Tuesday, April 28, 2009

I Love Chicken Salad

I really really love chicken salad. Panera makes a great one. I would omit a bit of the mayo but that's just because I am not much of a mayo girl. Bruggers is super tasty too (even better on a toasted everything bagel). If I go out to eat lunch at a sammy-type place and they offer chicken salad, you can almost guarantee I will order it. Love it.

My favorite recipe is a delicious mango chutney chicken salad from the JL Washington cookbook. Oh, it's to die for! But yesterday I read Mom x 2's recipe for chicken salad and was inspired to branch out and try something new. I didn't use her exact recipe because I have this terrible habit in life of telling myself, "oh I'll remember that later." But of course I never do. What really inspired me was that she just used a grocery store rotisserie chicken. Now most of y'all are reading this thinking, "um, PPC, that's nothing new or inventive." Perhaps. But it never before occurred to me, so I was excited to further simplify an already simple meal.

Apparently everyone who shops at Price Chopper (we've made up and I shop there regularly now) decided they too needed one of those chickens. I had to wait for the chicken man to pluck one off the turning thingy- the counter that normally houses them was totally empty. I also used these funny scallion type things that a neighbor picked wild- I don't know what they are called but they look similar to a scallion. Anyway, here's my recipe-ish (because you know I didn't measure anything- so I am just guessing):

Easy Chicken Salad

- chicken (picked from one grocery store rotisserie chicken- use the whole thing)
- 2 scallions chopped- use white and green parts
- 1 large palm of green grapes, cut in half
- 1 large palm of dried cranberries (or cherries or blueberries or whatever you have on hand)
- 1 large palm of walnuts (toasted in pan first- watch carefully- they burn quickly)
- 1/3 cup mayo (I used fat free)
- 1/3 cup sour cream (I used fat free)
- pepper to taste (chicken is plenty salty so you likely won't need to add any extra)

Mix together. Chill. Enjoy over lettuce or in a pita bread pocket with mesclun mix (this is my fav way to eat it at home!). If you need/like more moisture, add more mayo and such. Super easy and yummy.

Thanks for the inspiration Mom x 2! Dinner was great last night! Perfect for an easy, no-cook meal.


Gracie Beth said...

Thanks for the recipe. I will have to try this over the summer because chicken salad is such a refreshing snack!

Andi said...

I seriously love Panera's chicken salad. I will have to try it on a bagel sometime.

Anonymous said...

Yum! I, too, love chicken salad!!!

Tippy said...

Ha! I'm an inspiration because of my laziness! I love it! Normally when I make chicken salad, I just poach some chicken breasts, but lately I've been too tired/lazy to do that and the rotisserie chicken is there at the grocery, staring me in the face. Easy choice!

Torch Lake Prep said...

Love it too. Especially with dried cherries and almond slivers.

Princess Freckles said...

This recipe sounds so yummy! And the fresh chicken sounds way better than canned (my fiance loves his canned, but I gag)!

BRD said...

Yum! Definitely going to try this!

I left you something on my blog - check it out when you have a minute.


Little Bow Prep said...

I adore chicken salad as well :)

Anonymous said...

Now this one looks good also! We're amazed you made up with Price Chopper, but think it is very big of you to forgive them. (Heh-heh.)

Smiles for your Thursday,


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