Scrumptious Chicken Salad
As common as Alan Jackson's "It's 5 o'clock Somewhere" phrase is, we all know there's got to be Chicken Salad somewhere nearby- guaranteed. Always.
Whether its sliced chicken breast and grapes tossed with Miracle Whip or Hellman's, served on a croissant at your local diner; OR a savory rotisserie chicken breast, grapes, celery and spices mixed with an exotic emulsion (otherwise known as "Mayonnaise"... enough with the fancy terms, right?!), we all know what this classic dish is and relish it and the many memories it may bring up:
Church potlucks; 50's diners; picnics; trips to the deli; grandma's kitchen; beach days...
I decided years ago to make my own version of this classic and have been delighted by it's passionate acceptance from the crowds of people I have served it to... its always a smashing success!
Best part? Its easy, quick, healthy and affordable.
Having had quite the aversion to mayonnaise for as long as I can remember, I have thus always avoided it without remorse until I found a simple, easy way to create the luscious spread. Vitamix + 5 ingredients? Yes. (Get the recipe here!) Before this discovery, Greek Yogurt has been my go-to and though I still prefer it that way, you can do half and half ;) .
Too, this is a very flexible recipe- if you start with 3/4 cup of yogurt and find it a little too "dry" for your liking, simply add more yogurt! If you like mustard, add 2 Tbs. Dijon instead- this is a fun way for YOU to explore and see what you enjoy!
Let me know what you think?
Scrumptious Chicken Salad
5 Cups Rotisserie Chicken, pulled**
1 Cup Sliced Red Grapes
1/2-1 Cup diced Celery
1 diced Pink Lady, Fuji or Honeycrisp Apple
1/2 Cup Craisins
1/2 Cup Almonds, Pecans or Walnuts, chopped
3/4 to 1 1/4 Cup Plain 2% Greek Yogurt OR Homemade Mayo (See my recipes) half and half (If you like a runnier salad, do 1 1/4 cup)
1 Tbs. Dijon
1 Tbs. Lemon Juice
1 1/2 Tbs. Fresh Basil, julienned
1 1/2 Tsp. Black Pepper
1 1/2 Tsp. Salt
1 Tsp. Fresh Garlic, minced (optional)
In a large mixing bowl, mix yogurt with the Dijon, lemon juice, basil salt, pepper and garlic (if using). Add the remaining ingredients and gently toss with a rubber spatula until all ingredients are fully coated. Taste and season accordingly!
Serve on toasted sprouted bread, on a bed of mixed greens or scoop with corn tortilla chips! Its delightful as-is or with the above...
NOTE: This recipe yields 8-10 generous servings and thus, is a nice thing to make ahead for your week's meals or snacks- its delightfully fresh and flavorful, lasting up to four days refrigerated.
**Rotisserie chicken is a fantastic, easy way to go as its already seasoned and cooked perfectly. I get mine at Costco for $5- Simply pull and discard the skin and bones and voila!