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Green Apple Green Onion Chicken Salad

Chicken has long been the go-to protein of athletes of all kinds. But that doesn’t mean that we don’t all sometimes get really, really tired of chicken.

This chicken salad is about to change all that.

Put away the dry chicken breasts and broccoli, and instead, enjoy this sweet and snappy apple, onion, and chicken concoction. This salad offers a great blend of macronutrients—protein in the chicken, carbs in the apple, and healthy fats in the mayo—while also serving up a delicious texture and flavor.

Speaking of those healthy fats: while it is possible to find friendlier versions of mayonnaise at the store, the easiest way to ensure your mayo is made with a good quality oil is to make it yourself. Click here for our homemade mayo recipe.

This chicken salad works great in a lettuce wrap, on top of a salad, as a dip for celery sticks, or simply all by itself. So, try it out, and if you like it, double the recipe next time.

Green Apple Green Onion Chicken Salad

Time: 45 minutes

Servings: 4

Ingredients:

  • 1lb boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 green apples
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup homemade mayo or store-bought mayo (that contains no soy or canola oil)
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Directions:

  1. Cut your chicken breast lengthwise so it’s about a half-inch thick. (Alternatively, you could also buy chicken tenders.)
  2. Heat the healthy oil of your choice in a pan on medium heat.
  3. Spice the chicken with the garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
  4. Put the chicken in the pan and cook about 3 minutes on each side, or until cooked through.
  5. Remove the chicken from the pan, place it in a covered dish or bowl, and refrigerate for thirty minutes or until cooled. (Note: If you are making your own mayo, now would be a great time to do it.)
  6. Dice the apples into small chunks. While it may seem like extra work, the smaller you can make the chunks, the better the chicken salad texture will come out.
  7. Remove the chicken from the refrigerator and chop it into half-inch pieces.
  8. Put the chicken in a large bowl and mix together with the apple and green onions.
  9. Add mayo. Mix to fully combine.
  10. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Note: where your food comes from matters. Whenever possible, choose organic ingredients and purchase responsibly raised animal products (i.e. grass-fed beef, free-range chicken, hormone-free dairy, etc.)

 

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