Creamy Chicken Salad — Hold the Mayo!

Creamy Chicken Salad - Hold the Mayo

Creamy Chicken Salad – Hold the Mayo

When it’s hot outside, reaching into the fridge for a chilled salad is about as good as it gets for summertime eating. And this salad is make-ahead friendly with lots of interesting flavors and textures: tender chicken, crisp celery and apples, crunchy almonds, sweet/tart cranberries and a creamy, no-mayo dressing bright with curry, lime, honey and a kick of Tabasco. This will wake up your appetite!

Creamy Chicken Salad Ingredients

Creamy Chicken Salad Ingredients

The salad comes together in minutes. You can use leftover rotisserie chicken or a no-fail method of oven poaching the bird in its own juices. Chicken poached in water loses its flavor, so I like to put the chicken — light or dark meat — in a covered oven-proof dish and cook it for about 40 minutes at 350 degrees F. It’s a technique I picked up from Martha Stewart and as she says, “It’s a good thing.” Martha has her outspoken critics, but as a new bride, I found her approach to cooking warm and inspiring. I never took it to the level that she does, but I often found useful ideas I could incorporate into everyday meals to make them better and more delicious.

If you need a salad for a potluck supper or a picnic, this recipe will take the worry of warm mayonnaise out of the project with coconut cream as a substitute for mayo. Some curried chicken salads can be harsh, but the key to using curry powder is to cook it prior to adding it to the dressing. A minute in over medium heat mixed with some coconut or olive oil is all it takes to remove the harshness.

To accompany the salad, I have a cucumber, lime and honey cocktail made with gin:

Cucumber, Lime and Honey Cocktail

Cucumber, Lime and Honey Cocktail

Or a non-alcoholic cucumber, lime and honey spritzer with sparkling water over ice:

Cucumber, Lime and Honey Spritzer

Non-Alcoholic Cucumber, Lime and Honey Spritzer

I hope you enjoy these recipes and the cool, fresh tunes in this week’s playlist!

Creamy Chicken Salad - Hold the Mayo
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Creamy Chicken Salad without Mayo
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
1 hrs 20 mins
 
This is a creamy chicken salad without mayo. The warm, savory curry dressing is made with coconut cream so it's summertime picnic friendly. Tender chicken is combined with crisp apples and celery, crunchy almonds, and sweet/tart cranberries.
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 483 kcal
Ingredients
  • 1 whole bone-in chicken breast, split in half or 6 bone-in chicken thighs (or meat from a rotisserie chicken)
  • 1 5 oz can coconut cream
  • 1 tsp coconut oil or olive oil
  • 1 tbsp curry powder or to taste
  • 1 medium lime juices
  • 2 tsp honey or to taste
  • salt, white pepper and Tabasco sauce to taste
  • 1 large apple preferably organic, cored and chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 stalks celery thinly sliced
  • 3 green onions thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup Marcona almonds or sliced or slivered almonds
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place chicken in a covered, oven-proof dish and season with salt and pepper. (If using rotisserie chicken, skip this step.) Cook for 40 minutes. Remove from dish and allow to cool. Reserve chicken juices for use as chicken broth in another recipe.
  2. In a small skillet or saucepan, melt coconut oil over medium heat and add curry powder. Stir to combine and cook gently for one minute or until powder becomes fragrant. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine coconut cream, curry mixture, lime juice, honey, salt, pepper and Tabasco sauce.
  4. In a large bowl, shred chicken. Add apples, celery, green onions and cranberries. Add dressing as desired and combine. Garnish with almonds and serve.
    Creamy Chicken Salad Ingredients
Recipe Notes
Nutrition Facts
Creamy Chicken Salad without Mayo
Amount Per Serving
Calories 483 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 28g 43%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
Monounsaturated Fat 13g
Cholesterol 41mg 14%
Sodium 333mg 14%
Potassium 257mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 40g 13%
Dietary Fiber 7g 28%
Sugars 31g
Protein 22g 44%
Vitamin A 3%
Vitamin C 12%
Calcium 11%
Iron 13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Cucumber, Lime and Honey Cocktail
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Cucumber Lime Cocktail
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 
Summer in a cocktail glass: cucumber juice, lime, honey and a splash of gin.
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 159 kcal
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup cucumber juice from one medium cucumber
  • 1/2 medium lime juiced
  • 1 tsp honey borage honey is especially delicious
  • ice cubes
  • 2 oz gin
Instructions
  1. Peel cucumber and slice lengthwise. With a spoon, scoop out the seeds. Cut into 1-inch pieces. In a blender or food processor, purée cucumber. Place a fine mesh strainer over a bowl and add the puréed cucumber. Allow to drain for 10 minutes. Using the back of a wooden spoon, press as much juice as possible from the pulp.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, add all ingredients. Shake vigorously and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with cucumber and lime.
Recipe Notes
Nutrition Facts
Cucumber Lime Cocktail
Amount Per Serving
Calories 159 Calories from Fat 2
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.2g 0%
Saturated Fat 0.1g 1%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.01g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.003g
Sodium 4mg 0%
Potassium 47mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 7g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 0.1%
Vitamin C 30%
Calcium 0.2%
Iron 0.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Cucumber, Lime and Honey Spritzer
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Non-Alcoholic Cucumber, Lime and Honey Spritzer
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 
Summery and refreshing, this cucumber lime spritzer features fresh honey and sparkling water.
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 41 kcal
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup cucumber juice from one medium cucumber
  • 1/2 medium lime juiced
  • 1 tsp honey
  • ice cubes
  • 8 oz sparkling water
Instructions
  1. Peel cucumber and slice lengthwise. With a spoon, remove seeds. Cut into 1-inch chunks. Purée cucumber in a blender or food processor. Place fine mesh strainer over a bowl and add puréed cucumber. Allow to drain for 10 minutes. With the back of a wooden spoon, press as much juice as possible from the pulp.
  2. In a tall glass, add lime juice and honey. Stir until honey is dissolved. Add cucumber juice and ice cubes, and fill with sparkling water.
Recipe Notes
Nutrition Facts
Non-Alcoholic Cucumber, Lime and Honey Spritzer
Amount Per Serving
Calories 41 Calories from Fat 2
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.2g 0%
Saturated Fat 0.1g 1%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.01g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.003g
Sodium 4mg 0%
Potassium 47mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 7g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 0.1%
Vitamin C 30%
Calcium 0.2%
Iron 0.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 

2 Comments

  1. Diane

    July 7, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    This looks delicious, perfect for a hot summer day.

    • Ghee Whizz

      July 8, 2015 at 8:05 am

      I do hope you enjoy it!!

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