Monday, September 5, 2011

Polynesian Chicken Salad

As a ginormous fan of chicken salad, I am always on the look out for a good recipe.  I also love to try to make it as healthy as possible. 

I took this gorgeous salad from Stone Creek Market and subbed some of the mayo for greek yogurt and used light mayo and light sour cream.  The results were fantastic!  I loved it!  It was light and refreshing and super delicious!

Tropical Chicken Salad
Adapted from Stone Creek Market

1 8 oz. package of shell shaped pasta, cooked, rinsed and drained, (I used gluten free)

2 cups cooked/shredded chicken or you can use drained chicken from the can
1 8 oz. can drained pineapple, I used chunks but cut them (save the juice for dressing)
1 10 oz. can drained mandarin oranges, I gave them a rough chop
3/4 cup chopped celery
2 tablespoons chopped green onion
1/2 cup of your choice of chopped nuts (walnut, pecan, cashew)

Cook, rinse, drain and cool pasta. In a large bowl combine all above salad ingredients.

Mix dressing in a separate bowl:

1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
1/2 cup sour cream
2-3 tablespoons reserved pineapple juice (to thin dressing)
1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste

Add dressing to pasta salad, fold in to blend. Cover salad and chill for at least 2 hours.

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  1. wow this looks so yummy! I recently made chicken salad (for the first time lol!) and I am definitely going to try this one!

    Since you're interested in g-free options, you could substitute rice pasta for the shells... I really like the taste and texture of the Tinkyada brand... and I've actually found it at some Walmarts for a super great price!

  2. That is a great sounding salad. I really like that it has more than just mayo as the dressing.

  3. This looks really tasty. I love the combination of the fruit and chicken with the tangy looking dressing. Thanks for sending it to Presto Pasta Nights. See you Friday!

  4. Great for a Labor Day picnic! I hope you had a nice holiday!

  5. Lovely flavors in your chicken salad Debbi. And a super idea to cut the mayo with yogurt and sour cream. Most of the time, no one would ever know.

  6. That looks so fantastic. I cannot wait to try it out. Come visit us this week. We have some wonderful apple recipes.

  7. This looks really delicious. Perfect combination of fruit and chicken. I like the changes you made for making it healthier. Always a plus. Hope you had a great holiday weekend.

  8. Sounds delicious! I love subbing fat free Greek yougurt for fattier ingredients and no one is the wiser!

  9. What a yummy combination of flavors and so refreshing with all the fruit. So glad you enjoyed the peach bbq sauce. Believe me, I'd put it on everything and anything if I could. I'd even eat it straight with a spoon and gladly!

  10. I am actually not a huge fan of chicken salad because of the mayo - but I may try your trick of using Greek yogurt.

    Glad you liked the addition of broccoli to your cauliflower mac n cheese - you know I love anything with cheese!

  11. This sounds great. I love a chicken pasta salad - especially if it has some fruit in it. I like that you lightened it up a bit, too:-)

  12. I love the tropical twist in this! I've never seen pineapple in chicken salad before!

  13. Holey Moley! Debbi, this dish looks spectacular! I love the flavors you've incorporated.

    Side note, how the heck are you? I've been away from the heart of Blogland for a while, but I'm back and hope all is well with you!

  14. Looks really great and I bet it would be good with or without the pasta. I just happen to have some chicken leftover....and all the ingredients....except Greek Yogurt. Hmmmmmm....

  15. I love chicken salads too, Debbi, and your Polynesian Chicken Salad looks scrumptious! I love the fruit and nuts you have used in it, and also the lighter dressing. Thank you for sharing another delicious recipe with the Hearth and Soul hop.

  16. Your recipe is one of our mystery featured recipes. You are one great chef.