Cheesy Chicken Salad

Veggies, protein, and fruit….. how can a healthy meal get much better? Add cheese and bacon of course! This is not your standard chicken salad . It’s rich, delicious, and has all the goodies to kept you going through your day. Eat this for lunch in a pita or a wrap or make it for dinner and put on a croissant or on a bed of spinach. Any way you have it, it’s so good!

 

Cheesy Chicken Salad

6-8 servings

  • 1 package Chicken thighs (skin on, about 4)
  • S & P (approx. 1 tbsp each for the whole recipe; to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp Onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp Garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp  Ground fennel powder
  • 1 5oz.container Plain Greek yogurt (low fat)
  • 1 tsp Mayonnaise
  • Dash of white sugar
  • 1/4 cup Celery (small diced)
  • 1/4 cup White onion or green onion (small diced)
  • 1/2 cup Red grapes (quartered)
  • 1/2 cup Granny Smith (sour) or Gala (sweet) apple (smaller diced)
  • 1/3 cup Sharp cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 3 Strips cooked bacon (crumbled)
  • Croissants, whole wheat wraps, pitas…etc. (to serve on)

Preheat the oven to 375°, place the chicken thighs on a baking pan lined with foil. Season the chicken with S & P. Cook the chicken for about 35-45 minutes, remove from oven and cool. Remove all the meat and skin from the bones. Chop up the chicken and place in a large bowl. Add the remaining ingredients and stir until completely mixed. The bacon and cheese are optional if you are trying to really be healthy, but I suggest trying the recipe with them first. Transfer the salad to a sealed container and refrigerate for about an hour. Serve as a sandwich or for a topping on a salad. I’ve heard this salad is awesome stuffed in an avocado. Enjoy!

 

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