Taste of Summer: Light Chicken Salad with Blackberries


I’m one of those people who thinks that meat on the bone is a nuisance. At the same time,  I know that meat cooked on the bone, with skin and all, is the best way to keep it juicy, sweet, and delicious. My college dining hall has what I like to call an unfortunate addiction to rotisserie chicken. It sits pretty and quartered on a cutting board, with a chef on site to serve it to you. I don’t know why I pass on it, since it’s far superior to the boneless meats that I’d prefer to eat. More often than not, dining hall chicken breast is overcooked, dry, bland, and altogether horrible. You can taste the fear of food poisoning in it. Afraid of sickening the entire student body, the kitchen nukes the meat until it tastes and cuts like it was made last year.


Last Friday, my disinterest in the dinner menu prompted a desire to create. Well, it was more of a necessity, since I had to eat. I grabbed a serving of rotisserie chicken, peeled off the skin, shredded it, and stuck it in a toasted sandwich. The idea of shredded chicken stuck in my mind all weekend. I wanted a better way to eat it.

Thus, blackberry, apple, and scallion chicken salad was born.


This summery treat is perfect for picnics, sun-dance rituals, and guilt-free meals. There’s no mayo and plenty of fruits and fiber. Basically, summer’s coming, and it’s time to start caring about what you look like in shorts. Or you could join me and all the Liz Lemons of the world, and just eat.

Recipe for Light Chicken Salad with Blackberries

2 roasted chicken breasts, shredded

1/4 cup blackberries, halved

1/2 apple, diced

1/2 scallion, finely chopped

1/2 cup celery, finely diced

1 tsp black pepper

1/2 tsp salt

3/4 cup non-fat plain yogurt

2 tsp dijon mustard

1 tbsp orange juice or freshly squeezed lemon juice

1. Shred the chicken and place into a bowl.

2. Cut the celery, scallions, apples, and blackberries and add to chicken.

3. In a separate bowl, mix together yogurt, salt, pepper, mustard, and orange juice.

4. Add yogurt mixture to shredded chicken. Toss the salad. Adjust seasonings if necessary.

5. Make sandwiches and take yourself to the BEACH!!


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