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Sunday, June 19, 2011

My World Famous (or at least Shawnee famous) Chicken Salad

Yesterday I got one of the best gifts a mother can receive! I got my baby back. Yes, she had only been away since Monday but that can seem like a lifetime (I cannot even begin to think about when she leaves for college)! So in honor of Miss Haley I'm making one of her favorite foods for lunch today.......CHICKEN SALAD. (some of you may be wondering why I'm not making Jeff's favorite food since it is Father's day and all but he is getting seafood dinner out tonight so lunch is for Haley)

I'll be honest. I make a mean chicken salad. I'm a little wary about giving out this recipe. This is my go-to gift food. You know, the one you take to people who just had a baby or who are moving. People always love it and ask for the recipe, to which I respond..."there isn't really a recipe." Which is totally true, since I just throw it together I couldn't really give measurements for any of the ingredients. But as I made it tonight I MEASURED!!! So here you go, my Shawnee Famous Chicken Salad with Grapes and Pecans.

2 lbs chicken breast, cooked and cut up (this is about 3 large breasts or you can use the meat off 1 Rotisserie Chicken)
1/2 onion, finely chopped (red or yellow will work)
2-3 stalks celery, finely chopped
2 -3 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
3/4 cup mayo
3/4 cup pecans, toasted then coarsely chopped
1 cup red grapes, halved

Combine chicken, celery, onions, mayo and mustard in mixing bowl. Gently add in the grapes and pecans. Add salt and pepper to taste (your chicken source will greatly determine your need for salt and pepper as rotisserie chickens tend to be pretty salty.) Serve your salad on croissants, rolls, tortillas, pita bread, crackers or just eat it with a fork.

Happy Father's Day to everyone and enjoy what is supposed to be a very hot summer day!


Ellen B said...

:) Love it!

Anonymous said...

how do u toast the pecans? do u use pan or oven and how long