Vintage Modern Wife Recipe: Low-Cal Cranberry Almond Chicken Salad

Y’all- I’m NOT a food blogger. I’ve never claimed to be, hence why I don’t really ever have pictures of the whole process. I always want to blog about my recipes AFTER the fact when I’ve made them and tasted them. C’est la vie. This is the problem I encountered when deciding to make my “healthy” chicken salad. Oh well. Low-Cal Cranberry Almond Chicken Salad
I decided to whip up some sort of a healthy version of chicken salad because mayo is just SO fattening. I put cranberries and almonds in this chicken salad, but feel free to add chopped apples, grapes, walnuts, celery- whatever your little heart desires! 

1 Rotisserie chicken, plain and cold
1 packet Ranch mix
1/2 cup Cranberry Raisins (I use Ocean Spray Craisins)
1 green onion (chopped)
3/4 cup- 1 cup of Plain Green Yogurt
1/2 cup Almonds, slivered and unsalted

1. When you get your chicken, put it in the fridge until completely cold. Grab a large bowl once your chicken is cold and de-bone it. Make sure you don’t add the skin, and shred your chicken with your hands as much as possible. This is a messy job, but someone has got to do it!

2. Once your chicken is de-boned and shredded, add greek yogurt to your chicken. Mix. I used 3/4 cup of greek yogurt but if you like a little more or less, go for it.

3. Pour ranch seasoning packet into chicken/yogurt mix. Add craisins, green onion, and slivered almonds. Mix. I’d taste it to see if it is to your liking, and if you feel the need to add salt and pepper then go for it!

4. In your large bowl, spread your chicken salad mixture out evenly. With a fork or spoon, score your chicken salad into 4 even sections, and then divide each section in 2 (for a total of 8 sections). I chose to make each section into a ball and put into a container so I knew how much was 1 serving.

I chose to eat mine in a sandwich, but it is JUST as good by itself! This is a pretty hearty serving because the greek yogurt really makes it thick and delicious. According to MyFitnessPal, 1 serving is 239 calories!

Let me know if you try it out and what you think! Also, feel free to Pin it to your Pinterest for future reference!

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  1. Oh that does sound really good! I like the idea of adding the ranch seasoning packet to give it some extra flavor!

    Thanks 🙂 Looks like I have lunch for next week!

  2. Yuuuum so hungry right now and this looks/sounds SO good!

  3. SOUNDS SO GOOD RIGHT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I will have to try this soon!!

  4. I’ve never had chicken salad but I’d love to try this!

  5. Yummm I must get the ingredients to make at school! So simple yet yummy 🙂

  6. OK! Love this I love new recipes, something nice and easy! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Sounds Yummy! Will have to give this a try! Like that you stuck with simple ingredients and didn’t go all crazy… It seems like a lot of Chicken Salad recipes now are calling for Curry Powder and all sorts of other craziness!

  8. made this yesterday 🙂 so good! now i have lunch for the week! thanks! ps- did you enter it as an item on mfp or just do quick calories?

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  17. When I saw the ingredients, I really got curious about your “Green” yogurt and then I realized you just had a typo. I think Greek style yogurt is indeed a great substitute for mayo! I did try it in a couple of recipes and it turned out tasting good. Anyway, thank you for sharing this recipe!
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