Honey chicken salad with apples & sage

So here’s the thing with Christmas, I love the whole “idea” of it. The sparkling lights, the cozy clothes, the pretty wrapped presents, the music (although that song “Same Old Lang Syne”, has got to be THE most depressing thing ever), the smell of the Christmas…. It’s all just so lovely, isn’t it?

Until you realize what it entails.

Dragging boxes down from the attic, surviving the crowded malls that seem to be packed with all the crazies, untangling light strands and figuring out which damn bulb in a string of 250 is out making the whole thing not work, finding hooks for the ornaments that seem to magically lose them while sitting in a box for 11 months of the year, figuring out what.the.heck to buy your significant other who pretty much already buys everything he wants and anything he could possibly want is some sort of car part or gun accessory and therefore totally over your head and let us not forget holiday cards. Making them, gathering addresses and sending them out like it’s 1950 when people did the whole paper thing. Do it and waste like 3 days of your life in the whole process. Don’t do it and all your friends think you hate them.

I kinda sound like a grinch, huh?

But! I put sage in my chicken salad and sage totally smells like a Christmas tree. Considering I don’t know if my husband will even be home for Christmas, this chicken salad might be as close to a tree as we get this year.

There should totally be people who you can hire for the day to decorate your house. I would so do that.

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Honey chicken salad with apples & sage
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A festive chicken salad with the addition of sage.
Serves: 2
  • 1 12.5 oz. can of chicken packed in water (or shredded cooked chicken)
  • 1 tablespoon plain greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1 small tart (such as granny smith) apple, diced
  • 1 stalk celery, diced
  • 1½ tablespoon golden raisins
  • 1 tablespoon fresh sage, finely chopped
  • ½ tablespoon honey
  • salt & pepper
  1. Combine chicken, yogurt and mayo in a medium bowl and combine with a fork or spatula to break up chicken and coat in the yogurt/mayo mixture.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and toss to combine.
  3. Serve over lettuce or on bread for a sandwich.


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  1. 1

    Your so right about Christmas! I love it, but… My Husband is horrible to shop for, he doesn’t want anything, except car parts. My Christmas decorations are in the garage, hidden by my Husbands car he’s working on and let me tell you, it is a mess in there!!! Christmas cards forget it! I send a couple out a year and thats it! No one sends cards anymore except for Mom! But yet I still love this time of year!

    Your salad sounds delish! Happy Friday!!

  2. 2

    Girl, you gotta space out the Christmas glee! Christmas cards are addressed in early November (because you buy the cards for the following year when they’re discounted at Hallmark or wherever) but yeah seeing Christmas cards going extinct would be pretty sad. I cherish all of the ones my grandparents and friends who have passed sent me. It’s about as sad as people not handwriting recipes anymore and no I’m not 60+ years old! LOL

  3. 3

    I would totally hire people to decorate for me too except I only have some garland and a 3 foot tree buried in my outdoor storage into the unknown. This salad looks amazing and I am making this for lunches next week, thanks!

  4. 4

    that looks like an amazing chicken salad! so appealing since food seems to be so heavy this time of year…

  5. 5

    Haha I can be a grinch AFTER christmas. I hate all the clean up and putting all the shit back away. Ugh. Sage in chicken salad sounds awesome, may have to try this for Christmas brunch with the in laws!

  6. 6

    Sometimes I feel that way about Christmas and then I watch Elf. Elf always makes me feel better.

    Chicken salad looks yummy! I love sage, but I’ve definitely never thought to put it in chicken salad. Interesting in a good way!

    • 7
      Running to the Kitchen says:

      So funny you said that because as I was writing this and realizing how grinchy I sounded I thought, “I need to channel my inner Buddy the Elf” haha.

  7. 8

    OH my goshhhhhhhhhhhhhh. haha and yes, you need a good lifetime christmas movie to perk you up!

  8. 9

    i loooooooove fruit in my chicken salad. the apple and cranberry one is my fav i think

  9. 10

    Apples, golden raisins, honey – the flavors are totally my thing in this kind of salad!

    And hope you have a nice, chill, weekend with no crowded malls or xmas lights with tangled cords…ha!

  10. 11

    I’ve been searching for a healthy chicken salad recipe for a while now, and this is exactly what I’ve been looking for! I love the sweetness of apples and raisins in chicken salad :)

  11. 12

    I adore Christmas, but we may or may not be going away, so there is no way I’m decorating my house. I do, however have a tree scented candle from Bath & Body to light.
    I’m digging the dressing for this chicken salad, yum.

  12. 13

    Totally digging this recipe–and on that note about the grinch, he’s clearly a deeper character than we give him credit for…

  13. 14

    My husband is the same way. Impossible to buy for! There are signs all around here for people for hire to put up lights. Want me to see if they will travel to NY? ;-)

  14. 16

    I love the little extras like the golden raisins and the apple in your recipe, I would totally do this with some kind of fish. You can see by my link that I’m thinking through the holidays, too. I’m trying both to be a little flexible and to choose activities that I actually like. First one is the holiday ice show at one of my rinks tomorrow.

  15. 17

    Yummm this sounds so good. Perfect to serve guests that will be around over the holidays. Thanks for sharing :)

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