For my “easy meal” last week I went with a Pina Colada Chicken Salad, after searching for pineapple on FoodGawker. I’m surprised I hadn’t made a chicken salad yet this year.
Like most chicken salads, this required quite a few ingredients to get that nice variety of flavors and textures that makes chicken salad so good.
Instead of cooking my chicken and then cutting into chunks, I cooked my chicken in the crock pot and shredded it, which is much easier in my opinion. I also think the texture of shredded chicken is better than chunks in a chicken salad, but that’s just my opinion.
So…other than making my chicken all I really did was cut a few key ingredients into bite-sized pieces and mix everything up in a big bowl.
My meal was slightly different from the recipe in two ways. First, I was unable to find pina-colada yogurt among the literal plethora of flavors available at the store. So I instead used half a container of pineapple greek yogurt and half a container of toasted coconut vanilla yogurt…I was worried about that combination. I didn’t taste much coconut in the end, but it was fine!
I also ended up using light mayo, mostly because I already had some in my fridge and I didn’t want to buy another container just to get regular. I actually think there was no problem making this substitution (and mayo kind of grosses me out anyways…) and ended up keeping the calorie count lower on this meal. If I remake this in the future I’ll still use light mayo.
I served in half a piece of pita bread on a fancy white paper plate.
Flavor 3/4 – the recipe itself mentions this, but the spices really balance everything out. The pineapple flavor is strong, but not overwhelming.
Guiltless 3/4 – the calories on this were great, and the ingredients were decent.
Leftovers 4/4 – this is the type of food that is meant to be packed in lunches!