Chicken Salad


C.J. loves chicken salad sandwiches…but he absolutely hates mayonnaise. So, trying to be the best wife possible and make my husband happy I set out on what seemed like an impossible task of finding a chicken salad recipe that was not mayonnaise heavy.

I found some that would have probably worked, but they just didn’t sound great…so I decided to take things into my own hands.

This recipe does contain mayonnaise, but not a lot. It still had that chicken salad flavor/texture, but without a mayonnaise taste.

I chose to use ciabatta dinner rolls as the bread for our sandwiches. Our grocery store has a fantastic bakery and these were the “highlighted” bread. They were delicious and the smaller size of the dinner rolls was nice.




  • 1 pound cooked chicken breast, shredded
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • 1/2 cup diced apple
  • 2/3 cup grapes, halved
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt (I used Siggis)
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice, or more, to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 rolls ciabatta bread, toasted, for serving


  • In a large bowl, combine chicken, red onion, apple, grapes, dried cranberries or currants, sliced almonds, Greek yogurt, mayonnaise, lemon juice, garlic powder, salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Serve sandwiches on ciabatta bread with chicken mixture.


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