These adorable, bite-size tomatoes are stuffed with a healthy chicken salad made with Greek yogurt, golden raisins, sunflower seeds and orange zest. Perfect for lunch boxes, an after-school snack, or a party appetizer.
For this recipe, I teamed up with Backyard Farms in Madison, Maine where juicy, ruby-red tomatoes are grown year round in greenhouses, so they always taste like summer. With my new partners, I’m helping to spread the word about tomato nutrition, versatility, and flavor … and I can’t wait for you to try these cocktail tomatoes stuffed with a healthy homemade chicken salad.
Disclosure: I am compensated for my work with Backyard Farms, but all opinions are my own.
Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, a cancer-fighting antioxidant, and they also contain power nutrients like immune-boosting vitamins A and C.
To make my Chicken Salad Tomato Bites, slice off the tops of the tomatoes and then remove the pulp and seeds with a melon baller.
Fill the tomatoes with a generous tablespoon of the chicken salad mixture. (Notice the tablespoon in the background. When I say I measure, I mean it!!)
Place the “hats” back on top. They’re so cute, but you will want to remove them before eating the tomatoes.
- Serves: 3
- Serving size: 3 stuffed tomatoes
- Calories: 140
- Fat: 3.5g
- Saturated fat: 1g
- Carbohydrates: 10g
- Sodium: 55mg
- Fiber: 2g
- Protein: 18g
- One 10-ounce box Backyard Farms Cocktail Tomatoes (8 to 10 small tomatoes)
- 1 cup finely chopped cooked chicken breast (roasted or rotisserie)
- 2 tablespoons golden raisins
- 1 tablespoon roasted, salted sunflower seeds
- 3 tablespoons 2%-fat plain Greek yogurt
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
- 1 tablespoon orange juice
- 1 teaspoon orange zest
- Kosher salt
- Black pepper
- Slice the top off of each tomato, keeping the stem intact, and set aside. Carefully scoop out the tomato pulp and seeds with a melon baller. Place the tomatoes upside down on a paper towel for a few minutes to drain excess liquid.
- Place the chicken, raisins, sunflower seeds, yogurt, basil, orange juice, and orange zest in a bowl and mix until well combined. Season with kosher salt and pepper to taste.
- Sprinkle a pinch of kosher salt and pepper inside the hollowed-out tomatoes. Scoop a generous tablespoon of the chicken mixture into each tomato. Top with the stem "hats" and serve. (When it's time to eat, remove the "hats," set them aside, and enjoy the stuffed tomatoes!)
Here are some must-know tomato tips from Backyard Farms. (1) Ripen tomatoes on your kitchen counter, NOT in the refrigerator. (2) Use a tomato knife or serrated knife for slicing tomatoes. (3) For crushed tomatoes, use a cheese grater when you want to crush your own tomatoes versus using canned.