This Healthy Honey Chicken Salad uses chicken breasts instead of the traditional canned chicken. It also includes red onion, cabbage, celery, cranberries, less mayo and the addition of honey for a healthy take on classic chicken salad!
I love making Chicken Salad Sandwiches, it's one of my favorite go to lunch recipes. Chicken salad is an easy and delicious lunch or dinner recipe. And I like making different variations. So, I'm sharing this healthier version with you today. I hope you enjoy my Healthy Honey Chicken Salad as much as I do!
Why You'll Love This Recipe
I use canned chicken in my traditional chicken salad recipe, however in this recipe I am using baked chicken breasts. You can use either kind in both recipes. But, for some reason, I just feel like the baked chicken breasts makes this seem healthier – and that is not even remotely true because both canned and baked chicken are both healthy, haha. But, I am using honey in lieu of additional mayo in this recipe. And, I added cabbage and cranberries.
So, this Healthy Honey Chicken Salad is a little upgrade from the classic. But, it is just as easy to make and it's so good! You can top it on toast, make a sandwich, eat it with a fork, or with crackers and fruit on a little charcuterie board like I have here.
Ingredients for Healthy Honey Chicken Salad
Organic Red Onion
Organic Purple Cabbage
Why go organic?
You may be wondering why I push organic ingredients for everything, even savory and healthy dishes. Organic ingredients go beyond just health and wellness, and contribute so much to the taste and flavor of a recipe. So, if you think that you're making something healthy and buying fruits, veggies, or meats so maybe you don't need to spend the extra to go organic here – let me sway your thinking.
Organic ingredients are made in a more pure way, therefore using no additives, no GMOs, and minimal ingredients. This really allows the true ingredients to shine – and because of that their flavor shines through. Therefore, organic ingredients are more flavorful than their non organic counterparts. So, just because it's already a healthy recipe, or you're already buying good for you ingredients – it doesn't mean you can skip organic! Trust me here, and make the switch. Your body and your taste buds will thank you!
So, I highly recommend that you buy the best organic ingredients for this recipe! You can also shop my Amazon Storefront for all my favorite organic ingredients here. Tip – hover over each ingredient to see the name. And if you want to learn more about organic foods and the difference, read my post here on Food Labels and What They Mean.
Healthy Honey Chicken SaladDifficulty: Easy
This healthy honey chicken salad can be eaten as a snack or on top of bread or toast for a meal. Try making a snack plate with fruit, nuts, and crackers!
1 pound organic chicken breasts
4 stalks organic celery, sliced
2 slices organic red onion, diced
1/2 cup organic dried cranberries
1/2 cup organic chopped purple cabbage
3 tablespoons organic mayo
1 tablespoon organic raw honey
1 tablespoon organic Dijon mustard
Salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Line a baking pan with foil, place chicken in it. Add salt and pepper, and cover with another piece of foil. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, until the chicken is done and reaches 165°F. Allow to cool completely.
- Chop chicken into cubes and add into a large bowl.
- Add in the sliced celery, red onion, cranberries, purple cabbage, mayo, honey, and mustard and stir to combine completely.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve on bread as a sandwich, on toast, in a bowl with crackers or just eat on its own!
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