Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad

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Have you ever really loved a certain food, but hated one of the main ingredients?  Meet, chicken salad.  I must admit, I don't care for mayonnaise, I don't purchase it, and I definitely don't want it all over my chicken salad.  I will never forget the day I sat down with my mother for lunch at Cafe at Pharr, in Atlanta, Georgia; wherein, she handed me a newspaper article praising the lunch spot for their healthy eats and conscious approach to cooking.  Most chicken salad recipes include heavy amounts of mayonnaise, Cafe at Pharr uses greek yogurt and  serves sandwiches alongside a handful of grapes, with two yogurt rolls to satiate the post meal sweet tooth. 

While I love visiting Cafe at Pharr, I like cooking at home even more.  Today I added apples, cherries, and grapes to my batch. Next week, I may choose walnuts.  Try out my recipe below, and let me know in the comments about anything you have added.

Enjoy!

Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb of Chicken
  • ½ Cup of Greek Yogurt [Full Fat]
  • 2 Tbsp. Dijon Mustard
  • 1/2 Cup of chopped celery
  • 1/3 Cup of chopped cherries
  • 1/3 Cup of chopped apples
  • 1 Tsp. Fresh Chopped Dill
  • Juice of One Lemon
  • 1/4 Tsp. Sea Salt
  • Freshly Ground Pepper
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • Optional: 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts

Directions:

  • Heat a teaspoon of Kerrygold in a medium skillet over medium heat, place chicken breasts in and cook until edges are golden, about 10 minutes. Flip to the other side, then cover the pan, lower the heat and cook for another 10 minutes.
  • Remove the chicken from heat, set aside
  • Chop and prepare vegetables
  • Cut chicken into small pieces
  • Mix all ingredients together
  • Serve or keep in the refrigerator until you are ready to eat
  • Optional: Buy a loaf of fresh bread, toast lightly, add fresh jelly or lettuce and tomato with a couple spoonfuls of chicken salad
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Carly Grace Milyo

Born in New York City,  Carly Grace grew up in Atlanta and graduated from The Westminster Schools.  Carly received her Bachelor of Science in Human Development, and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Virginia Tech in 2012. During her college career, Carly began practicing yoga as an escape from her intense ACC Cheerleading training. The rigor and requirements Carly upheld as an ACC athlete combined with the social expectations and action packed schedule expected of an Alpha Phi left Carly depleted both physically and mentally.  Before Carly found yoga, she used running, partying with friends, and restricting her diet to maintain a sense of control in her life. It was Carly's true desire to find more purposeful and authentic friendships and to invest her time in cultivating her greater well-being and spirituality that lead her to yoga. 

The creativity and physical challenge of yoga captivated and inspired Carly. Yoga was the first thing Carly practiced where the perfect-ten mentality was not required; in fact, perfection is the antithesis of yoga principles.  After hanging up her poms poms and retiring from her ACC Cheerleading career, Carly quickly found herself  invested in the In Balance Yoga Community in Blacksburg, VA.  With encouragement and affirmation from Studio Owner, Becky Crigger, Carly set out for New York City to train with Dana Trixie Flynn at Laughing Lotus Love Skool.

Yoga Alliance 200 E-RYT, Carly has studied and practiced with many influencers and teachers all over the United States.  Carly currently teaches Thunderbolt Power Yoga®;  a powerful alignment based vinyasa flow inspired by some of her greatest influencers including, Dana Trixie Flynn and Baron Baptiste.  Carly infuses creative ideas and sequencing into her classes. Her purpose as a teacher is to inspire people to move like themselves. Carly is committed to helping students be audaciously playful in both their practice and in their lives. 

You can catch Carly Grace teaching at her studio Thunderbolt Power Yoga, at off-site events such as the infamous FIT Yoga Series with Carly Grace at W Atl Buckhead, at music festivals, corporate conferences, and more!  Be sure to look out for Carly's quarterly Boombox Power Yoga® Class offered alongside a live DJ, accompanied by her pink boombox, and enhanced with a 16 inch disco ball. 

In the mean time, you can follow her adventures on instagram (@yoga__barbie) or give her a wave when you see her drive by in her infamous pink jeep!