gluten-free lunch salads

Honey Garlic Chicken Chickpea Salad

July 22, 2014

You know what intimidates me? Meat. You may notice I don’t have a whole lot of meat recipes around here. Seafood? Salads? Grains? No problem. But meat scares me. I should say that in the last couple of months I have begun tackling my meat fear and not surprisingly, some of these recipes have become my favourites (I’m looking at your Thai Turkey Sliders and Apricot Barbecue Chicken!).

Honey Garlic Chicken Chickpea Salad // #protinisMeat can also be incredibly time consuming. Sometimes I don’t want to marinate my chicken or rub my steak (I think it would be weird if I wanted to do these things FTR). Sometimes I just want to throw some pre-made meat on my salad and call it a day. Cue Maple Leaf’s Protinis. These are pre-baked chicken pieces that come in a handy-dandy container that are perfect for throwing on salads, mixing with chickpeas or eating with your hands in a movie theater (yes, this happened…don’t judge).When Maple Leaf contacted me to review their new line of chicken called protinis, it was an offer I couldn’t turn down.

Confession time, I eat a lot of deli meat. I claim to buy it for C’s lunches when in reality I eat most of it because I generally toss it on top of my salads or eat it in my lunch sammies. Deli meat isn’t THAT bad if you ignore the nitrates and preservatives.

Protinis have none of that gunk which subsequently has added 10 years to my life and cut my grocery bill significantly. Also they’re pretty darn good. They come in 8 different flavours (listed here) that make a perfect addition to any meal or for a high protein snack in between meals. 15 grams of protein BOOYAH.

Honey Garlic Chicken and Chickpea Salad // #protinisI was only able to try the Honey Garlic flavour since it was the only flavour I could find. Apparently they are popular in downtown Toronto because I had to try 6 stores before I could find a single flavour! Luckily the one flavour they did have was the one I would have chosen first anyway so it was all good.

I thought we could all use a little more protein in our lives so I figured I would do a triple whammy by combining the honey garlic chicken with chickpeas AND greek yogurt. Also it took me approximately 5 minutes to make, and I answered a phone call from my Mom in between so it’s safe to say this made for one of the fastest and easiest recipes on THM.


Honey Garlic Chicken and Chickpea Salad + A Protinis Giveaway!

  • Total Time: 5 minutes


  • 2 cups cooked, chopped chicken (I used protinis honey garlic chicken)
  • 1 cup chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 celery stalks, copped
  • 1/3 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1 T honey
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Combine chicken, chickpeas and celery in a large bowl.
  2. Top with greek yogurt, honey and garlic.
  3. Add salt and pepper, to taste.
  4. Top on lettuce or eat plain.
  5. Will keep in fridge for several days.


  • Serving Size: 2

Honey Garlic Chicken and Chickpea Salad // #protinisStill not convinced? Check out this video which tells you all about Protinis or learn more on Maple Leaf’s Facebook Page.

This post is sponsored on behalf of Maple Leaf Protinis. I was compensated but all opinions are my own.

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  • Reply
    Arman @ thebigmansworld
    July 22, 2014 at 5:19 am

    ….but chicken travels well overseas. #whatfoodpoisoning

    PLEASE MORE MEAT ON HERE. And I don’t mean me.

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    Kelly @ Kelly Runs for Food
    July 22, 2014 at 6:32 am

    This looks great! Obviously, you had me at “5 minutes!” Trader Joe’s makes similar pre-cooked chicken and I agree that it’s so handy to have it cooked and ready to go.

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    Amanda @ .running with spoons.
    July 22, 2014 at 9:01 am

    I can’t do the meat thing either. Heck, when I first moved out on my own, my mom actually had to cook chicken for me and bring it over because I was afraid of preparing it myself and possibly giving myself food poisoning πŸ˜† I’ve gotten over it, but it’s still probably my least favourite thing to work with.

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    [email protected]
    July 22, 2014 at 9:29 am

    Ok, I love meat and I even love to prepare it (not the rubbing thing lol). I’d be happy to do it for you – a swap?? πŸ™‚
    These protinis look great – so jealous! The Deli Meat I can buy here is probably not even meat. Yuckc – poor chicken.

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    [email protected]
    July 22, 2014 at 10:18 am

    I love this because I always want chicken on my salad or in my tacos and I hate having to cook up a breast and then cut it and store it and clean the dishes! This is easy peezy! πŸ™‚

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    Amy @ Long Drive Journey
    July 22, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Stupid Canada! Why can’t this be in the U.S.??

    Just kidding, I really liked Canada and could easily move there with no problems. I still wish I could pack this up with me. I’m trying to come up with some easy meals for when I start school, because this morning guess what I did before work? Marinated my chicken breasts! Ain’t nobody got time for that (but dang it’s good)!

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    Shashi @ runninsrilankan
    July 22, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    Hahaha – I almost died – this line is too too funny “Deli meat isn’t THAT bad if you ignore the nitrates and preservatives”!
    I eat chickpeas out of the can and now -if I get my hands on protinis chicken-I can eat chicken right out of the container too!

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    Melissa @ Mango About Town
    July 22, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    I’m intimidated by meat too – under cooking it scares me. Too many food safety classes in my Nutrition Degree. I’m inspired by your recipe to make a similar salad for dinner using the rotisserie chicken my boyfriend bought, thanks!

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    July 22, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    Actually, I am probably Protinis’ target audience- rarely cook, always looking for fast easy protein to go. usually thats in the form of a bar, so this is pretty cool. Go right ahead, Protinis, make my life easier! That salad looks amazing, btw. Aaand now I’m hungry πŸ™‚

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    Kathleen R.
    July 22, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    This sounds yummy! I haven’t combined chicken and chickpeas- sounds like a fabulous dish!

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    July 22, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    YUM! Garlic is my favorite and I looove me some chickpeas, too! Definitely making this minus the chicken!

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    July 22, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    I’m hoping that after your FB question the other day you are going to start sharing some beef recipes!!!
    This salad sounds super tasty!!
    I think some of the veggies that I haven’t ever worked with intimidate me – spaghetti squash is a prime example!!!

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    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl
    July 22, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    Chicken is one meat that terrifies me when cooking it. I’m always scared I’m under cooking it so I stab it with like 10 thermometers that all tell me all different temperatures and then I get more paranoid.

    With that said this salad still looks awesome and gives me the courage to try more! πŸ˜‰

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    July 22, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    Our grocery store has house roasted turkey, ham and roast beast (beef) so I’m assuming that’s nitrate & preservative free… or at least I hope so because I eat deli turkey like it’s going out of style. Meat intimidates me but I basically moved home so my dad could grill all foods for me. JK. Also your apricot chicken was THE Pinned this to make for lunch next week because I’m trying to vary my food intake so it isn’t overnight oats – salad – baked sweet potato – turkey wrap – yogurt & fruit.

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    GiGi Eats
    July 22, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    Oh garlic and chicken….. My dad made 40 clove garlic chicken once… BAH H AHA HA HA HA AH AH AH! ENOUGH SAID RIGHT THERE!

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    Mary Frances
    July 23, 2014 at 9:42 am

    I like my meat, but I am not always willing to rub it (heck, can I have a massage too?) Thank goodness for Mom’s πŸ™‚ I love it when dishes have chickpeas and especially when chicken and honey are joining the flavor party! Pinning this amazing recipe! And great giveaway, thank you!
    Oh, and welcome back!!

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    Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen
    July 23, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    Pie crusts and pastries intimidate me! I always get my mom to make the crust when I’m making a pie… seriously. I need to learn to suck it up and try it.

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    [email protected]
    July 23, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    My favorite source of protein is anything which comes from whole foods so this salad fits the bill. I love it. Bag the powder; eat the food. πŸ™‚

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    Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves
    July 24, 2014 at 8:07 am

    I would eat chicken with my fingers in the movie theater too. I mean, that’s basically like chicken nuggets, except a lot less funky, right? I’m also afraid to cook meat sometimes (salmonella scares me), so I need to find these protinis chicken snacks!

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    Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health
    July 24, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    im not a meat person either i like to eat but cooking – not so much.

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    Consuelo - Honey & Figs
    July 26, 2014 at 4:08 am

    Ohh I love easy to throw together recipes like this one! Andddddd the addition of both greek yogurt and chickpeas is genius. I want this salad and I want it NOW <3

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