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Lighter Apple Pecan Chicken Salad

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A lighter take on classic, creamy chicken salad with juicy apple chunks, crunchy pecans, and tart dried cranberries! A hearty, healthy meal in 20 minutes!


  • 2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts, pounded to 1/2 inch thickness
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 8 slices sandwich bread (I used a whole grain wheat – I recommend something like this!)
  • 1 cup chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1 apple (use your favorite, I used gala), cored and chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 red onion, diced
  • 1/3 cup Diamond of California Pecan Halves (could also use chopped pecans)
  • 1/3 cup plain fat free Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup light mayo (optional, may sub additional greek yogurt)
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Instructions

  • Season chicken with Italian seasoning and salt and pepper to taste. Cook in a large skillet over medium heat for 4-6 minutes on each side until cooked through. Chop into 1/2-inch pieces and transfer to a large bowl.
  • Add apple, celery, cranberries, onion, pecans, greek yogurt, mayo, dijon mustard, and garlic powder to the bowl and stir to combine. If desired, add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Assemble sandwiches by distributing romaine and chicken salad mixture between 4 slices of bread. Top with remaining slices of bread and serve.
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