Monday, August 8, 2011

Roasted Chicken Salad

Chicken salad, oh how I love thee. Let me count the ways.

I love you on a roll.

I love you on a bun.

I love you on some lettuce.

How you make my lunch so fun!

Take that Shakespeare! 

Okay, so I won't be winning the Pulitzer Prize for poetry anytime soon.  
My poetry skills have pretty much stayed at a 1st grade level.
But my love for chicken salad is a deep and lasting one. 

For me, a good chicken salad has to have a nice balance of being able to taste the moist roasted chicken along with the creaminess and taste of mayonnaise. This recipe strikes a good balance of both and the other add-in ingredients, like celery, onion or grapes are all optional to suite your tastes.
Ingredients:
2 whole chicken breasts (split, bone-in, with skin)
1 tbsp. Lemon Pepper Seasoning
Olive Oil
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup sour cream
1 stalk celery, finely chopped
1/2 small red onion, finely diced (about 1/4 cup)
Salt & Pepper, to taste
1 cup red grapes, cut in half (optional)
Look at how cheap I got these chicken breasts! This is when I like to buy them, when they are on sale. I'll buy up a few packages and pop them in the freezer until I'm ready to use them.
Directions:
Preheat oven to 350F degrees

On a baking sheet, place chicken breasts skin side up. 
Drizzle them with a bit of olive oil and then sprinkle with lemon pepper seasoning.
Cook for about 35-45 minutes until the chicken is cooked thoroughly. 
Allow chicken to cool before continuing.

Once chicken is cool, remove meat. 
 You can save the bones and skin for chicken stock later, if you prefer.

Cut the chicken up into bite size chunks.  In a medium bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, sour cream, celery, onion and salt & pepper. I usually add about 2 tsp. of salt and maybe a 1/2 teaspoon of pepper. Add in diced chicken and stir.

Serve on croissants, your favorite bread or just a bed of lettuce.
Cook's Note: Over the years I've seen so many interesting and tasty ingredients being added to chicken salad. I still prefer the traditional chicken salad but I sometimes enjoy adding some red or green grapes or toasted pecans to add a little texture and variety (as seen in above picture). You may also like to add in some apples or walnuts. Another great suggestion is to substitute nonfat plain yogurt for the mayonnaise if you are adverse to mayonnaise or are just cutting back on the fat content.  You can use nonfat sour cream as well.  And, you can buy a premade rotisserie chicken from your deli to make these. I think those tend to be on the expensive side though unless you can get them on special.
Enjoy!

37 comments :

  1. Fruit and nuts are welcome to join in the fun on my grilled chicken salads; but, I'm a "no fruit or nuts in my mixed up with mayo chicken salad" kind of gal. I am craving chicken salad now. I think that is going on the menu for the day. Thanks, Brandie! Have a great week!

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  2. Fruit and nuts are welcome to join in the fun on my grilled chicken salads; but, I'm a "no fruit or nuts in my mixed up with mayo chicken salad" kind of gal. I am craving chicken salad now. I think that is going on the menu for the day. Thanks, Brandie! Have a great week!

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  3. Your chicken salad on a croissant looks soooo good! I love chicken salad with grapes. I'm sure dried cranberries would be a nice addition, too. The husband doesn't care much for mayo, so I often sub a little mayo for nonfat plain yogurt; it's just as creamy and a whole lot less fattening! Thanks for sharing your take. :)

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  4. looks delish! I use rotisserie chicken in my chicken salad, from Wlmart. I made some Thurs night.

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  5. Thant looks SO good! num num num!
    ~Carolyn

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  6. Chicken salad is my FAVORITE! I'm so craving it now!

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  7. My mouth is watering over this recipe. Reminds me of a coffee place that my mama would take me to and we'd split a chicken salad sandwich. Need to make this soon. Perfect for lunch. Yummy!

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  8. That looks just fantastic. Your recipes are just the best. I cannot wait to try this one out. Come over and visit us today. We have a wonderful country rib recipe. Yum.

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  9. I have to tell you that i had the best chicken salad i've ever eaten the other night at a restaurant. They used smoked chicken and it gave it so much flavor!

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  10. Thanks so much for a great poem...oh and the recipe too! ;)

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  11. Hehe! Love the poem Bran! Awesome! And this recipe looks incredible! I love chicken salad and was just thinking to myself yesterday that I should whip some up, now I'm thinking some croissants too... Yum!

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  12. I will eat it in a house.
    I will eat it with a mouse.
    I will eat it in my car,
    I will eat if from a jar. LOL. Congrats on to 10 also.

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  13. OOOPs Brandie, I meant the top 9 and my poem was more Dr. Seuss than Shakespear.

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  14. What a great flavor that must have...thank you so much for sharing the recipe. I gotta try and make this soon :-)

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  15. Yum - i love anything with chicken salad - I'll have to pin this recipe!

    ~Jessa
    www.jessajill.blogspot.com

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  16. Mmmmm...chicken salad with roasted chicken is the best! Yours looks just perfect~

    PS...I have the same poetry skills ;)

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  17. Sounds wonderful. I can't bring myself to turn the oven on in Austin, tho. My house might go up in flames - it's 103 outside...I love to add celery to my chicken salad. The crunch is soooo good. (:

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  18. Don't you always go back to the traditional! It must be a classic for a reason!

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  19. I love using roasted chicken for all my chic dishes. I'm not a big chicken salad lover, but I must say Brandie, I do like that you put it on a buttery croissant. Yum!

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  20. Oh this recipe looks delicious!! I'll definitely be trying this! :)

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  21. I love a good chicken salad.
    Sometime, I'm a complete traditionalist - other times I want to toss in some craisins or toasted walnuts.

    :-)

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  22. I love any and all chicken salad so I must try this. (I like your poem, too!) :)

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  23. I love chicken salad, this looks like a good recipe :)

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  24. I absolutely love chicken salad and this one looks totally amazing!

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  25. That was quite a deal on the chicken and I'm sure you will have lots more yummy chicken recipes for us.

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  26. Looks delish...just had something similar for lunch at a local restaurant today!

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  27. I love chicken salad..it is even way better with grapes in it. This looks yumm-o!

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  28. Oh, I love chicken salad! You have inspired me. This shall be lunch today. :)

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  29. I love grapes added if I'm eating it on lettuce leafs. I'm not a fan of grapes inside a sandwich. I am so hooked on rotisserie chicken. It's just so easy and versatile.

    Your recipe looks yummy!

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  30. Looks great, such a summer classic. Some nice sweet tea to go with it, I know what I'm making for lunch this weekend.

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  31. Haha It's so nice to see that I'm not the only one who has such strong poetic love for food. Lovely recipe and great blog!

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  32. Sounds wonderful! The best chicken salad I have ever eaten included pineapple--made my taste buds do a little happy dance.

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  33. I just made this with the Greek yogurt and nonfat sour cream and OMG! I can't wait for lunch! Can you eat chicken salad for breakfast?

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  34. I just discovered this site. I am a young mom and wife to be. My guy loves to eat but I can't cook!! I really want to learn (like desperately) my family is starving! From my lack of knowledge around the kitchen. So happy I found this site. You make is very easy to learn very detailed and specific with your recipes. I am going to try your recipes and hopefully they will become staples in my kitchen. Thank u!!!

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  35. I like to use Pina Colada yogurt and then a bit of toasted coconut on top for a tropical flair.

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  36. I just made this and it was yummy. I modified it my adding only half low fat mayo and sour cream since i don't like my chicken salad that creamy and i'm watching my waist line. It was delicious!!! I just saw a reader said they added pineapples. ooohhh i must try that next time!!! I love your site.

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  37. I like to cut up some apples in my chicken salad; apples and/or grapes. Or sometimes curry powder (maybe 1/2 tsp - depends on amount of chicken salad) and coriander, and then stir in or top with some chopped dry-roasted peanuts. Apples go well with curry. If I'm trying to battle my weight, I'll up the fiber and volume by mixing the chicken salad with a lot of shredded cabbage or coleslaw mix, maybe around an equal amount.

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