Classic Chicken Salad Recipes: Easy, Flavorful, and Versatile

1 Januari 2024 15:01 WIB

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Chicken salad is a beloved lunchtime staple, perfect for sandwiches, salads, or as a dip with crackers. With its creamy texture and balanced flavors, it's easy to understand why this dish is a crowd-pleaser.

Cooking Time: 15 minutes prep time (not including cooking the chicken)

Yield: 4-6 servings

Ingredients:

  • Chicken:
    • 2 cups cooked, shredded chicken (about 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts)
  • Dressing:
    • ½ cup mayonnaise
    • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
    • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
    • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Mix-Ins:
    • ½ cup diced celery
    • ¼ cup diced red onion
    • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley or dill
    • ½ cup chopped grapes or dried cranberries (optional)
    • ½ cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)

How to Cook:

  1. Cook the Chicken: If you haven't already, cook your chicken. You can poach, bake, or grill the chicken breasts until fully cooked (internal temperature of 165°F). Let cool, then shred or chop into bite-sized pieces.
  2. Make the Dressing: In a large bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.
  3. Combine Ingredients: Add the shredded chicken, celery, red onion, and parsley (or dill) to the dressing. Stir gently to combine.
  4. Add Extras: If using, fold in the grapes (or cranberries) and nuts.
  5. Chill: Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
  6. Serve: Enjoy your chicken salad on sandwiches, lettuce cups, crackers, or as a simple salad with greens.

Tips and Variations:

  • Rotisserie Chicken: For an even quicker option, use pre-cooked rotisserie chicken.
  • Greek Yogurt: Swap some or all of the mayonnaise with plain Greek yogurt for a lighter version.
  • Curry Chicken Salad: Add 1-2 teaspoons of curry powder to the dressing for an Indian-inspired twist.
  • Spicy Chicken Salad: Stir in a pinch of cayenne pepper or a dash of hot sauce for some heat.
  • Herbal Variations: Experiment with different herbs like tarragon, chives, or basil.

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