Renee's Kitchen Adventures

Monday, May 4, 2015

Creamy Lemon and Fresh Basil Chicken Salad

Creamy Lemon and Fresh Basil Chicken Salad is a fresh twist on the traditional chicken salad recipe.  Fresh basil and fresh squeezed lemon juice compliment the chicken nicely for the perfect lunch or light dinner! 

Creamy Lemon and Fresh Basil Chicken Salad by Renee's Kitchen Adventures - Healthy chicken salad recipe with lemon and fresh basil.  Fresh and delicious flavors.



It's no secret I love a good chicken salad!  I've posted recipes for Waldorf Chicken Salad, Blueberry Chicken Salad and Bacon Ranch Chicken Salad in the past, but it's been quite awhile since I've posted a new flavor combination.  A few weeks ago, I happened upon a recipe I found online at Food Network for this Creamy Lemon and Fresh Basil Chicken Salad.  I really enjoyed the lemon basil take on chicken salad. The flavors are so very fresh and it really reminds me of spring and the warm weather we are just starting to get! 

You can quickly poach a couple of chicken breasts for this recipe, use leftover chicken breast from a previous meal, or use a store bought rotisserie chicken for the meat.  I always get so excited when I have some leftover chicken breasts in the fridge, because I know a chicken salad will be making an appearance for lunches that week!  haha 

Creamy Lemon and Fresh Basil Chicken Salad by Renee's Kitchen Adventures - Healthy chicken salad recipe with lemon and fresh basil.  Fresh and delicious flavors.

You can serve this salad in lettuce "cups", like I did here, or sandwich it on your favorite rolls or bread.  I like to eat it with lettuce "cups" to keep the calories down.  Anyway you chose to serve this salad, it will be a hit with your friends and family!

Creamy Lemon and Fresh Basil Chicken Salad

Renee P.
Lemon and Freah Basil Chicken Salad
Creamy Lemon and Fresh Basil Chicken Salad is a fresh twist on the traditional chicken salad recipe. Fresh basil and fresh squeezed lemon juice compliment the chicken nicely for the perfect lunch or light dinner!

Ingredients

  • approx. 4 cups of cooked, diced chicken breast
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup silvered almonds
  • 1/2 cup Non fat plain Greek yogurt
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 1/2 tsp. granulated sugar or honey (optional)
  • 1/2 cup reduced fat mayonnaise
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the yogurt, mayonnaise, lemon juice and sugar. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  2. On top of dressing, add chicken, celery, basil and silvered almonds. Toss with dressing and refrigerate for an hour or more to combine flavors.
  3. Serve on rolls, bread or in lettuce cups.
Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 00 hrs. 10 mins.
Cook time: 01 hrs. 00 mins.
Total time: 1 hrs. 10 mins.
Tags: chicken, basil, lemon, salad, lunch, dinner

Adapted from Food Network 


Renee's Notes:  Like I said, I'm a sucker for a good chicken salad and this version really steps up to the plate.  The little bit of sugar (or you can use honey) helps balance out the tartness of the lemon and the yogurt, but feel free to leave it out of you prefer.  I'm anxious to have some leftover chicken so I can make this salad again!  It will definitely be showing up on my menus this summer, since I finally got my herbs potted and I'll have fresh herbs at my doorstep!  


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6 comments:

  1. I like what you did to lighten the recipe. I am a huge chicken salad lover.

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  2. oh this looks fabulous! I love chicken salad! I love how healthy this recipe is! This is a wonderful summer afternoon meal.

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  3. This just screams SPRING with the fresh lemons and basil. Love the addition of almonds too!

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  4. Looks creamy and really good! I would probably make a sandwich with it :D

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  5. I just love the fresh basil and lemon in this! What a fresh and healthy take on a classic chicken salad. :)

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  6. I really love this idea Renee. I think this would be a perfect recipe for when we use our RV. I get tired of regular sandwiches!

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