Creamy Chicken Salad

  • allisonjessee Posted: 04/26/11
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    This was good! It was very easy to make. We had it as sandwiches instead of a salad. It wasn't nearly as creamy as what you get at most restaurants, but that makes sense since it's much lower in calories and fat. We may add a little more yogurt next time to add a little more creaminess. But, overall, this was tasty!

  • stephil Posted: 05/22/11
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    Excellent taste! I had no luck boiling the chicken, though. I wrapped it as tight as I could and even knotted the plastic, but it still came unraveled. Wound up with poached chicken. Next time I will wrap them and place them in my steamer basket instead. Couldn't find smoked almonds so I used dry-roasted ones instead. Still tasted great. Rather than serve it on salad greens, I stuffed the greens and chicken into a pita for a sandwich. Everyone at work wanted this recipe! Will definitely make it again.

  • dennydoo Posted: 06/16/11
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    I made this for my husband and my very picky, health conscious teen age grandaughter who has been learning to cook new lighter recipes with me each week as we dive into Cooking Light recipes. Considering the list of ingreadients I didn't hold much hope for my grandaughter who never tasted many of the ingredients. I asked her to taste it before we put the poached chicken into it, she was leary but stuck her little finger in and said "yeah it's good" I was thrilled now I had to get my husband on board, he's not a big salad guy to say the least. The sauce with the cranberries and almonds gave it so much flavor. They loved it by giving me the best compliment a cook can get...a clean plate. Will definatedly make this again, only try it in some type of bread warm from the oven.

  • daneanp Posted: 04/30/11
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    Easy and delicious. The only thing that concerns me is the prep of the chicken using plastic wrap. I did make it exactly as directed and it worked out fine (I chopped the cooked chicken instead of shredding it though) but I don't think I'll do it that way in the future. I'll probably just microwave the chicken instead. Otherwise, this is an amazing salad that would be excellent to serve on a hot summer's day. It would also be a nice way to use up left-over turkey after Thanksgiving. The combination of the almonds, the cranberries and the creamy dressing was wonderful. I added a tablespoon of chopped green onions just before serving for color and a bit of added flavor. I'm definitely adding this to our regular rotation.

  • maddypotpie Posted: 05/25/11
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    This is my new favorite chicken salad recipe. I usually don't like dried cranberries, but they compliment the savory chicken and salty almonds so well! This recipe is a bit sweeter than most chicken salads. I used grilled chicken because it seemed A LOT easier than dealing with a bag and a thermometer and whatever else the recipe calls for.

  • roxiebee Posted: 05/24/11
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    Absolutely delicious. I've made this once a week since I got the recipe. It's perfect with a crusty whole grain roll and some salad greens for lunch. I also had trouble with the chicken unrolling the first time. Since then, I've been rolling it and then putting it into individual ziploc bags. It's a bit wasteful but its still SUPER easy. I can't get over how much I love this recipe.

  • nnaul66 Posted: 04/18/11
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    I really liked this lighter version of chicken salad. The dressing turned out creamy and delicious and the sweet cranberries contrast nicely with the salty, smoky almonds. I could not find unflavored greek yogurt at the store so I placed plain non-fat yogurt on several layers of paper towel until most of the moisture was removed. My only addition was two tablespoons of chopped green onion tops for a little extra flavor and color.

  • TinaMR Posted: 06/26/11
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    I added a little more dijon mustard, but this is a good recipe. Perhaps a bit more salt and pepper would have also done the trick.

  • madie100 Posted: 08/08/11
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    This was a great recipe. Instead of following the complicated chicken prep, I simply put the whole chicken breasts into a pot of cold water, brought the water to a boil and then reduced the heat to low and let the chicken simmer for 40 minutes. It worked great!

  • carolelaine09 Posted: 09/11/11
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    Good recipe, even better with some changes. I used the white meat off a rotisserie chicken - just to save time (skin removed, two cups). Do youself a favor and save yourself even more fat grams by cutting down on the mayo. I did the following: approx 3 oz Siggi's skyr plain 0% yogurt (skyr is even thicker than greek, so you need even less dressing!), 2 tablespoons of reduced fat olive oil mayo. I used agave nectar instead of honey, and I substituted walnuts for almonds, but I think either would be great. I did everything else as directed. Delicious results.

  • Beccaroo73 Posted: 09/05/11
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    My husband and I loved this! The almonds and cranberries give it a great flavor. I cooked the chicken the night before, so this was a really quick and easy meal the next night.

  • mrscrazyed Posted: 09/21/11
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    I found the dressing excessively sweet. And there was too much of it. If I make again, I'll probably cut way down on the honey (if not omit entirely) and only make half a batch.

  • Hilmastudio1 Posted: 10/10/11
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    Easy recipe for leftover chicken. Try adding a tablespoon or two of poultry seasoning. It's like thanksgiving dinner!

  • annawkana Posted: 10/09/12
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    I loved this recipe. The only change I made was that I used walnuts instead of almonds. This will definitely be my go-to chicken salad recipe.

  • Maidakoller Posted: 01/30/14
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    I made this for lunch. I had grilled chicken short-cuts on hand which made preparation a snap. I didn't have any celery, and used toasted slivered almonds. It was fantastic! My husband said it was the best chicken salad he ever ate! I highly recommend this recipe.

  • ElizabethBacon Posted: 08/31/14
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    This chicken salad is really, really good. Without all the heavy mayo it tastes much fresher than regular chicken salad. I just boiled the chicken without the saran wrap and it was fine. Sometimes I use grapes instead of craisins but both are good. I do half smoked almonds and half unsmoked because I find the smokiness a bit overpowering.

  • BillyDelicious Posted: 01/24/14
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    Good, solid recipe. Great to make chicken salad sandwiches with. Yummy!

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