Chicken Salad with Bok Choy

My snapshot of the meager leftovers the next day. It makes good leftovers, too!

I love chicken salad. Well, specifically, chicken salad that anyone else makes. I can’t seem to get it right! Until now. In my quest for finding new recipes for bok choy, I found this recipe for Chicken Salad Sandwich with Bok Choy. I had to improvise a bit because one of the four of us is not a fan of walnuts (the rest of us are!), as well as having a lot of leftover roasted chicken instead of a set number of chicken breasts. So here’s what I came up with as the proportions:

  • 24 ounces cooked chicken, diced (skinless)
  •  2 small heads of bok choy
  • 36 seedless grapes, quartered
  •  1 cup homemade fat free Greek yogurt
  •  1 cup light Miracle Whip
  • a dash of salt
  • several fine grinds of fresh pepper

Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Refrigerate until thoroughly chilled. Makes about 8 cups.

This turned out to be wonderful! The green leaves of the bok choy added a beautiful green color and spinach-like texture, the stems adding a celery-like pleasing crunch. The grapes added a succulent sweetness. The Greek yogurt added protein and because it is fat free, it reduced the total fat of the dressing when combined with the already lower fat light Miracle Whip. It still tasted like Miracle Whip, so if you’re not a fan of yogurt (Greek or otherwise), you won’t notice it. My son, the one that can consume a half-gallon of yogurt in just a few days, was a bit disappointed that he couldn’t taste the yogurt while my husband, the one who is skeptical that substitutions like this will taste good, didn’t notice it being lighter/healthier. All four of us really, really liked it.

By my count, a healthy serving (enough to stuff a half a pita – about a cup) is around 220ish calories, 31g of protein, 4g fat, 13g carbs. Please note: I’ve estimated the amounts of some items and am relying on a third-party website for nutrition information, so I won’t guarantee the accuracy of the nutrition info. It’s fairly low fat and low calorie, but it tastes like its full-fat counterpart! This will be my go-to chicken salad.

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