This won’t be your Grandma’s chicken salad. You know, the one that has mustard and onions and looks a lot like her potato salad. Chicken Salad is great for a dinner or lunch item. You have to begin by asking yourself some questions about your likes and dislikes. When it comes to chicken salad you have many options as to, dark or white meat, canned or fresh chicken, sweet or unsweet. Let’s begin with some basics.
Basic Chicken Salad
3 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts or 1 Whole Chicken both need to be boiled and if using whole, skin & deboned (depends on whether you like white or dark meat) or
You may use 1 Whole Rotisserie Chicken from your grocery store deli. Deboned and skinned
2 tsp. onion diced fine or (use onion powder to taste about 1 tsp)
1/2 Cup Celery
1 tsp Old Bay Seasoning
1/2 Cup to begin with of Miracle Whip (if you like sweet) or
1/2 Cup Mayo (if you like unsweet)
Salt & pepper to taste
Mix together. add more of the salad dressing or mayo if you like more or less.
This is the part where it gets fun to make chicken salad. I personally like my chicken salad made with mayonnaise. For the sweet part of the chicken salad, I like to add different things
Basic Chicken Salad made with Grapes.
1 Cup of seedless grapes, cut in half (you can use more or less, adjust according to your taste)
I use mayonnaise in this recipe, because of the sweet contrast of the fruit.
Basic Chicken Salad made with Cherries!
Add to the basic chicken salad recipe 1/2 a can of Cherries (drained). You can find this where you find canned fruit. Add more if you so desire. Keep adding until you find the taste you want. You will probably have to add more salad dressing or mayo, whichever you prefer.
Basic Chicken Salad made with Apples and dried cranberries!
Add to the basic chicken salad recipe, 1 Cup of diced apple and 1/2 Cup of dried cranberries. You can add more of either salad dressing or mayo, whichever you prefer to use.
Bottom Line, mix it up! When it comes to chicken salad, nothing is too wild. Use your imagination. All you need is a basic chicken salad recipe that you like. You can add, real celery or celery salt. You can add pecans, raisins, pineapple, mandarin oranges, anything goes. So, what are you waiting on? Go make some chicken salad!