June 17, 2014

Tzatziki Chicken Salad {aka: Cucumber & Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad}

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This Greek-inspired Tzatziki Chicken Salad gets fabulous flavor from the cool, creamy yogurt and cucumber combination found in traditional Tzatziki sauce.

Tziki.  Ztiki.  Zatiki. Tzatsiki.  Am I the only one who has trouble spelling Tzatziki  correctly?  {And Tzatziki is  the correct way.}  Apparently I am Tzatziki-challenged!  Please tell me I'm not alone.  I swear, every time I need to type that word, I have to look it up to see if it's right.

Well, I may have trouble spelling the word ... but I certainly don't have trouble enjoying this totally yummy Tzatziki Chicken Salad.
The cool, creamy, tangy yogurt and cucumber combination found in traditional Tzatziki sauce beautifully flavor and moisten this Greek-inspired chicken salad.  And I think it's fabulous that it uses protein-packed Greek yogurt instead of mayonnaise!


I absolutely love me some chicken salad ... in any way, shape, or form.  {Need some evidence?  Just take a look at the six different chicken salad versions pictured at the bottom of this post!}

And with it's shredded cucumber and flavor jolt from a bit of red onion and lots of fresh dill,  I especially love this Tzatziki version.  Serve it over a bed of lettuce, as a sandwich filling, or with pita chips for dipping and you'll have one delicious chicken salad treat.

Even if you can't  spell Tzatziki right.  Right?

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Tzatziki Chicken Salad
Source:  Adapted from  Cooking Light magazine, April, 2012
(Printable recipe)

Ingredients
  • 2/3 c. plain Greek yogurt*
  • 1/3 c. finely chopped red onion
  • 1 T. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 T. chopped fresh dill
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 medium-sized cucumber, unpeeled
  • 1 garlic clove, finely minced {optional}
  • 2 c. chopped cooked boneless, skinless chicken breast
Directions
  1. Slice off ends of the cucumber. Grate unpeeled cucumber with the large holes of a cheese grater; squeeze out the water with your hands. {You should have about 1 cup of shredded cucumber.}
  2. Combine Greek yogurt, red onion, lemon juice, dill, salt, pepper, garlic, and cucumber in a mixing bowl; stir to combine. Add chicken, tossing to coat. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes to let flavors meld.
  3. Serve with pita chips, on a bed of lettuce, or as a sandwich filling.
*NOTE:  A 5.3 oz. container of Greek yogurt is just shy of 2/3 cup.  If you don't feel like buying 'the big' container of Greek yogurt, use a touch of mayonnaise to make up the difference to 2/3 cup.

Enjoy!

Please enjoy these other tasty chicken salads from The Kitchen is My Playground ...

10 comments:

  1. Stopping by from the Wednesday Roundup to share a little love! Blessings...Shari Pure Grace Farms

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  2. I not only have trouble spelling the word I have trouble saying the word; though I love "it".
    This chicken salad would be very welcome on these warm summer evenings. Delicious!
    Blessings dear. Catherine

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    1. I know, right?? It IS a tough word! And you're right, this would be very refreshing for warm summer days. Thanks for stopping by, Catherine!

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  3. I am not sure if my first comment went through...I do have trouble both saying the word and spelling the word. Either way I do love this salad. It is perfect for a warm summer night meal.
    Blessings dear. Catherine

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  4. Oh. My. Goodness. I looooove tsatziki! Your chicken salad looks amazing and my mouth is watering! I always make my chicken salad with Greek yogurt, but I can't believe I never thought to season it this way! We will be having this very soon! Thank you so much for linking up at The Wednesday Roundup!

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  5. Great summer time lunch! This looks amazing!! Found your recipe at Pint Sized Baker’s Two-Cup Tuesday.  I am one of the hostesses of Tickle My Tastebuds and would love you to stop by and link up this recipe if you have not yet already. Here is the link
    http://bit.ly/1wsjSLy

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  6. Congratulations! You've been featured in this week's Wednesday Roundup! Hope you'll come by and link up again this week!

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  7. Congrats on being featured on The Wednesday Roundup, I pinned your post to our Link Up Party Pinterest board! Hope to see you again next week!

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  8. Kicking myself for not having through to do this already! I LOVE tzatziki AND chicken salad and love to incorporate yogurt where I can. Thanks! [#TickleMyTasteBuds]

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