Ever get really tired of a certain kind of lunch? Like say you always take a roast beef sandwich with cheddar and mustard. Or a tuna salad pita pocket. Or a certain type or brand of soup. When you eat the same thing several days in a row, you can get bored easily. But then you also want more ‘grown-up’ options sometimes than just peanut butter and jelly, or maybe you don’t have any leftovers to choose from at the moment.
This is a super simple recipe for a great tasting and healthy chicken salad sandwich mix. It is designed to make just enough for one large sandwich or wrap, but you can easily increase the quantities to feed a family of four or a luncheon buffet for fifty. It has a tiny bit of sweetness, which helps kids love it too, and a nice bit of crunch to make it interesting. No one needs to know that you snuck in an extra serving of fruits & veggies.
For maximum healthy, use plain Greek yogurt to bind it, and serve as a lettuce wrap or on whole grain bread or tortilla with extra veggie toppings. This is a great way to use up extra chicken meat from a whole bird, and is very frugal and versatile. Try this the next time you need lunchtime inspiration, a quick after-school snack, or a buzz-worthy picnic dish.
- 1/2 cup shredded cooked chicken
- 1 stalk celery, diced
- 1/2 tbsp dried cranberry
- 1/2 tbsp cashews or peanuts
- 1 tbsp mayonnaise or Miracle Whip or plain Greek yogurt
- 2 tsp mustard
Step 1: Use meat from a cooked chicken (such as rotisserie) to save time, or poach 1 boneless skinless chicken breast in water or broth until no longer pink. Shred with two forks, and use about 1/2 cup per serving you intend to make.
Step 2: In a bowl, mix all ingredients together well. This tastes even better if you let it sit overnight in the refrigerator, and will keep up to a week. Feel free to add in your own flavorings like lemon or lime juice, use raisins instead of cranberries, or add spinach rather than celery. If you have nut allergies, omit the cashews/peanuts, and if you still want crunch add a tbsp large breadcrumbs, fried onions, or Chinese noodles.