Warm Chicken Salad with Peas & Polenta


Typical kid-friendly fare gets a zap of fresh flavor from pesto in this easy 15-minute dinner. Make a quick creamy chicken salad with Greek yogurt, pesto and peas and serve over pan-fried polenta. Serve with a salad of greens and balsamic vinaigrette for a healthy dinner the whole family will love.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
15 mins
4 servings


  • 4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • 1 (16 to 18 ounce) tube polenta, cut into 8 rounds

  • 1 pound cooked chicken, shredded or cut into small pieces

  • 1 pound frozen peas, thawed

  • ½ cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt

  • ½ cup pesto


  1. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add polenta and cook until hot, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer the polenta to 4 plates.

  2. Meanwhile, heat the remaining 2 teaspoons oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add chicken and peas, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the chicken and peas are hot, 2 to 4 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in yogurt and pesto.

  3. Serve the chicken and peas over the polenta.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

535 Calories
22g Fat
34g Carbs
48g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 2 slices polenta and 1 1/2 cup chicken mixture
Calories 535
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 34g 12%
Dietary Fiber 5g 19%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 48g 96%
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 4g 22%
Cholesterol 105mg 35%
Vitamin A 1949IU 39%
Vitamin C 15mg 17%
Folate 51mcg 13%
Sodium 770mg 33%
Calcium 166mg 13%
Iron 3mg 15%
Magnesium 58mg 14%
Potassium 458mg 10%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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