Roasted Chicken Salad is always a favorite for our family when we are trying to eat healthy without feeling deprived! Most chicken salads are loaded with mayonnaise but this recipe not only makes a large batch, but the calorie count is only 163 per half cup serving. Roasting the chicken gives the meat such an amazing flavor…but I don’t use boring ole boneless, skinless chicken breasts!
Why bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts are used
It comes down to two major difference: flavor and moisture. When you roast the chicken with both the bone and skin, you get so much more of both. Of course, both are removed after the chicken is roasted but you have already gained the benefits of the keeping them both on.
Trust me. It makes a massive difference.
Mayonnaise vs Miracle Whip
I grew up on Miracle Whip so it is very nostalgic for me but it does NOT belong in this amazing salad. It will completely mess up the lovely dressing that lets the actual ingredients of this chicken salad shine through.
Miracle Whip is much too sweet and doesn’t have a high enough fat content to be a solid base for this salad. Personally, my favorite mayo is Hellmann’s Light. I don’t do generic with this specific ingredient.
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Yes, you can use boneless, skinless chicken breasts but the result will be a drier chicken and not as flavorful.
Do NOT use Miracle Whip in place of the mayonnaise.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 35 minutes
- Category: Salad
- Method: Roasted
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: 1/2 cup
- Calories: 163
- Sugar: 0 g
- Sodium: 244 mg
- Fat: 8 g
- Saturated Fat: 1 g
- Unsaturated Fat: 3 g
- Trans Fat: 0 g
- Carbohydrates: 2 g
- Fiber: 0 g
- Protein: 20 g
- Cholesterol: 64 mg
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