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Lemon Chicken Pasta Salad

Lemon Chicken Pasta Salad
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Lemon Chicken Pasta Salad is the perfect light lunch that will satisfy your appetite without ruining your diet. This healthy deli salad is creamy, comforting and bursting with refreshing flavors in every bite. This recipe calls for Greek yogurt instead of mayonnaise, which automatically lightens up a traditionally heavy dish and cuts out many unnecessary calories. It is super simple to make and it's a great way to get rid of any leftover rotisserie chicken. You can make this any time throughout the year, but it's the perfect dish to pack for a picnic.

Serves6

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces whole wheat Rotini pasta
  • 1/2 cup non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup light mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice or the juice of one small lemon
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons capers, drained
  • 2 cups chopped or shredded cooked rotisserie chicken
  • 6 large basil leaves, torn into pieces (optional)

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta in boiling, salted water according to package instructions, drain and add to a large non-reactive (glass) mixing bowl.

  2. In separate, smaller glass mixing bowl, combine Greek yogurt, mayonnaise, lemon juice, lemon zest and capers.

  3. Pour sauce over pasta and add cooked chopped/shredded chicken.

  4. Add basil and gently toss to combine.

  5. Serve immediately if serving warm or refrigerate 2 hours, if serving cold.

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I have recently switched our pastas to whole wheat. This recipe looks tasty, although a cup of mayonnaise even light mayonnaise is a high fat addition. I would use a thicker low fat or zero fat yogurt at least partially in place of the mayonnaise.

While pretty good, there is a contradiction right off the bat. The description of this recipe says you use Greek yogurt instead of mayonnaise. Then in the ingredients, there is only a 1/2 cup of yogurt but a full cup of mayonnaise. The description is misleading. Still, pretty good overall and tasty and a little lighter.

Pretty good, tasty and a little lighter. But the description of the recipe is misleading. The description says "and calls for Greek yogurt instead of mayonnaise." But the ingredients list 1/2 cup yogurt and 1 cup mayonnaise. So not replacing much with yogurt. Description should be more accurate with actual ingredients .

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