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Chicken Salad

The ultimate in culinary adaptability, chicken salad provides a cool contrast of crunchy and creamy textures. Tender chicken forms a rich basis, while crisp veggies and a creamy dressing balance it out. It’s a great dish for parties, lunches, or a healthy dinner choice that can be tailored to suit any palate.

Tasting Notes

Expect a harmonious blend of tender, juicy chicken, crisp vegetables, and a creamy dressing that ties everything together. The addition of herbs and a hint of tanginess creates a refreshing and palate-pleasing experience.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked and shredded chicken (rotisserie chicken works well)
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 cup halved red grapes
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Lettuce leaves for serving

Kitchen Equipment

  • Mixing bowls
  • Cutting board
  • Sharp knife
  • Mixing spoon
  • Measuring cups and spoons

Instructions

  1. Prepare the Chicken: Cook and shred the chicken. You can use a rotisserie chicken for convenience.
  2. Chop and Mix: In a large mixing bowl, combine the shredded chicken, diced celery, halved grapes, chopped pecans, parsley, and red onion.
  3. Make the Dressing: In a separate bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, Greek yogurt, Dijon mustard, honey, salt, and pepper until well combined.
  4. Combine Ingredients: Pour the dressing over the chicken mixture and gently toss until everything is evenly coated.
  5. Chill: Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
  6. Serve: Spoon the chicken salad onto lettuce leaves for a light and refreshing presentation.

Pro Tips

  • Perfectly Shredded Chicken: For tender and easy-to-shred chicken, poach or simmer it in seasoned water until fully cooked.
  • Play with Texture: Experiment with different nuts like almonds or walnuts for varied textures.
  • Make It Ahead: Prepare the salad a few hours ahead and refrigerate for even better flavor.

Variations

  • Fruity Twist: Add diced apples or mandarin oranges for a sweeter, fruitier version.
  • Spicy Kick: Incorporate a pinch of cayenne pepper or a dash of hot sauce for a spicy kick.

FAQs

Can I use leftover grilled chicken?

Absolutely! Leftover grilled chicken adds a delicious smoky flavor to the salad.
Can I make it ahead of time? Yes, makin

Can I make it ahead of time?

Yes, making the salad ahead of time allows the flavors to develop. Keep it refrigerated until ready to serve.

Yield: 4 servings

Chicken Salad

Homemade Healthy Chicken Salad in a Bowl
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked and shredded chicken (rotisserie chicken works well)
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 cup halved red grapes
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Lettuce leaves for serving

Instructions

  1. Prepare the Chicken: Cook and shred the chicken. You can use a rotisserie chicken for convenience.
  2. Chop and Mix: In a large mixing bowl, combine the shredded chicken, diced celery, halved grapes, chopped pecans, parsley, and red onion.
  3. Make the Dressing: In a separate bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, Greek yogurt, Dijon mustard, honey, salt, and pepper until well combined.
  4. Combine Ingredients: Pour the dressing over the chicken mixture and gently toss until everything is evenly coated.
  5. Chill: Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
  6. Serve: Spoon the chicken salad onto lettuce leaves for a light and refreshing presentation.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4 servings

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 450Total Fat: 35gCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 3gProtein: 25g
Chicken Salad

Written by Patricia M

Welcome to "My Cooking Recipes," a culinary treasure trove where passion for food meets the warmth of home cooking. I'm a wife, mom, and grandma who has spent a lifetime in the kitchen, weaving love into every dish. This website is my canvas, showcasing not only my personal creations but also handpicked recipes from across the web. Here, you'll find a blend of traditional family favorites and innovative culinary experiments, all designed to inspire and delight.

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