08 July 2023

Chicken Salad Is One Of Those Easy Low Carb Lunches For Work

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If Deviled Egg Chicken Salad Sounds Good To You, You’ll Love This Keto Version. 

It’s one of those perfect easy low carb lunches for work.

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easy low carb lunches for work

There are many keto friendly lunches for work but there is nothing more satisfying than bringing one that you just can’t wait to eat.  This is that one.  

BONUS:  This recipe is packed with hidden protein to keep you full longer. 

One Of The Yummiest And Easy Low Carb Lunches For Work

 

COLD LOW CARB LUNCHES FOR WORK

Everyone’s office situation is a little different.  I believe that dictates what meals we are most comfortable bringing to work.  As an example, I once worked in a small office with the company directors.  They had a rule about re-heating anything with fish.  This was a good rule.

Cold items are always safe.  But they don’t have to be boring.  The trick is to try different things in different ways, like adding cajun seasoning to the chicken if you like the idea of a spicy chicken salad. 

Or, change the way you serve it.  While a low-carb wrap is easy, so are hard-boiled eggs.  Try this keto chicken salad both ways.

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TWO EASY KETO RECIPES IN ONE

Chicken salad is a delicious staple of a low-carb diet.  As mentioned above, it can be a bit of a blank canvas in that you can tweak the flavors.  There are also many ways in which it can be served.  Try a dollop atop a salad.  Grab a fork full for a quick snack.  Or enjoy the classic keto presentation:  a low-carb chicken salad tortilla roll-up.

What makes a chicken salad perfect in your eyes?  Some may say flavor.  We have plenty of flavors here.  Some may say creaminess.  We have plenty of that, too.  But, what if I told you there is a way to sneak in even more protein?  A very delicious way.

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Cottage cheese is an excellent source of protein.  Here’s an article from Healthline outlining WHY COTTAGE CHEESE IS SUPER HEALTHY AND NUTRITIOUS.

But stick around.  Even if you hate cottage cheese.  There is more going on here than meets the eye.

In order to accept cottage cheese, we must first discuss a deviled egg.  Yes, a deviled egg!

Deviled Egg Base With Cottage Cheese

Given that many chicken salad recipes contain a full cup of mayo, I was on the hunt for something a bit healthier.  Of course, one of the pleasures of a low-carb diet is the almost guilt-free use of mayonnaise.  There is still some mayo in this recipe.  But, I’m Interested in healthy swaps and moving away from some of the bad habits that led to weight gain.

Now let’s consider the delicious flavors of a deviled egg.  Predominately mustard and dill (aside from the egg, of course).  If you think about it, those are two strong flavors.  For this reason, you likely wouldn’t even know about the cottage cheese.  That is to say if cottage cheese sounds funny to you in this use.

SIMPLE LOW-CARB LUNCHES

First, we’ll cook off our chicken.  I opt for the thinly sliced breast when I make chicken salad.  About 3 minutes per side should do the trick.  Here is where you’ll add the flavors that you like.  I lightly dusted the chicken with both cajun and red pepper seasoning.

Let the chicken rest as you move on to the next step

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Second, we’ll add the cottage cheese, dill, mustard, and a hard-boiled egg into the food processor and blend until smooth.  Then adjust seasonings as you wish.  Sometimes I add smoked paprika to this step and always add it to the finished chicken salad.  Add a touch of olive oil or water if you need to thin it out, too.  I find it all depends on the cottage cheese you purchase.  For example, Trader Joe’s has a thicker product than the one I find at Giant.

You now have a high-protein deviled egg dip that you can use all week.  It’s great with celery sticks and cucumbers.

Third, let’s chop some veggies.  I like pickles, red onion, and celery.  What will you choose?  Add them to a bowl with your chopped chicken.

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I promised mayo.  Add about a quarter of a cup and start with a third of a cup of your deviled egg dip and mix.  Test your chicken salad and adjust as you wish.  I always add ground black pepper.

 

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Lastly, put some lettuce on your low-carb tortilla and wrap that baby up.

This is definitely a work-approved low-carb lunch.

 

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Deviled Egg Chicken Salad Wrap

One of the easiest low carb lunches for work
Servings: 6

Ingredients

Chicken

  • 2 T Avocado Oil
  • 1 1/4 # Thinly Slicked Chicken Breast, Cubed
  • Your Choice of Dry Seasoning I used cajun and red pepper for some zip

Deviled Egg Dip

  • 1 C Small Curd Cottage Cheese Add up to 1/4 cup more based on taste preference
  • 1/4 C Yellow Mustard
  • 1 Hard Boiled Egg, Shell Removed
  • Fresh Dill As much or little as you like
  • 1 T Smoked Paprika

Chicken Salad

  • 1/4 C Red Onion, Diced
  • 1/4 C Pickles, Diced
  • 1/2 C Celery, Diced
  • 1/4 C Mayonnaise
  • 1/3 C Deviled Egg Dip
  • Heavy Pinch Ground Pepper
  • Greens Your preference; romaine, spinach, iceberg, etc

Instructions

  • Preheat a cast iron pan on the stovetop over medium-high heat
  • Add the avocado oil
  • Season the chicken and add it to the pan once the oil is hot and cook for 2 - 3 minutes per side or until the chicken is cooked through (internal temperature of 165 degrees)
  • Remove the chicken and let rest/cool
  • In a food processor or blender, add the cottage cheese, mustard, egg, dill, and paprika. Blend until creamy and taste for season preference. If the dip is too thick, thin it with olive oil or water
  • To a bowl, add the cooked chopped chicken, red onion, pickles, celery, mayonnaise, and the deviled egg dip. Mix to combine and test for seasoning preference
  • To build your sandwich, place lettuce and about half a cup of chicken salad on the tortilla. Top with additional celery and onion if you like crunch and garnish with more paprika. Then roll it and wrap it and you have the perfect lunch.

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