Chicken Salad Sandwich – Two Ways

Chicken Salad

Nothing says summer quite like chicken salad! As you’re working on your summer “beachbody” 😉 with P90x, this chicken salad recipe will fit right into your portion approach. I’ve done this salad two ways, a sweet version that focuses on fruit servings, and a tangy version that focuses on vegi servings. Choose either depending on which serving you need for the day.


  • 3 oz. cooked chicken or turkey
  • 1 Tb. low-fat mayonnaise
  • 1 oz. walnuts

Sweet version:

  • 1/2 apple
  • 1 mini box raisins (approx. 30)

Tangy version:

  • 1/2 cup cucumber
  • 1/2 cup raw broccoli florets
  • 1 Tb. Dijon or spicy brown mustard

Coarsely chop chicken, walnuts, apple or cucumber. For sweet version: In a bowl, mix chicken, mayo, walnuts, apple, and raisins. For tangy version: In a bowl, mix chicken, mayo, walnuts, cucumber, broccoli, and mustard. Serve as is or on whole wheat bread.

P90x Portions:

Sweet version: When served as a sandwich, the full recipe is 1 carb serving, 1 protein, 1/2 condiment, 1 Double snack serving, 1 fruit serving.

Tangy version: When served as a sandwich,  the full recipe is 1 carb serving, 1 protein, 1 condiment, 1 Double snack serving, 1 vegi serving.

P.S. Have you found some other additions that make this salad yummier or add more servings? Comment and let us know!


  1. Sarah S

    I intend to try this for my hubby to take to work and eat in 1/2 a whole wheat pita. I don’t like mayo so I will not be eating this one!! To suit his tastes I will shred carrots instead of the cucumber. To make it easier to bite and chew at work I will use pre-made broccoli cole-slaw mix from the store (thanks hungrygirl.com !) I may add a little celery for crunch too but will have to chop it tiny to hide it!! He is very picky. P90X is difficult with a husband that only eats green beans, corn, broccoli, cauliflower, and raw carrots….an NO (that’s right, you heard me NO) fruit. He has been choking down bananas here and there since starting the program but it is REALLY hard around here (even when not on p90x!!) Now everyone say “awwww” in unison for Sarah…. 🙂 Thanks for the pity party and thanks for the recipes!!!

    1. CJ =)

      Sarah, my soul sister!!!!! I completely feel your pain. My hubby is very picky about fruits and vegis too (he will eat Granny Smith Apples, that is it as far as fruit, and he will sometimes choke down green beans or salad, but that’s about it in the vegi department). I have spent the last decade saying “aww” for myself, so it is so nice to hear from someone else in basically the same boat! =)

      As far as the fruit situation goes, the nice thing is that, since the first Phase of P90x is a low-carb diet, you only need to figure out how to get 1 fruit serving down him at first! My hubby has realized that it tends to be the consistency that he doesn’t like more than the flavor, so it has worked out well for me to hide his fruit serving in his protein shake in the morning. I will typically blend 1 cup of fruit in with 1 or 2 scoops of chocolate whey protein, and he’s found that it’s easier to drink it than to eat the actual fruit. Another option along the same lines is that 6 oz fresh squeezed juice counts as one fruit serving, so you could get a juicer and go that route. Sometimes it’s easier to just gulp it down in liquid form than to plow through the actual fruit itself.

      I’ve been using the same principle for vegis – I’ve been giving him a low-sodium V-8 for one of his vegi servings each day. He hates the taste, but it’s such a small can that he just plugs his nose and pours it down in 2 gulps. (Make sure not to rely on V-8 too heavily, though, because part of the point of fruits and vegis is the fiber you’re getting while you eat it.)

      You might be able to try making the same deal that my hubby and I made – that he’ll eat whatever you put in front of him. Then you can try to tailor it to his tastes as much as possible. It takes some sacrifices and dedication on his part, but we’ve discovered some fruits and vegetables that my hubby doesn’t mind as much that way, just through trial and error.
      Thanks so much for posting – hang in there…you can do it!! – CJ =)

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