Healthy Chicken Salad Recipes Fight Inflammation: Chicken Cranberry Salad

Healthy Chicken Salad Recipe - Chicken Cranberry Pecan Salad

Chicken Cranberry Pecan Salad Tops Healthy Chicken Salad Recipes To Fight Inflammation

Do you look for delicious healthy chicken salad recipes? You can actually fight inflammation with my amazing Chicken Cranberry Pecan Salad. This wonderful and easy Chicken Cranberry Salad packs antioxidants and lots of flavors making this the best healthy chicken salad recipe. Chicken salad apples, pecans, and cranberries pack nutrition. Chronic, or prolonged, inflammation results in long-term tissue destruction and may be the underlying basis to hosts of chronic diseases. Such as some cancers, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s’ disease, and arthritis. I devoted a chapter to anti-inflammatory recipes in my Eating Well to Fight Arthritis cookbook because of how important antioxidants are to our health.

Chicken Cranberry Pecan Salad from Eating Well to Fight Arthritis cookbook

I raided the pantry to liven up leftover chicken and turned it into this outrageously delicious chicken cranberry salad recipe. Of course, this Chicken Cranberry Salad includes some of my favorite ingredients and gives the recipe great flavor and texture.

Makes 2 (about 1-cup) servings

1 cup cooked skinless chicken breast chunks
2 tablespoons coarsely chopped pecans, toasted
1/2 cup chopped green apple
3 tablespoons dried cranberries
2 tablespoons chopped red onion
3 tablespoons Greek nonfat plain yogurt
2 teaspoons light mayonnaise
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
Salt and pepper to taste

1. In large bowl, combine chicken, pecans, apple, cranberries and onion.
2. In small bowl, mix together yogurt, mayonnaise, vinegar, and thyme. Toss with chicken mixture. Season to taste. Refrigerate at least an hour, or time permitted.

Nutritional information per serving: Calories 252, Calories from Fat 36%, Fat 10g, Saturated Fat 2g, Cholesterol 62mg, Sodium 106mg, Carbohydrates 18g, Dietary Fiber 2g, Total Sugars 12g, Protein 24g, Dietary Exchanges: 1 fruit, 3 lean meat

My Easy Arthritis Cookbook Focuses On Anti-Inflammatory Recipes
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This healthy Cranberry Chicken Salad is from my arthritis cookbook for a reason. It is from the anti-inflammatory recipes chapter which includes recipes with anti-oxidants for better health.

You can see more about easy anti inflammatory recipes on my healthy food blog.  Best of all, these are just everyday recipes to feed the family. I make healthy simple for you in Eating Well To Fight Arthritis This easy anti inflammatory cookbook also highlights diabetic recipes in the book with a “D” for easy reference.


Anti-Inflammatory Vitamin C Foods in Cranberry Chicken Salad Recipe

This is one of my favorite healthy chicken salad recipes because it includes my favorite ingredients.  Cranberries! The cranberries in this healthy chicken salad recipe are chocked full of Vitamin C. Vitamin C plays an important role in growth and tissue repair, and is essential for collagen formation. It also helps to keep bone, cartilage and connective tissue strong, which helps to relieve arthritis inflammation and pain. The sweet crunch of the tart apples and the toasty pecans round out this outrageously delicious yet good-for-you cranberry chicken salad! I have started using the low sugar.

Look For Low-Sugar Craisins for Your Cranberry Chicken Salad Recipe
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I was really excited to discover this low sugar cranberry product in the grocery. The low sugar dried cranberries or Craisins were just as good so why not make the change. You can find them at your local grocery. I love Craisins so this was a good find for me!

I actually have lots of recipes on my blog that call for dried cranberries as I love their sweet tart taste.  One of my favorites is my Yam Cranberry Coffee Cake with Bisquick! 

Short-Cuts for Joint Pain with my Chicken Cranberry Salad

Depending on your type of arthritis, joint pain in your hands and fingers can make cooking limited.  You should take short-cuts where you can. When making my Chicken Cranberry Salad recipe, look for pre-cut chicken, rotisserie chicken, and pre-cut veggies and apple slices to make this healthy easy recipe lighter on your joints. For ease with chopping, use a food processor and try an apple corer instead of slicing apples.

More Easy Chicken Salad Recipes As Good As My Cranberry Chicken Salad Recipe

Looking for another easy healthy chicken salad recipe with a southwestern kick? My Chicken Taco Salad recipe also from my trim and terrific arthritis cookbook is the easiest chicken taco salad and full of flavor! All ages come running when you say tacos. This chicken main-dish salad is heartiest enough for even the hungriest eaters. As you will see, just like my Chicken Cranberry Salad, I have delicious, simple entree salads in my cookbooks with everyday ingredients.

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What You Need To Make Healthy Chicken Salad Recipes

This are some kitchen gadgets to help you with your Chicken Cranberry Pecan Salad. Sometimes, I pull out my food processor for chopping and I have the big food processor but I love my mom’s mini food processor for quick jobs.  Every kitchen needs kitchen scissors as they are so multi-purpose from cutting your chicken to cutting pizza.  And apple corer is a fun kitchen gadget to have for the perfect slices.  None of these you have to have but I love any kitchen gadgets that simplify cooking!

Cuisinart DFP-14BCNY 14-Cup Food Processor, Brushed Stainless SteelCuisinart 14-Cup Food ProcessorKitchenAid Shears with Soft Grip Handles, BlackKitchen Aid Shears with Soft Grip  Calphalon Easy Grip Apple Corer SlicerCalphalon Easy Grip Apple Corer Slicer

The Best Healthy Chicken Salad Recipe to Fight Inflammation is chicken salad apples

Check out all of my anti-inflammatory salads and easy healthy recipes on my blog. Most people say you already have the ingredients in your pantry for all my recipes.  I believe in easy healthy recipes with everyday ingredients.

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With over 1 MILLION COOKBOOKS sold, Holly Clegg has become a culinary expert on easy healthy everyday recipes through her nationally recognized best-selling trim&TERRIFIC® and Eating Well cookbook series, including Eating Well Through Cancer, (English, Spanish and Chinese editions), Eating Well to Fight Arthritis and Diabetic Cooking with the ADA. Clegg attended the Cordon Bleu Cooking School, London and has appeared on Fox & Friends, NBC Weekend Today, QVC, The 700 Club, USA Today, Cooking Light Magazine, Web MD, and Huff Post. She consulted and did spokesperson work for Walmart, Teflon, DuPont, The Coca-Cola Company, and hospitals throughout the country. For more information, visit About Holly or The Healthy Cooking Blog for more recipes and tips.
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