Keeping Cool in the Kitchen

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Betty Crocker’s kitchen, that is! πŸ˜€

After a whirlwind of a day, the Yoplait peeps STILL had more fun in store for Katie, Brianne, and me…not only did we get to play around with the new Greek yogurt flavors in the Betty Crocker test kitchen, but we also got to spend time with the photographers on site which and learn a bit about what goes on behind the scenes of all those drool-worthy pictures you see in cookbooks and magazines!

Yoplait Betty Crocker Kitchens Collage

Inspired by all the new yogurt flavors, the three of us donned our red aprons and set to work…mixing, chopping, spreading, and plating!

Yoplait Heather Prop room

Of course, before finishing, there was some SERIOUS time spent contemplating how to fit an entire shelf of plates in my suitcase selecting just the right dish for my recipe. πŸ˜‰

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Next it was time to make it pretty for the camera!

Yoplait Chicken Salad FamousAnd THEN my Pineapple Pepper Chicken Salad became a STARRRRRR! πŸ˜€

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The other girls went sweet with Brianne’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Fro-yo Bars and Katie’s gluten-free Tangerine Carrot Muffins.

Then it was time for taste testing…

Yoplait Recipe Tasting 2

#yum!

So, anyone out there curious as to what’s in my FAMOUS chicken salad? Oh come on, you didn’t expect me to leave you hanging, did you? Especially after allowing me an entire week to wax poetic about my trip? And ESPECIALLY since this is like the
PERFECT SUMMER RECIPE?!

You’ll LOVE it…the sweet of the pineapple…the crunch of the peppers…the tang of the fresh ginger…and if you don’t have access to a flavored yogurt, just use plain and stir in a bit of honey and some chopped fresh pineapple!

Pineapple Pepper Chicken Salad

By:Β Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli

Prep Time: 15 minutes*

Cook Time: N/A

Keywords: entrΓ©e salad gluten-free greek yogurt chicken breast summer

Ingredients (Serves 2)

  • 1 1/2 cups cooked chicken, cubed
  • 1 6 oz container pineapple-flavored yogurt
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 jalapeno pepper, diced
  • 1/3 cup diced red onion
  • 1 Tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro, plus more for garnish
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

1. Combine all ingredients in a medium-sized bowl.
2. Garnish with more cilantro.
3. Serve stuffed in bell pepper halves, over salad greens, or enjoy as a wrap!

*Note: While not absolutely necessary, I will say that after an hour in the fridge (while skipping up and down aisles of prop closet shelves), the flavors have a better chance to come together!Β 

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Yoplait Heather Chicken SaladBig thanks to Joe (the awesome guy in the bottom left pic up top) for snapping some of the BEST action shots during our kitchen time AND for sharing them with us!

What would YOU have made in the Betty Crocker Kitchen…while surrounded by a full camera crew, kitchen assistants, and an itchy mic taped to your boob?

Hmm, TMI? Nahhhh! πŸ˜‰

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38 Responses to Keeping Cool in the Kitchen

  1. Any kind of oats with delicious mix-ins and toppings (think melty bananas, cashew butter, cocoa, *drool*)- as far as I’m concerned, oats rule the world πŸ™‚

  2. Allie says:

    Knowing me, I probably would have made a kitchen disaster. Were those photographers ready to handle pictures of a KITCHEN FIRE? Because I could totally make one heck of an exciting cooking show…in a bad way. And yooooou are going to be famous! You have to let us/me/blog world/mostly me know as soon as your trip adventures go public via Yoplait!

    • What she said, minus the kitchen fires, but add in a broken glass.

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Hahaha! Seriously, you can only imagine how nervous I was while they were filming me chopping vegetables! I kept repeating to myself “don’t cut yourself…don’t cut yourself…for the LOVE OF GOD, don’t cut yourself!!” Lol

      And I will most definitely be shouting the news from the rooftops/whoring out the blog as SOON as I get word of all this going public! I’m so excited/nervous to see the finished product!

  3. That’s so awesome! Both you and your food are so photogenic! πŸ™‚

    Side note – My hubby loooooves pineapple yogurt.

  4. You look gorgeous in these pics! You look amazing all the time but you look like you belong in that Betty Crocker kitchen πŸ™‚ The chicken sounds amazing! Very creative as usual πŸ™‚

  5. So there I go assuming again, but I just ASSUMED that you would have used plain ole flavored yogurt in your savory recipe. Imagine by surprise to read Pineapple-flavored yogurt. Again, you are a genius. The recipe looks incredible. It totally beats out regular stuffed peppers where you have to cook them and wait forever. Question: How do you eat these? With stuffed peppers because they are cooked you take a fork to them… So with these do you just pick up the pepper and take a bite? That’s what it sounds like but for those of us who over analyze everything I think I need step-by-step instructions… Haha. πŸ˜‰

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Haha, you are too cute, Madison! I’m actually ALL about the finger foods and eating with my hands when I can so that’s how I would eat these…or you could just slice it to death with a knife and fork if you’re more of a silverware person and not a cavewoman like me! πŸ˜‰

      Oh and I was TOTALLY ready to whip up just about ANYTHING based on a plain yogurt since I do that in my kitchen all the time, but once I got there, I was told there wasn’t a plain flavor so after just a little bit of freaking out, I calmed down and the thought popped in my head for this! I LOVE adding fruit to savory dishes and the idea actually came from my mango chicken salad that I posted last year http://www.kissmybroccoliblog.com/2012/09/14/did-you-know/. And just to give you a visual, you would roll those up and eat them like tacos! πŸ˜‰ xoxo

  6. This sounds awesome!! I really want to try this using chickpeas in place of the chicken!

  7. Hahaha oh my gosh I’m so jealous! That sounds like such a fun adventure, Heather!!

  8. mmm pineapple yogurt. the recipe for your chicken salad sounds yummy. truth be told, I think I have only had chicken salad once before. i’m more of a tuna salad kind of girl πŸ™‚

    i think. . . . I would have made chicken paprikash with a plain yogurt since many recipes for the dish call for sour cream. and i love me some classic Hungarian food.

    though i might have been a disaster in the dishes pantry. i have a tendency to break dishes -_-;;

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Oh my gosh, ME TOO!! I swear in the last month, I’ve averaged a dish a WEEK! πŸ™

      I had SO many ideas running through my head for a plain yogurt based recipe and was so sad/nervous once I found out that there wasn’t a plain to work with! I’m just glad it all worked out in the end!

      And I’m not sure what it is, but every time I make tuna salad, I end up making tuna melts! We never even had them when I was growing up…guess it just gives me an excuse to eat cheese! Lol

  9. Heather, your pepper presentation inspired me for a chicken salad I made and posted a couple days ago! It was such an amazing experience. Love your telling of the events. I’ll be haring mine soon. So fun!

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Ahhh, I just checked it out! It looks fantastic!! I will definitely have to try that combo as I am totally peach-obsessed right now! And I can’t wait to hear your take on the trip!

  10. Oh my gosh what a fun day! i love your top, actually i love your whole outfit! and your food looks amazing! i am a cilantro fanatic so i feel like i would be obsessed with that chicken salad. have a great weekend!

  11. I’m still uber excited for you; what an amazing experience, and I can’t wait to see what Yoplait does with it. I’ll say “I knew you when….”

  12. That dish closet is like a food blogger’s version of heaven!!! I always get so frustrated when I don’t have the perfect dish for plating my recipe… but I bet I wouldn’t ever have that problem if I had that closet!

    And I love the recipe you came up with – I’m a big fan of incorporating fruit into savoury meals.

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Oh I know, right? But then I’m sure I’d get frustrated not being able to decide on ONE dish! Lol

      Sweet and savory (next to sweet and SALTY) is my favorite combo when it comes to creating recipes! I really want to learn more about Moroccan food since I know they incorporate a lot of fruit in their dishes!

  13. Wow looks like you had such a great time πŸ™‚

    Love that recipe you made it looks very delicious. I am a big fan of all things pineapple so I hope they bring that flavour out here too!

  14. Oh my goodness, that trip looks like a dream come true – look at all those fun plates!!! I’ve been loving creamy chicken salads lately, so your recipe comes at the perfect time. Yay!!!

  15. Good save, girly! And the jalapeno with the pineapple sounds like a perfect combo!!

  16. I would probably make the kitchen nightmare coming true. Fire, black walls (plus black burnt food), messy dish-piles, broken everything and mashed vegetables (mashed by my shoes) all over the floor. I am SO happy for you to be such a star in that kitchen! I truly adore that first pic of you with your creation – beautiful!!
    The recipe sounds absolutely like my taste. This will definitely be my lunch/dinner next week!!!

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Aww, it wouldn’t be that bad! We’d just have to make sure you had an unlimited supply of eggs to play with! πŸ˜‰ Thank you so much, Lucie! You always know how to make me smile! xoxo

  17. I love the idea of adding pineapple yogurt to a savoury dish! Seriously clever lady. And I’m not quite sure what I would make in a kitchen like that, but I would definitely have fun playing around in it!

  18. Uh pineapple and bell pepper in the same recipe is amazing. And I kind of want to go shopping in their room of dishes. Or you know, just live there. πŸ˜‰

  19. How cute are you?! That looks like a really awesome and fun time. The recipe sounds really yummy too.

  20. How fun!! That does sound so delicious!!

  21. How amazing is this?! You’re like a famous chef now! I think you chose the perfect dish – simple enough, but with an interesting twist. I may have to try this out this week. YUM!

  22. Heather,
    Very happy to see you all professionally lit, despite the itchy boob mic thing.
    I’m drooling over the prop area–would love that. And the chicken salad? Sounds just different enough to be interesting, but familiar enough to be comforting.
    Thanks for sharing the trip!

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Aww, thank you Kirsten! That’s what I was really shooting for with this! And seriously, I could have spent ALL day in that prop closet and STILL not seen all of it! I have no idea how they decide what to use! Lol

  23. Any recipe that involves ginger is A-okay in my cookbook! I’m glad to see that you had such a wonderful time! Hope you are well, Heather. Have a great week!

  24. Shhhh….don’t tell, but I might use the container of pineapple Chobani in my fridge to whip up something similar (and vegetarian). πŸ˜‰

    SO JEALOUS!!!

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