Earlier this week, I took a cue from Ellie Krieger and created a lightened up chicken dish using her mostly-yogurt, some-mayo trick, making a Healthy Dill Chicken Salad Recipe.
My mom used to make chicken salad all the time when my sister and I were growing up.
So, I guess you can call chicken salad a “family fave.”
I love the creaminess of the chicken salad, but I’m not necessarily a fan of lots of goopey mayo. I like how a touch of Greek yogurt can work with the mayo to make a creamy flavor that isn’t too heavy.
Healthy Dill Chicken Salad Recipe
I don’t think my mom ever made chicken salad with the flavor I chose to use this week, but dill was what I had on hand.
I used dried dill in this Healthy Dill Chicken Salad Recipe, though I do think fresh would be much better. I only used dried out of convenience because it was in my pantry, and I didn’t feel like running to the store just for some dill.
Anywho, this recipe is super easy, so I hope you like it!
Greek yogurt lightens up this classic chicken salad. Use fresh dill if you have it on hand, but the dried version will work, too. If you go with fresh, be sure to add more since the flavor isn’t as concentrated. This is also a great use for leftover cooked chicken, especially when you can’t quite finish that rotisserie chicken. Did I mention this just takes a couple minutes to mix up?
- 2 cups cooked chicken, shredded (I like to use rotisserie for the texture, especially with leftovers after having it for a quick meal)
- 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt, like Oikos (don’t sub plain regular yogurt because it won’t be thick enough unless you know how to strain it)
- 1 celery stalk, cleaned and chopped small
- 1 tbsp mayonnaise (light, plain, canola-oil based…any type will do)
- 1-2 tsp dried dill (depending on how strong you want the dill flavor – use fresh if you have it available, though you may need more if you use fresh)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- In a medium bowl, mix together yogurt, mayonnaise, dill, salt and pepper until evenly combined.
- Add chicken and celery, and stir till sauce is well-distributed.
- Serve on good, whole grain bread or on top of a bed of greens.
Note: Recipe easily multiplies to serve more
What are your favorite ingredients to add to chicken salad?