Dozens of fat grams in chicken salad = bad news. Crunchy cucumbers, red grapes, and yogurt dressing on the other hand = GREAT additions. Here's HG's guilt-free answer to the notoriously fattening Waldorf chicken salad...
Ingredients: 1 cup (about 4.5 oz.) cooked & roughly chopped skinless lean chicken breast 1/2 cup chopped Persian or Kirby cucumber** 1/3 cup red seedless grapes, halved 1/3 cup chopped apple 1/4 cup plain fat-free yogurt 2 tbsp. fat-free mayonnaise 1 no-calorie sweetener packet (like Splenda) 1/4 tsp. lemon pepper seasoning dash salt
Directions: Mix together the yogurt, mayonnaise, sweetener, lemon pepper seasoning, and salt. Coat the chicken in this mixture, and then stir in the chopped cucumber, grape halves, and chopped apple. Then try not to pass out as you chow down on this insanely good chicken salad! MAKES 2 SERVINGS
HG Tip! If cooking your chicken from scratch, use nonstick spray (not oil) to keep the fat count down.
**These short, sweet cucumbers rule in this recipe! But if you can't find 'em, any cucumber will do.
Hmmmm... let's see... Why would this chicken salad have an average of 30 grams of fat per serving? It's just chicken -- in salad form, right? Yeah, um, it is if you consider mounds of mayo and handfuls of walnuts "salad" (FYI, we don't). But those crazy stats don't stop this poseur, which was created at the famous Waldorf Astoria Hotel in NYC, from being super-popular. Guess people just LOOOOVE chunky chicken, raisins, nuts, and apple pieces slathered in creamy goo. Rather than indulging in this fowl faux pas, enjoy our version instead. It's just as creamy, sweet, and delicious, and it's more creative -- we use cucumbers instead of celery (everyone knows cukes are WAY better than celery!) and big fat juicy grapes instead of shriveled raisins. And no, you won't even miss the nuts (promise!).
CHEW ON THIS: Today, April 8th, is National Empanada Day. Watch out... a typical beef empanada serving (2 smallish ones) packs in around 425 calories and 30 grams of fat. Ay caramba!
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