Chicken salad sandwich recipe makes a fantastic springtime dish – very healthy and also very appetizing, even to picky eaters.
Our recipe comes with fresh veggies, succulent chicken and a hint of mayonnaise to make the dish creamy but still light. It’s simple and elegant with each bite tasting like a little bit of heaven!
This chicken salad dish goes with literally everything. Breakfast? Covered. Snacks? Great. Even making it into a delightful entrée will work beautifully.
Is Chicken Salad Sandwich Healthy?
Due to the wisely chosen ingredients in this recipe, we can say yes! To increase the nutritional value, we use sprouted wheat bread instead of popular white bread, and also add a variety of vegetables and fruits. Our top two today are:
Grapes: Grapes are a fat-free food, low in calories but rich in vitamins. Like other plant-based foods, this fruit is a powerhouse of antioxidants – especially phytochemicals. Studies have revealed that these phytonutrients help in preventing some chronic diseases such as cancer and also help maintain heart health.
Celery: Celery is known for being low in calories, but its health benefits go far beyond usage as a diet food. High in insoluble fiber, celery helps support gut health and boost the immune system. This veggie also contains a dozen types of antioxidants which are proven to protect against cellular damage.
The amount of mayonnaise used is the biggest factor that affects saturated fat and calories in this chicken salad sandwich. Our advice is to keep an eye on the volume of mayo in your chicken salad to keep it healthy, but still delicious.
What Can You Use Instead of Mayonnaise in Chicken Salad?
If you are not a big fan of mayonnaise, don’t worry! There are other things you can use instead. Here are some substitute suggestions that can also lighten up the whole dish:
Low-fat plain Greek yogurt: Having long been a top recommendation when it comes to hearty but healthy fermented dairy foods, Greek yogurt is not only calorie-light and protein-rich, but also super creamy and versatile.
Low-fat cottage cheese: Dissimilar to Greek yogurt, cottage cheese possesses a fair amount of saltiness in taste (much like mayonnaise), yet it’s still light, healthy, and high in protein. Perfect for either salad dipping or dolloping.
Hummus: hummus is a fiber and protein-rich dip. It’s wonderfully versatile, pairing well with veggies and meat, as well as going well with hot or cold treats.
What Else Can You Add To Chicken Salad?
There are a variety of ingredients you can use in your chicken salad sandwich, such as tomatoes, onions, celery, grapes, green peas, mustard and bunches of herbs. You don’t have to limit yourself to the ones we’ve suggested in this recipe. As long as they’re all fresh and clean, and in balanced amounts, then you’re good to go.
What Should You Serve With a Chicken Salad Sandwich?
Although serving chicken salad on croissants for sandwiches has become the norm, we recommend having it on wheat bread with some home fries on the side to meet the recommended amount of calories for meals (not to mention, adding another veg).
Here are the nutrition facts for the whole meal:
Chicken Salad Sandwich Recipe
- 12 oz skinless boneless chicken breast
- 1 cup grapes halved
- 6 tbsp Japanese mayonnaise
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp lime juice
- 1/2 tsp traditional Dijon mustard
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 oz celery diced
- 1 tsp cilantro
- 1 tsp scallion
- 2 oz cucumber diced
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1 tbsp onion diced
- 1 oz sliced almonds
- 4 oz tomatoes 2 medium, sliced
- 2 oz lettuce chopped
- 12 slices sprouted wheat bread
- Heat the olive oil in a cast iron pan on high heat. Arrange the chicken breasts in the pan to fry for about 15-20 minutes. Slightly season with salt and black pepper. Turn over halfway through to ensure even cooking on both sides. Once done, let them cool and cut into cubes.
- In a bowl, add all the ingredients together and toss well. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour.
- Serve between bread slices with lettuce and tomato.