Chicken Salad is one of my most favorite old time foods. My recipe is easy to prepare and very simple. I am not one to add fruit, nuts or whatever else to my Chicken Salad. I want it straight forward but delicious. The sweet pickles give it that blend of sweet and savory, while the celery gives it a great texture with a little crunch.
This is a great recipe for a little meal prep, since the chicken salad will hold for up to 3 days. I also love a nice Cucumber & Tomato Salad every now and again. It is a great salad to throw together to pair with the chicken salad, steaks, chicken, pork.. The possibilities are endless.
Yields: about 4 sandwiches
Chicken Breast, cleaned 1 lb uncooked
All-Purpose Seasoning as needed for chicken
Oregano, dry as needed for chicken
Hard Boiled Egg, chopped 1
Celery, minced 4 inch
Sweet Pickles, chopped fine 1 Tablespoon
Seasoning Salt 1 – 1 1/2 teaspoon
Dijon Mustard 2 teaspoon
Mayo 4 – 6 Tablespoon
Croissants, toasted or grilled 4 ea
Bacon, precooked if desired
Avocado, sliced if desired
Leaf Lettuce if desired
Tomato, sliced if desired
Cucumber Tomato Salad
Seedless Cucumber, 1
peeled, halved and sliced
Cherry Tomatoes, hailed 1 pint
Fresh Basil, chopped 3-4 leaves
Red Wine Vinegar 2 Tablespoon
Oregano 1/4 teaspoon
Salt, kosher 1/4 teaspoon
Black Pepper pinch
Juice of Lemon 1/2
Sugar 1/2 tsp (optional)
Oil 1 1/2 teaspoon
Chef Tip: Make sure the chicken salad is completely cooled before covering and storing any extra in the refrigerator. Then press a sheet of plastic wrap directly onto the chicken salad and then cover. This will help ensure the freshness.
Chef Tip: If you are preparing the salad for meal prep, add the ingredients for the dressing separately into and air tight container(oil, vinegar, lemon, salt, pepper, oregano, sugar) and give it a nice shake. Drizzle over cucumber and tomato about 5-10 minutes prior to eating.
Be sure to use a soft bread to make your sandwiches. This will ensure a even bite and help avoid the chicken salad shooting out the sides with each bite.
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If you are looking for a great vegetable recipe, check out my Medley of Vegetables. It pairs great with chicken, pork, beef and seafood.
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