Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Recipe: Tzatziki Chicken Salad

My coworkers are starting to have fun playing "What Is Kimberly Having For Lunch Today". Because I get bored having the same food for lunch all the time, and because it just costs so much to eat out for lunch, I try to bring at least one different ingredient to work in the hopes that I'll be inspired to make something new. Fortunately for me, said groovy, different ingredient was already here. As you all know, I was the lucky winner of a giant box chock full of Mediterranean treats from Cedars Mediterranean Foods, courtesy of Because it was too much stuff for me to carry back home (I sold my car so I use public transit), I decided to leave it in the fridge here at work so that I could always have some fun snacks to nosh on.

I wasn't the biggest fan of the hommus, so I've kind of given that away to our mechanics (they'll eat anything, God bless 'em), but I cannot get enough of the Tzatziki and the Spinach Dip! They're excellent. I had brought in some veggies for an entirely different salad which I will be posting soon, but I thought it would be interesting to combine them instead with some leftover chicken I had and toss that all together with the tzatziki (yogurt dip with cucumber & garlic, for those of you who are new to the tzatziki scene). A little extra lemon juice here, some extra pepper there, and Holy Hannah, I had a delicious, cool, crunchy salad that went perfectly with the pita chips they sent me.

I fully intend to make this again using my own tzatziki and will post that recipe in the next few days. There's absolutely nothing wrong with store bought (or Greek deli, if you have one handy), it's just more cost-effective to make one's own. This recipe is also a great way to make use of any leftovers you may have in your fridge at home and leftovers should never be ignored. It's amazing what you can come up with when you start thinking out of the box. Lastly, feel free to play around with this one! You can stuff a pita pocket with this salad, or use it on regular bread, or just have some atop some fresh, crisp greens. This is a very versatile, healthy, and refreshing lunch, and I hope I've been able to teach you that you can get just as creative in your breakroom at work as you can in your kitchen!

Tzatziki Chicken Salad (serves 2-3; total cost: ~$1.75/serving)

1 c chicken breast (or thighs), chopped
1/2 cucumber
1/2 red bell pepper
1/2 red onion
3 T tzatziki
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Couple dashes ground black pepper
Handful of pita chips

Chop all veggies into 1/2" pieces and place in a medium bowl. Add chicken, tzatziki, lemon juice, and pepper, and mix together until everything is uniformly coated. Spoon onto a plate, serve with pita chips, and enjoy!


  1. Oh this looks yummy! I love different spins on chicken salad! Yours looks perfect!

  2. I made this tonight using a rotisserie chicken and omitting the onion, and I served it in whole wheat wraps, and it was awesome!! Thanks for a great recipe inspiration!

  3. I finally got around to making this with homemade tzatziki from an online recipe I found. The leftovers I sauteed on high heat and put in a wrap with more tzatziki and some shredded Italian cheese. Delicious!



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