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Curry Chicken Salad

Protein. Does that word conjure up mental images of huge body builders, grunting as they hurl tires for mile long stretches? Protein seems to be the main focal point of every recipe we make, and for good reason. Body building benefits aside, protein is vital for our overall health, and we love finding new and creative ways to get our protein fix in.

For this recipe, our key focus is: Protein

Here’s why we care about this recipe:

  • Protein acts as a build block in our bodies, for muscles, bones, skin and more. One cup of chopped chicken has 38 grams of protein. The recommended amount of daily protein is .8 grams per kilogram of body weight.
  • Protein keeps us full longer, which is huge for us personally, since we essentially want to snack all the time. Okay, fine, we do snack all the time. But it’s usually on protein. Protein digestion can take up to two days to fully digest in our small intestine. Studies link protein’s ability to keep us full longer with an improvement in our brain’s production of dopamine.
  • Protein helps our bodies maintain both muscle mass and bone mass. As we age, our bones weaken, and including the recommended amount of protein in your diet will keep bones healthy, longer. Fare thee well, osteoporosis. Protein is also key for maintaining muscle mass. Not only does it keep muscles in tact, it promotes their growth if you are active, especially if you are weight lifting.
  • As a disclaimer, there are many different quality levels and types of protein. Make sure you are getting high quality protein in your diet, such as plant or animal protein, rather than processed protein, like bars. These are great on the go options, but wholesome foods are going to be the best source to reap the benefits of protein.

Curry Chicken Salad

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Chicken Curry Salad

Gluten Free Chicken Curry Salad
Servings: 4
Calories: 265kcal

Ingredients

¾ cup nonfat Greek yogurt

    1 tablespoon curry powder

      1 tablespoon honey

        1 lbs. chicken breast, cooked* and cubed

          ¼ cup celery, chopped (approximately 1 stalk)

            ¼ cup sliced almonds

              ¼ cup golden raisins

                ¼ cup apples, diced (approximately ¼ medium apple)

                  1 tablespoon chives

                    Instructions

                    • In a small bowl, mix together Greek yogurt, curry powder and honey until well combined.
                    • In a large bowl, combine the chicken, celery, almonds, raisins and apples. Stir in Greek yogurt mixture until chicken mixture is fully coated.
                    • Top with chives. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to eat.

                    Notes

                    *We recommend poaching chicken for this recipe! Follow these instructions to poach chicken:
                    1. Fill a pot with cold water (enough to just cover the chicken breast/s laid in an even layer).
                    2. Season the water with some salt and pepper.
                    3. Place your chicken breast or breasts in an even layer on the bottom of the pot of cold water and heat over medium until the water just barely begins to simmer, then turn it down to low.
                    4. Cook on low for 15 Minutes or until the internal temperature of the thickest part of the chicken breast reaches 165°F. Once it reaches that temperature, immediately remove the chicken from the water. 

                    NUTRITION INFORMATION Yield: 4 Servings

                    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 265, Total Fat: 5.9g, Saturated Fat: 0.7g, Cholesterol: 68.6mg, Sodium:139.4mg, Total Carbohydrates: 18.4g, Dietary Fiber: 2.6g, Total Sugars: 14.1g, Protein: 33.5g

                    Let us know what you think of this recipe in the comments below!

                    XO,

                    Amanda and Christina

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