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Derby city chicken salad (lightened up)

October 1, 2015

OMG, 2 more days til I move… and needless to say my life (and kitchen) is turned upside down right now! Thank heavens for friends who love to be creative in the kitchen. I already shared one guest post with the delicious BLT egg here is another… the lovely Karen @themrskray was probably one of the very first few accounts I followed on instagram, I remember going to her page and thinking wow what beautiful pictures..and her page continues to look beautiful! Karen runs the blog my skinny sweet tooth and she has some amazing recipes there, all which are weight watcher friendly! You can also follow Karen on Facebook and Pinterest .. Thank you for sharing your recipe for all to enjoy… I will leave this in Karen’s hands now… 🙂

I often ask myself, “How can something so simple be so gosh darn delicious?”

Well, if you live around or shop at a Kroger, then you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. In their deli, they have a chicken salad that is just out-of-this-world. It’s sweet, creamy, crunchy, tangy … all things that make up a fantastic chicken salad. Several people at work bring it by the tubs and have it for lunch. It’s that awesome. Yep, it’s the …

Derby City Chicken Salad.

Of course, I had to put my spin on it and try to make it healthier and lower in points.  Not only did I succeed, but the flavors are ON POINT! I love this lightened-up version and don’t think I’ll need to make a Kroger run anytime soon.


Derby city chicken salad (lightened up)
Recipe type: Salad
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Serves: 6
2 SP blue & purple, 4 SP green/5pp per serving (each serving approx 5.5oz)
  • 2 large chicken breast, cooked**, shredded*** (about 14oz)
  • ¾C + 2Tbsp nonfat greek yogurt
  • 2Tbsp mayo
  • 1 scallion/green onion, chopped
  • ½Cup apple, diced (I use granny smith … could also use celery)
  • 1Cup grapes, halved
  • ¼Cup (30g) walnuts, chopped or pieces.
  • salt & pepper to taste.
  1. *you could omit the mayo for a 1pp difference per serving, but I love the flavor it adds.
  2. **Preheat the oven to 385°F. Take two sheets of parchment paper and place a chicken breast onto each piece. Add salt and pepper. Bring up the long ends of parchment and roll down. Then, fold in the two sides and tuck under the bottom. Place onto a baking sheet and bake for 20-25 min. Turn off the heat and let them sit in the oven for 10 minutes. Take out of the oven and allow to cool.
  3. ***To get the texture of the original derby chicken chicken salad, place cooked chicken breast into the bowl of a stand mixer with a paddle attachment. Turn on medium and you’ll have perfectly shredded chicken in seconds!
  4. • In the mixing bowl with the shredded chicken, add the greek yogurt and mayo. Turn on low and mix until incorporated.
  5. • Add salt and pepper to taste.
  6. • Using a spatula or spoon, gently mix in the apples, grapes, walnuts and scallions until everything is combined.
  7. • Store in the fridge for 4-6 hours so all the flavors can marry and become awesome.
  8. • Enjoy on a croissant, sliced apples, triscuit crackers, baked potato, or as is! Oh, the possibilities! Makes 6 servings at 2 SP freestyle blue & purple, 4 SP green or 5pp each, each serving approx 5.5oz



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    Reply Angela Medina November 18, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    What is portion size for each serving for your Derby City chicken salad

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      Reply Drizzle November 18, 2015 at 3:34 pm

      Hi there, that is actually not my recipe, I had someone guest post that one.. I am pretty sure it says how many cups it makes and the WW points on the post, you can also follow the link to Karen’s blog, she made the recipe 🙂

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    Reply Nichole Horvath November 18, 2015 at 10:26 pm

    I absolutely loved this recipe, although I did make some variations…instead of walnuts I used almond slivers, I added 1/4 C of a sweet onion, and some garlic pepper for to taste. I’m thinking of adding a few dehydrated cranberries to my sandwich wrap for a little holiday flair! ? Love your site!

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      Reply Drizzle November 19, 2015 at 3:07 am

      Thank you! 🙂 Your substitutions sound awesome.. Happy Holidays 🙂

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    Reply Rebecca January 11, 2016 at 10:03 pm

    Can you use canned chicken breast? Also would light mayo be ok instead of regular?

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      Reply Drizzle January 12, 2016 at 9:16 pm

      If you like canned chicken sure, I’m just not a fan of it.. and yes light mayo is okay 🙂

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    Reply Sherry Neumeister April 17, 2016 at 11:40 am

    i have made this for years the mayo way. I made yours for the first time today it is amazing!!!!! Thank you so much!!!

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      Reply Drizzle April 17, 2016 at 1:04 pm

      So glad you enjoyed it, I can’t take credit for the recipe, it was shared by the lovely Karen at 🙂

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    Reply Jan March 11, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    I shredded the chicken with my stand mixer! I was skeptical but it was so awesome!!!!! This is the quickest I have ever shredded chicken and it was perfection! Oh and family loved the chicken salad.

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      Reply Drizzle March 12, 2017 at 1:05 pm

      Awesome, glad it was enjoyed! I have seen others do that but yet to try it myself.. I will be sure to thanks

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    Reply Nicole August 17, 2019 at 3:36 pm

    This is really delicious! Thank you for an awesome recipe It’s definitely one I will be making over and over 🙂

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      Reply Drizzle August 21, 2019 at 7:38 pm

      Hi Nicole so glad you enjoyed it, I was thankful that a fellow blogger shared it on my page 🙂

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    Reply Alicia Donohue January 26, 2020 at 7:28 am

    Is the parchment paper covering the chicken or just a place for the chicken to sit on? I’m confused with why you’re rolling it down and tucking it? I can’t wait to try this for lunch this week!

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      Reply Drizzle January 26, 2020 at 12:56 pm

      To my understanding it is covering it, it was a shared recipe from a fellow blogger

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    Reply Roselea Conrad August 1, 2020 at 3:28 pm

    The chicken salad looks so good can’t wait to try it

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      Reply Drizzle August 4, 2020 at 8:49 pm

      Hope you enjoy it 🙂

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