Friday, July 22, 2011

Our Favorite Chicken Salad

My husband discovered this recipe many years ago and after some tweaking it became our favorite chicken salad.  It's a great dish to prepare for these too hot to cook evenings, especially if you use leftover or rotisserie chicken.  Here is what you will need.

1 cup mayonnaise or yogurt (I use light mayo)
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp seasoned salt
3/4 cup Craisins, coarsely chopped
1 cup chopped celery
2 green onions, thinly sliced (the whole thing)
1 cup chopped pecans, toasted
4 cups cooked chicken, cubed
Black pepper to taste

Toasting the pecans is optional but the flavor of the nut is intensified and is sooooo good!  Place the pecans in a small skillet over medium heat.  Stir often and remove from heat when toasted; set aside to cool.

In a large mixing bowl, mix together the mayonnaise or yogurt with the paprika and seasoned salt.  

Blend in the Craisins, celery, green onions, and pecans.  

Add the chicken and mix well.  Add pepper to taste.
Chill for at least one hour.

My favorite way to eat it is on a fresh croissant.  It is just as good in a wrap, stuffed in a pita, or with crackers.  I've served this many times at tea parties and it is always a hit.  

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  1. I would have never thought to put Craisins in chicken salad. Now I'm just going to have to try it...and I'm hungry now!

  2. You're starving me! Great pics and recipe - I KNOW this one is good because my friend makes a similar one that is THE BOMB. Thanks for sharing. :)

  3. looks so yummy! I think craisins are such a secret sauce for so many recipes.

  4. Would not have thought to use craisins... yum!

  5. I can only imagine how wonderful this must taste. I can see why it would be your favorite. I've got to give that a try. I love craisins.

  6. I love it when you share your recipes AND photos, and now I am hungry...yum.

  7. Oh my goodness, that looks soooo yummy :)

    BTW, I LOVE your post about yours and Patty beautiful trade :)

    What gorgeous creations you guys made and with such love, your guys just rock :)

    Have a lovely weekend, stay cool, T. :)

  8. awwww, nuts, now I'm craving chicken salad! (actually, that's a good thing - love it!) And now I have a new recipe to try....yay!

  9. That salad looks amazing! And the croisant with it is just perfect!

  10. I'm printing this post to place in my family cookbook. It looks and sounds like it would be delicious and it’s perfect for these hot, dog days of summer. Don't know about you but here in Bradenton, Florida we are frying. Our backyard temperature gauge recorded 113 degrees the other day ! I haven't seen temps like that since my last visit to Los Vegas ... in the summer !!!

  11. Annette - I made your recipe last night after dinner and we had it for lunch today in sandwiches. All I can say is OMG it is delicious !!! I will definitely make it again and again and again. Thanks for sharing the recipe as it is a wonderful way to use up left over rotisserie chicken.


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