We enjoy cooking together, and I admit that Rick is a much better chopper! One of our favorite lunch foods is chicken salad; it’s a great use for leftover chicken as everyone knows, right? Also it’s low in carbs and has a good combo of protein and veggies in our version. (The amount of chicken I’m giving is based on leftover roast chicken; you can start fresh and cook your own chicken if you prefer.)
Rick’s Chicken Salad
- Approx. 2 cups of cooked chicken shredded; (we use the whole leftover chicken breast as we both prefer dark meat so usually the breast is left over)
- carrots diced (last time we used 2 carrots)
- celery, diced (3 stalks)
- 1/3 red onion, diced
- 6-7 roasted or raw almonds, chopped fine
- 3-4 Tbsps. light mayonnaise
- 1-2 Tbsp. Mustard (last time, whole seed Dijon)
- 1Tbsp. Pickle relish
- Juice of 1/2 lime
- Lemon pepper (salt free) to taste
- Dash of Cayenne pepper (or drop in Siracha- our new found favorite)
- Optional; 3-4 Tbsp. apple, skin on, diced; your choice; (we are lucky to have an apple tree and use those when in season or get what’s featured at the Farmer’s Market)
A Variation: Susan’s Chicken Salad Sauce (a bit more Indian/Mediterranean spice mix)
First mix the sauce:
- 3-4 Tbsp. light mayonnaise or 1/4 cup light mayo and 1/4 cup Greek plain yogurt (if dairy is not a problem)
- Juice of 1/2 lemon (more or less, depending on your taste – lemon to me is a necessity)
- 1 tsp. White wine vinegar
- 1 Tbsp. mustard any type you like (Dijon or whole seed; I also like Snug Harbor * mustard)
- 1/4 tsp. cumin
- 1/2 tsp. curry powder and/or turmeric
- Salt-free spice mix like Mrs. Dash’s
- Ground pepper to taste
As I’ve said before, use the amounts you like, but these proportions work well.
Combine all ingredients into a bowl, and mix well.
Serve on lettuce leaves and/or whole grain toast; depending on your carb situation.
We really like eating our lunch al fresco under the apple tree in the back yard.
Sounds yummy, Susan, and eating under your apple tree really sounds delightful today as it’s snowing here in the Seattle area!
Thanks for your comments- we’re lucky to enjoy eating outside even in Jan. (though rain would be welcome!)