There are hundreds of different ways to prepare chicken salad if you take into account all the variables and possible add-ins. You don’t need a lot of ingredients to make a great one though, as the following recipe shows you.
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Cranberries, almonds and pecans add all the sweetness and crunch you’ll need, while garlic adds another element to the overall flavor. Using a rotisserie chicken eliminates the need for cooking your own, although if you want to poach your own chicken you can absolutely do that instead.
Chicken salad can be as simple as chicken, mayo, salt, and pepper. But why settle for something so plain when you can elevate the flavor by adding garlic, fruit and nuts? It’s so much nicer that way. Once you’ve masted this easy rotisserie chicken salad, you can try adding more ingredients to see what you prefer. Anything from chopped apple to onion, lemon juice, and tarragon would work in a homemade chicken salad.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
Chicken salad is always delicious, but it can be pricey when you buy it from the grocery store, as well as having a variety of preservatives and chemicals in there you probably don’t want. So this recipe shows you how to make your own wonderful version which has all the freshness you crave.
How to Serve It:
Try this rotisserie chicken salad recipe in a sandwich or enjoy a scoop on top of your favorite salad leaves. You can serve it on an open baked potato or make a batch for your next picnic or cookout.
- Rotisserie chicken
- Garlic powder
- Dried cranberries
- Almond slivers
- Chopped pecans
- Black pepper
How to make Chicken Salad:
Step 1. Shred the chicken using your fingers or a pair of forks, or finely chop it with a sharp knife.
Step 2. Combine the chicken, garlic, salt, cranberries, nuts, and black pepper in a bowl.
Step 3. Mix in the mayonnaise and serve right away or chill for an hour first.
Homemade chicken salad is quick and easy to prepare, so the next time you buy rotisserie chicken, why not make this recipe? It’s creamy, sweet, crunchy, and always delicious.
- 1 rotisserie chicken
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 dried cranberries
- 1 cup almond slivers
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- ⅓ cup mayonnaise
- ¼ tsp black pepper
- Shred the chicken using your fingers or a pair of forks, or finely chop it with a sharp knife.
- Combine the chicken, garlic, salt, cranberries, nuts, and black pepper in a bowl.
- Mix in the mayonnaise and serve right away or chill for an hour first.
Can You Make It Ahead?
Yes, you can make this in advance.
Kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator, this tasty chicken salad will be fine for up to 4 days.
Variations and Substitutions:
There are plenty of adaptations to this recipe, such as using another kind of creamy dressing in place of the mayo – perhaps ranch mixed with sour cream, or green goddess dressing. You can add more crunch with finely sliced celery or pickles, or even mix in some shredded cheese, minced chilies or a minced hard-boiled egg.