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Chicken Salad Recipe

GrillMaster Jun 27, 2007 06:35 AM

I'm looking for a good chicken salad recipe. I'm going to bake chicken tonight and I always have leftovers. I have always liked CS's that use chunks of chicken instead of shredded, do not have a lot of sweet in them but are instead a little spicy, and maybe heavy on the black pepper. Any help would be appreciated.

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    katecm RE: GrillMaster Jun 27, 2007 07:20 AM

    I like to use a mix of mayo and cream cheese, salt and pepper, chopped fresh rosemary, chopped scallions or chives and chopped toasted almonds. You get depth of flavor, a nice crunch, and the cream cheese makes it a bit denser and richer tasting.

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      swsidejim RE: katecm Jun 27, 2007 07:23 AM

      the cream cheese sounds interesting, I may have to try that on my next batch.

      I like mincing some gherkin pickles as an adder to mine.

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        smartie RE: katecm Jun 27, 2007 07:24 AM

        I like mine made with a premix of cream, sour cream, mayo and curry powder to taste, raisins, celery and apple.

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          dfrostnh RE: smartie Jun 27, 2007 09:38 AM

          I'm with smartie but I just season my mayo with some curry power (carefully) and use onion instead of celery.

      2. Sophia. RE: GrillMaster Jun 27, 2007 08:05 AM

        I like capers, olive oil, vinegar or lemon juice, dijon mustard (or, even better, grainy French mustard), and herbes de provence. also fantastic if you have fresh tarragon and parsley, and shallots. and it's great in a sandwich or salad with fresh baby greens.

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          HungryLetsEat RE: GrillMaster Jun 27, 2007 08:17 AM

          I add mayo, chopped shallots, grapes (halved), pecans, a little celery, salt and pepper. Could add taragon as well...or a splash of taragon vinegar for a little kick.

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            jennisad RE: HungryLetsEat Jun 27, 2007 04:55 PM

            I second this one....I use this almost exactly the same...I do a mayo/yogurt mix and i also throw in some celery salt...wonderful!

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            ktcolt RE: GrillMaster Jun 27, 2007 09:01 AM

            Cinnamon is the secret to my CS!!

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              macca RE: ktcolt Jun 27, 2007 09:42 AM

              Wow- do you use onions, celery and mayo with a bit of cinnamon. Wouldlove to know the rest of you recipe. TIA

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              GDSinPA RE: GrillMaster Jun 27, 2007 09:44 AM

              A little mayo, mustard, hot sauce, a little red onion, cumin, cilantro, walnuts, s&p.

              1. malenky RE: GrillMaster Jun 27, 2007 09:52 AM

                I like to mix in chopped jalepeno, cilantro, lime or lemon juice, cumin, black beans, corn and maybe some chipotles for a nice kick. It gives it a nice burst of flavors that I enjoy.

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                  sljones RE: GrillMaster Jun 27, 2007 02:24 PM

                  I like a curried chicken salad. Add curry powder to mayo/plain yogurt, mix in some cilantro, lemon or lime, cashews, scallions, celery and grapes or golden raisins if you have them. You can also add a bit of honey if you want. Yum!

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                    paulj RE: sljones Jun 27, 2007 09:00 PM

                    apple (Granny Smith), cashews, mayo, and curry powder to taste.

                    This is one place where a generic curry powder works well. The flavor doesn't need to be strong.

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                    harryharry RE: GrillMaster Jun 27, 2007 02:35 PM

                    Steamed string beans, 1/2'd grape tomatoes, black olives (nicoise or kalamata), basil and balsamic vinaigrette - use sliced chicken breast (grilled works really well).

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                      birgator RE: harryharry Jun 27, 2007 04:59 PM

                      Cubed chicken, cubed avocado, crumbled bacon, frozen and defrosted but not cooked small peas, chopped red onion, diced ripe tomato, lots of ground pepper, plus Hellman's to bind it. On good lettuce leaves ...

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                      janeer RE: GrillMaster Jun 27, 2007 07:04 PM

                      As you can see from my recent post on this topic, I am a bit of a chicken salad purist. But for what your preferences, and particularly using roasted rather than poached chicken, I might make a salad with chunks of chicken, potatoes, garlic mayo (aioli), onion, red pepper, and lots of cracked pepper and chopped basil.

                      1. Emme RE: GrillMaster Jun 27, 2007 08:30 PM

                        white chicken, chopped celery, dried cranberries, pecans (i omit if it's just me eating it), apple cider vinegar, honey, and poppy seeds, S &P

                        1. inuksuk RE: GrillMaster Jun 27, 2007 09:04 PM

                          If you like spicy then try a wasabi mayonnaise. Try adding some wasabi paste or powder (how much? to taste) to store bought mayo first and, if you like it, go for the gold with a homemade wasabi mayonnaise. In this case I like the salad with a lot of scallion but no other vegetable.

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