Pureed Chicken Salad
Chicken salad is an easy and delicious lunch option. It’s delicious in a sandwich and on it’s own. Making this Pureed Chicken Salad with Greek yogurt as well as mayonnaise helps to reduce the fat and increase the protein. And making it in the food processor makes it perfect for a post-bariatric puree diet!
Pre-Surgery, I used to make chicken salad all the time. It’s so easy and delicious, and I use the same exact recipe for tuna salad. It’s the perfect meal for lunch, any time of year!
When I first thought about making pureed chicken salad, I was honestly a bit put off. Pureed chicken salad reminded me of how I used to try to make baby food when my kids first started using solids. Naturally, that’s the first thing I thought of when I saw the meal suggestion for pureed chicken salad. But then I realized that this was going to be completely different.
What is Chicken Salad?
Chicken salad is any salad with chicken as the main ingredient. Therefore, that means that chicken salad can be whatever you want it to be! For me, there are two kinds of chicken salad. The first contains mayonnaise, granny smith apples, and raisins, and is not post-bariatric puree friendly. The second contains mayonnaise, celery, olives, onion, relish, salt, pepper, and dill weed. This is totally adaptable for a post bariatric pureed diet!
The ingredients that I use
In the case of chicken salad (and tuna salad), I typically use canned chicken. While I know that this sounds a bit weird, I find it very easy and convenient, and it tastes good, too! Cooked and shredded chicken in water. It’s really as simple as it sounds.
I also use half light mayonnaise and half low fat Greek yogurt. Greek Yogurt has less calories, less fat, less carbs, and more protein. To me, it’s a no brainer!
|Light Mayonnaise||Low Fat Greek Yogurt|
|Fat||14 g||1 g (Better)|
|Carbohydrates||4 g||2 g (Better)|
|Protein||0 g||5 g (Better)|
I think you get the picture. Literally. While I like the taste of mayonnaise, cutting it with something a bit more healthy is a great option.
The rest of the ingredients in this pureed chicken salad are onion powder, celery salt, dill weed, and black pepper. Normally, I also love to add black olives and relish into my chicken salad, I decided to leave them out of this pureed recipe.
How to make it
First, add the chicken, mayo, yogurt, and seasonings to the food processor.
Next, pulse the processor until everything is well mixed. Taste a little bit of the salad and make sure it is seasoned to your liking. If not, adjust the seasoning to ensure it tastes the way you way.
- While I use canned chicken, it’s more than acceptable to use precooked chicken. Rotisserie chicken would make a great substitution!
- As I mentioned above, I like to use half mayonnaise and half Greek yogurt. However, it’s totally acceptable to use all mayonnaise, or adjust the ratio a bit different.
- Celery Stalks instead of Celery Salt (in this case, you would need to add in some regular salt to taste)
- Chopped onion instead of onion powder
- Olives and Relish (my favorites) make delicious additions!
- Canned tuna can easily be substituted for canned chicken if you prefer to make tuna salad!
After the Pureed Stage
Once you’ve gotten past the pureed stage of your post-bariatric diet, you can modify this recipe so that it’s not pureed and is a bit more substantial. This means mixing the salad with a fork instead of using the food processor, and adding chopped celery instead of celery salt. You could eat it plain, just as you eat the pureed chicken salad plain, or you could eat it in a sandwich.
Pureed Chicken Salad
- Food Processor
- 20 oz Canned Chunk Chicken in water, tightly squeezed to drain all the water
- 4 Tbsp Light Mayonnaise
- 4 Tbsp Low Fat Greek Yogurt
- ½ tsp Onion Powder
- ½ tsp Celery Salt
- ½ tsp Dill Weed
- Pinch Black Pepper
- Open the canned chicken and use the top of the can to squeeze out as much of the water as possible. Add the chicken, mayonnaise, Greek yogurt, and seasonings into the food processor.
- Pulse the food processor until everything is well mixed and the chicken finely ground. Taste the mixture to make sure it is to your liking, and adjust as needed.
- Eat as is and store the remainder in the refrigerator.
- Canned chicken is my choice here, but fresh chicken can be used, instead. Rotisserie chicken would be a great substitution.
- All Mayonnaise can be used in place of the Mayonnaise/Greek Yogurt combination
- Relish and olives are great additions that would add more flavor, but may not puree well.
- Onions can be used in place of onion powder
- Celery can be used in place of celery salt, but may be too rough for a pureed diet
- This same exact recipe can be used with canned tuna instead of canned chicken.
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