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KellBell Jul 20, 2007 09:23 PM

Hi, since it has been so hot out lately, I was thinking about making some chicken salad. I would appreciate if a few of you could share your favorite versions to give me some ideas. Thanks! =0)

  1. jinet12 Jul 27, 2007 04:07 AM

    There are a lot of great ones, but I think that the Barefoot Contessa's recipe for Curried chicken salad is the best...http://www.recipezaar.com/57751

    1. Tom P Jul 26, 2007 10:28 PM

      This is not radically unique, but it is my main recipe and is really, really good. Grilled chicken makes the best chicken salad, IMHO.

      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 anything outdoors, I usually grill some chicken along with whatever else I am grilling to make this salad the next day.

      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
      Salt and freshly ground black pepper

      Let the sald sit for an hour or so, it gets better with age. I

      1. Candy Jul 21, 2007 01:08 PM

        When it was beastly hot and humid last week I made the Golden Jubilee Chicken Salad from the July book of the month, 2nd. courses. It was perfect and quite refreshing. If you go to the July Book of the Month on Home Cooking, 2nd courses you can see a couple of pix. 2 of us made it aboutthe same time.

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          dickinboca Jul 21, 2007 12:22 PM

          i think the best thing is to use chiken thighs and the take off from there.try to get all solid ingredients around the same size..we just use celery,slivered toasted almonds and salt and pepper.curry if we feel like it and once in a great while some grapes.....

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            masha Jul 21, 2007 08:08 AM

            I believe this is a Julia Childs recipe (courtesy of my mil) - celery, halved grapes (green or red), mayonnaise, lime zest, lime juice, nutmeg, sale & pepper.

            1. ItinerantKitchenElf Jul 21, 2007 07:34 AM

              Mayonnaise (light touch on the mayo), cilantro, mint, green onions, a little sesame oil, and toasted sesame seeds (plus salt/pepper)...served with orange wedges, sliced cucumber, and wholegrain bread. Best with a mix of dark and light meat, rather than all breast.

              1. JoanN Jul 21, 2007 06:20 AM

                Here's a great curried chicken salad. It was published in Penzey's catalog a number of years ago. Every summer I join friends for an outdoor concert and I'm specificall requested (ordered!) to bring this salad. Here's a paraphrase:

                Chicken Salad with Curry-Ginger Dressing

                1 lb. bone-in chicken breasts
                2 whole bay leaves
                2 TB. vegetable oil
                1 tsp. brown mustard seed
                2 tsp. sweet curry powder
                1/2 cup chopped pecans
                2 TB. crystallized ginger, finely minced
                1/2 cup regular or low fat mayonnaise
                2 TB. rice vinegar
                1 TB. honey
                1/2 tsp. salt (to taste)
                1/4 tsp. ground black pepper (to taste)
                1/2 cup quartered seedless grapes

                To ensure juicy chicken, cook it the evening before making the salad. Cover chicken with water and add bay leaves. Bring to a bare simmer and cook 30 minutes. Don’t boil the chicken, or it will be tough. Put the whole pot of water in the fridge and let the chicken cool overnight.

                Cook mustard seed in oil until they start to pop, about a minute. Add the curry powder, stir, remove and stir again. Cool for about 5 minutes.

                Skin and bone the chicken and chop into bite-sized squares. Whisk together mayonnaise, vinegar, honey and curry/mustard mix. Toss with chicken, chopped pecans and minced crystallized ginger. Add S&P to taste and put in fridge until ready to serve.

                Just before serving, quarter the grapes and toss with the chicken salad. If you add the grapes too soon, the juice thins the sauce but it will still taste good.

                1. MMRuth Jul 21, 2007 06:01 AM

                  I love a very simple chicken salad with mayonnaise, a little dab of mustard, salt and pepper, maybe a squeeze of lemon juice, fresh tarragon and chopped toasted walnuts.

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                    valerie Jul 21, 2007 05:21 AM

                    This chicken salad with grapes and walnuts is very good...

                    http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/rec...

                    1. inuksuk Jul 21, 2007 01:42 AM

                      Homemade mayonnaise with wasabi and lots of scallion. Maybe a touch of soy sauce.

                      1. Emme Jul 21, 2007 01:18 AM

                        So many great combos, but...

                        Chicken (obviously), mayo, celery, dried reconstituted cranberries, [pecans for those that like them], poppy seeds, honey, S & P.

                        1. digkv Jul 20, 2007 09:57 PM

                          It's a bit ubiquitous but I still love curry chicken salad. I use fat free yogurt and store bought rotisserie chicken and add madras curry powder. Add herbs like cilantro and fruits like mango even improve the flavor.

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                          1. re: digkv
                            KellBell Jul 26, 2007 05:17 PM

                            That sounds great and is actually exactly what I was craving...a curry chicken salad. Thank you for sharing.

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