Three-Apple Chicken Salad

apple-chicken-salad Photo: Beatriz Dacosta


  • 4 (4-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken-breast halves
  • 3/4 cup diced Gala apple (about 1/4 pound)
  • 3/4 cup diced Red Delicious apple (about 1/4 pound)
  • 1/2 cup diced Granny Smith apple (about 3 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced celery
  • 3 tablespoons chopped pecans, toasted
  • 1/4 cup light mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons stone-ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh or 1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper


1. Place chicken in a small saucepan and cover with water; bring to a boil. Cover, remove from heat, and let stand 15 minutes. Drain, cool, and coarsely chop chicken.

2. Combine chicken, apples, celery, and pecans in bowl; toss gently to coat.

3. Whisk together mayonnaise, sour cream, mustard, tarragon, salt, and pepper. Pour dressing over chicken mixture; toss gently to coat. Cover; chill at least 30 minutes.

    Total Antioxidant Capacity: 3,300. Prep: 25 minutes (plus 30 minutes for chilling); Cook: 25 minutes. Three different apple varieties and pecans pump up the antioxidants in this tasty salad.
  • Yield: 4 servings (serving size: about 1 cup)

Nutritional Information

Calories per serving: 246
Fat per serving: 12g
Saturated fat per serving: 2g
Monounsaturated fat per serving: 4g
Polyunsaturated fat per serving: 5g
Protein per serving: 24g
Carbohydrate per serving: 13g
Fiber per serving: 2g
Cholesterol per serving: 68mg
Iron per serving: 1mg
Sodium per serving: 287mg
Calcium per serving: 26mg

Good to Know

This is no ordinary chicken salad. Apples and celery are some of the best sources of fiber, and they add a satisfying crunch to the chicken. Cut out the fat even more with fat-free mayonnaise and sour cream. Substitute canned tuna for a variation on this healthy recipe.

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