I received free samples of Sabra Spreads mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Sabra and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.
Packed lunches just got a whole lot easier (and healthier) with this cracked pepper and chicken salad sandwich recipe! Thanks to a few short-cuts and healthy sub-ins, you can whip up a week’s-worth of lunches in less than 20 minutes.
Week two down of starting the new job. While I anticipated having to adjust to new people, new policies, and a new patient-population, it never crossed my mind that I would also have to adjust to packing a lunch. At my last job, one of the perks for dietitians was free lunch everyday, and while I was still packing Bry a lunch, he isn’t very picky what he eats as long as it’s enough to fill him up. Me on the other hand? I need to feel full (after all, depending on how many clients I have in the afternoon I may not get to eat for another 6-7 hours), but I also don’t want to feel grossly full. Not an easy balance.
So how do you accomplish staying full without putting yourself in a food coma? Protein, complex carbs, and a hint of healthy fats. This cracked pepper chicken salad sandwich fits the bill perfectly!
Usually when I think of chicken salad, I imagine globs of mayonnaise and a sense of heaviness after eating it. Well throw that image down the disposal as this chicken salad is lighter, lower in fat and calories, yet still provides a creaminess to hold the chicken salad together. The trick? sub in Sabra’s new Sea Salt and Cracked Pepper Spread instead of mayo.
The first hummus I can remember trying was Sabra’s Pine Nut one, and ever since I’ve been hooked. So I was thrilled when they asked Recipe Redux members to try out their new sandwich “Spreads” and come up with recipes. These spreads are as if classic sandwich condiments (primarily mayo) combined with hummus. You get all the convenience of a classic condiment – easy squeeze bottle, perfectly spreadable, and wonderfully versatile — but with 75% less fat than mayo, fresher ingredients, and way more flavor.
Currently theses spreads come in three flavors: Garlic and Herb, Sea Salt and Cracked Pepper, and Honey Mustard. All are honestly delicious and work well with different sandwich fillings.
This chicken salad is quick and easy thanks to using rotisserie chicken instead of taking the time to poach and shred raw chicken breasts. However, if you aren’t a fan of rotisserie chicken or already have chicken in your fridge/freezer, you can definitely use it instead, it just will add a few more minutes to the prep time. But I like to make things easy, so as Bry cut meat off the rotisserie chicken, I “shredded” it a.k.a used my fingers to tear into smaller pieces.
However you shred it, these chicken salad sandwiches are a healthy, yet filling lunch option perfect for the whole family!
So here’s a toast to keeping those mid-afternoon stomach grumbles at bay!
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I love, love, love chicken salad and this version sounds so delicious! Love the idea of having it on hand all week for lunches!
Thanks Kathryn! Yes, I work long days so the less I have to do at night when I get home the better 😉 I hope you give it a try and let me know what you think!
I love anything that saves time and this recipe not only saves time but looks absolutely fantastic!
Right? Finding a quick and easy lunch is a goldmind. Glad you like it 🙂
This looks delicious, and I’ve got to try that spread! Yum 🙂
Thanks Ann 🙂 Yes, definitely give the spreads a try. The texture and flavors make it easy to whip up something delicious quickly and with minimal ingredients.
That spread would be so so good in chicken salad!
It was perfect! And made it easy – besides some red pepper flakes I didn’t have to add any extra seasonings.
What a yummy combo! Looks good!
Thanks Serena 🙂
I need that spread! That sounds delicious in this chicken salad!
Thanks Rachel! Yes, for sure do – the flavors are so on point!