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Recipe and Photography by: Katie Serbinski, MS, RD
Sliders. Your mind might wander to beef, and before I dreamt up this recipe, mine did too. But then I remembered it’s the start of cherry season in Michigan [fun fact: Michigan is the Cherry Capitol of the U.S.]. And sometimes it’s nice to have a recipe for summer barbeques and celebrations that doesn’t require grilling. The grill always fills up fast with burgers, sausages, hot dogs, and chicken breasts. Lack of space on the grill plus seasonality of some of my favorite foods is how I settled on this recipe for Cherry Almond Chicken Salad Sliders. My husband thinks my format for recipe development is confusing. I call it sensibly delicious!
Now don’t get me wrong. I love a traditional beef slider or grilled chicken breast. But I also love pulling my registered dietitian foodie card and surprising my friends and family with the unexpected at potlucks. Plus I’m a proud Michigander and have more dried cherries in my pantry [yes, some chocolate covered] than the average person might know what to do with.
Beyond summertime celebrations, these Cherry Almond Chicken Salad Sliders make a great lunch or dinner for any night of the week. Can’t find slider buns? Don’t sweat it. The chicken salad tastes great by itself, on a cracker, in a wrap, or on a bed of lettuce.
A few notes about my recipe: most chicken salad recipes use mayonnaise for the dressing. Not in my house! No seriously, my husband won’t touch the stuff! Instead I went with a Greek yogurt dressing which turns out just as creamy [and even lighter] if you add a little bit of milk to it. If you are using regular yogurt you probably won’t need to add any additional liquid--- it’s all up to you! And don’t forget to refrigerate the chicken salad until you are ready to serve the sliders. You could even plate a few of the sliders so people catch the drift on how to assemble them!
Cherry Almond Chicken Salad Sliders
- 4 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts, poached
- 1/2 cup nonfat Greek Yogurt
- 1/4 cup nonfat milk
- 1/2 cup celery, diced
- 1/3 cup dried cherries
- 1/3 cup slivered almonds
- 16 slider rolls
- 2 tomatoes, sliced
- 2 cups arugula
- Dice poached chicken breasts and place in a large bowl. Mix in Greek yogurt and milk until all the chicken is coated evenly.
- Add celery, cherries, and almonds to the bowl and mix in.
- Assemble sandwiches with a scoop of chicken salad, a slice of tomato, and a few pieces of arugula. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.