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
Servings: 6 Serving Size: 1/6 • Points +: 5 pts • Smart Points: 4
Calories: 177 • Fat: 5.5 g • Protein: 25.5 g • Carb: 6 g • Fiber: 1.5 g • Sugar: 3 g
Sodium: 178 mg
- 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
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.