Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Chicken Salad (with grapes and nuts)

My family loves chicken salad!  I oftentimes make it chunky (as in the following recipe) and sometimes I grind it up, depending on how I feel.  This chunky chicken salad has grapes and nuts in it.  I really like the various textures and flavors mixed together.  The original recipe called for walnuts but I like to use slivered almonds.  (Mostly because I always have plenty on hand.)  One shortcut that can be taken is to buy a rotisserie chicken.

Chicken Salad

4 cups of chicken, cut in bite-sized pieces (a pair of scissors works well), cooked and chilled
1/2 cup (or more) chopped onion or green onion
1/2 cup (or more) chopped celery
1/2 cup (or more) chopped walnuts (or pecans or slivered almonds)

1 cup (or more) seedless grapes, halved (scissors will do this quickly)
1 cup mayonaise
1 tablespoon dillweed
Optional - 1/2 to 1 tsp curry powder (start with lesser amount and add to taste) - I've not tried this

In a mixing bowl stir together the chicken, onion, celery, nuts and grapes.

In a smaller bowl, blend together the mayonaise and seasonings. When you are happy with the combination of flavors, stir gently into the chicken mixture.

Yield: enough filling for about 8 sandwiches

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