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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Ocean Spray Craisins Review + Chicken Salad Recipe

My mom has been raving to me about the Ocean Spray Craisins (dried cranberries) for the past few weeks and now...I finally had a chance to try them myself! The great folks over at Ocean Spray sent me a Craisins Make the Swap Challenge Kit which included 2 bags of Craisins and several recipe cards. This Make the Swap Challenge is all about replacing the raisins in your normal recipes with the Ocean Spray Craisins. I was certainly up for that challenge!

The Ocean Spray Craisins come in several different varieties, the ones I used for the challenge are the original ones which are sweetened dried cranberries. The Craisins are made with real fruit, peanut-free, gluten-free, naturally fat-free, no artificial colors or flavors, no preservatives and they are a great source of dietary fiber. I love that they are in resealable bags!

One of the recipes they sent along in my kit was for their Curried Cranberry Chicken Salad. I love Chicken Salad but not Curried...so I alterted their recipe to my own liking. Here is my version of the recipe.

Shelly's Homemade Cranberry Chicken Salad Recipe

3/4 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
2 cups cubed, cooked white meat chicken
1/2 cup green seedless grapes, sliced in half
3/4 cup Ocean Spray Craisins Original Dried Cranberries
1/4 cup finely chopped celery
2 tablespoons minced onion
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

* I have a food chopper machine called a Quick Chef so I used that for all of my chopping and made my chicken salad almost entirely in that.

I first placed my cubed cooked chicken into the chopper and gave it a few turns so that it finely chopped it up. I then added my reduced-fat mayonnaise and lime juice. I gave it a few more turns to blend the ingredients together. I added in the chopped celery, minced onion, salt and ground black pepper and gave it a few more turns to chop and blend everything together.

Spoon your mixture into a small mixing bowl and hand stir in your sliced seedless green grapes and Ocean Spray Craisins, stir until ingredients are well combined. Place a lid onto your bowl and refrigerate your chicken salad for one to two hours to allow flavors to infuse. Serve cold on your favorite bread or bakery rolls. (we like ours on honey wheat bread).

I made this recipe for lunch a few days ago and let me tell you...my family gobbled it down in quick fashion. There wasn't a crumb left! They loved it so much that I made it again for them yesterday. It's a great chicken salad recipe for those of you who love great tasting sandwiches.

Once it gets a little cooler here I am going to try to make the Ocean Spray Oatmeal Craisins Chocolate Chunk Cookies recipe which you can find on their web site. I bet they are yummy!



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