Main Dish | January 20, 2015

Cranberry Chicken Salad // Enter to Win a free Month on Weight Watchers

Chicken Salad on a "sandwich thin", a thinner slice of bread
My mom buys a chicken salad from a store called Great Harvest up in Utah.  I always look forward to eating that stuff.  It is simple and delicious.
Chicken Salad on a sandwich thin, with freshly cut flowers and strawberries on the side
If you’re like me, you don’t like crunchy celery or onions in your chicken salad – and the Great Harvest chicken salad is free from any unwanted crunch.  Well… we don’t have a Great Harvest where I live and occasionally I get a craving for that yummy salad.  So – I decided to take a stab at re-creating it, and I think it’s pretty darn close!
Chicken Salad in avocado, with strawberries in the background, with the words "let's do lunch" in white cursive above
I’ve really been enjoying thinking up fun and healthy lunch options for myself.  It’s a nice change of pace to think about myself at this meal. Dinner is usually for the hubs – so lunch is all mine. I can eat whatever I want and he doesn’t have to like it!  Ha ha!  As I mentioned before – lunch is a struggle for me – so this has been a fun obstacle to conquer!
I wanted to give you all an update on my Weight Watchers journey as well!  Things have been going great!  My personal coach Shawna has sent me a few personal messages throughout the week that have kept me motivated and I’ve really felt like she had my back.  One thing she mentioned that stuck with me was that on Weight Watchers they do not believe that all calories are created equal.  For example – a banana is 130 calories, but it has a PointsPlus value of 0, while 12 crackers is 130 calories but has a PointsPlus value of 3.  There are foods that our bodies respond to better and that help us feel satisfied and healthy. Weight Watchers encourages you to eat those foods and limit the empty calories.
This week I have been more mindful of how I am treating my body.  I’ve been conscious of how certain foods make me feel – and living healthfully certainly makes me feel better! This week while following the plan I lost 2 pounds! People following the Weight Watchers plan can expect to lose 1-2lbs per week on average. I was so excited when I stepped on that scale and saw that I was down!  I am learning that I can still participate in girls’ nights and celebrations and even eat some of the goodies in moderation.  I love that no foods are off limits on Weight Watchers and I’m able to still lose weight while living a normal life.
How have you all been doing on your journey?  Leave me a comment and let me know!
One feature from the online tools that I have been loving is the recipe builder.  It allows you to put your own recipes into the builder and calculate the PointsPlus values per serving.  I used it here to calculate this delicious chicken salad!  The value for one serving of this salad is only 6 PointsPlus!  Add a serving of your favorite fruit for no additional points.
Screen Shot of weight watchers point count of recipe
This is such a versatile recipe that can be served several different ways…
Chicken Salad Collage with 4 different ways to eat it
Let me give you a rundown of the options and their additional PointsPlus values.
Try it on a Sandwich thin!  For an additional 3 PointsPlus this is a delicious option if you’re craving a sandwich!
 
Chicken Salad on sandwich thin, overhead shot. fresh strawberries in white square bowl on the side
Serve it on a bed of crisp lettuce to get your greens for the meal.  I love the crunch of crisp greens with this salad.  It’s heaven – and if you choose this option you won’t increase your PointsPlus value at all!
Chicken Salad in lettuce, with fresh strawberries on the side
How about a stuffed avocado?  I’ve spent most of my adult life in California, so avocados are a staple!  This creamy option will leave you satisfied all afternoon.  Half an avocado will add an additional 3 PointsPlus to your bank.
overhead shot of halved avocado filled with chicken salad, fresh strawberries on the side
Or how about with some whole wheat crackers? I love this option. I feel like I’m eating a bunch of appetizers for lunch. 12 crackers will add an additional 3 PointsPlus to this meal.
Chicken Salad in small white bowl with dill garnish, crackers on the side
I hope you’ll try out this new recipe and let me know how your new resolutions are going! Leave a comment below to enter for a chance to win a one month Weight Watchers membership and a Weight Watchers prize pack.

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5 from 2 votes
Cranberry Chicken Salad
Cranberry Chicken Salad
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 

Enjoy this fresh salad any way you'd like!

Course: dinner, lunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken salad, cranberry
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 1252 kcal
Author: Kadee
Ingredients
  • 2 breasts from a rotisserie chicken shredded
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds
  • 2/3 cup nonfat imitation mayo
  • 1/3 cup nonfat greek yogurt
  • 1 1/2 TBSP cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • pinch of sugar
  • Fresh dill for garnish
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl combine mayo, yogurt, vinegar, salt, pepper and sugar. Stir until combined.
  2. In a large bowl combine chicken, cranberries, and almonds.
  3. Fold in dressing.
  4. Garnish with dill (optional)
  5. You can serve immediately of let it chill in the fridge so all of the flavors mingle.
  6. Serve on a bed of lettuce, a roll, crackers, sliced bread, or on its own!
Recipe Notes

6 Weight Watchers PointsPlus value per serving.

Nutrition Facts
Cranberry Chicken Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 1252 Calories from Fat 639
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 71g 109%
Saturated Fat 18g 90%
Cholesterol 369mg 123%
Sodium 951mg 40%
Potassium 1148mg 33%
Total Carbohydrates 28g 9%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 19g
Protein 119g 238%
Vitamin A 8%
Calcium 10.7%
Iron 37%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

This post was created as part of a relationship in which I was sponsored by Weight Watchers and given a free three month subscription to try their new Personal Coaching product and write about my experience. Though I was compensated for my time and commitment, all views, positive and negative, are my own.

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  1. This meal looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing with us.

    As for my efforts to live a more active and healthy life this year, I’ve been cutting soda which had been a struggle, but I keep working on it. I’ve also been using my T25 videos from Beach Body for my exercise. So far, I’m back to my pre-Christmas weight, but I have a lot further to go in order to feel comfortable in my own skin again.

    I like the Weight Watcher’s plan because I feel teaching my kids to have a healthy relationship with food is my job as their mom and that leading by example is the best way for them to learn.

    I love you and your blog, Kadee!

  2. Resolution is going well so far…I am on track and I love all of WW recipes – they are easy to make and taste great!

  3. Well my New Years Resolution was to cook healthier meals and to drink more water and so far I have not done either! I would love to have this so I could get a great jump on it!

  4. My New Years resolution was to get my family together for weekly family dinners…and it has gone BUST ! :( I’m still willing, but I can’t get everyone to show up!

  5. these recipes look great! My resolution was to drink more water, and I have been rocking it! I am drinking a gallon a day!

    1. One pound at a time Bonnie! That’s how I have to think about it. Its much easier to reach a goal of 2 or 3 pounds and then make another small goal then to think of the larger amount. You’ve got this! Let me know how you’re doing!

    1. Hi Monica – it is soy mayonnaise, or you can make your own in a blender with a hard boiled egg, olive oil, and salt and pepper.

  6. Back in 2005 before I got pregnant with my son, I tried Weight Watchers and I loved it! I would love to get started on it again.

  7. One of my resolutions was to cook more, so that I could eat healthier/lose weight. So far I think I’ve cooked less than all years prior to this one. :(

  8. My resolutions for 2015 didn’t include losing weight because I know that most resolutions fail. Instead I decided to approach it as one small step at a time. My first goal is to actually write down everything I eat. This is one of the hardest things for me to do, because I haven’t set up my organization (keeping a note pad with me). So even than requires planning ahead.
    I can see by writing this down how I’m sabotaging my own efforts. Now to get started.

  9. I love this recipe! I have made it so many times for gatherings and it is a hit. Although many times I use a can of Chicken, it still turns out.