Roasted Chicken Salad with Ginger

A classic take on chicken salad with a subtle twist.

Roasted Chicken Salad with Ginger
Roasted Chicken Salad with Ginger

The low-fat dressing is made with reduced-fat sour cream and mayonnaise. Don’t be tempted to omit the fresh ginger — its subtle flavor makes all the difference.

[quicklook-recipe prep_time=”25 min” cook_time=”” serves=”8″ details=”” ]

[ingredients-list title=”Ingredients” serving_size=””]

  • 1 broiler-fryer chicken, roasted
  • (3 1/2 pounds) or 1 1/2 pounds
  • cooked boneless, skinless
  • chicken breasts
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice


  • 2 large green apples, such as
  • Granny Smith, unpeeled and
  • cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 4 celery stalks, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup quartered dried apricots


[ingredients-list title=”Dressing” serving_size=””]

  • 1 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat
  • mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon grated peeled ginger


  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground
  • black pepper
  • 1/4 cup minced white onion


1/3 cup toasted chopped walnuts
Sprigs of watercress

[step-list-wrapper title=”How to make it” time=””]
[step-item number=”1″ image_url=”” title=”” ]If using a whole roasted chicken, remove the meat from the bones and discard the skin and bones. Cut the chicken into bite-size pieces and place in a large serving bowl.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”2″ image_url=”” title=”” ] Squeeze the lime juice into a medium-size bowl. Add the apples to the juice. Toss until all of the pieces are well coated. [/step-item]

[step-item number=”3″ image_url=”” title=”” ] To the chicken, add the apples and any lime juice remaining in the bowl, the celery, and the apricots. Toss gently until well mixed.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”4″ image_url=”” title=”” ]In a small bowl, stir together the sour cream, mayonnaise, ginger, salt, and pepper. Fold in the onion. Spoon this dressing over the chicken mixture and toss gently until all the pieces are coated well. Sprinkle the toasted walnuts on top of the salad and garnish with the sprigs of watercress. Serves 8.[/step-item][/step-list-wrapper]

More Ideas
Smoked turkey salad:
Substitute 1 1/2 pounds cooked boneless, skinless smoked turkey breast, cut into bite-size pieces, for the chicken. Substitute 1 cup dried pitted cherries for the apricots.

Chicken and grape salad: Add 1 cup red or purple seedless grapes, cut in half, with the apples, celery, and apricots. Substitute 1/3 cup toasted slivered almonds for the walnuts.

Chicken and pineapple salad: Add 2 cups fresh pineapple wedges with the apples, celery, and apricots.

Chicken and melon salad: Substitute 2 cups honeydew melon balls for the apricots.

[factoid]This recipe offers a good source of dietary fiber, thanks to the unpeeled apples, celery, and dried apricots. Fiber is essential to keep the digestive tract healthy. The soluble fiber pectin, found mostly in the peels of fruits and vegetables, can also lower blood cholesterol levels. Dried apricots provide a good source of beta-carotene. They are also one of the best fruit sources of iron.[/factoid]

[nutrition-info calories=”336″ calories_fat=”125″ fat=”14g” sat_fat=”3g” choles=”87mg” sodium=”521mg” carbs=”24g” sugars=”15g” protein=”30g” fiber=”4g”]

Excellent source of niacin, phosphorus, vitamin A, vitamin B6. Good source of iron, magnesium, potassium, riboflavin, vitamin C.

When nuts are added to a meal in small amounts, they help to maintain satiety due to their high fat content.

Exchanges: fruit 1 ½, meat (lean) 4, fat 1/2


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