Thursday, June 9, 2011

Classic Chicken Salad

I’m sure you have certain meals at your house that you consider to be staples.  This is one at our house.  I am in love with rotisserie chickens from Sam’s. They are so affordable, fall-off-the-bone tender and seasoned so well.  For just the two of us, the meat alone will last for several days.  We usually have it for dinner the day that I buy it and the rest gets used in this recipe
If you would prefer to cook your own chicken for this recipe, feel free…you can bake it, boil it, sauté it or roast your own whole bird, like I did here.  However you cook the chicken shred it up and throw it into this sweet and savory salad!  We are usually able to consume the salad in about less than a week and I wouldn’t recommend keeping it in the fridge much longer than that.
There is a lot of beauty in this salad because it’s so versatile.  Don’t like grapes?  Leave them out.  Have raisins on hand?  Switch them for the cranberries.  Want to cut the fat a little?  Use 1/4 cup of mayo and 3/4 for low-fat plain yogurt.  Add other fruits like apples or pears and add crunch by adding walnuts, almonds or cashews. See? So customizable!

Chicken Salad Recipe (printable version)

Original Recipe

3 cups shredded chicken
3 celery stalks, chopped
1 green onion, chopped (or 1 tsp. onion powder)
3 Tbs. sweet pickle relish
1 cup light mayonnaise
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/8 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. seasoned pepper (I like Lawry’s)
1/2 cup red seedless grapes, sliced in half (optional)
1/4 cup dried cranberries (optional)

Mix chicken with celery, onion, relish and mayonnaise in a large bowl.  Add grapes and cranberries, garlic, salt and pepper.  Mix well, taste and adjust the seasonings as needed.
We like to eat chicken salad with these crackers (pictured.) I’m completely and utterly addicted to these.  So if you want a new addiction I recommend running to Sam’s to pick up a rotisserie chicken and some whole grain crackers.

14 Responses to “Classic Chicken Salad”

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    Dulce Dough — June 9, 2011 @ 11:19 am

    This is such a great summer recipe! And like you said–so versatile.

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    Megan — June 9, 2011 @ 12:26 pm

    Hey Cassie! Not sure if you remember me or not, I'm a friend of Megan O'Neil- Megan Coffey. 🙂 I LOVE your blog and am now following! I post recipes, too! We can swap. 🙂 Hope married life and the summer is treating you well.


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    claudia lamascolo — June 9, 2011 @ 6:54 pm

    very fresh and wow does this look delicious!

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    Lizzy — June 9, 2011 @ 7:22 pm

    I like this exactly how you made it! Perfect for a hot summer night's dinner…I bet it would be fabulous on croissants…mmmmmm.

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    Mike@ The Culinary Lens — June 9, 2011 @ 8:07 pm

    I cook for a living but love rotisserie chicken. It is particularly good when the weather is as hot as now 97F in NYC today

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    Kitchen Savvy Mom — June 9, 2011 @ 9:50 pm

    I love Sam's rotisserie chicken too! Great recipe!

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    cookinghealthyforme — June 10, 2011 @ 12:08 am

    Another summer winner! I love rotisserie chicken as well….but live near a BJs. I think they must use the same recipe because these are delish!

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    Christine's Pantry — June 10, 2011 @ 5:11 pm

    Another great recipe! Thanks so much for sharing!

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    Erin — June 10, 2011 @ 6:35 pm

    Great chicken salad recipe! Love when a recipe is so versatile! And I love those crackers you are serving it with – they are my favorite!

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    Sarah — June 11, 2011 @ 11:42 am

    This looks just perfect- I'm always looking for new recipes to use with all the left over chicken we seem to end up with and this classic chicken salad is right up my alley!

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    Anne — June 12, 2011 @ 9:18 am

    Oh what a lovely site you have! This chicken salad looks delicious! And I love the versatility of it. : )

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    Ann — June 12, 2011 @ 9:39 am

    YUM! I just love chicken salad! It's one of those ingredients that can be overlooked, but done right is just amazing!

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    Sandra — June 12, 2011 @ 8:22 pm

    I love this recipe..nice combination and beautiful photo!!!

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    Butrcreamblondi — June 18, 2011 @ 10:05 am

    I could eat chicken salad everyday 🙂 Your recipe sounds great! The addition of grapes is perfect!

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