½ cup pistachios, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp fresh lime juice
  • 4 fresh basil leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, finely chopped
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 2 scallions, finely chopped

Directions:

Shred cooked chicken breast using a fork; place in a large mixing bowl.

Add remaining ingredients; gently toss to combine. Transfer to serving bowls. Serve chilled or at room temperature. Sprinkle with additional scallions.

62 comments :

  1. I don't hate chicken salad but cannot stomach mayo, I am excited to give this a try!

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  2. Looks like a great recipe. I love adding fat-free Greek yogurt to dishes for the creaminess that you would get with mayo or sour cream.

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  3. Such a unique mix of flavors. Love it!!

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  4. Unlike Anne above, I abhor yogurt. What are you suggesting as an alternative. What was the original recipe?

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    1. I wonder if you could use fat free sour cream instead of the yogurt? Or low fat mayo. I know it will change the Points value, but it would take the yogurt out of the equation.

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    2. I personally like doing a blend of yogurt and mayonnaise, you don't taste the yogurt.

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  5. I love nuts in chicken salad, but I've never tried pistachios. Looking forward to trying this!

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  6. Can't wait to try this! @terry you can probably look it up by searching her name. I'd say uts honenade mayo in the original... I did the clean eating and hated the homemade mayo. You should try yogurt in recipes you can't taste it. And the protein is amazing.

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  7. Can't wait to try this! @terry you can probably look it up by searching her name. I'd say uts honenade mayo in the original... I did the clean eating and hated the homemade mayo. You should try yogurt in recipes you can't taste it. And the protein is amazing.

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    1. Love using a cell to type. Ugh typos

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  8. How long will this keep in the fridge?

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  9. I am going to try it with the canned white meat chicken I buy at Costco

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  10. Gina, another wonderful recipe,'ll try it this week! Thank you!!

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  11. I need to try this with the grilled turkey chunks I have stored in my freezer. But I will wait until summer when fresh basil is growing in my garden.

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  12. Tried this for lunch and it was great!! Used onion instead of celery and 1/2 the cinnamon but no other changes! Thanks!!

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  13. You must of heard my plea!! I have had chicken in my fridge all week and wanted to make chicken salad but just couldn't do it. Since I have taken Mayo out of my diet. Now I have a solution! Can't wait to get home to try this. Thank you!

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  14. Terry, I can't have dairy and mayo so I have used a recipe that calls for hummus instead. I may try that with this recipe...sounds like a great change.

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  15. This sounds interesting. I have never put cinnamon or pistachio into a chicken salad before. Really like that you use yogurt instead of mayonnaise as well. Nice post.

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  16. hmmm I would never have thought to add cinnamon to chicken salad. I will certainly need to try this soon!

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  17. Quick question - it says it serves 6, so would that be a cup, 1/2 cup? I'm just trying to figure out what the portion size would be without having to divide out the bowl into 6 separate Tupperware dishes.

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    1. I second this. 1/6 isn't particularly helpful as a serving size...

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    2. I haven't made this yet but my guess, looking at the ingredients, is that 1/6 would be about 1/2 cup. 2 cups of chicken plus 1 1/2 cups yogurt would probably add up to about 3 measured cups. Again, just a guess.

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    3. I haven't made this yet but my guess, looking at the ingredients, is that 1/6 would be about 1/2 cup. 2 cups of chicken plus 1 1/2 cups yogurt would probably add up to about 3 measured cups. Again, just a guess.

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    4. Sorry it's a guest post and I didn't want to guess.

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  18. I'm not a bit fan of Greek yogurt....could we substitute lite mayo or reduced fat sour cream?

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    1. Sure, I usually do half mayo half yogurt to lighten it.

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  19. I just made this and found that the cinnamon is rather overpowering. Adding another teaspoon of juice helped, but not much. I'll make it again, but with half the cinnamon.

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  20. Sounds yummy! I love to add dried cranberries to my chicken salad, too.

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  21. My hubby loves pistachios! He will love this.

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  22. Made this today w/ lite mayo instead of the yogurt, I also added craisins and granny smith apple. YUMMY:(+)

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  23. I added some red seedless grapes!!! It added a sweetness to it :)

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  24. made this today lunch. pretty much per the recipe, just no lime since we had none in the house. very good but next time i'd cut the cinnamon in 1/2 or so.

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  25. this is very timely as it's been suggested to my husband to try going gluten free for a month, also for health reasons. her website is full of great recipes; great timing on your part! thank you.

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  26. Gina i just wanted to say thankyou for your constant, and AMAZING, posts. I first started using your blog in 2011 when I moved in with my boyfriend, now fiance... unfortunately, soon after, we became lazy with our eating habits and both gained a considerable about of weight. With the wedding soon approaching, we have decided to take control of our lives and strive to look the best we can look for the big day and beyond. Every meal I have made has been using your recipes, regardless of the fact that neither of us are officially on weight watchers. In fact, my mango bread is in the oven right now and it smells delectable. He has lost nearly 30 lbs so far, and I a strong 16 (guys have the easiest time with weight loss, dont you say?) Anyway... I just love the ease of the website (the search bar is especially my best friend) and the photos put everything into perspective. Thank you for making cooking fun and for having my fiance always second guessing if the meals are actually healthy... more times than not he looks at me with big eyes as if he is surprised he can eat REAL food and still feel good and lose weight. So from both of us, THANKS and YOU ROCK!

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  27. Hope you are having a great vacation! I love everything about this version of chicken salad! Can't wait to try it!

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  28. Thanks for your post. I will review it again.
    Recipes

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  29. Interesting flavour combo, can't wait to try!
    Allie from http://theurbanfeast.wordpress.com/

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  30. Can't wait to try this!! I think I will add chopped apples and grapes!

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  31. Absolutely amazing! Just made it and it tastes fantastic!

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  32. This is SO good! The greek yogurt tastes great with it! I also added craisins to mine and it's absolutely delicious! I weighed mine out to portion it, and 1 serving ended up being a little less than 1/2 a cup.

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  33. Just made this and it's really good. I look forward to having it for lunch this week at work.

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  34. I found this to be a very strange flavor combination. The cinnamon was SO overpowering... and the whole dish was a strange dingy brown color because of it... LOVE EVERY RECIPE OF YOURS, GINA! This one, though... the first letdown I've ever ever had!

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    1. Well since it's a guest post & not Gina's recipe, I guess she wasn't the one to "let you down" then.

      Some other people mentioned that they cut the cinnamon in half, that may help with the overpowering taste.

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  35. This seems like an interesting combination of flavors... going to try this recipe out this week. Hope you're enjoying Disney (from your photos, it looks like it!)

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  36. My husband just started a very restrictive diet. I was THRILLED to find this recipe fits it and offers us both a healthy lunch! So different and so very yummy!

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  37. This was awesome. All the flavors blend so well. For those who say there was too much cinnamon and the salad was brown color, are you sure you only mixed in 1 tsp of cinnamon and not 1 tbsp? I am not a big fan of cinnamon - I find it to be very strong and I don't like it that much - but 1 tsp of cinnamon in this salad is perfect. My salad has brown flecks but isn't dingy brown.

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  38. This was really good! I ate it for lunch yesterday and today. I put it inside a pita pocket with sharp cheddar and brocco sprouts - delicious!

    I discovered your blog about two weeks ago, and wanted to let you know how much I've been enjoying it (though I know this is a guest post). I've already made 4 or 5 recipes - in fact made the cuban style black beans twice! I'm not following WW but appreciate that coming to your site I automatically know that everything is healthy!

    Lauren

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  39. It looks great Gina I can't wait to try it..thanks Janice

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  40. Just made for a different lower cal lunch. Flavors mesh well, and I ate with a fresh apple on the side. But for my taste, it's too creamy. I will use 1/2 the yogurt called for next time, adding add'l only as I taste. As is I give it a B+!

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  41. I really liked this chicken salad! I think next time I would cut the cinnamon in half(although I liked the cinnamon flavor in it) and I might use half a cup of low fat mayo and only one cup Greek yogurt. Regardless, we all really enjoyed it! Thanks.

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  42. I wish I could eat postachios but they make my lips itch, so i was wondering if I could use cashews or some other nut instead?

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  43. Another hit from Skinnytaste - I LOVE this website and I have recommended to so many friends.

    Just made this salad, and after reading the reviews, started with half the cinnamon, but then added the rest and it is amazing!! For all of you who "can't wait to try it" - don't wait!!

    Can't wait to share this with my husband...if there is any left when he gets home, ha ha!! Thanks for another awesome recipe, Gina!

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  44. I made this for dinner last night and my husband and I loved it! I thought the cinnamon added a really unique flavor, not overpowering at all. This recipe is a keeper!

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  45. I am eating this as we speak hehe.. expect I tweaked it a bit.. I don't have pistachios in the house, but I do have Almond Slivers so I chopped those up and I did half Light Mayo half Chobani Plain Yogurt.. and I used canned Chicken in water (drained).. added in the sea salt, pepper, cinnamon, and basil and it was delish!! (i don't have celery, scallions, or lime)

    I have been eyeing this recipe for quite some time now and am so glad I tried it out

    Thanks for sharing!

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  46. This. Is. So. Good!!!!

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  47. Dear Gina,

    I've been trying your recipes for over 2 years and have loved each and every one. However, this post is so special to me that you talked about your friend and clean eating.

    I'm a cronic pain sufferer since 2007 and I too have exhausted every doctor and specialist. Even our pain clinic sends me away saying there is nothing they can do for me. I so want my life back and reading about your friend Aime, I know have hope again.

    I just signed up for the clean eating newsletters and am so anxious to try your cleann eating recipes and cannot thank you enough for this site and all you do.

    Saying thank you doesn't seem like much, but to me, this is everything. Honey, YOU change lives!!!

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    1. Have you been to John's Hopkins Pain Clinic yet? Dr Christo has helped me a lot, still not pain free but much better!

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  48. I just made this and cut the yogurt down to 3/4 a cup and added a small avocado.. blending the yogurt with avocado. It's DELICIOUS! :)

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  49. This is DELICIOUS!! I made it per the recipe for the most part. I did half lite mayo and half low fat sour cream, as that was what I had in the house. I also used dried basil and dehydrated onion, also what I had in the house. So good....REALLY looking forward to putting this over some romaine for lunch tomorrow!

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  50. I am really curious about this recipe especially with the unique blend of ingredients. I am sure that other readers as well as restaurant Fort Lauderdale owners will also appreciate this. However, I am not really a fan of celery, so can I just slash that out from the ingredients. Or, what would be a good alternative? Thank you.

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  51. This was amazing! Everyone loved it and I especially liked it on those baby bell peppers. I used 1 cup of the yogurt and 1/2 cup of LF mayo. Delish!

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