chicken salad, two ways

sometimes i have everything planned for a quick, healthy dinner at home- and then that last minute call comes with the happy hour i can’t refuse, the movie tickets i’ve been wanting, the list is endless.  and it usually ends up with me abandoning ship on dinner.

so maybe i can’t always predict what will happen between quittin’ time and dinner time.  but i can control what i’m eating for lunch.  which is why i try to spend sundays whipping up lunches for the week- a hearty soup that reheats well, turkey-cheese wraps and sliced bell pepper, even just leftover Pho stretched to last until Thursday.  and if something is delicious, i can eat it for days- no variety necessary.  but this afternoon, i thought i would mix things up, so i made two chicken salads to keep me satisfied through the week.  one curried chicken salad with golden raisins and another lemon-thyme chicken salad with feta and raw corn.  both delicious.  both healthy.  both recipes (and gifs!) follow:

 

for the curried chicken salad, you’ll need:

2 chicken breasts

2 tbs curry powder (divided)

1/2 cup golden raisins

1/4 cup chopped red onion

1 tbs non-fat mayo (you could sub greek yogurt here, but i didn’t want to)

1 tbs non-fat sour cream


season the chicken breasts with salt, pepper, and one tablespoon of the curry powder.  grill for about 4 minutes on each side, or until they are done.  chop the chicken breast into rough cubes and add the chopped onion, golden raisins, curry powder, mayo & sour cream.  mix until combined and pop it into the fridge until you’re ready for lunch!

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for the lemon-thyme chicken salad, you’ll need:

2 chicken breasts

6-8 sprigs of tyme

1 lemon

1/4 cup red onion

1/2 cup raw or grilled corn (i did a mixture of both!)

1/4 cup feta cheese

just like the curried chicken salad, start by seasoning the chicken breasts (i used thyme and lemon zest) and grilling them.  i also threw an ear of corn on the grill.  chop the chicken breast into cubes and add the red onion, corn, feta, mayo, sour cream, and a bit more thyme and lemon zest.  mix until combined and munch on it with radicchio, pita chips etc.

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