Chicken Salad Makeover – Bariatric Friendly

Steph Wagner

July 18, 2013

Chicken Salad Makeover – Bariatric Friendly


Chicken Salad Makeover - low carb and bariatric friendly

It’s the time of the summer when I start moving towards meals that don’t need to be cooked.

I mean, ya know what I mean??

More meals that are served cold. Or in a slow-cooker. Or on a grill. I start steering away from stovetop or even baked. I still use them on occasion, but not nearly as much as the lighter, cooler, summer fare.

Thus I’ve made a few delicious chicken salad recipes. My current favorite is really a classic chicken salad. Instead of creamy mayo, I used Greek yogurt. I tossed in some red onion and a few sliced red grapes.

I know my weight-loss surgery friends love meals like chicken salad. The key here is to use cooked chicken and not canned chicken..and to go easy on the yogurt. Avoid letting the chicken salad get too soft, which leaves you hungry sooner.

***Time Saver Tip!!!! Put your chicken in a slow cooker the day before you want to make this and in the refrigerator overnight. Having the chicken cooked already is awesome. Even better when it’s already cold and you can cut it super fast. If you didn’t get a chance to get it in the slow cooker, buy precooked chicken strips to cut up and toss in the mixture.

Chicken Salad Makeover - low carb and bariatric friendly

Chicken Salad Makeover - Bariatric Friendly

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American, No Cook
Servings: 5 servings
Calories: 218kcal
Author: Steph Wagner
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  • 4 cups cooked chicken, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup celery, chopped
  • 1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup red seedless grapes
  • 1/2 cup plain fat-free Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup no calorie sweetener of choice (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  • Mix together chicken, celery, onion and grapes.
  • In a separate bowl mix together Greek yogurt, splenda, garlic powder and salt.
  • Toss dressing and chicken mixtures together to coat. Refrigerate until ready to serve.


Serving: 3oz | Calories: 218kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 279mg | Potassium: 208mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 127IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutrition Facts
Chicken Salad Makeover - Bariatric Friendly
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 218 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 34mg11%
Sodium 279mg12%
Potassium 208mg6%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 29g58%
Vitamin A 127IU3%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 36mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

15 thoughts on “Chicken Salad Makeover – Bariatric Friendly”

  1. cooking novice question….what do you put in the slow cooker with the chicken to cook it? I would think you would need some sort of liquid in there? water? chicken broth?

  2. Oh ya good question! I used chicken broth. Water would work but the broth gives a little more flavor. I filled it with broth until the 4 chicken breasts I used were half covered.

  3. Hey Jenny…you can even put the chicken in the crockpot frozen! I’ve used the bag of frozen chicken and picked out a few pieces to cook in the crockpot for that evening meal or for the next day.

  4. I chopped everything up a lot to make tiny bites. And I also added some apple I had left over and a pinch of onion powder bc I didn’t have any onion. It was a perfectly light dinner right before cheer practice! I need something light and energy packed to handle 13 12yr old girls!!! ;) bravo!

  5. I have been told to stay away from celery because of its string Consistency and the fact that it would be difficult to digest. BTW. I’m just 3 weeks out and looking forward to a chicken salad recipe.
    I haven’t rated it yet.

  6. @Nor Hean Yes, I agree the stringy veggies are best to wait on as you learn your pouch! You can make several varieties of chicken salad and omit those types of veggies. You can also use the search bar on this site to search for other chicken salad recipes!

  7. Sure! It will make a softer texture which is fine but it may not keep you full for as long. You can try and see if it fills you up and keeps you full!

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