Monday, September 23, 2013

Lightened Up Curry Chicken Salad

We're nearing the end of September, and the kids have been in school for a while now. Those first few days back in the classroom are novel. New pencils, backpacks, and Trapper Keepers. ( kids these days still carry Trapper Keepers? Specifically, Lisa Frank Trapper Keepers with unicorns and rainbows? I can only hope.) And then there's the lunchbox. I was usually schlepping a paper sack, but one year I got a shiny, pink Popples lunchbox, and I felt like the coolest kid on the block.

Back-to-school is exciting for those of us who make lunches, too. We're all gung-ho, filling our Pinterest boards with bento boxes, sandwich sushi, and octopus hot dogs. But the thrill has worn off by now, and it's bologna on dry white bread with a bruised banana thrown in as an afterthought. Maybe a Swiss Cake Roll, courtesy of one of my favorite kitchen heroes, Little Debbie.

While there's nothing wrong with bologna (it's a regular request at our house), add a little life back to your lunches with Curry Chicken Salad. It starts with leftover chicken. Grab a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store. Serve it for dinner with mashed potatoes from a box, and chop up the leftovers for this salad. Then stir in crunchy celery, sweet grapes, and rich pecans. A simple dressing includes protein-packed Greek yogurt and a touch of warm spice from curry powder. Serve it as a sandwich, salad, or with crackers for scooping.

It's not a burrito wearing a pirate's eye patch, I think the kids will still like it.

Lightened Up Curry Chicken Salad
Serves: 4

2 cups chopped cooked chicken
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 cup quartered grapes
1/2 cup chopped roasted pecans
4 tablespoons light mayonnaise
4 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
1/2 teaspoon curry powder
Salt and pepper
Bread, crackers, or lettuce for serving

Combine chicken, celery, grapes, and pecans in a bowl. In a separate small bowl whisk together mayonnaise, yogurt, curry powder, and salt and pepper to taste. Stir dressing into salad ingredients. Serve on bread or lettuce or with crackers.

No comments:

Post a Comment