Updated Chicken Salad Sandwich
When I make it from scratch it goes a little something like this:
Poach or boil a chicken breast.
When it is cooked I shred it to bits using two forks.
I do this in advance and have the shredded chicken to use in other things too like taquitos, ect.
Then I add:
finely chopped capers
mustard (dijon or grainy)
salt to taste if necessary, the capers usually make it salty enough
Depending what on what I have on hand, I somethime add:
Sundried tomato pesto
cilantro or dill
Perfect inside croissant!
This is not radically unique, but it is my main recipe and is really, really good. You can grill the chicken on a grill pan if need be, but this recipe works best if the chicken is grilled outdoors. All measurements are just guidelines, I never measure when I do it, just chop and toss and taste. If I am grilling out, I usually grill some chicken along with whatever else I am grilling to make this salad.
GRILLED CHICKEN SALAD
Marinate 4 chicken breasts (boneless, skinless) in olive oil, salt and pepper, juice of one lemon, and thyme, overnight or for a couple of hours. Grill the chicken, let cool, then dice into bite-sized chunks.
Toss the chicken with:
1/4 lb SMOKED Gouda cheese, diced (this really makes the recipe)
2 ribs celery, with leaves, chopped
1 small sweet onion, chopped
Toasted walnut pieces
Red Seedless grapes, halved
Mayonnaise (I go light on the mayo)
Zest of one lemon
Let the salad sit for an hour or so, it gets better with age.
re: Tom P
Cook your seasoned boneless chicken breast covered with heavy cream in a 350 degree oven for 45 minutes...Cool in the cream...When cool, get chicken out, discard the cream, and tear into nice size pieces...not too small...Combine with lots of fresh lemon juice, lemon peel ( minced ) roasted walnuts, curry, fresh tarragon, Hellmann's Mayo, and spices to taste...Refrigerate at least 4-6 hours...
This is only an ingredient list because I make my chicken salad by guesstimation of amounts.
a small onion, diced or sliced scallions
a couple of celery stalks, diced
1/2 a green bell pepper, diced
1 or 2 jalapeno chiles, diced (optional for tender tongues)
stuffed olives, chopped
about a Tbs. of capers, chopped with olives
add the chopped chicken
a few dashes of liquid smoke (optional)
add just enough mayonnaise to make it spreadable
Slather the chicken salad on a slice of good seeded rye bread, top with romaine lettuce, and top with another slice of rye.
This chicken salad with grapes and walnuts is good:
Also, this recipe is for curried turkey salad, but I've made it with chicken and it's really good:
Do you like curry? I make a curry chicken salad sandwich with halved grapes and toasted sliced almonds. Heat the curry powder slightly so it's not raw tasting and mix with mayo and yogurt. Add green onion if you like. Also a little grated orange peel and ginger if you have some on hand. Very good.