Makeover Hot Chicken Salad Recipe
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Makeover Hot Chicken Salad Recipe

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Comforting casseroles get high ranks in Eleanor Hein’s kitchen in Kirkland, Illinois. “This hot chicken salad is one of my family’s favorites,” she writes. Our makeover team took out many of the heavy ingredients and replaced them with smaller amounts of less-fat counterparts. This made-over version has all the satisfying comfort of Eleanor’s most-requested dish.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup fat-free milk
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons grated onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups cubed cooked chicken breast
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 can (8 ounces) sliced water chestnuts, drained and coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup seasoned salad croutons
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds, chopped and toasted
  • 1 cup soft bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-fat butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup equals 323 calories, 15 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 78 mg cholesterol, 592 mg sodium, 19 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 29 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 2-1/2 fat, 1 starch, 1 vegetable.

Directions

  1. In a small saucepan, whisk flour and milk until smooth. Bring to a boil over medium heat;cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the yogurt, mayonnaise, sour cream, lemon juice, onion and salt until smooth. Whisk in the milk mixture. Stir in the chicken, celery, water chestnuts, croutons and almonds.
  3. Spoon into a 2-qt. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Cover and bake at 350° for 25 minutes.
  4. Combine bread crumbs and butter; stir in cheese. Sprinkle over casserole. Bake, uncovered, 5-10 minutes longer or until heated through and cheese is melted. Yield: 6 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested with Land O'Lakes light stick butter.
Originally published as Makeover Hot Chicken Salad in Light & Tasty August/September 2006, p11

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup equals 323 calories, 15 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 78 mg cholesterol, 592 mg sodium, 19 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 29 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 2-1/2 fat, 1 starch, 1 vegetable.

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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Reviewed Oct. 31, 2010

I was excited about it - my boyfriend wasn't. So, we tried it. We didn't have any celery, so we left that out and that meant the only thing with texture was the water chestnuts and they stuck out pretty sorely. The flavor was sadly unremarkable.

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Reviewed Oct. 31, 2008

Great!

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