Healthy Chicken Salad With a Surprising Ingredient

Chicken salad is a satisfying meal no matter the season or occasion. From a baby shower brunch to a picnic in the park, it really fits in anywhere. And the recipes for chicken salad vary greatly, giving it many different flavor profiles and styles. Nuts or without? Hot or cold? Mayo or oil-based? However you define chicken salad, try this option for something a bit lighter (yogurt provides the creaminess) that offers a nod to Michigan’s own local Montmorency cherry crop.

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chicken salad with dried cherries


2 whole boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed of fat

¼ cup chopped fresh basil

3 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves

¾ cup dried Montmorency cherries

Dash of kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

½ cup non-fat Greek yogurt

3 tablespoons olive oil

Healthy Chicken Salad

1. Place chicken breasts in medium pan, cover with water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink in the middle. Drain and rinse with cold water to cool.
2. Once cool to the touch, cut chicken into ½-inch cubes and place in a large mixing bowl. Add basil, thyme, cherries, salt and pepper and mix thoroughly.
3. In a small bowl, whisk together the Greek yogurt and olive oil until well blended.
4. Pour over the chicken and mix together. Chill for 4 hours or overnight. Serve in lettuce cups or on whole grain bread.

Nutritional Information per Serving (makes 6 servings):
192 calories;9 g total fat;60 mg sodium; 16 g carbohydrates; 1 g fiber; 14 g protein

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  1. For many years Traverse City was our home and Cherry Festival was my favorite time of the year. Cherries still are a big part of our meals including in chicken salad..

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