When I was making this, I was fully not planning on putting it on the blog since I basically just threw anything I could find in the fridge into this chicken salad. But then, by day 3 of me sneaking over to the fridge to snack on it, I figured hey, this just might be something more than a leftover dump! This is super customizable to your tastes - I added some relish and pesto I was trying to use up, but you can add whatever you like! The base is just the chicken, mayo, avocado, and onion.
With 7 weddings and 4 bridesmaid dresses coming up this summer, I'm trying to eat a little bit better, so this chicken salad is the perfect mix of indulgent and healthy. The only unhealthy part of it is the light mayo, and there's only 2 tablespoons of it across 6 servings! So I don't feel as bad about eating a full box of crackers with it.... Oops? You can put this on a salad, sandwich, or, my personal favorite, on Triscuits or another cracker of your choice. You can't go wrong! Plus, I'll explain how to poach chicken breasts for a quick, easy way to make shredded chicken.
Lighter Chicken Salad
- 2 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
- water, water + 1 teaspoon chicken bullion, or chicken broth (just depending on what you have around)
- 1 ripe avocado
- 2 tablespoons light mayo
- 1/2 medium white or yellow onion
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 tablespoons relish or minced pickles (optional)
- 1 tablespoon pesto (optional)
Poach chicken breasts. Place chicken breasts in a saucepan and cover with water, at least an inch above the chicken. Add 1 teaspoon chicken bullion (you can also just use chicken broth instead of water + bullion, or even just water) and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cover, checking for doneness after about 10 minutes. Once done, remove chicken and shred.
Add mayo, avocado, and onion to a food processor and pulse until combined. Note: if you prefer a more crunchy chicken salad, dice the onion instead and add in after. I'm just lazy and hate chopping vegetables. Also, if you don't have a food processor, you can just mash everything together.
Mix in with chicken and add salt and pepper to taste. Add whatever else you want (I used pesto and relish I needed to use up, but this would be great with some spices or diced veggies or whatever else you like), and serve as desired (which should definitely be on top of Triscuits, but I guess you can do it however you want).