Ahhhhh, my sweet and dear friend, chicken salad.
My mom was a busy lady. She was a single-mama who worked full time while my sister and I were growing up. She managed to keep us in a zillion sports, at the best schools and get us to all our friend's birthday parties, although never on time :-P
She was a badass to say the least.
But she didn't have much time to cook in the kitchen. So over the years, there we're a few staples that she became known for in my mind - lasagna, chili, lemon & oregano chicken, cheesy egg sandwiches and chicken salad.
Whenever I came home from school to chicken salad sandwiches, it always made my day.
There are sooooo many types of chicken salad in the world and I feel like everyone has their favorites.
For me, it's gotta be chunky with grapes. Don't even try and serve me that apple crap, I will not have it in this house!!!! Or the super shredded chicken that's like mush.. ugh, I can't. It hurts me to think of it. It's even hard for me to order chicken salad when I'm out because I've become so picky about it. It's mom's chicken salad or nothing!!!
Now, if you missed my last post, you can go back and see how to roast a chicken at home to use for this chicken salad.
If you don't have time or energy for that, pick up a rotisserie chicken from the store. Hell, even can chicken will work for this. I used to make it all the time in college with canned chicken and everyone inhaled it like it was a gourmet meal.
There are so many delicious ways to eat chicken salad.
If you're going carbless or participating in the whole30, wrap it up in romaine lettuce or a cabbage leaf, or eat on a bed of greens or on top of a salad. For the full sandwich effect, go with sourdough. Top it with lettuce and tomato and if you're feeling real indulgent, melt some cheese on that bad boy. MMMMM YESSSS.
For a party or feeding many, put it out as a dip with some crackers or pita chips. Or better yet, toasted naan triangles. Beginning to drool. For a super fancy display, chop your ingredients into smaller pieces and serve on toasted baguette slices for guests to grab while they're mingling.
The possibilities are endless. And no matter how you slice it, this chicken salad always hits the spot.
Mom's Chicken Salad
Serves 2-3 people
2.5 cups cooked and diced chicken
1/2 cup grapes, halved
1/2 cup celery, thinly sliced
1/2 cup pecans, chopped
1/4 to 1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 teaspoon celery salt
1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- Go here to see how to roast a chicken. I used all the white meat and some thigh meat for mine, which amounted to about 2.5 cups of chicken. If you have more you're working with, just adjust the rest of the ingredients a bit. Luckily, this is a really easy dish to eyeball as you go.
- Mix all ingredients together in a medium bowl. Everyone is different with their preferences on the mayo so I suggest starting with 1/4 cup of mayonnaise and then slowly adding in more to your liking.
- Serve on a bed of arugula, on sourdough for a sandwich, dip with everything crackers or pita bread, roll it up for a wrap or serve in lettuce cups for a healthier option.
- Chicken salad only improves with time so make it the night before for some extra flavor.
You can thank my mama for this one <3 Love you, mom!
Toodles hunnies !