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Lightened Up Chicken Salad

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This Lightened Up Chicken Salad is really good in a sandwich, on a cracker or just by itself. 

This makes a wonderful chicken lunch without as many calories as the old school chicken salad recipes always had. cranberries and pecans add a wonderful crunch to this delicious recipe.


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Hello Friends! Today I am sharing one of my favorite chicken salad recipes, with a light twist.

In trying to lighten up our meals around here, I switched up my pecan chicken salad recipe this week. I am a big fan of chicken salad because it easily makes a flavorful snack or meal idea. By making a few substitutions, I have reduced the fat content a bit.


Since one of my goals this year is to eat healthier foods, I am trying to incorporate lighter ingredients into some of my favorite recipes. By substituting greek yogurt and sour cream for some of the mayonnaise typically used in this easy chicken salad recipe, it certainly helps me stay on track.


I threw some pecans in there for crunch, but you can omit them if you wish. Chopped bell peppers make a nice low-fat crunch option. This recipe is not only perfect for a filling meal, it also makes a tasty appetizer or brunch or tea-time entree.

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Light Chicken Salad Recipe

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Lightened Up Chicken Salad Recipe

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Lightened Up Chicken Salad

Servings 12


  • 3 cups cooked chicken chopped
  • 1/2 cup onion chopped
  • 1/2 cup celery chopped
  • 1/4 cup cranberries
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup greek yogurt unflavored
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped pecans


  • Mix all ingredients except chicken in a bowl until well blended.
  • Add chopped chicken
  • Serve or refrigerate until serving.

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Use a rotisserie chicken from the market, to save you valuable time.


Lightened chicken salad recipe

Variations on chicken salad recipe ideas:

  • Chicken Salad Recipe with Grapes – Add grapes for a fun and fresh flavor

  • Chicken Salad Recipe with Nuts – Switch out the pecans for walnuts or Brazil nuts

  • Chicken Salad Recipe with Apples – add ½ cup chopped apples for crunch

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