Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Paula Deen's Lean: Jamie's Chicken Salad

One of my favorite sandwiches of all time is chicken salad! In fact, I love all mayonnaise-smothered salads; egg salad, tuna salad...you get the idea. Now, if you eat chicken salad out or buy it pre-made, it is more than likely made with real mayonnaise. It is delicious, of course, but it is loaded with fat. Instead, I would like to offer you a light and refreshing twist on Jamie's Classic Chicken Salad. For this recipe, I used little rolls to make a great party food when having guests over. But you can do it however you like; try it on a wrap, wheat bread or on a bed of lettuce. Here's what you need to do to make healthy chicken salad at home...


Jamie's Chicken Salad (Sliders)
Makes 12 sliders


INGREDIENTS:

1.25 lbs. boneless/skinless chicken breasts; cooked & diced


1 cup red grapes; halved


3/4 cup chopped celery


1 teaspoon lemon pepper


2 teaspoon Jane's Krazy Mixed-Up Salt


salt & pepper to taste


3/4 cup Hellman's Low Fat Mayonnaise Dressing (green label)




DIRECTIONS:
Combine all ingredients in a medium size bowl. Salt and pepper to taste. Spoon chicken salad onto salad, whole wheat bread or roll. If serving on bread, salad can be layered with tomato, onion and spinach.


RESULTS:
It was so good! Even my mother-in-law, who only uses the "real-deal" mayonnaise, could not believe that it was low-fat mayonnaise dressing; which is only 1 gram of fat per serving!! She said, and I quote, "You can't even tell!" That is just music to my ears; another sweet recipe victory.
The grapes that were added gave a fresh, light taste to the salad. You may also choose to add diced apple or mandarin oranges. It's a personal preference that will pretty much make the same impact. I have also seen almonds added to chicken salad as well. What really made a big difference in the nutritional value of this recipe was the mayo switch and leaving out the egg. Hellman's low-fat mayonnaise dressing is the way to go for cutting the most fat and the egg just really isn't needed. It's great without it. I hope you ENJOY!!

NUTRITION FACTS (per serving): 67.42 calories;  1.41g fat;  4.16g carbohydrate;  10.57g protein;  .25g fiber
SERVED ON 100% WHOLE WHEAT PILLSBURY DINNER ROLL: 157.42 calories;  2.41g fat;  21.16g carbohydrate;  13.57g protein;  2.75g fiber

7 comments:

  1. Does not look like anyone would miss that high fat mayonnaise. Your sliders look really good. Perfect for lunch.

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  2. Sounds delicious! I love chicken salad, too.

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  3. Mmmm! I just found your site! LOL- My recipe on my site has over 2 sticks of butter- eeek! LOL!

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  4. Popping in from SITS!

    Recipe looks great!
    Can't wait to try some of your recipes.
    Consider yourself followed...

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  5. Being allergic to eggs has taught me a super trick to cut out a lot of fat in recipes. (since I'm allergic to mayo) you can substitute mayo in any recipe for sour cream.

    I like living in the home I grew up in because there are no surprises in the house of what might break or what needs work.

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  6. yum!!! thanks for stopping by my blog. I love yours & will definitely have to use some of your recipes.

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  7. I love chicken salad. You can make it so many different ways!

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