Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad Sandwich

From the plump grapes and fresh apples to the sweet cranberries, this lightened up sandwich won’t even taste healthy!

Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad Sandwich - From the plump grapes to the sweet cranberries, this lightened up sandwich won't even taste healthy!

When Jason came to visit last weekend, I sent him off with some freezer-friendly meals and a batch of chicken pesto along with a loaf of bread. With his crazy school schedule, I know that he doesn’t have much time to cook and he’s even lost about 10 pounds in a semester so I always bug him about what he’s eaten.

Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad Sandwich - From the plump grapes to the sweet cranberries, this lightened up sandwich won't even taste healthy!

So with that in mind, here’s how our phone conversation went last night:

          Me: Did you have dinner yet? What’d you eat?

          Jason: The chicken pesto you made me.

          Me: So you made a sandwich?

          Jason: No. I ate it by itself.

          Me: (confused) Why didn’t you eat it with the bread?

          Jason: Because it tastes better without it.

Boys, right? At least he’s eating so I guess I can’t complain too much!

Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad Sandwich - From the plump grapes to the sweet cranberries, this lightened up sandwich won't even taste healthy!

So as you can tell from the chicken pesto I made not too long ago, I love making a chicken salad type mixture and lightening it up with Greek yogurt (my new obsession). And that’s exactly what I did here with a blend of so many fun ingredients, from the tart apples, to the sweet cranberries and the juicy, plump grapes. With some freshly squeezed lemon juice and garlic powder, you won’t be missing the mayo at all!

Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad Sandwich

Prep Time 10 minutes

Total Time 10 minutes

Yield 4 servings

Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad Sandwich

From the plump grapes and fresh apples to the sweet cranberries, this lightened up sandwich won’t even taste healthy!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound cooked chicken breast, shredded
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • 1/2 cup diced apple
  • 2/3 cup grapes, halved
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice, or more, to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 rolls ciabatta bread, toasted, for serving

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, combine chicken, red onion, apple, grapes, dried cranberries or currants, sliced almonds, Greek yogurt, lemon juice, garlic powder, salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Serve sandwiches on ciabatta bread with chicken mixture.
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Why It’s A Smart Choice

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Servings Per Container 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 522 Calories from Fat 90.9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10.1g 16%
Saturated Fat 0.9g 5%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 96.4mg 32%
Sodium 997.0mg 42%
Total Carbohydrate 81.4g 27%
Dietary Fiber 5.4g 22%
Sugars 15.2g
Protein 51.5g 103%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Servings Per Container 4 (filling only)

Amount Per Serving
Calories 212.0 Calories from Fat 54.9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6.1g 9%
Saturated Fat 0.9g 5%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 96.4mg 32%
Sodium 97.0mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 19.4g 6%
Dietary Fiber 2.4g 10%
Sugars 14.2g
Protein 41.5g 83%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Jason was onto something when he skipped the bread. In this recipe, 60% of the calories, 75% of the carbs, and 85% of the sodium is found in the ciabatta roll! But, of course, it’s not a sandwich without the bread.

One way to have your bread, and eat it too, is to make this into an open- faced sandwich. Pile the filling onto one half of the ciabatta roll, and save the other half for tomorrow’s lunch. This improves the overall healthfulness of the recipe without sacrificing that tasty sandwich experience.

Nutritional information provided by Jessica Penner, RD at Smart Nutrition.