Apr 22

Low-Fat Chicken Salad Recipe with Curry & Apricots


Low-Fat Chicken Salad Recipe with Curry & Apricots #recipe #lowfat #healthy

Before we move onto the chicken salad recipe, I want to thank all of you for your kind words and support on my personal account of our time at the Boston Marathon. Your comments were so touching, and they truly help to make this time easier.

And now, onto the recipe.

It’s time for another quick and easy lunch idea. Over the past weeks, I shared a 10-Minute Thai Shrimp, Cucumber & Avocado Salad and my favorite Low-Fat Salmon Salad Sandwich with Capers Recipe. This time, I’m tackling the typically mayo-laden chicken salad. So, how do you take out the mayo without losing some of the classic creaminess and flavor? And while we’re at it, why not add in a little crunch, a touch of sweetness and some subtle savory spice?

The answers are easy: non-fat Greek yogurt, diced celery, dried apricots and a touch of curry powder.

And how should you serve it? Well, that’s up to you. You could tuck it between two pieces of whole wheat bread, spoon onto some Wasa crackers, or serve on a bed of lettuce.

Low-Fat Chicken Salad Recipe with Curry & Apricots #recipe #lowfat #healthy

For the chicken, I poached two chicken breasts and then chopped the meat once it cooled. To make things even easier, use the breasts from a store-bought roasted chicken.

The recipe:

In a medium-sized bowl, mix together the chicken, dried apricots, celery, green onion, Greek yogurt, curry powder and salt.

Low-Fat Chicken Salad Recipe with Curry & Apricots #recipe #lowfat #healthy

Adjust the seasoning, to taste.

Low-Fat Chicken Salad Recipe with Curry & Apricots #recipe #lowfat #healthy

Serve on bread or crackers, or over a bed of lettuce.

Other healthy lunch ideas:

Low-Fat Lunch Recipes by Cookin' Canuck
Cookin’ Canuck’s Low-Fat Salad Sandwich Recipe with Capers
Cookin’ Canuck’s Chicken Pinwheel Sandwich Recipe with Roasted Red Pepper, Kalamata Olives & Herb Yogurt
FatFree Vegan Kitchen’s Lentil & Cauliflower Rice Tacos
Baked at Midnight’s Asian Chicken Salad & Sesame Soy Dressing
Southern in Law’s Avocado Quinoa

Low-Fat Chicken Salad Recipe with Curry & Apricots
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From the kitchen of Cookin' Canuck. www.cookincanuck.com
Serves: Serves 6 (Makes 3 cups)
  • 2 cooked skinless, boneless chicken breasts, diced
  • 10 dried apricots, cut into small pieces
  • 1 stalk celery, diced
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup + 2 tbsp plain, nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1¼ tsp curry powder
  • ¼ - ½ tsp salt, to taste*
  • Pepper, to taste
  • ¼ tsp ground pepper
  • Makes 3 cups
  1. In a medium-sized bowl, mix together the chicken, dried apricots, celery, green onion, Greek yogurt, curry powder and salt. Adjust the seasoning, to taste.
  2. Serve on bread or crackers, or over a bed of lettuce.
Calories 119.9 / Total Fat 2.2g / Saturated Fat 0.6g / Cholesterol 48.8g / Sodium 154.8g / Total Carbohydrates 4.9g / Fiber 0.8g / Sugars 3.7g / Protein 19.4g / WW (Old Points) 2 / WW (Points+) 3 *Nutritional information includes ¼ tsp salt
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ½ cup Calories: 120 cal Fat: Total 2.2g / Saturated Fat 0.6g

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{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Liz @ The Lemon Bowl April 22, 2013 at 6:06 am

We buy dried apricots in bulk so you better believe I’m loving this recipe!!! What a great idea!!


2 bellini April 22, 2013 at 6:56 am

Such a healthy snack of lunch Dana. I see that you are staying strong.


3 Tieghan April 22, 2013 at 7:15 am

Suo healthy. I love this for a nice quick light lunch!


4 Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough April 22, 2013 at 7:51 am

I’m just coming down from one epic eating weekend and I was a little sad to have to eat healthier foods for a few days… but this? I’d totally crave this every day. LOVE the curry and apricots!


5 carrian April 22, 2013 at 7:58 am

So much healthier than what I had yesterday. I totally need this today


6 Ali | Gimme Some Oven April 22, 2013 at 8:03 am

Wow this sounds amazing! Love the healthier take! :)


7 Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste April 22, 2013 at 8:58 am

This looks fantastic! Tons of flavor without all the fat. Love it!


8 Linda April 22, 2013 at 9:11 am

Love the sound of this recipe! Another winner. Thanks, Dara!


9 Kalyn April 22, 2013 at 9:12 am

Love the addition of apricots!


10 Liz April 22, 2013 at 9:24 am

Thank you. Love apricots and will make this in the near future.


11 Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet April 22, 2013 at 10:07 am

Love the apricots in chicken salad! Pinned!


12 Laura (Tutti Dolci) April 22, 2013 at 10:10 am

I love chicken salad with curry, and the apricots sound just perfect!


13 Jen @ Savory Simple April 22, 2013 at 10:22 am

Saved! I love this type of chicken salad recipe. The best ones always have a sweet element.


14 Amanda April 22, 2013 at 10:29 am

What a great salad, thanks so much for sharing :)


15 Anne @The Cooking Campaign April 22, 2013 at 11:51 am

I LOVE Curry Chicken Salad! I can’t wait to try this lightened up version!


16 Mr. & Mrs. P April 22, 2013 at 12:04 pm

Light and delicious!!! This would be great in a low cal wrap!!


17 Gerry @ Foodness Gracious April 22, 2013 at 2:40 pm

Perfect light lunch and I love curried chicken salad!


18 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking April 22, 2013 at 2:58 pm

Great recipe for keeping on hand for quick, easy lunches. I can see myself making this for my curry-lovin’ hubby (and ME) sometime soon! Thanks, Dara!


19 Laurie {Simply Scratch} April 22, 2013 at 6:06 pm

I hope this means I can eat the entire bowl? Looks AMAZING Dara!


20 Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective April 22, 2013 at 7:13 pm

Just bought some Wasa crackers – now I just need to make this! :)


21 Jeff April 22, 2013 at 9:15 pm

I may just have to make this for a snack tomorrow night! It looks like a fantastic recipe to bring in the good weather! I bet they would be great in a pita for lunch!


22 DessertForTwo April 23, 2013 at 5:21 am

Mmmm! It looks like something I could eat for lunch everyday. Thanks for sharing :)


23 Bev @ Bev Cooks April 23, 2013 at 7:45 am

Oooooo I’ll take 17. Million.


24 Carla @ Carlas Confections April 23, 2013 at 2:25 pm

I love this healthier option. I need to try this one really soon. I couldnt believe how close you were to being right by the finish line too. Im so glad you and your family is safe (and your friend too). You were definitely being watched over :)


25 Medeja April 24, 2013 at 1:49 am

This salad sounds amazing! Such great flavors.


26 Jessica@AKitchenAddiction April 24, 2013 at 9:03 am

This chicken salad sounds like the perfect way to mix up the chicken rut I’ve been in lately!


27 kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts April 25, 2013 at 3:22 pm

Your chicken salad looks bright, fresh, and yet similar to a traditional chicken salad flavor that I’ve enjoyed. Well done marrying old flavors and healthy new ingredients. [Not that Greek yogurt is new in any respect.]
Your apricots look so pretty-mine are never so colorful.


28 Nutmeg Nanny April 25, 2013 at 7:55 pm

Yes! I’ve been trying to think of new lunch ideas and this is perfect :) it looks so tasty!


29 Kim Beaulieu April 25, 2013 at 9:54 pm

Great recipe Dara. Plus it’s just pretty food, and pretty food is so much more fun to eat right.


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