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    Your Best Chicken Salad

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    chicken salad is the one time i prefer to use chicken breasts.
    poached in a seasoned broth.

    cut into small chunks, or shred.
    celery - your preferred size dice
    purple grapes, whole or halved depending on size
    pecans or walnuts, medium to large chunks
    apple (delicious, fuji, honey crisp); small to medium dice
    regular mayo to taste. i use just enough to coat everything.
    diced onions ... not tiny, but smaller than medium dice (optional)
    ground pepper to taste.
    taste-test first, and salt only if needed.
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    Just diced chicken, finely chopped celery (celery leaves too) salt/pepper and Miracle whip. I also like to do pork loin salad with the same ingredients.

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    I roast whole chicken breasts with salt & pepper at 400 degrees for 30-35 minutes. When mostly cooled, I dice, add diced celery, mayo, sour cream, 1 Tablespoon of sugar. Grapes, and nuts can be added but I prefer just chicken and celery.

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    Diced chicken 1 cup per person, apple not peeled 1/2 per person, avocado about 1/2 per person, pecans 1/3 cup per person, enough light or low fat mayo to moisten, and sometimes I throw in a few dried cranberries. Serve on a lettuce leaf. Decorate with cherry tomatoes, grapes, or whatever I have on hand.
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    Chicken, chopped celery and onion. Add mayo to taste. One of the local bagel shops adds lemon pepper to the mix.
    Another deli had the best home made chx salad and I would sprinkle lemon pepper on it too. It adds a nice tang.

    What don't you like about your recipe?

    PS: I think there is a difference in taste between shredded or chunky chicken.

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    I normally don't like chicken breasts except for chicken salad, as Patrice J said. Grapes are nice, salt and pepper, celery, mayo (we use Vegannaise nowadays instead of Hellman's) . Boston, how do you make it?

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    I pouch chicken breasts. Cool. Shred them. Was told long time ago that shredded chicken tastes better. Don't really know except I like shredded chicken.

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    Wow, this is making me hungry. I usually just boil some chicken or even get a whole chicken that is already cooked. I dice some celery and throw some salt, pepper, a tiny bit of garlic salt and Miracle Whip. Maybe I need to write down my amounts. I have a tendency to throw them together.

    I've never thought of apples, grapes or walnuts. I will have to look into that. Mmmmmmm!
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    We made chicken salad for a bridal shower using a recipe that included mayo and whipped topping. It was good and I’m not sure if I ever had the recipe.

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    I make mine pretty much like PatriceJ except I add pineapple tidbits instead of apples and if I want to make it a main course I add some cooked orzo. I also add a little pineapple juice and a tablespoon of sugar to the mayo mixture, Just a little sweeter
    Last edited by Up North; 01-26-2019 at 07:30 PM.

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    I use baked chicken breasts cut into small chunks, minced onion, diced celery, salt and pepper, mayo and about a teaspoon of curry powder. Yummy.

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    I make mine with deboned, chopped or ground (run through the food processor) cooked rotisserie chicken. Then I add diced boiled eggs, sweet pickle relish, mayo and yellow mustard. Sometimes, I cut seedless grapes in half and add them at the end, and/or add pecans or walnuts. Sometimes, I add cold slaw dressing instead of Pickles, mayo & mustard and add apples or grapes. I still use the eggs in both recipes. I like the sound of some of the other recipes here. Got to write them down and try them.

    Edited to add: Another recipe is the chopped chicken and sandwich spread. Boiled eggs if you want to.
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    Make sure to keep the bones on while poaching the chicken breasts - the taste is more rich that way. I cut up the cooled meat and add halved grapes, chopped celery, and some walnuts (sometimes) like everyone else. But I add just a bit of curry powder to the mayo and sometimes raisins. Yum. Reminds me of summer!

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    We recently sold our Specialty Food/Market after 10 years. We made a popular chicken salad which our customers loved.

    Baked chicken breasts (seasoned with s&p and olive oil)
    toasted walnuts
    Dried cranberries
    celery
    shallots
    fresh tarragon
    and then we made a tarragon aioli (mayo, vinegar, more fresh tarragon s&p)
    We served it on a croissant. I’ve also made these for my kids on the day of their wedding while everyone was getting dressed up.

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    We use cashews in ours instead of pecans. Otherwise it's the same basic recipe....white meat chicken, grapes, celery and mayo. Salt and pepper to taste .Easy peasy!

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    These all sound wonderful. I am going to try them all
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    Lots of wonderful ideas, the only thing I insist on is real Hellman's mayonnaise. The low fat, ,olive oil, or diet mayonnaise's just don't have the flavor. Of course, if your a Blue Plate fan, only that will do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatriceJ View Post
    chicken salad is the one time i prefer to use chicken breasts.
    poached in a seasoned broth.

    cut into small chunks, or shred.
    celery - your preferred size dice
    purple grapes, whole or halved depending on size
    pecans or walnuts, medium to large chunks
    apple (delicious, fuji, honey crisp); small to medium dice
    regular mayo to taste. i use just enough to coat everything.
    diced onions ... not tiny, but smaller than medium dice (optional)
    ground pepper to taste.
    taste-test first, and salt only if needed.
    This is my recipe but without the apple and onions, and I usually use red or green grapes (halved), and always include diced hard boiled eggs. If I don't have grapes, I use diced crisp Bread and Butter pickles (for sweetness) with all the other ingredients: eggs, celery, pecans or walnuts. Also, my family prefers Miracle Whip to mayo, but that's just a personal preference. I do add salt unless the chicken was cooked in a very salty broth.
    Last edited by Friday1961; 01-27-2019 at 07:32 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    Just diced chicken, finely chopped celery (celery leaves too) salt/pepper and Miracle whip. I also like to do pork loin salad with the same ingredients.
    I've never heard of pork loin salad, but this is a great idea!

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    Here is the recipe from our long gone, local dept. store Younkers and the well loved Tea Room.

    Tea Room Chicken Salad
    3 cups diced, cooked chicken thighs
    1 cup chopped celery
    1/4 cup chopped onion
    1/4 cup shelled sunflower seeds
    1 cup Ranch dressing
    1 tsp. celery salt
    1/2 tsp. dried minced garlic
    Salt and Pepper (opt)

    In large bowl combine chicken, celery, onion and celery seed.
    For dressing, in small bowl stir together salad dressing, celery salt and garlic. if desired season to taste with salt and pepper.
    Pour dressing over chicken mixture; toss to mix well. Cover and chill for 1 hour.
    Makes 6 servings
    Enjoy!

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    diced chicken, Miracle Whip, salt, pepper, chopped hard boiled eggs, sweet pickle relish, diced onions. Also will change out the chicken with tuna. Good either way.

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    I always add a little sugar to mine to add just a touch of sweetness.

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    the way I like it --- Chicken pouch in chicken broth ,cool chop or shred , add mayo ,salt & pepper , celery ,relish
    and 1 or 2 hard boiled eggs. enjoy

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    We make Turkey salad too with the Chicken/tuna salad concoction.

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