Friday, September 7, 2012

alisa's favorite chicken salad

hi all! this is a follow up to my blog post on kids helping in the kitchen. this is an easy no fuss recipe that kids can practice their chopping and creative skills. my kids love chicken salad and they love to take some of their favorite lunch ideas and make them better. so the following is my daughter's version of chicken salad. the other great thing about this recipe is that i use plain greek yogurt in it so it is packed with protein and probiotics.

alisa's fancy chicken salad

2 cups chopped chicken (any kind, i use leftovers from roasted chicken)
1 medium apple, peeled & chopped (we use fuji)
1 or 2 stalks celery, chopped depending on how much crunch you like
1 cup plain greek yogurt (you may use a little more or less)
2 T mayo (optional)
1 teas mustard (any kind)

this is where you get to improvise we used garlic powder, paprika and salt & pepper to taste. feel free to add whatever flavors you like. we also had some pecan/cranberry salad toppers that she decided to throw in at the last minute, but you can omit nuts or add whatever sounds good to you, like almonds or walnuts. now for the really hard part!

dump 1st 3 ingredients in bowl and add the yogurt a little at a time to reach the consistency you like, our family isn't into gooey so ours is on the drier side. after the yogurt dump all the rest of your ingredients in the bowl and mix away. i know tough isn't it?! you can now eat, we like to put ours in the fridge and let the flavors meld, but you are welcome to enjoy right away.
alisa likes her's in a whole wheat pita pocket, my son likes to eat it with multi grain crackers, however you eat it, it's sure to be a hit if it's your kids own creation! 

so there you have it, a fun way to start the kids off and think of all the things you can even do with this idea, turkey, tuna, firm tofu the choices are limitless in the minds of kids. 

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