I am all about snacks.

Sweet Corn, Bacon and Scallion Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad I howsweeteats.com

I like to eat snacks for meals.

I much prefer snacks over actual dishes, at least most days of the week. Snacks are easier and often crunchy and salty. Snacks mean I can eat a bunch of different things at the same time which keeps me from being the boredest (it’s now a word) person ever and snacks are so… so… satisfying.

Snacks can also include chocolate and wine soooo… yeah. That’s why I like them.

Sweet Corn, Bacon and Scallion Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad I howsweeteats.com

I get that this chicken salad can seem a little boring.

It is one of those snacky meals that tastes better than you anticipate. It’s one of those snacky meals that can be eaten a bunch of different ways: on crackers, on toast, stuffed in an avocado, melted into a grilled cheese or shoved inside a warm croissant or pita. It gets a little tastier if it sits in the fridge for a few hours and even better if you add some hard boiled egg. Obviously. Eggs eggs eggs, it’s all I can think about. I almost shared another egg recipe with you today – accidentally on purpose of course – and then was like whoa. Reel in the egg talk. It’s enough.

So my mom made a lot of chicken salad when I was growing up. She still does – I’m pretty sure it is one of her favorite meals. She uses the canned chicken but that’s not why I wouldn’t touch it with a ten foot pole – it was only because she looooves her celery in there.

I… do not like celery.

That is the understatement of the century. The abhorrence I feel for that crunchy little green stick may be stronger than anything I feel for broccoli or carrots. It’s just so… crunchy. In a bad way. And like sour or something.

I can’t do it.

I’d beg my mom to make some chicken salad without the chopped green stuff and she would look at me like I had four heads. Celery in chicken salad is like the chocolate to her peanut butter.

I enjoyed the actual chicken salad so much, however, that I would occasionally sit there and pick out every single little green chunk. It’s one thing that I still actually find myself doing with celery – one thing that I just can’t get over. I’ve forced myself to learn to like pepperoni on pizza and onions in, well… everything, because my growing age and utter laziness would hold me back from picking it all off. Well laziness and hunger. But not celery. No way jose.

Sweet Corn, Bacon and Scallion Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad I howsweeteats.com

Two yeas ago I made a grilled greek chicken salad and used some greek yogurt instead of lots of mayo. I am all about the yogurt since it’s a bit tart. I just go nutso over tart flavors. Also, how in the heck was that two years ago? I definitely thought it was last year. Wrong. It was 2011. Sheesh. Stop it.

Anyhoo – this tastes like summer to me. It’s super refreshing but a bit heartier than regular old chicken salad. I am ready, summer. Bring it on.

Sweet Corn, Bacon and Scallion Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad I howsweeteats.com

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Sweet Corn and Bacon Chicken Salad

Yield: serves 2-4

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
2/3 cup plain greek yogurt (preferably full fat or 2%)
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 1/2 tablespoons dijon mustard
1 cup cooked sweet corn kernels
4 bacon slices, fried and crumbled
4 green onions, sliced
2 tablespoons chives
crackers/toast/pitas for serving

Directions:

Add shredded chicken to a large bowl and season with salt, pepper and paprika. Add yogurt, mayo and mustard, tossing well to coat, then fold in the corn, bacon, chives green onions. Taste and season with more salt and pepper if desired.

Sweet Corn, Bacon and Scallion Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad I howsweeteats.com

And these crackers? The TJ’s pita crisps. I want to live inside that box.

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84 Responses to “Sweet Corn, Bacon and Scallion Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad.”

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    nicole @ I am a Honey Bee — May 9, 2013 @ 7:01 am

    looks so good. been too long since I made chicken salad.

    i love celery but I can see what you say about it being sour.

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    ashley - baker by nature — May 9, 2013 @ 7:10 am

    Now that Summer is almost here, I’m totally embracing all of the cold “salad” options that comes with it… and with corn, bacon, AND scallions? I’m all over this chicken one.

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    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — May 9, 2013 @ 7:11 am

    This sounds delicious Jess! Thanks for commenting on the crackers too, because I was just about to ask! We don’t have TJs here in Canada but this summer I’m going out to BC and my aunt is only about an hour away from the border so we’ll definitely be hitting up the nearest TJs! As a kid I was more about tuna and egg salads than chicken salad, and like you, celery totally ruined it. Now however, I don’t mind it at all! Might have to try your recipe out this weekend.

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    Tara — May 9, 2013 @ 7:11 am

    Finally, someone who shares my hatred for celery! Everyone says it doesn’t taste like anything but they are so very wrong.

    PS This looks delicious, and I wish Greek yogurt existed where I live so I could make it!

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    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — May 9, 2013 @ 7:32 am

    Ohh, I love these kind of dishes!!! AM I loving the addition of the bacon!! perfect for the summer!

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    Tieghan — May 9, 2013 @ 7:44 am

    I hate celery! Probably not as much as you, but I just think it is nasty. I can handle it, but much prefer not to! I also hate mayonnaise so I love that this is mostly made without it! YUM!

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — May 9, 2013 @ 7:49 am

    I like to eat snacks for meals. <– me too! Variety is the spice of life. I can make a tapas style dinner out of snacks, dips, crackers, etc. And so good!

    Those TJs pita chips are also crazy good!

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    Amanda @ Food, Fitness, Faith — May 9, 2013 @ 8:14 am

    This is a fabulous idea! The flavor combo sounds ridiculous (plus, I will eat anything with bacon in it)!

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    Courtney — May 9, 2013 @ 8:19 am

    Celery is the most vile thing to ever ruin my food on a regular basis. I do not permit it in my house.

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    Maria Tadic — May 9, 2013 @ 8:25 am

    This is a really creative spin on a traditional chicken salad. I love it! And you’re right – those TJ pita crisps are BOMB!

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    Lianne — May 9, 2013 @ 8:37 am

    I am the EXACT same way with celery!! It KILLS me how people insist on putting in in everything, especially lobster/seafood salads!

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    Heather @ A Sweet Simple Life — May 9, 2013 @ 8:41 am

    This looks incredible. I could eat it for breakfast!

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    Erin | The Law Student's Wife — May 9, 2013 @ 8:42 am

    Can I put my face in that bowl?!
    I know what you mean about an ingredient that just grinds your gears. I have been known to wipe ketchup off my burgers. I’m a freak, I know. But somehow, if I had this dip, I think all would be right in the world!

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    Ali @ Peaches and Football — May 9, 2013 @ 8:51 am

    Chicken salad, in a dip? With corn and bacon? Count me in please!! This is amazing party food for the summer. I love cool entrees, dips, etc that are unusual and good for hot days. This looks amazing!

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    Simone — May 9, 2013 @ 9:11 am

    I am way too excited to make this. Like – even though I won’t get home until 10pmish, I can’t not make this. My husband will LOVE this. Maybe if I feed him this he will get me an ice cream maker…

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    Lisa — May 9, 2013 @ 9:11 am

    I can envision this heated with cheese on top as well!! Thank you for still having your weekly menu to – I like it!

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    April @BarbellsandBellinis — May 9, 2013 @ 9:28 am

    You had me at “Bacon Chicken Salad.”

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    Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) — May 9, 2013 @ 9:29 am

    I am a BIG chicken salad fan. Especially with cranberries and walnuts or really anything with STUFF in it. This looks amazing, and I cannot WAIT for corn season out here! New England corn IS best :)

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    joelle @ on a pink typewriter — May 9, 2013 @ 9:52 am

    Mmmmm, I love chicken salad! It’s THE best sandwich filler, and even better with pita.

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    Heather — May 9, 2013 @ 10:29 am

    WOMAN. I love this – pinned for lunch ideas! I am quickly running out of ideas for lunches these days and I am SO rocking this now!

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    Carly @ Snack Therapy — May 9, 2013 @ 10:30 am

    Girl, I made a whole blog based around my love for snacks. Trust me, I understand your snack-obsession.

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    Abbe@This is How I Cook — May 9, 2013 @ 10:31 am

    Love the twist on this chicken salad! I do like celery but I promise with all that other good stuff in there, I’ll leave it out!

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    steph@stephsbitebybite — May 9, 2013 @ 10:32 am

    I’m totally a snack person too and since I snacked all the time when I was pregnant my little man is a snacker now! I think this snack could easily get me through the day {but I might need two boxes of crackers]

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    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — May 9, 2013 @ 10:34 am

    I love chicken salad and everything is has to offer. I agree with your mom on celery part though. This alternative is great.

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    valerie — May 9, 2013 @ 10:34 am

    i’m pretty sure we are the same person when it comes to celery… ick ick ick. can’t do it. will NEVER be able to. and for the exact same reasons you stated. too funny.

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    Katie @ Butterlust Blog — May 9, 2013 @ 10:36 am

    I too share your disdain for celery! I also hate mayo so chicken salad has never been a go-to snack food for me – but this recipe may change that!

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    erin @hooleywithaz — May 9, 2013 @ 10:58 am

    i’m not ashamed to say that i once ate a whole bag of those crackers during an episode of the bachelor….if i had that chicken salad too, i would have gone into a food coma.

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    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — May 9, 2013 @ 11:10 am

    Chicken salad has to be one of my favorite foods ever….when it’s done right. This sounds delish. I love that you used Greek yogurt in place of a lot of the mayo.

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    Erin — May 9, 2013 @ 11:21 am

    Cannot wait to make this. Your Greek Chicken Salad is a staple in my house. Thanks for another mayo- and celery-free chicken salad!!

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    Amy — May 9, 2013 @ 12:57 pm

    Am I the only one reading this that loves celery? Not just likes, but LOVES it? It’s like, sour and then salty. And celery satl! Has anyone discovered what celery salt can do on the rim of a cocktail!? It is magical.

    I also love mayo.

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    • Lisa — May 9th, 2013 @ 2:42 pm

      No I am another one who loves celery and mayo!!

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    • Jessica — May 9th, 2013 @ 2:43 pm

      hahaha i have to say that i love celery salt… weird right?

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    Shea @ Dixie Chik Cooks — May 9, 2013 @ 12:59 pm

    Oh my – this looks sinful ;)

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    Larry — May 9, 2013 @ 1:02 pm

    omJESUS, that looks freaking delish right about now. And I’m pretty sure I could eat all 4 servings to myself. Right now. And those crackers? Do they come in family size? I hope so.

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    Suzanne @RollWithIt — May 9, 2013 @ 1:07 pm

    Ooooo, this looks so creamy and good! It would work on top a salad too – but let’s pretend I did not say that!

    I grew up on egg and tuna salads and also did not like celery as a child but have grown to like it. I remember going to a friends house one day for lunch and her mom served tuna with just tomato and onion and it was like a whole new world of food in my mouth! So simple and totally different from the mayo-celery infused one I had every Sunday after church. Can’t wait to try this AND the Greek Chicken Salad!

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    Tracy | Peanut Butter And Onion — May 9, 2013 @ 1:35 pm

    Always love stopping by to see what you have cooking!

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    victoria — May 9, 2013 @ 2:30 pm

    so. this looks good and all, and I totally am going to make it because I love the crap out of some chicken salad but WHAT did you instagram yesterday that was all chocolaty and either peanut buttery or toffee-y and definitely not chicken-y and greek yogurt-y?!?! that’s totally the recipe I was hoping for todayy! gahhhh! sorrynotsorry i’m kind of a brat.

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    Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat — May 9, 2013 @ 3:05 pm

    I love snacks too! This chicken salad sounds soooo good!

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    La Torontoise — May 9, 2013 @ 6:04 pm

    So simple, and sublime!! Love this kind of recipes! Thank you so much, I got the post just before my dinner time (I’m in Europe right now) and I happened to have all ingredients; a quick and easy way to please my family and our little boy who is very interested in snacks…
    Thank you!

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    Christy — May 9, 2013 @ 7:04 pm

    Yes! Celery is disgusting! It’s the reason I avoid chicken salad. So excited about this recipe!

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    • Christy — May 9th, 2013 @ 7:05 pm

      And bacon is the world’s most perfect food. From now on, I add bacon whenever a recipe calls for celery… genius!

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    Kayla — May 9, 2013 @ 7:12 pm

    This sounds like a fantastic take on chicken salad! I love me some sweet corn. My favourite way to make chicken salad is with red grapes and pecans, delish :)

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    Lauren — May 9, 2013 @ 7:19 pm

    This looks incredible! Speaking of TJs….have you seen their reduced guilt guac?
    It’s cut with greek yogurt and amazing!

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    Carol — May 9, 2013 @ 8:13 pm

    Yum! I felt like I could grab one of those crackers right off the computer screen and dive in!

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    Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective — May 9, 2013 @ 9:19 pm

    Great spin on chicken salad!

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    Mel G — May 9, 2013 @ 9:28 pm

    This looks awesome! But I have to say, I’d switch out the green onion in favour of celery every time! Onion = yuck (says my tummy :D)

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    Jess — May 9, 2013 @ 10:17 pm

    This does look like summer – and I love snacks. This seems so much more interesting served with those tasty pita chips than on bread. I’m no fan of celery in my chicken salad either – ugg!

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    Bryn — May 9, 2013 @ 10:48 pm

    i totally agree, celery is so awful (but I do like celery salt)…and nashville last night, awesome!!

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    Faith @ Pixie Dust Kitchen — May 9, 2013 @ 11:23 pm

    I don’t like chicken salad. It’s the creamyness- I have problem with creamy things. But guuuuurrrrlll you had me with the Bacon. I would totally eat the saland because of the bacon.

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    ssdy — May 10, 2013 @ 2:26 am


    tasty pita chips than

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    LB — May 10, 2013 @ 7:47 am

    My mom puts celery in chicken salad, shrimp salad and other primarily soft foods. I HATE that crunch. Memories of childhood are flooding me. Yuck! But those trader joes crackers are addicting!!

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    Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — May 10, 2013 @ 12:43 pm

    Ughh, my mom did the canned chicken too. I can only imagine what goes in that? This salad looks the snizzle though. Ten thumbs up!

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    Sue — May 10, 2013 @ 1:07 pm

    This looks soooo good! Have you ever tried this with crab? I am going to have to make this!

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