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Great Chicken Salad

Jim Leff Sep 12, 2011 12:58 PM

I am by no means a chicken salad kind of guy. But I just had a phenomenal version (from True Food in Nyack, NY), and I thought I'd offer the ingredients here, in case they're interesting to anyone. Nothing all that remarkable to my eye, but here goes:

red grapes (halved)
walnuts (chunky, but perhaps some crushed as well)
olive oil
salt and pepper

The texture is more like baba gounoush than regular chicken salad. They really grind up the chicken (almost like the Turks do re: that pudding).

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  1. monavano RE: Jim Leff Sep 12, 2011 01:32 PM

    I adore red grapes in chicken salad. Makes such a fantastic sandwich.

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      Antilope RE: monavano Sep 12, 2011 02:11 PM

      The same can also be said of dried cranberries. I love them in chicken salad and chicken salad sandwiches.

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      sandylc RE: Jim Leff Sep 12, 2011 02:56 PM

      For a switch, try:

      Curry Powder
      S & P

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        Quine RE: sandylc Sep 12, 2011 03:00 PM

        BTW that combo also works well for canned tuna. lighten the mayo with some yogurt and can add chopped granny smith apples.

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          escondido123 RE: Quine Oct 16, 2011 12:24 PM

          I find packed in olive oil tuna to make a big difference. I add the yogurt and apple as well as a dollop of chutney, mango is particularly good. And lately, I've been using pistachios.

      2. ipsedixit RE: Jim Leff Sep 12, 2011 08:56 PM

        Gotta have mustard of some sort.

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          eclecticsynergy RE: ipsedixit Sep 12, 2011 11:15 PM

          Yep, a pinch of dry English mustard adds a lot to chicken salad.
          If I were making the OP's chicken salad for myself I'd use sage or thyme instead of the cilantro.

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            Berheenia RE: eclecticsynergy Aug 12, 2012 11:22 AM

            I like a pinch of ground ginger and would not use cilantro ever.

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          Bliss149 RE: Jim Leff Oct 16, 2011 07:39 AM

          Love grapes or grilled pineapple in CS if eating it as a salad...on a sandwich I like it more plain and smooth. It's silly but "grapes + sandwich = does not compute."

          Biggest improvement I've made to my CS is:

          1. using grilled chicken breast (which I had marinated briefly in italian dressing), not boiled or poached. However, the char on the chicken gives it a darker look that some might not like. It almost looked like dark meat but was breasts only.

          2. Using food processor to make it smoother. Chunks or strings of chicken do not get the dressing and frazzling by hand takes forever.

          3. Mustard as someone else mentioned. Made the dressing taste like dressing and not just mayo.

          Great topic - chicken salad is one of my favorite foods.

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            Berheenia RE: Bliss149 Aug 12, 2012 11:20 AM

            Agree with 1. I never poach or boil after following Ina Garten method of baking boneless or bone in breasts at 350 for 35 to 40 minutes (chicken is generously brushed with evoo and s&p.)

          2. Beach Chick RE: Jim Leff Oct 16, 2011 07:49 AM

            Sounds delicious Jim...interesting on the cilantro.

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              ellabee RE: Jim Leff Oct 16, 2011 01:28 PM

              What kind of onion in the OP ingredients? I'd be most likely to go with red.

              1. tim irvine RE: Jim Leff Aug 12, 2012 08:08 AM

                Found myself out of chicken broth which led to chicken salad today for lunch and I was cruising for a chicken salad recipe. Just thought I'd share mine. I love the grapes/cranberries/nuts type salads, but I am going with chunked up sun dried tomatoes, traditional pesto with pine nuts, and a little tart mayo.

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                  megjp RE: Jim Leff Aug 12, 2012 08:50 AM

                  Mashed avocado (instead of MORE mayo)
                  Shredded chicken
                  Madras curry powder
                  Chopped Granny Smiths
                  Toasted walnuts
                  Flaky salt, and pepper

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                    magiesmom RE: megjp Aug 12, 2012 09:23 AM

                    I love avocado as a fat in chicken salad.

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