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Classic Chicken Salad Recipe
Chicken salad is such a fantastic way to use leftover chicken. You can hand chop all of these ingredients, but if you have a food processor, it will be done quickly. I enjoy using my Kitchen Aid food processor. When I bought it, the price seemed ridiculously high. Over the years, it has just been an invaluable part of my cooking tools. I would definitely buy this brand again, since it has been extremely reliable. Using my Kitchen Aid, this recipe takes about 15 minutes to prepare. When I chop the chicken by hand, it takes a bit longer. I used Costco’s Kirkland Rotisserie Chicken for this recipe. However, any high-quality pre-cooked chicken will work. Sometimes, I use leftover chicken breasts or thighs.
This recipe produces a moist salad. If you want a denser salad, reduce the amount of celery and mayonnaise that you use.
Chicken Salad Sandwich Recipe
3 cups of fully cooked chicken-coarsely chopped (I use a rotisserie chicken. It’s chopped into ¼ inch cubes.)
1 cup finely chopped celery (To decrease moisture, reduce the celery to ¾ cup.)
½ cup finely chopped onion
4 hard boiled eggs-finely chopped or coarsely grated ( I like mine grated.)
¼ cup of sweet pickle relish (I use Claussen’s)
½ cup mayonnaise (Use less mayonnaise for a denser salad.)
½ teaspoon balsamic vinegar
½ teaspoon sea salt or Lawry’s Seasoned Salt
1 teaspoon honey or sugar (I like honey.)
You may chop the chicken, celery, onion, and eggs by hand or using a food processor. The vegetables need to be finely chopped. When using the food processor, use the pulse button. Pulse 2-3 times, in short bursts, about 5 seconds, then check. All food processors are different, but you don’t want to turn the food to paste or mush. Chop the ingredients in order. Process each separately and place in a medium bowl. Add to the chicken, celery, onion, and eggs, the balsamic vinegar, salt, sweetener, and mayonnaise. (Tip: To measure the mayonnaise, spray the measuring cup with non-stick cooking spray. Then, measure the mayonnaise. It will just tip right out of the measuring cup.) Stir all ingredients until well-mixed. Then, refrigerate in a covered container until it is thoroughly chilled. Eat within two days.
Sweet Chicken Salad:
Add ½ cup coarsely chopped seedless grapes or ripe pears to the salad. Stir gently to mix them in.
Crunchy Chicken Salad:
Coarsely chop ½ cup of nuts. Add them to the chicken salad for extra nutrition and a nice crunch. Pecans, walnuts, and sliced almonds all work well.
Spinach Chicken Salad:
Place one cup of chicken salad in a small bowl. Add ½ cup chopped spinach. You may either use fresh or frozen spinach. If you are using frozen spinach, thaw it, then squeeze the liquid out. Stir until the spinach is evenly distributed. Adjust the salt, if necessary. Serve immediately. This is wonderful open-faced on crackers or flatbread. It is also a great wrap in a fresh tortilla. Additionally, you may grill a tortilla, quesadilla style, with some shredded cheese and some Spinach Chicken Salad. Combined with a salad, any of these ideas make a quick and easy lunch.
Chicken salad is delicious served in a variety of ways. It is always delightful on fresh white or pumpernickel bread. Those two breads and sourdough are all great grilled. When you want a sandwich to be special, grilling it is a good option. Putting chicken salad on white bread toast makes a classic sandwich that will take you back to your childhood. Buns work well, too. When you feel like eating something crunchy, open-faced cracker sandwiches on saltines are a classic. Those thin nut crackers are a special treat with this chicken salad. Enjoy it your way!
When we bought our Kitchen Aid food processor, we debated for a long time about whether we wanted to spend that much money. We had used a less expensive brand name processor for years, but we were never really satisfied. This Kitchen Aid has seen about 10 years of hard service, and it's still wonderful. It's still going strong, chopping and mixing anything that I need. I recommend it highly!>
KitchenAid KFP740CR 9-Cup Food Processor with 4-Cup Mini Bowl, Chrome
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