Thursday, June 24, 2010

Best Chicken Salad Ever!

I know what some of you are thinking...a recipe post?? Seems a bit out of place, no?? And you are probably right. When I started this blog I never really decided to focus on just one thing. It's not a cooking blog, its not a mommy blog, and its not a hobby blog. Quite frankly I'm a little all over the place. But that's me. I like to dabble in all sorts of things and that comes out in my blogging style which I guess you could call---kitchy??!
But I digress-

I am a huge chicken salad lover. I remember in high school my friend Chrissy and I were obsessed with chicken salad for the whole summer. We found this place called Love's that had the best chicken salad...it had grapes and pineapple in it! Love's has since went out of business, but I haven't been able to find anything comparable to their chicken salad since. Until today! I stumbled on this recipe while I was browsing thru All Recipes and decided to make it for our trip to the zoo tomorrow. It is so good I had to force myself to stop eating it!

Best Chicken Salad Ever

Ingredients:

2 boneless chicken breast halves, cooked
1/4 cup creamy salad dressing
4 tablespoons cole slaw dressing
1 stalk celery, chopped
1/4 onion, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
 
In a food processor, combine the chicken, creamy salad dressing, cole slaw dressing, celery, onion, and salt and pepper. Mix until well chopped.


I marinated the chicken breasts in Italian dressing and baked them for 30 minutes. It gave it a really good flavor. For the dressings I used Miracle Whip and Marzetti Cole Slaw dressing. If you like a less sweet chicken salad use mayo instead. I didn't use onion because I was afraid it would overpower the taste so instead I used a couple of dashes of Onion Powder and a dash or 2 of Garlic Powder. I also threw in some Dill and added a tablespoon of sweet relish to the mixture.
The texture is a little different than most chicken salads, but in a good way. Just don't go too crazy with the food processor or you'll end up with a baby food like consistency. Just give it a few pulses and you'll be fine! After it was all chopped up I threw in some chopped red graped and a little s&p and mixed it up.

Some other good additions I will try:
Chopped apples
Walnuts or Almonds
Craisins
Chopped Pineapple


I made a few sandwiches with it and put the rest in a container to eat with some crackers. This would be great for a party or as tea sandwiches!!

2 comments:

MrsPatterson said...

Thanks for this! I've been searching forever for a good chicken salad recipe, and there are way too many on All Recipes for me to just use trial and error for! I can't wait to give this one a shot!

Mama Insomnia said...

Glad to be of help!