Monday, June 16, 2008

Chicken Salad

One of my favorite foods is chicken salad. No, not the "store-bought" kind. The "tastes so good I want the recipe" kind. It is one of those foods that can be eaten on crackers, on white bread, on croissants, or straight out of the bowl.

Chicken salad has many different ingredients. The basic chicken salad starts with chicken (either shredded or cubed), salad dressing or mayonnaise, pickle relish (dill or sweet), and salt/pepper. From here, you can personalize the recipe to make it your own. Here is the recipe for a chicken salad I prepared recently for a bridal shower. I served it on croissants. The crunch from the apples and the sweetness from the grapes makes this version so yummy! I hope you enjoy.

Chicken Salad
5 chicken breasts, shredded
1 medium apple, chopped (I use Fuji or Gala, but you can use whatever kind you want)
1 cup red grapes, halved (or green grapes)
2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
1 stalk of celery, finely chopped
1/2 cup Miracle Whip Light (or regular Miracle Whip -- I don't care too much for mayonnaise)
Salt and Pepper to taste

Cook chicken breasts in a Crockpot until tender - usually about 3 hours on Low (or, you can purchase a rotisserie chicken from the grocery, or even use canned chicken). Shred chicken breasts. Add apple, grapes, relish, and celery. Lightly toss. Add Miracle Whip and fold in until well-blended. Add salt and pepper to taste.

P.S. Some things that I omitted from the recipe:
*1/2 small sweet onion, finely chopped
*1/2 cup pecans, finely chopped
*1 tsp sugar

If you have a good recipe for chicken salad, please share it! On a side note, Rafferty's has really good chicken salad and croissants (and yes, they drizzle them with honey butter) as well as a Sunshine Chicken Salad that is awesome. Check it out!


kd said...

Hey hey. I love chicken salad too. The one I'm making this Thursday for lunch (with a girl coming to visit from GA) has chicken (I always boil mine so I have the stock for something else), celery, grapes, pecans or walnuts, light mayo (I don't like miracle whip),and I mix regular mustard and spicy stone ground mustard together. I'll serve it on pitas. I never know how much I put in so I can never put a recipe together for it. I just do it till it looks good - and as always, salt and pepper.

Sarah said...

Is this chicken salad the same one you brought to work one day? I LOVE this chicken salad!! We sure do miss you around here in Floyd County. You always have the best recipes!

In Definition said...

mmm. i really do love chicken salad. the rage at our summer camp one year was to substiute a bit of cool whip for mayo. it helps reduce the fat a little and tastes good too:) i like the blog, brandi!!!!!!!!

Melissa said...

you rock Brandi! i am so glad you got a exciting!
love you and miss you!