Light Pesto Chicken Salad

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Happy St. Paddy’s Day!! I can’t wait for it to be Tuesday already. Well really I cannot wait for Thursday cuz I am taking the day off. Paddy’s is a HUGE BUSY day at work for me, working a British Pub all the “Irish” people come out of the woodwork for a grand ol time! We don’t serve any green beer we stick to the traditional real stuff,- Corned Beef & Cabbage, Irish Stew, Bailey’s, Tullamore Dew.. you know the real stuff.

Light Pesto Chicken Salad  www.confessionsofabakingqueen.com

I have been baking a lot of rich desserts lately while also trying to eat a bit healthier and workout more. I have been doing pilates and walking which  seems to help me. But the other day I made Lemon Creme Brulee & Vanilla Bean Cheesecake so naturally I needed something to break up the creamy dreamy richness. Light pesto chicken salad for lunch.

Light Pesto Chicken Salad  www.confessionsofabakingqueen.com

I could not have dreamed this to be better. I seriously fell in love.

I even ate this on romaine lettuce leaves instead of bread because it was that AWESOME! And I would rather add parmesan cheese then sandwich bread. So this is new favorite lunch, I’ve already had it three times since I made the first batch. Obsessive much? I know. Light Pesto Chicken Salad  www.confessionsofabakingqueen.com

Healthy Pesto Chicken Salad

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 3 servings

Healthy Pesto Chicken Salad

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp EVOO
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 1/3 cup greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup pesto, homemade or store bought
  • 1/2 cup baby tomatoes, diced
  • 1/4 cup spinach
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • Romain lettuce leaves or any kind of bread

Instructions

  1. In a frying pan over medium heat place 3 tbsp olive oil add garlic and chicken breast, season with salt and pepper, cook until no pink remains. Take off of heat and shred chicken. Place in freezer for 5 minutes to cool off quickly. Scoop garlic out of olive oil and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl combine shredded chicken, garlic, greek yogurt, pesto, baby tomatoes, spinach and parmesan cheese. Mix until just combined, no white streaks remain. Cover and let marinate in fridge for 30 minutes.
  3. Serve on romaine lettuce leaves or bread.
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