Easy Chicken Salad Recipe

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This Easy Chicken Salad Recipe is healthy and light. It is made with shredded chicken, apple, dried raisins and bell pepper – it has great texture, crunch and creaminess. This recipe is perfect for an easy lunch or fun appetizer! 

Shredded chicken, diced apple, bell pepper, onion, grapes and raisins mixed with mayo in a large serving bowl.

Ingredients Needed:

  • Chicken breasts
  • Apple
  • Grapes
  • Bell pepper
  • Dried raisins
  • Onion
  • Almonds
  • Salt & pepper
  • Mayo or hummus
  • Mixed greens, bread, etc.

A great thing about this recipe is that it is completely customizable based upon your preferences and what’s available during any given season. But, you should try it this way first, because I think you’ll love it! Sweet apple, crunchy bell pepper, and chewy dried raisins — it’s so yummy and light!  And that is how it should be.

Shredded chicken, diced apple, bell pepper, onion, grapes and raisins mixed with mayo and sitting on a piece of lettuce and toasted bread.

Ingredient Notes For This Easy Chicken Salad Recipe:

  • Apple – My all-time favorite apple is the Honeycrisp, but feel free to use whatever you like.
  • Raisins – You can use raisins or cranberries. Raisins are the healthier option, though, because they are not covered in inflammatory oils which are bad for the gut.
  • Binder – Feel free to use either mayo or hummus. If you are interested, my recipe, The Best Classic Homemade Hummus is a great option.
    • My favorite clean mayo is by Chosen Foods. It is made with 100% pure avocado oil and organic ingredients. The texture and taste is amazing, too! The best part is there are no added flavors or bad for you oils like a lot of common mayo brands on the shelf.
    • A second runner-up mayo that I like is by Primal Kitchen. It is a clean brand as well. *(Both are great brands, but the Chosen Foods mayo is way less oily and the texture is spot on).
  • How to Serve – You can serve it over a bed of mixed greens, on bread, in a pita pocket, in a wrap or with crackers. And to make it into more of a dainty appetizer, you can serve it on thinly sliced apple rounds. Delish!
Easy Chicken Salad in between two slices of toasted bread and sitting on a ceramic plate.

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Easy Chicken Salad in a large serving bowl and surrounded by toast, apple rounds and a bowl of romaine lettuce.

Healthy Chicken Salad Recipe


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  • Author: Naomi
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x

Description

This version is made with sweet Honeycrisp apple, crunchy bell pepper, chewy raisins, and some grapes and onion — it’s so yummy and light! And, to make it even better I use my favorite clean mayo. It is made with all organic ingredients, and the taste is amazing! The best part is there are no added flavors or bad for you oils like a lot of common mayo brands on the shelf. 


Ingredients

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  • 2 large Chicken Breasts (1.5 lbs.), cooked and shredded
  • 1 Honeycrisp Apple, diced
  • 20 Green Grapes, halved
  • 1 Orange or Red Bell Pepper, diced
  • 1/2 Red or Yellow Onion, diced
  • Dried Golden Raisins, just a handful
  • Optional: Sliced Almonds, a small handful
  • 1 1/4 tsp Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Himalayan Pink Salt
  • 1/2 cup Chosen Foods Classic Mayo or Classic Homemade Hummus, or to taste
  • Mixed Greens, Bread, Pita Pocket, Crackers or Apple Slices

Instructions

  1. Boil the chicken: In a large pot of boiling water, cook the chicken until it looses its pink color. (Takes 20-25 minutes).
  2. Fruits and veggies: During this time, prep all the fruits and vegetables and place in a large mixing bowl. Set aside.
  3. Pulse the chicken: Once the chicken cools, pulse it in a food processor until it reaches a fine consistency. Add the shredded chicken to the mixing bowl with your other ingredients and give it a good mix. 
  4. Season: Add mayo, salt and pepper and mix until well combined.
  5. Serving suggestions: Serve over mixed greens, on toasted bread, in a pita pocket, in a wrap, over crackers or apple rounds.

Notes

  • If possible, use all organic ingredients.
  • Servings: If making sandwiches this will make four. 
  • Mayo: Feel free to try the mayo by Chosen Foods or Primal Kitchen. *(Both are great brands, but the Chosen Foods mayo is way less oily and the texture is spot on). 
  • Bread: My personal favorite is the 7 Nut & Seed Bread by Base Culture. This brand is grain, gluten, preservative and dairy-free.
  • Category: Appetizer, Main Course
  • Method: Boil
  • Cuisine: American
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4 Comments

  1. All the ingredients are ready, set, go! (Except for the green grapes, I’m using purple ones.)
    Some evenings we just have salads of various fruits and vegetables for our dinner. This recipe will be featured!
    Thanks so much for sharing.

  2. You can never go wrong with a good chicken salad…so many ways to serve it up. This is easy to throw together and very good.






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