Tuesday, January 11, 2011


The Pioneer Woman's Sonoma Chicken Salad

I have been making this once a month for about the last six months. It is a little time consuming chopping all the fruits and veggies and boiling the chicken but it is SO worth it and it lasts for days. The Pioneer Woman has an amazing website, http://www.thepioneerwoman.com/, her recipes are scrumptious. I really like that she gives healthier options as well. In this recipe, she calls for 1/2 cup mayo and a 1/2 cup sour cream but I like to use a cup of nonfat plain yogurt and then a few tbsp of lowfat mayo to make it a little creamier. She also calls for a whole cut up chicken but I like to use 3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts. I make open face sandwiches on wheat toast with some honey mustard and spinach. Sometimes I just lay it on a bed of spniach and that is it! The dill mixed with the grapes and celery make it so crisp and clean and I never get sick of it. Here is the recipe:

  • 3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts or 1 whole, cut up fryer
  • 2-3 stalks celery, chopped
  • 3 whole green onions, chopped, green and white parts
  • 2 cups grapes halved (green and red make it very pretty)
  • 1 cup nonfat plain yogurt or 1/2 mayo and 1/2 sour cream either light or regular work
  • small handfull of dill, minced, I use lots!
  • 1-2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1-2 tbsp brown sugar
  • kosher salt to taste
  • fresh ground black pepper to taste
Preparation instructions:Rinse chicken and place in a large pot of water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer about 45 minutes until chicken is done. While the chicken is cooking chop/ cut up all your fruits and veggies and place them in a bowl. In another bowl prepare the dressing: combine yogurt and or mayo, lemon juice, brown sugar, salt and pepper to taste. Once the chicken is cooked, allow to cool and then shred it with your fingers or a fork and chop into bite sized chunks. Add the chicken to the fruits and veggies and then add your dill and mix together. Pour the dressing over the chicken/ fruit, stir well to get the dressing evenly distributed. It is just so super yummy; Icannot wait to eat it for the next four days!

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