Mustardy Chicken Salad (Your Weekday Lunch Conundrum, Solved)

April 18, 2018
Mustardy Chicken Salad (Your Weekday Lunch Conundrum, Solved) - The tried and true chicken salad can indeed be sexy. You just have to get some mustard involved.

“It’s easier to change a man’s religion than to change his diet”     ~ Margaret Mead

Mustardy Chicken Salad (Your Weekday Lunch Conundrum, Solved) - The tried and true chicken salad can indeed be sexy. You just have to get some mustard involved.

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You guys. If we were in the same place, I’d invite myself over, bring a bottle of wine, a plate of cookies, flop on the sofa and say, “Bah, I am so ready for Spring”

How are you doing these days?

When I’m feeling a bit restless, I always remind myself that I’m not alone.  Behind the scenes, everyone is navigating their way through something. There are career challenges, breakups, breakouts, snow storms in April(!) anxiety, sickness, financial troubles, aging parents, unfortunate diagnoses, awkward dinner parties, loss, loneliness ..

As my neighbor always says “Take gentle care of yourself”

I read a quote on Instagram (naturally) the other day:

On those days when we wake up feeling tender and raw after a sleepless night, when an old friend mysteriously unfriends us on social media, when our children ask us with worried eyes if they will be safe at school, when the week’s small slights and emotional bruises strung together threaten death by a million paper cuts, look for the small kindnesses. They are there. You will always find them    ~ Lisa Rubish for Cup of Jo

So I’ve been focusing on the positive things in my days that bring little sparks of joy and remind me what life is all about. Whispering in the dark, a full parking meter, Dr. Seuss via Facetime, tater tots at a dinner party, new walking shoes, a good book on the nightstand, and an arm that’s fallen asleep beneath someone (or a furry creature) that I love

Oh, and a funny meteorologist who is tired of hearing people complain about his cold weather forecasts

(Video credit:  YouTube: Fox 17 WXMI)

I’m also really thankful for good health

For those who follow The Veggies, you’ll know I was diagnosed with Celiac disease late last year. Who knew the harrowing years with teenagers would have been a trigger? At the time I knew stress was to thank for the bags under my eyes and the terrible rashes, but it never occurred to me to think about what was happening on the inside

While removing gluten from my diet made me feel a million times better, I quickly realized there was a bit more to the story. As with most gut problems, once something is off, many things can be in the mix

In my case, SIBO. My digestive doctor prescribed a round of antibiotics and a follow-up appointment for a few months down the road. I thought all would be well, and it was .. until the pills were finished and my symptoms returned

So the past couple of months have been a true education in the benefits of both conventional and alternative medicine. In the process, I’ve read and learned so much. One of the biggest surprises being how many people have SIBO and don’t even realize it. Which really leaves them a little behind the 8-ball as far as whatever gut (and health) challenges they might have

Therefore, I thought it would be fun to do a short series about SIBO, including some of the things that have helped me along the way

(** Before getting started, I’m not a doctor, although I am a student of holistic nutrition. My sincerest wish is that the information will give you a jumping off place to explore the topic on your own. That it will offer some food for thought, or spark additional questions that you can now talk with your doctor, nutritionist, or health care professional about) 

Mustardy Chicken Salad (Your Weekday Lunch Conundrum, Solved) - The tried and true chicken salad can indeed be sexy. You just have to get some mustard involved. Mustardy Chicken Salad (Your Weekday Lunch Conundrum, Solved) - The tried and true chicken salad can indeed be sexy. You just have to get some mustard involved.

Irritable Bowel Syndrom

I mention Irritable Bowel Syndrome because it’s a very common (and general) diagnosis that people often receive.  It was the one I was given before being referred to a digestive specialist

Know that whenever the word “syndrome” is in the title, it means “You have something that’s off, but we’re not entirely sure why.”  Recognition of some sort of GI problem, without a clear understanding of what’s wrong

Come to find out; it’s uncanny just how often an IBS diagnosis is tied to SIBO

What is SIBO?

SIBO is an acronym for Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth

The name itself can cause a bit of confusion because many people equate SIBO with an infection, which isn’t the case.  Instead, it happens when a large number of bacteria, the kind that usually lives in the large intestine, migrate to and set up shop in the small intestine

Once settled into their happy new home, the bacteria proliferate like crazy because they’re being very well fed via the carbs we’re eating.  One of the many problems caused by these little guys are the fermentation gases they’re giving off.  Specifically methane and hydrogen

Photo Credit: Dr. Becky Campbell

What’s Causing the Bacteria to Become Misplaced?

Our bodies employ many janitors to keep everything in order. For example, a whole team are assigned to the lymphatic system because it’s in charge of waste on a global level. Our brains have their own crew that tidy up while we sleep. The expertise of those working for the MMC’s (Migrating Motor Complex)?

The Intestines

Throughout the day, there are waves of electrical activity that move through our intestines. They happen both in-between meals and during nighttime fasting. Their mission?  Moving bacteria and other debris into the colon

For example, let’s say you had a very delicious for dinner at 7 pm.  Then, you snacked on a little something a couple of hours later, right before bed. During the time of fasting between your snack and breakfast the next morning, the janitors of MMC will be working diligently to tidy up your small intestine.  The floors will be swept, the trash taken out, and put in your colon

When all is well, there will be a total of nine to eleven waves, leaving the small intestines sparkling clean and all bacteria will be in their proper places

When all is not well, the MMC will only send three or four of these waves. Especially in people with SIBO who are dealing with constipation (which is far more common than those with diarrhea)

What are some of the symptoms underlying factors that cause SIBO?

(to be continued .. )

Photo Credit: Beyond MTHFR

During this series, I’ll be featuring recipes that follow the low FODMAP diet, which is often recommended to someone recovering from SIBO

A great chicken salad has the ideal mix of sweet and savory and tastes great on a sandwich (for him) or a bed of greens (for her).  It’s so nice to have in the fridge for quick and easy lunches, especially when some of the classics have lost their luster (ps: I still love you pb&j!)

Packed with protein, it keeps me full all afternoon and is really portable

Baked chicken combined with herbs, capers, mustard, and grapes.  I kept the mayo but used it sparingly.  Just enough to keep the salad together, plus added a drizzle of fresh lemon juice to really brighten things up.  Whatever you do, don’t forget the grapes.  Promise?



ps: You can read more about SIBO in  Part II  |  Part III  |  Part IV  |  Part V  of the series, along with a list of references used

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~ Adapted from Ina Garten | Food Network

Mustardy Chicken Salad


  • Chicken Salad
  • 2 whole (or 4 split) chicken breasts, bone-in, skin-on
  • ¾ cups good mayonnaise (or a combo of mayo and greek yogurt)
  • 1 Tbsp dry white wine
  • 2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 ½ Tbsp whole-grain mustard
  • fine grain sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp minced fresh parsley leaves
  • ½ - 1 Tbsp minced fresh dill
  • 1 -2 Tbsp capers
  • 1 cup red grapes, quartered

  • Sandwich Fixings
  • 4 slices sandwich bread of choice (gluten-free for a low FODMAP diet)
  • fresh greens (romaine leaves or sweet greens work well)
  • fresh tomato slices
  • fresh cucumber slices


  • Roast the chicken
  • Preheat the oven to 350° F.
  • Place the chicken breasts on a sheet pan and rub the skin with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Roast for 35 to 40 minutes, until the chicken is just cooked. Set aside until cool enough to handle.
  • Remove the meat from the bones, discard the skin, and dice the chicken into bite-size pieces

  • Dressing
  • For the dressing, whisk together the mayo, wine, both mustards, parsley, dill, and a strong pinch of sea salt and a grind or two of pepper

  • Chicken Salad
  • Add enough dressing to the warm chicken to moisten well. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed.
  • Add the capers and grapes, mixing gently to combine. (It’s best if you’re able to refrigerate the chicken salad for a few hours in order for the flavors to blend)
  • Store in an airtight glass container in the fridge, use within three days

  • Build your sandwich
  • Divide the chicken salad evenly between the four slices of bread and spread to cover.
  • Layer the cucumber, tomato, and greens on two of the slices, and top with the remaining two.
  • Slice in half and enjoy right away.
Serves: 4
Nutrition + Show
Calories 334
Total Fat 10.6g
Saturated Fat 2.3g
Carbohydrates 30g
Fiber 3.2g
Sugars 11g
Protein 27.2g
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  • Reply Alli Smith April 18, 2018 at 5:21 am

    5 stars
    I love that quote from Instagram and I do try to look at life through positive eyes of kindness. I’ve never heard of SIBO before and I’m looking forward to the rest of the series. Glad you are feeling somewhat better!

  • Reply Karen Morse April 18, 2018 at 6:38 am

    5 stars
    I didn’t know much about SIBO and it’s good to learn more about it because who knows what can happen, right? At least we’re all aware. I love that you shared a recipe that’s good for all of us and it’s definitely worth it! I would love to try this as soon as I can!

  • Reply Candy April 18, 2018 at 6:48 am

    Chicken salad is such a perfect lunch sandwich to make and take. I can eat it on a bed of lettuce all by itself. Also makes a great luncheon meal for our ladies day coming up.

  • Reply Terri Steffes April 18, 2018 at 6:57 am

    I have SIBO, too, so I will be following your posts to learn from you. I watch my diet, so the recipe will be helpful, but I want to learn other ways to care for myself.

  • Reply Amber Myers April 18, 2018 at 7:19 am

    5 stars
    My MIL also has Celiac Disease and is Gluten Free. She’s doing much better now that she has removed the gluten from her diet. I haven’t heard about SIBO before.

    This is so my kind of sandwich! I eat a lot of sandwiches for lunch, and this would be the perfect one. Mine are usually boring with cold cuts.

  • Reply GiGi April 18, 2018 at 7:46 am

    5 stars
    Wait did I read somewhere that that weathercaster got fired?! That was hysterical to me! LOL!

  • Reply Carol April 18, 2018 at 7:56 am

    5 stars
    It’s definitely a surprise when you’ve been suffering from a disease that you’re not aware of for years. I think it’s nice that you’re being so positive about it though, I mean, what else can we do, right? I would love to make this one for spring or summer! I always prefer salads and sandwiches during the warm seasons.

  • Reply Val April 18, 2018 at 8:05 am

    He doesn’t do weather but if you want a great news personality I recommend you look up Bob Herzog, he is awesome. My son has Celiac disease.

  • Reply Melissa Chapman April 18, 2018 at 8:16 am

    4 stars
    I have always loved mustard on my sandwiches because it has such a tangy flavor. I am so lucky not to have any GI disorders and I have a lot of sympathy for you. You are rolling with it and still making great food and sharing special recipe everyone can enjoy.

  • Reply Jeanette April 18, 2018 at 8:25 am

    A friend of mine has celiac’s disease and there is definitely a lot of pitfalls with it! I was diagnosed with IBS years ago and I am a firm believer that if you eat correctly the good bacteria will take over the bad. This is a great post about that. The sandwich also looks extremely good.

  • Reply Joanna April 18, 2018 at 10:34 am

    I am working on my grocery list for the next couple of weeks, and I’ve been wanting to make something like this for my daughter and I to eat on for a couple of days. I think I’ll make this!

  • Reply Doria April 18, 2018 at 10:44 am

    I’ve been allergic to wheat since I was a kid, so it’s always nice to come across a gluten-free recipe! This looks so yummy, I’m going to try it!

  • Reply Kristy Bullard April 18, 2018 at 12:15 pm

    I had never heard of SIBO before reading your post. I was tested for celiac disease but the test came back negative. I do have a severe allergy to gluten and avoid it at all costs. I like your chicken salad recipe. I normally just use mayonnaise, but I’m excited to try it with the mustard. It sounds really good!

  • Reply Melanie April 18, 2018 at 12:42 pm

    Ah, spring has been so elusive this year. Why is it cold one day and 80 degrees the next? I am ready for winter to be over for good, and it sounds like you are, too!

  • Reply Tasheena April 18, 2018 at 2:45 pm

    Thanks for giving the breakdown of what SIBO is. It’s really amazing at how common it is now a days. Looking forward to this series and trying the recipes.

  • Reply Komal April 18, 2018 at 3:14 pm

    I had no idea about SIBO – I have removed
    Gluten from diet recently and saw how the bloating in my tummy has gone down. How are you managing to make everything work?

  • Reply Ann F. Snook-Moreau April 18, 2018 at 3:58 pm

    5 stars
    Oh my, I’m so sorry you’re going through that! I’ve never been diagnosed with any stomach problems but I do have issues that come and go and I had to cut down on my dairy intake 5 years ago after it started giving me issues. It’s so true that we should be kind to everyone because you never know what they are going through!

  • Reply Gladys Parker April 18, 2018 at 6:27 pm

    5 stars
    Everyone seems to have something by the age of 35. It seems unfair but true. My son is chronologically 35 and also has a stomach problem of some sort. He has had it for close to 20 years with no definite diagnosis. Constipation and pain for days then the opposite. I’m glad to see that there is recovery for your SIBO. Your recipe does sound good in a roll of lettuce.

  • Reply Brandy April 18, 2018 at 8:36 pm

    I agree it’s better to try to focus on the positive. Everything can happen all day, small little things like someone unfriending you, someone not liking your social media post, etc etc and the worst? When you’re kids are all fearful and you get worried, sigh. I love this mustardy chicken salad, it’s exactly something I would crave during my work at home days. I will have to try it.

  • Reply Sam April 18, 2018 at 9:24 pm

    Wow! I had honestly never heard of SIBO until this post. Nor did I have any idea what was going on in my gut during the 5 minutes per day that I’m not eating (kidding, sort of, hehe). And now you have Celiacs and SIBO? Was it hard making changes to your diet, even if it made you feel better? I often wonder if I have gut issues since my stomach feels a bit off more often than not. Unfortunately though, I totally invite it by not taking charge and changing my diet when I notice certain things affecting me more than others. I will have to try this recipe though. It’s a relief to know food can still taste good even if you have to make modifications. Tasting good is great, but having that AND feeling good is even better!

  • Reply Emily April 18, 2018 at 10:05 pm

    5 stars
    This has to be such a huge struggle to deal with. I am so sorry you are going through this. I have a close friend that is dealing with a lot of stomach issues and it effects her whole day. On another note, this sandwich looks soooooo good!

  • Reply Sara Welch April 18, 2018 at 10:43 pm

    5 stars
    I love the ingredients used on this sandwich. This is a tough one to beat!

  • Reply Kita Bryant April 18, 2018 at 10:46 pm

    5 stars
    I would love to have one of these right now. This is a killer sandwich!

  • Reply Tomi C April 19, 2018 at 1:39 am

    I just returned from a weeklong cruise and you’d think I’d be all rested and stuff but nope. Winter weather hanging on and now I have a terrible cold. I’ve been sick ever since I returned from vacation. I am so ready for Spring temps to settle in.

  • Reply Ricci April 19, 2018 at 1:59 am

    I love pretty much any kind oc chicken salad but have never had a mustardy one before! I need to try this ASAP!!

  • Reply Marlynn April 19, 2018 at 5:22 am

    3 stars
    I have been feeling that way lately. But I am so fortunate that I found my people & my tribe before now. It has helped me tremendously. I dont know what I would have done without them!

  • Reply Patty April 19, 2018 at 5:39 am

    Hi there, this is not related to your salad but related to me and you.
    I’ve just stopped by your site and wanted to let you know I linked to your site in my recent post. I referred to you as my inspiration on the photograph category as I am writing posts about photography, digital photography, and food photography.

  • Reply Livvy April 19, 2018 at 7:24 am

    Ali, I’ve been following your delightful blog for about a year now, and this is my first time commenting. My love affair with mayo is what has drawn me out of the wood works. I LOVE chicken salad (and potato salad, and anything else that is just a reasonable excuse to eat mayonnaise) and am so excited to try your recipe! It looks lovely 🙂

  • Reply Grace April 19, 2018 at 9:35 am

    5 stars
    I made this recipe for Mother’s Day and everyone loved it. Everything that was in it went so well together and I really wouldn’t change a thing. By the time lunch was over there was none left- delicious!

  • Reply Holly April 19, 2018 at 10:16 am

    5 stars
    This was great! It got rave reviews by all at a party. I put it on Martin’s potato buns with arugula and some more mayo.

  • Reply Censie Sawyer April 19, 2018 at 10:20 am

    4 stars
    WE know the pain of tummy issues in our family. My husband had a life changing surgery after dealing with severe Ulcerative Colitis it was exhausting for years. I am sorry you are dealing with this.
    In other news this recipe is being added to my lunch menu!

  • Reply Lisa Lisa April 19, 2018 at 10:36 am

    You are so right, so many of us are dealing with something. For me it’s been panic attacks and they suck! I have been taking more time to take care of myself more and breaking away from social media more often. I’ve been keeping myself surrounded with positive people also. So sorry to hear you have been dealing with SIBO but I am happy to see you have found what works best for you and your body! I think I’ll give your recipe a try, I’m always on the look out for healthy recipes.

  • Reply Lyosha April 19, 2018 at 10:45 am

    5 stars
    The salad looks very delicious! I bet it was great to eat. I need to copy it home – after all I love each ingredient, I just never mixed they in your way!

  • Reply Tami April 19, 2018 at 10:47 am

    I haven’t eaten a chicken salad sandwich in quite a while. I am giving your recipe a try this week instead of snacking on junk food for lunch.

  • Reply Jane April 19, 2018 at 11:03 am

    Awesome! I used leftover shredded chicken from a crockpot, threw the ingredients together and VIOLA!, I’ve got lunch for the next few days! 🙂 This is a very gourmet chicken salad. And now I know what to do with Thanksgiving leftovers!

  • Reply Lindsey April 19, 2018 at 1:50 pm

    What a great quote from Instagrm. I never heard of ISBO before and never knew how common it is.

  • Reply Shruti April 19, 2018 at 2:15 pm

    5 stars
    Though it’s a recipe post, you took time to share your knowledge and information on SIBO and your healthy lifestyle. Your humorous addition of the weatherman just inspires me at your ease and optimism for life.
    Coming to the Chicken Salad, i am a foodie and could have it any time of the day. Thanks for the recipe. Will try it right away!

  • Reply Pat April 19, 2018 at 2:17 pm

    I love chicken salad w/ “stuff” in it.. except celery. Luckily, everyone in my house eats it (and my boyfriend even asked me, as he went back for his 4th mini sandwich, “How come your chicken salad is so good?!”). I don’t normally use mayo, instead I find softened cream cheese to be awesome. It makes it a little stickier, but it is so very tasty. I also throw in some blue cheese or goat cheese crumbles if we have them.

  • Reply Heather April 19, 2018 at 2:55 pm

    I always enjoy your writing, as it’s so nice to hear your “voice.” Your posts are so relatable and your recipes are deeply satisfying in their ease and quality. We’ve never met, but you’re always a source of inspiration in my kitchen. Thank you for doing what you do!!

  • Reply Preet April 19, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    5 stars
    I love that quote from Instagram, makes us feel thankful for every single day that we live. I have not heard of SIBO before, I am glad you are feeling better after removing gluten from the diet. The chicken sandwich sounds so good, I would love to try this out myself.

  • Reply Jennifer Prince April 19, 2018 at 9:11 pm

    It’s good to focus on the positive for sure! Sometimes it just takes a reminder of what we are blessed with to be able to be truly thankful and think positively.

  • Reply Heather April 19, 2018 at 9:20 pm

    I don’t know anything about SIBO so this was very informative to me. I love your positive outlook. We do all have hardships we are facing but there is always so much to be grateful for. This sandwich looks wonderful!

  • Reply Elaine April 19, 2018 at 9:30 pm

    I think SIBO is coming more into the news with recommendations for probiotics and gut health! I love mustard.. and i love chicken. This recipe is so up my alley! Now I have an idea what to make for lunch tomorrow, Thanks!

  • Reply Luci April 19, 2018 at 9:45 pm

    I never heard of SIBO. The chicken salad looks so yummy, I know my mom would love to have this. Chicken salad is one of her favorite things to eat.

  • Reply Stella April 20, 2018 at 12:28 am

    5 stars
    I have never heard of SIBO before. I know a few people with stomach issues but not sure it is SIBO they have. Good to stay positive. It is the best way to go. The chicken salad looks yum.

  • Reply Jhilmil Bhansali April 20, 2018 at 3:28 am

    5 stars
    I have known about SIBO and hate that excess carbs have always been negative for healthy stomach and intestine. This was quite an informative post and I must say that this nutritious sandwich sounded great for a quit yet stomach friendly lunch.

  • Reply Elizabeth O April 20, 2018 at 5:05 am

    5 stars
    I’m sad to hear you have so many health problems, SIBO is a new one for me but it must be really hard to live with. You gave some really great information about the illness and your sandwich looks awesome!

  • Reply Nora April 20, 2018 at 6:08 am

    5 stars
    You shouldn’t take my word for it cause you don’t even know me but please do a little research about fasting therapy. I am confident that if done right you will get rid of all that troubles you. In any case I hope you get rid of it once and for all!

  • Reply Rose April 20, 2018 at 6:20 am

    5 stars
    This is delightful. I have also never brined anything before and had no idea it was such an easy process and will always do this from now on. I’m having it on crackers with your kale salad with pecorino and walnuts. Cheers!

  • Reply Aileen Adalid April 20, 2018 at 6:33 am

    I’m sorry to hear about your health but I can see and feel how strong you are for pushing through with things. It’s the first time I’ve heard about SIBO so this is quite insightful! Anyhow, it’s true, we all have our own crosses to bear and we don’t always know what the other person’s story is.

  • Reply Heidi April 20, 2018 at 7:02 am

    5 stars
    So good! And my husband who doesn’t like my (earlier attempts at) chicken salad LOVED it!

  • Reply Lauren April 20, 2018 at 8:25 am

    I love this! Thank you, Ali! I do want to say, though, that recently I’ve converted to shredding the chicken instead of cubing it. I know it takes forever, but it really gives you more yield and a greater surface area for the ingredients.

  • Reply Ashley LaMar April 20, 2018 at 8:42 am

    We’re going through something similar with my husband right now trying to sort out some GI troubles. They thought he might have celiac but they were able to rule it out. We’re still not sure what it is though. 🙁

  • Reply AnnMarie April 20, 2018 at 8:54 am

    5 stars
    This is the kind of chicken salad that you won’t regret making loads of! I think it’s perfect as a sandwich but I don’t mind having it as a salad as well. I’m also pretty sure that not only will my husband like this but my boys will do too.

  • Reply Jennifer Prince April 20, 2018 at 9:29 am

    I truly love chicken salad. Savory or sweet. Adding mustard seems like such a great flavor to have – I don’t know why I haven’t had that kind before. Yum!

  • Reply David Allen Elliott April 20, 2018 at 10:05 am

    5 stars
    My ex had been diagnosed with IBS so I totally know what you meant by saying when they tell you that you have a syndrome, what they really are saying is that they don’t know what’s wrong with you. I know we struggled with trying to figure everything out for a long time. Maybe I will suggest SIBO to her the next time so she can talk to her doctor. Although given that I’m her ex, I am not sure she’d take it the right way. That has to be difficult going through that, but if a diet really helps, thats good. And this chicken sandwich sounds delicious. I wouldn’t have thought to use capers but I will have to try it out.

  • Reply Chrissie April 20, 2018 at 10:08 am

    5 stars
    I’ve been stealing several of your recipes for a work lunch club (we switch off every week making a home-cooked meal for each other) and just made this chicken salad, which has made me finally post. It’s delicious! There’s a gourmet deli in Washington DC that has a fall special of a similar chicken salad with brie, bacon, and granny smith apple, which is fantastic. Now I can make it on my own!

  • Reply Lisa April 20, 2018 at 10:54 am

    5 stars
    Oh, this looks heavenly! I can’t wait to try it. I’m always struggling with a good chicken salad. I had a friend who made it with chicken thighs, sweetened coconut, chunked pineapple, almonds, Miracle Whip, and some other ingredients. I adored it but have lost touch with the friend and the recipe.

  • Reply Eloise April 20, 2018 at 11:24 am

    5 stars
    this looks amazing to eat! chicken sandwiches are one of my favorites so I’ll follow your recipe to try it a little different than how I normally make mine ; )
    Sorry for your health issue, it’s never fun to feel pain and discomfort, I wish you well! (look up intermittent fasting on YouTube, it might just work for your health, it’s helped some of my family members!)

  • Reply Debby April 20, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    Maintaining good health is important for us all. I am a physician and have found that we each have something different that makes a huge impact on our health. But the food we eat always plays a role.

  • Reply Sharon April 20, 2018 at 4:57 pm

    Interesting! I’d actually never heard of SIBO before this post, which is funny because I used to be a nutritionist. This is just further evidence that we continue to learn more about our bodies all the time and there is still so much yet to be understood. This was an extremely informative post, thank you!

  • Reply Nikki April 20, 2018 at 9:23 pm

    It’s true that everybody is always going through something and sometimes getting through is all we can do. I’m sorry for your troubles. Food is such an important part of how you feel. This recipe looks great!

  • Reply Angie April 20, 2018 at 11:37 pm

    5 stars
    Made this for lunch this weekend. It was delicious!! Thanks for all the reliable recipes.

  • Reply Regina April 21, 2018 at 12:13 am

    An absolute classic and one of my favorites as well. My husband will eat lots of things, but the few things he refuses are sort of cornerstones: no eggs (there goes half of brunch) and no lunch meats (hello tuna and chicken salad). So thanks to his taste preferences for lunch, I have found myself experimenting with more variations on the chicken salad than I can even count. I like it with grapes and herbs. I like it with walnuts and cranberries. Thyme and curry is one of my favorites.

  • Reply Tawnya April 21, 2018 at 9:27 am

    This has NOTHING to do with chicken salad…
    Will you please make crepes? I’ve been making them for years but would like to see/hear what you have to say about them.

  • Reply April April 21, 2018 at 11:42 am

    When making chicken I like to use the Silver Palate method, baked in heavy cream. Ok, it probably runs up the calories, but O! that chicken is so tender & juicy – perfect for chicken salads.

  • Reply Avery April 22, 2018 at 11:39 am

    I love chicken salads for lunch. The recipe sounds great. Will try for sure.

  • Reply Beth April 22, 2018 at 11:27 pm

    5 stars
    I loveee chicken salad!! Especially when it has lots of fun stuff in it. I might have to make this for lunch…and maybe add grapes too, though that might be too much sweetness. Your pictures are sooo pretty 🙂

  • Reply Jackie April 23, 2018 at 1:55 pm

    5 stars
    Delicious! I made it yesterday. If you like moist chicken, here is another way to try it – poach a whole chicken in the crockpot. Put a salt and peppered whole chicken on low and cook for 6 hours (no need to add any water or stock). Soooooo moist plus you get a TON of chicken, dark and light meat, drippings, and bones for stock. I made a big bunch of chicken salad and I think I will make a chicken chili with the drippings and the other half of the chicken. Stock next weekend 🙂

  • Reply Sarah Bailey April 23, 2018 at 1:59 pm

    You would be totally welcome to come over if you were near. We had two really hot days last week and I think that was our spring, now it’s gone back to being overcast again.

    This sounds like such a delicious salad. Chicken works so well with a salad I always find.

  • Reply Rhian April 24, 2018 at 12:48 am

    I’m sorry what you’re going through but thanks for the information as I didn’t know much about the conditions before x

  • Reply Elizabeth April 24, 2018 at 2:21 am

    5 stars
    I love the sound of this sandwich! 1 tbsp of white wine – that would give me a use for the single leftover white wine frozen cube remaining in my freezer (I think someone in my family inadvertently used the others in a drink!).

  • Reply Yolanda April 24, 2018 at 8:27 am

    5 stars
    Thanks for your explanation about SIBO, I have never heard about that so it was interesting to read about it, also the mustard chicken sandwich salad sounds so delicious and yummy. I must try this.

  • Reply Bella April 24, 2018 at 12:54 pm

    5 stars
    This post couldn’t have come at a better time… my mummy is bed ridden with a stomach bug which sounds suspiciously like this. Gases and other germs hurting her tummy. The sandwich looks really tasty and when we’re feeling better we’re going to give it a try x

  • Reply Mellissa Williams April 24, 2018 at 3:02 pm

    5 stars
    I hadn’t heard of SIBO before so thank you for educating me on it, so sorry you are suffering!
    That salad sandwich looks incredible!

  • Reply Laurie April 24, 2018 at 7:25 pm

    I’m always on the look out for new lunches that I can make when I’m on my at home days or take with me when I’m out visiting clients, this lot looks perfect xxx

  • Reply Lynne Harper April 25, 2018 at 8:43 am

    I have IBS and recently have started clean eating with the hope of reducing my symptoms. To date I have seen a huge improvement. You definitely are what you eat. The sandwich also looks incredible

  • Reply Anosa April 25, 2018 at 4:07 pm

    5 stars
    That sandwich looks so tasty! I am not a big sandwich fan but this is actually so delicious and is something I can see myself trying to make.

  • Reply Ana De-Jesus April 26, 2018 at 10:13 am

    It can be hard as I do struggle with my mental health but I do try and focus on the positives each day, to try and keep me motivated and grounded. I love the sound of a mustard salad, its perfect for warm balmy evenings isn’t it?

  • Reply Melanie April 26, 2018 at 5:28 pm

    5 stars
    Since the cafeteria at work is closed, I try to prepare my lunch (and my colleagues’) so I’m always looking for new salad recipes. This one looks really good, I’m sure I will try it before next week!
    Thanks, Ali

  • Reply Andie April 26, 2018 at 5:49 pm

    This looks DELICIOUS. I am totally going to make this next time I have leftover rotisserie chicken or turkey!!


  • Reply Iya - Louisa April 27, 2018 at 5:32 am

    5 stars
    This sandwich just looks so mouthwatering! I am going to have to try this with some quorn fillets sometime

  • Reply Lauren Ashley April 27, 2018 at 6:57 am

    Oh, I am badly craving for this. This is so good, this will be a huge hit!This is my kind of weekend treat.

  • Reply Karlyn Cruz April 27, 2018 at 1:34 pm

    5 stars
    I love the analogy you gave of the cleanup process for your intestines! So interesting and thanks so much for bringing awareness to SIBO. Not ever heard of it before I went onto your site. Also LOVE this sandwich!

  • Reply Bethany April 27, 2018 at 3:09 pm

    That sandwich looks so succulent it’s surreal. To think of how healthy it is but also quenches your hungry ness …. I really am craving it now
    Will have to make myself one of these for work.

  • Reply Azlin Bloor April 28, 2018 at 9:54 am

    5 stars
    I just looked up SIBO as I’d not heard of it before. IBS is something I’m familiar with, I think we all know someone who’s been diagnosed with this very wide ranging catch all phrase. I think it’s wonderful that you are taking matters into your own hands so to speak and dealing with your diagnosis.
    This is definitely a healthy and delicious sandwich, for anytime of the year!

  • Reply Melanie April 28, 2018 at 4:21 pm

    5 stars
    We’ve just been through sickness with one of my children but thankfully she is better now. Love the sound f the sandwich, the addition of the mustard must give it a nice kick. It sounds delicious.

  • Reply Razena May 18, 2018 at 4:18 pm

    5 stars
    I had never heard of SIBO until today and will definitely read more about it. I suspect this chicken salad is going to be on my mind until I make myself one.

  • Reply Sigrid May 30, 2018 at 4:02 am

    5 stars
    Now this is a complete meal. And something that gives you a nice feeling as well, not just fills you up. 🙂 If only we were neighbors. hahahah I would be hanging out at your house frequently.

  • Reply Nina June 18, 2018 at 8:10 pm

    5 stars
    Made this for a salad luncheon today and it was the only empty bowl when the party was over. Thanks for a great recipe. I followed the directions exactly.

  • Reply Emily August 23, 2018 at 9:14 am

    Can’t wait to try this! I like that I could make one batch and alternate it between sandwiches, salads – and wraps with naan (!) throughout the week.

  • Reply Kerri February 18, 2019 at 8:46 pm

    5 stars
    I adore chicken salad, especially my mom’s. She chops the chicken fine, though, and then it sort of breaks up some when you stir in the other ingredients. yum! We usually have celery and chopped boiled egg, but adding grapes sounds pretty good, too. I think I’m going to have to make some chicken salad now. 🙂

  • Reply Megan March 5, 2019 at 10:43 am

    I made this last week for lunch — used a rotisserie chicken and added a little honey to the sauce. Instead of putting it on bread or in a pita, I just put it over some chopped romaine lettuce dressed with some Maldon salt and olive oil. It was delicious, and I’m making it again for this week’s lunches.

  • Reply Annie March 25, 2019 at 6:22 am

    4 stars
    That sounds really good! I think I’m going to try it with using all-white-meat for the chicken.
    And my very favorite ranch dressing with the mayonnaise 🙂
    Excellent idea to have it all with the baby spinach on the wheat toast and then with the side of potato chips. So yummy !!!

  • Reply Nisa June 7, 2019 at 12:39 pm

    5 stars
    One of my local grocery stores makes a Blue Cheese Chicken salad and it is sooooo good!!! They add grapes, hazelnuts and, of course, chunks of blue cheese. I love it as is or on whole-wheat bread.

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