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Curried Chicken Salad with Watercress

I was recently asked if I’d like to try the Tyson Frozen, Grilled & Ready Chicken Strips. While I don’t normally buy these types of convenience foods, this was a product I was interested in testing out. I’ve seen these strips at Costco and wondered if they were worth the price.

Sometimes we all need a couple shortcuts and I’ve definitely had my share of scrambling to get a meal on the table. And I’m always trying to get the kids to taste new foods.

I thought this would be easy and less waste for them because I could take out just 1 or 2 strips and not have to cook a whole piece of chicken. They are precooked, so I could pop them in the microwave for a couple minutes.

It’s really hard for me to put a lot of effort into preparing a new food for them when I’m not sure if they’ll even eat it. So, this works for that.

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It turns out it was a nice alternative for me when making lunches as well. I have always had a hard time with lunches since I became a mom. I’m not one to eat mac n cheese or peanut butter (or in our case almond) and jelly every day.

I still want a good meal, but I just can’t spend a lot of time or make a big huge mess. These strips worked out great for a quicker chicken salad and also for tossing in a tortilla with a few veggies for a taco lunch. I probably wouldn’t serve these on their own for a meal I would eat, but mixed in with other ingredients you can’t even tell it’s frozen food.

My one nitpick is that they are labeled “grilled,” but most of the pieces didn’t have grill marks at all. They are also a little pricey and a convenience food, so it’s definitely something I’d look for a sale or coupon on before buying and I’d limit my use of them to occasionally vs. relying on them. Speaking of coupons, I have 10 coupons for a free bag of chicken to give away in case you want to try them too.

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Curried Chicken Salad with Watercress and Apples

Curried Chicken Salad with Watercress

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Sometimes a convenience food like precooked chicken can help get dinner on the table in a hurry. Chicken strips with a homemade dressing really make up a quick and delicious salad.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups chicken, chopped (i.e. Tyson Frozen, Grilled & Ready Chicken Strips)
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup mayo
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2/3 cup celery, diced
  • 1/4 cup green onion
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cup gala apple, chopped
  • 3 cups trimmed watercress
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds
  • 1/3 cup golden raisins
  • 4 pocket-less pita bread

Instructions

  1. Prepare chicken strips according to package directions. When heated through chop into 1/2-3/4 inch cubes. Set aside to cool.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, combine the sour cream through salt and pepper. Stir to combine. Next, prepare the celery, onion, parsley, and apple according to recipe ingredients. Add the celery, onion, parsley, and 1 cup of the apple to the sour cream mixture. Stir.
  3. When the chicken has cooled, add it to the sour cream mixture and stir to combine. If eating immediately, toss with the watercress before dividing the salad among the pita bread. (If not, toss only the portion you will be eating with a portion of the watercress and proceed.) Divide mixture evenly among the 4 pita bread. Sprinkle each with the leftover apple, the sunflower seeds, and the raisins. Enjoy immediately.

Notes

Adapted from CookingLight

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Nutrition Information
Yield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 533Total Fat 25gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 17gCholesterol 78mgSodium 813mgCarbohydrates 53gFiber 4gSugar 14gProtein 24g

GoodLifeEats.com offers recipe nutritional information as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although GoodLifeEats.com makes every effort to provide accurate information, these figures are only estimates.

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Liza Cardona

Monday 22nd of March 2010

I wan to try the recipe too :)

Megan

Friday 19th of March 2010

I've seen these but thought them too expensive to try. Thank you for your comments, I'll try them when I find a good coupon & sale.

Mike & Caroline K.

Friday 19th of March 2010

Made it and it is really good. I could not find/did not know about the frozen ones you were talking about, but I got some Tyson grilled chicken strips in the deli meat section. They were actually pretty good - although I am sure more expensive. Keep the curry recipes coming...no one in Utah seems to like Curry, but we do!

We Are Not Martha

Wednesday 17th of March 2010

I agree! I don't usually buy these products, but for lunches, I think they're pretty fabulous. Grill marks would be nice though! The curried chicken salad looks delicious :)Sues

Liz

Wednesday 17th of March 2010

I've been wanting to make a curried chicken salad for a while--maybe this is the hint that now is the time!