On occasion, I have opportunity to create recipes for all sorts of food companies. Recipe development is my favorite thing to do of all the many things I do! I have been fortunate to do this for LM Companies… a large produce distributor. A while ago, they asked me to create some apple recipes for them… this tasty chicken salad is one of those.
For those of you who love chicken salad like me, I encourage you to make this one! I’m all about simplicity in the kitchen, and you could even use rotisserie chicken for the cooked chicken in this recipe.
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We know you are going to love this vibrant apple chicken salad! The hint of lemon from the fresh juice and zest really make the flavors pop. Honey Crisp apples are perfect to complement the chicken and savory celery, while pairing nicely with the plump little sweet bites of raisins. So versatile, we suggest you enjoy on a variety of breads, or tucked into lettuce for fun little wraps.
- 2 1/2 cups chopped cooked chicken (about 1 pound)
- 3 stalks celery, diced
- 1 1/2 cups Honey Crisp apple, cored and diced
- 3/4 cup golden raisins
- 1 cup chopped green onions, white and green parts
- 1 8 ounce can diced water chestnuts, drained
- 1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
- 3 tablespoons mayonnaise (light)
- zest of 1 lemon
- 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon white pepper
- 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
- salt to taste
Combine all salad ingredients in a large bowl.
Whisk together dressing ingredients. Fold into the salad and stir until the salad is moist.
Salad can be served immediately, but is best if it sits several hours or overnight for flavors to marry.
Serve with assorted breads or as lettuce wraps. We like this with raisin bread toasts.