Pistachio Cinnamon Chicken Salad

Although I found this on Gina’s Skinny Taste site, http://www.skinnytaste.com/2013/01/pistachio-cinnamon-chicken-salad.html#more, she credits Annie at http://thehealthyapple.com/ for this recipe. I will definitely try Gina’s idea using the Greek plain yogurt instead of mayo.

Here’s the easiest chicken salad recipe that will impress even the pickiest of eaters. In this recipe, cinnamon and pistachios are used to healthfully brighten up the dish, while adding fragrance and flavor. Serve this chicken salad as an afternoon snack with whole grain crackers or sliced vegetables; or for lunch atop a bed of mixed greens and whole grain bread. I’ve used Greek plain yogurt instead of mayonnaise to cut the fat and a bit more protein and flavor to each bite!

Pistachio Cinnamon Chicken Salad
Servings: 6 Serving Size: 1/6 • Old Points: 4 pts • Points+: 5 pts
Calories: 177 • Fat: 5.5 g • Protein: 25.5 g • Carb: 6 g • Fiber: 1.5 g • Sugar: 3 g
Sodium: 178 mg


16 oz cooked shredded boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 1/2 cups Fat-Free Greek plain yogurt
½ cup pistachios, finely chopped
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp fresh lime juice
4 fresh basil leaves, finely chopped
1 stalk celery, finely chopped
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
2 scallions, finely chopped


Shred cooked chicken breast using a fork; place in a large mixing bowl.

Add remaining ingredients; gently toss to combine. Transfer to serving bowls. Serve chilled or at room temperature. Sprinkle with additional scallions.


2 thoughts on “Pistachio Cinnamon Chicken Salad

  1. kerrymckay January 26, 2013 at 11:05 pm Reply

    This sounds soooo good. I have EVERYTHING on hand at home for this recipe (including the pistachios!) except for the plain yogurt. Thinking honey vanilla might taste odd. But maybe not???

    • pollycollier January 26, 2013 at 11:25 pm Reply

      I can’t believe you just happen to have pistachios on hand! I don’t know about the honey vanilla either. It might be good.

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