Monday, February 3, 2014

The Best...Chicken Salad

OK, at least in OUR opinion it is!  I wrote a blog on chicken salad almost 3 years ago I think.  It was one of my first.  I gave you my base recipe (which I have changed a bit now) and gave you all kinds of ideas for add in options.  Fast forward to the present.......  This is how I make it almost all the time for my husband.  He considers this "the best", however, let's be honest, I pick out the grapes.  There, I said it.  We have another problem though......with the chicken.

Shredded or Cubed?

Do you prefer it shredded or chunked?  I am very particular about which I do, depending on the dish I am using it in.  So is my husband.  Do you see the photo?  I did half and half.  I like it shredded in chicken salad, he likes chunks.  I did a little of both.  (teehee)  I will show HIM! HA!  Actually I do usually like chicken in chunks.  I don't mind it either way in soup, wait, no that is accurate I don't mind in soup.  Chicken salad, definitely needs shredded.  Big shreds, not like unidentifiable shred. 

Really, what is your stand on this?  We are talking chicken salad here, nothing else.  Chunks or shredded, let me know if you get a chance.

I have been making chicken salad this way for a long time.  Only in recent years has my husband asked for me to add fruit and nuts.  What is next, twigs and berries?!?   I don't mind almonds, I like that.  I like celery as well, but this recipe is the tried and true and standard Simmerman way, so I am here to share it with you.

Serve it along on a lettuce leaf, with some tomatoes, and avocados. (YUM!) Or serve it on a toasts or plain roll, or roll it up, like Geo loves!  No matter how you serve it, it is tasty and really you can add or take out, or change up anything you like.  I think you should try it this way first. 

3 cups shredded or cubed chicken
1/3 to 1/2 Hellman's
1/3 cup sour cream
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup sliced grapes
salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients in a bowl.  You can add the larger amount of Hellman's if you like it creamier, which we do.  It is best if you can let this chill in the fridge for at least 2-3 hours.  Overnight makes it even better. 

Your "prefers mine on a good amorosa roll" Chefwannabe

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