“Chicken” Salad on Homemade Focaccia

Muahahaha. . . would my husband notice if I replaced the chicken in our chicken salad with Quorn meatless chicken cutlets? Would I notice a huge difference? Let’s find out!

Quorn chicken cutlets

As many of you know, I am a former vegan and vegetarian who has, in recent years, discovered the deliciousness of humanely raised, organic meat. But, for our health and the environment, I have been returning a little to my vegetarian ways and have been looking to get enough protein while eating more meatless meals.

Quorn chicken cutlets

With a plan to make a sweet and spicy chicken salad in mind, I decided to just substitute Quorn chicken for the real stuff.

For my salad, I started with about a cup and a half of grapes, cleaned and cut in half.

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I also cleaned and chopped three stalks of celery, including the leaves.

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And about two tablespoons of ginger

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I mixed up the faux chicken, celery, ginger, and grapes with a sprinkle of salt, several spoonfuls of curry powder, and about a cup of Greek yogurt.

chicken salad ingredients

chicken salad

I served the salad on homemade focaccia bread, the easiest yeast bread I have ever made, and one that I will be making again and again, maybe even several times a week. Interested in the recipe? Read my afternoon post!

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The sandwich was, perhaps, a little unseasonable for a snowy night, but it was delicious.

The look? Just like chicken salad. The taste? Pretty darn close. With all of those ingredients mixed in the chicken took a back seat. It provided a nice, chewy texture and mild flavor and I had to ask my husband later if he noticed anything different about the chicken Smile To his credit, he had worked over 14 hours after four hours of sleep, so I can’t blame him for missing the change. I have to say, I might have been fooled myself!

Do you have any healthy substitutes that you just love?

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Tags: focaccia, Food, grapes, healthy recipe, meatless, Quorn, salad, Vegetarian

  1. Michelle’s avatar

    Bret and I both eat meat regularly but we very weirdly adore the frozen “chicken” patties that we keep in our freezer for a quick lazy meal when we don’t feel like cooking!

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  2. Elizabeth’s avatar

    I didn’t know you used to be vegan. I was vegan for a year in high school. I can’t stand fake meat though, I don’t even like tofu much. Thus it’s beans and legumes for me. Those sandwiches look fantastic though. I’ve always like waldorf-type salads.

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    1. traveleatlove’s avatar

      I was a vegetarian for about 9 years and a vegan for maybe 6-8 months. I went about it alllll wrong, so it didn’t work. I would imagine it would be easier now.

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    2. MichellePC’s avatar

      We’re on the same page – I also just posted a recipe for “chicken” salad! ;)

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    3. MelissaNibbles’s avatar

      I love those! I like the Morningstar Farms crumbles too.

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      1. traveleatlove’s avatar

        I will definitely be buying them again. No real reason to eat chicken all the time when Quorn is so close!

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      2. Daisy’s avatar

        yum grapes in chicken salad are my favorite!!

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      3. Jean | Delightful Repast’s avatar

        That looks great, Meghan! I’m not a big meat eater and would probably waste away were it not for beans and legumes. Haven’t tried Quorn, but I really must now.

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      4. Shannon’s avatar

        My roommate buys Quorn a lot since she’s vegetarian… so from time to time I’ll have some but it’s kinda expensive for me. I like the soy nuggets from Trader Joe’s and I make those from time to time and the meatless crumbles are good in lasagna!

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      5. Megan’s avatar

        I love putting grapes in chicken salad! (You had to go and add the curry though, huh?) Ha ha. Hmm… healthy substitutes — well, last night instead of having a pile of nachos, I made a taco salad, does that count?

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      6. Emily @ A Cambridge Story’s avatar

        I love those breaded morningstar chick patties. With pickles and a toasted bun you do not miss the meat! That said, I’ve always had some pretty nasty meat substitutions and sometimes think I’m better off with chickpeas!

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      7. RavieNomNoms’s avatar

        That is amazing, I really like that you put this on homemade focaccia! YUM

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      8. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic’s avatar

        I have been thinking about trying those Quorn cutlets too, but somehow end up chickening out ;) Using it as a sub for chicken salad – or any other recipe that has other ingredients – sounds like a great idea!

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      9. Jason Phelps’s avatar

        I love the Quorn products! Even though I eat meat sometimes it is a nice way to mix it up.

        Jason

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      10. Justin @JustinCanCook’s avatar

        Looks like chicken… but i have weird issues with fake meats. Like, why do they need to make it look so much like chicken?

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