Creamy Greek Yogurt Avocado Chicken Salad- a healthy spin on chicken salad with no mayonnaise involved!
I haven’t been this excited to share a recipe with you in a while! Today we’re talking chicken salad, and specifically, mayo-free, creamy avocado chicken salad.I bought a rotisserie chicken with no real plan other than maybe using it on salads for dinner, and I happened to be talking to my mom on the phone while I was at the grocery store.
When she suggested making chicken salad, it sounded great except for one thing: I really dislike mayonnaise. I can just barely tolerate mayo in chicken salad, but there was no way I was going to buy a whole jar of it, especially since it’s not the healthiest condiment out there.
So, I started brainstorming what I could substitute for mayo that would add a similar creaminess to the salad. My first thought was plain Greek yogurt…and then I thought of avocado, too.
So, I came up with a simple recipe that combines shredded chicken, avocado, plain Greek yogurt, lime juice, red onion, and cilantro for a healthy and unique alternative to the traditionally mayo-heavy chicken salad.
My only concern was that the avocado would quickly turn brown, which would make the chicken salad look less appetizing, even though it’d still taste the same. I ate my avocado Greek yogurt chicken salad over the course of three days, though, and there was no brown avocado to be seen. Maybe the lime juice worked some magic!
After making the recipe and calculating the nutritional info, I was surprised by how great the stats are. One serving of this avocado chicken salad has 26 grams of protein with only 200 calories.
On a piece of whole-grain bread or a sandwich thin, or even straight up with a spoon, this Greek yogurt chicken salad makes a perfect lunch to pack for work, school, or a picnic.
If you try this avocado Greek yogurt chicken salad, feel free to leave a comment and a star rating or take a photo and tag me @livbane on Instagram! Hope you enjoy!
Creamy Avocado Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad
- 3 cups shredded chicken
- 1 ripe avocado, mashed
- 2-3 tablespoons plain Greek (or non-Greek) yogurt
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 1 tablespoon finely diced red onion
- 3/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped
- Stir together shredded chicken, mashed avocado, plain Greek yogurt, and lime juice. If mixture seems dry, add another spoonful of Greek yogurt.
- Add diced red onion, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and cilantro, and stir to combine. Taste to adjust spices to your preference.
- Serve on wheat bread or a sandwich thin, with crackers, or enjoy by itself.
To tell if an avocado's ripe, gently squeeze it. It should feel just slightly squishy.
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