The Ultimate List of Grilled Chicken Recipes: Healthy Chicken Salad

Traditional chicken salads are drowning in mayonnaise, which contain hundreds of unnecessary calories. Instead, using a small amount of flavorful ingredients helps bring out the delicious flavor so you can feel good about eating chicken salad again.

Skill level: Beginner
Serves: 6
Start to Finish: 32 minutes
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 12 minutes


1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Olive-oil cooking spray
1 pound (2 small whole breasts) boneless, skinless chicken breasts
3/4 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons freshly chopped chives
1 tablespoon freshly chopped tarragon (optional)
1 Granny Smith apple
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 cup finely diced fennel
1/2 cup finely diced celery
2 cups red seedless grapes, cut in half
6 slices pumpernickel bread or another hearty bread
1 bunch watercress, tough stems removed


1. Combine salt and pepper in a bowl. Heat a large grill pan over medium-high heat. Coat with cooking spray. Sprinkle chicken with some of the salt mixture; place in pan. Reduce heat to medium; cover. Cook until chicken is cooked through, about 12 minutes (flip halfway through cooking time). Remove from pan; set aside. Note: can also grill chicken on an outdoor grill, same procedure applies.
2. In a bowl, combine yogurt, mustard, chives, tarragon, and remaining salt mixture. Core the apple, and cut into 1/4-inch dice. Place in a medium bowl with lemon juice, and toss to combine. Add fennel, celery, and grapes. Cut reserved chicken into 1/2-inch pieces. Add to salad with yogurt dressing; stir to combine.
3. Serve on toasted pumpernickel bread, open-faced, with watercress.

Nutrition Information (per serving)

Calories: 240; Total Fat: 3.5 grams; Saturated Fat: 0.5 grams; Protein: 23 grams; Carbohydrates: 28 grams; Sugars: 11 grams; Fiber: 4 grams; Cholesterol: 55 milligrams; Sodium: 500 milligrams

Recipe provided by Abbie Gellman, MS RD of Culinary Nutrition Cuisine
Photo by Del Lau

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The Ultimate List of Grilled Chicken Recipes: Healthy Chicken Salad

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