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Cran-Apple Chicken Salad Appetizer in Hand

Cran-Apple Chicken Salad Appetizer (Gluten-Free!)

While this Cran-Apple Chicken Salad Appetizer post is sponsored by Envy Apples in partnership with Publix Apron's Schools, all opinions are my own. This post may also contain affiliate links.

I LOVE apples. More specifically, I LOVE Envy Apples. That’s why when they reached out and asked me if I had any interest in creating another recipe for a sampling night at Publix Apron’s Schools, I jumped at the chance to do so. Last year in 2018, I shared my Granny Betty’s Mountain Dew Apple Dumplings. This year, instead of a dessert, I wanted to do an appetizer that could easily double as a quick lunch or after workout snack.

I chose to make a Cran-Apple Chicken Salad Appetizer on apple slices. While I often eat chicken salad on a croissant, or hamburger bun, I wanted to make this version low carb and gluten-free so that even if I’m trying to watch my diet, I can indulge in this delicious snack. Here’s how I made it:

Cran-Apple Chicken Salad Appetizer

Ingredients

Cran Apple Chicken Salad Ingredients
– Approximately 1 1/2 cups of rotisserie chicken chopped (I pulled it right off of a Publix rotisserie chicken!)
– 1/4 cup celery chopped into small pieces (I used Dandy pre-washed celery because it has such a great crunch and I don’t have to cut or wash anything. It’s ready right out of the bag!)
– 1/3 cup of mayo*
– 1/3 cup of sour cream*
– 1/4 cup of dried cranberries chopped (I used Craisins)
– 1/4 cup of grapes sliced
– 2 or 3 medium sized apples (I used Envy Apples – highly recommend these because they don’t brown as fast as other brands)
-A handful of crushed walnuts (optional!)

Instructions

Cran-Apple Chicken Salad Appetizer Plated

1. Mix all ingredients except for the apples in a bowl
2. Salt and pepper to taste, mix again, and then chill your chicken salad mix in the fridge for about an hour
3. Wash and dry your apples
4. Cut thin slices of your apples. You want them just thick enough to hold something on them.
5. Lay the slices onto a serving platter
6. Scoop about 2 tbsp of chicken salad mix onto each one of the apple slices
7. Serve and enjoy!

*Recipe note: If you like your chicken salad a little drier, cut the mayo and sour cream back to 1/4 cup each.

This Cran-Apple Chicken Salad Appetizer is perfect for barbecues, baby showers, and all kinds of parties!

The weekend I made these we went to a Memorial Day weekend party and they were a hit! The cold chicken salad on a crisp apple slice was the perfect kickoff to a delicious barbecue. You can make a huge batch of these before any party.

If you won’t be serving them for a while you can soak your apples in a bath of Sprite before hand. Envy Apples already keep their color a long time, but the Sprite adds even more time before browning occurs.

Cran-Apple Chicken Salad Appetizer in Hand

Want to Try a Sample of this Cran-Apple Chicken Salad Appetizer?

Join me at Publix at the Shoppes of Citrus Park on Saturday September 7, 2019 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. There I along with some of my Tampa Bay Bloggers will be passing out free samples of our Envy Apple creations, and admission is also free. Get more details about the event here.

If you attend the in-store event, you’ll be givin a special discount promotional code to their upcoming An Evening with EnvyTM Apple Demonstration class on September 28, 2019!

About the Envy Apples I Used in my Cran-Apple Chicken Salad Appetizer
  • Envy TM apples are premium apples with extraordinary crunch and texture and refreshingly sweet
  • Envy TM have naturally higher citric acid content which prevents the ‘browning’ enzyme from activating. This means they are VERY slow to brown, which makes them ideal for kid’s lunches, picnics, salads, charcuterie boards and party platters – they will look great for hours!
  • Envy TM is cross between Braeburn and Royal Gala. They are non-GMO and are grown naturally in Washington State and New Zealand.
  • Envy TM apples can be found nationwide at grocery stores including: Publix, Whole Foods, Walmart, Market 5 one 5, Central Market, Raley’s, King Soopers, IGA, Wegmans and more. For the store nearest you, visit envyapple.com and click on the
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Healthy Can Be Tasty – Oriental Glazed Pork

If you love pork, you’ll surely love this recipe for oriental glazed pork. This succulent pork in a sweet and tangy fresh-tasting sauce is in a league of its own. It’s like having your favorite pork barbecue only better. Serve this with riced cauliflower, veggie noodles, or stir fried veggies, and you’ll surely be everyone’s best friend.

How To Make Oriental Glazed Pork

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Ingredients You’ll Need:

• 2 pounds pork with the bone left in (best cuts to use are shoulder or pork legs)
• 1 ounce piece of fresh ginger root, sliced thinly
• ½ cup soy sauce
• 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
• ½ cup vinegar (cane vinegar or white wine vinegar works well)
• 2/3 cup water
• 1/3 cup brown sugar
• 2-3 pieces star anise

Instructions – Let’s Cook Up Some Juicy Glazed Pork!

1. Wash the pork pieces and place in an unheated heavy bottom pan with 1 tablespoon of cooking oil. Turn up the heat to medium-high and sear the pork pieces until some parts are fully browned. This technique gives the finished dish so much flavor!

 

2. Once the pork has been seared, add in the ginger slices and allow the ginger to infuse with the oil for about a minute.

 

3. Then add the soy sauce.

 

4. Followed by the water.

 

5. Next add the vinegar. Cover and cook on medium heat until only about half a cup of the liquid remains.

 

6. Add in the sugar and star anise.

Make sure the sugar gets dissolved in the sauce. Coat the pork pieces with this mixture and then cover.

Simmer for about 2 to 3 minutes until you can really smell the aromatic flavor of the star anise.

 

7. The finished dish will be glossy, delicious, and oh-so-tempting!

 

8. Serve with plenty of vegetables. This dish is good for 4 to 6 generous servings.

If you love pork, you’ll surely love this recipe for oriental glazed pork. This succulent pork in a sweet and tangy fresh-tasting sauce is in a league of its own.

Check out a couple of my other recipes:

This dessert has the consistency and texture of a softer apple pie. Don't be frightened by the name. It's delicious. Click through the image for the recipe!

This Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps are perfect for those busy nights! They came together in minutes, are low carb, and keto friendly!

 

 

 

How To Make a Simple BBQ Chicken Pizza

Don’t you just LOVE BBQ chicken? I mean don’t you just LOVE pizza? Scratch that too…Hmmmm…is there a way to combine the two loves? Well, yes! Yes, there is! Make a BBQ Chicken Pizza and combine these two all-time favorites together. Whether it may be
for a hearty dinner, or for game night, this BBQ chicken pizza is always a grand slam.

Don’t you just LOVE BBQ Chicken Pizzas? When made at home, they can be a heatlhy spin on a delicious treat. Below is how to make it!

Pair it with a delicious salad for even more of a HEALTHY twist!

Simple BBQ Chicken Pizza

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Ingredients You’ll Need:

• 1 medium sized frozen, prepackaged, or homemade pizza crust
• 1 cup of your favorite BBQ sauce
• 1.5 cups cooked grilled or roasted chicken, homemade or from the deli, sliced into cubes
• 1.5 cups shredded smoked mozzarella or regular mozzarella
• 1 large red onion, cut into rings or half rings

Lets Make This Delicious and Simple BBQ Chicken Pizza!

1. Preheat the oven to 200C (about 390F) and gather everything you need.

2. Mix up the sliced chicken with the BBQ sauce.

3. To help the pizza crust not get soggy, bake it in the oven by itself for 5 minutes until it is just starting to be lightly browned. (Note, this step will not be necessary if you are using a pizza crust that is prepackaged – a.k.a. already partially baked)

4. Place the chicken and sauce mixture over the baked pizza crust, making sure to spread everything as evenly as you can..

5. Sprinkle half the mozzarella on top of the chicken and sauce mixture.

6. Load up the red onions.

7. Top with the rest of the cheese.

8. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the pizza has browned and the cheese has fully melted. Start checking it at about the 7 minute mark however, as oven temperatures may vary and you don’t want a burnt pizza!

9. This simple bbq chicken pizza can easily serve 2-3 people as a full meal. But remember, to give it an even healthier twist, only have one slice and pair it with a large salad!

Enjoy.

Check out a couple of my other recipes:

This dessert has the consistency and texture of a softer apple pie. Don't be frightened by the name. It's delicious. Click through the image for the recipe!

This Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps are perfect for those busy nights! They came together in minutes, are low carb, and keto friendly!