I love to make and eat chicken salad, and people usually tell me they love mine… so you know me– I’m spilling all my secrets! (See The Holy Bird for some more chicken ideas and details.)
I normally roast or steam chicken breasts. (In my opinion, boiling them takes away too much flavor.) Steaming makes them really soft and tender to chew. Cut or shred them as coarsely or finely as you like.
This time I was pressed for time and used canned chicken. I didn’t hear any complaints!
1. Prepare chicken- steam or roast chicken breasts then chop or shred, or drain canned chicken. Use 1 1/2 or 2 cups to make 4-6 servings.
2. Add 2 chopped Perfect Boiled Eggs.
3. Add a finely chopped medium apple.
4. Add 1/4-1/2 cup finely chopped onion.
5. Add 2-4 tbs sweet relish
6. Season with salt and pepper to taste. (Start with 1/2 tsp pepper and 1 tsp salt.)
7. Mix and stir in 1/2 cup Miracle Whip. Add more if you like.
This is a great dish to specialize. I like fruit in my chicken salad- you can also use sliced grapes, craisins, or orange slices.
You can add nuts– I usually add pecans, sometimes toasted by cooking over low heat in a pan about 5 minutes. (till you begin to smell them)
You can add celery for more crunch and fiber, and fewer calories.
You can replace the Miracle whip with mayonnaise or Greek yogurt.
You can replace the chicken with tuna, chopped ham, or chopped roast.
Serve it with crackers or on bread. It’s quick and easy, and a good 2nd generation meal!