Chicken salad is a great recipe when it comes to cooking for kids. There are so many varieties that you can create, making it one recipe that doesn’t get old.
However, some chicken salad recipes aren’t as healthy as we think. Yes, it may contain boneless skinless chicken breasts, celery and even grapes. But that’s not where the problem lies. It’s the mayonnaise that can take a healthy salad, and load it with fat and calories.
Most chicken salad recipes call for ½ cup to 1 cup of mayonnaise. 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise contains 90 calories and 10 grams of fat.
This chicken salad recipe calls for 2 tablespoons of fat free mayonnaise, at 11 calories and 0.4 grams of fat per tablespoon.
If you’ve never made a recipe using a yogurt/mayonnaise combination, I challenge you to give it a try this week.Parents of picky eaters, don’t tell the kids you’ve changed the recipe—just let them give it a try.
- 2 cups of cooked chicken
- 2 tablespoons of reduced fat or fat free mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup of fat free yogurt
- 3 teaspoons of Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon of cider vinegar
- 3 stalks of celery, diced
- 1/4 cup of diced yellow onion
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Reduced fat crackers—any variety
- Cut the cooked chicken breats into bite size pieces.
- Mix the yogurt, mustart, maynoaise, and cider vinegar in a bowl.
- Add the diced celery to the mixture and stir well.
- Mix in the diced chicken breasts.
- Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Place a layer of Tricuits or similar cracker on a platter.
- Place 1 tablespoon of chicken salad on each cracker.
- Toasted bread squares work as good as crackers. Simply toast six slices of bread, and cut in squares. Younger kids can use cookie cutters to help make various shapes. If you don’t have cookie cutters, you can use the rim of a glass as well.
- A cup of halved red grapes would make a great addition to this recipe.