Sunday, February 15, 2009

Chicken Salad

Over the summer my sister and I made this chicken salad, the exact way Tyler Florence describes it, with the whole chicken and everything. 6 months later, my friends and I started monday night Dinner & House MD. The first night, I decided to make this chicken salad, with a few adjustments.

Chicken Salad

  • 3 chicken breasts, boiled and shredded.
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
  • Kosher salt
  • About 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 heaping tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 2 celery stalks, small diced
  • 2 tablespoons freshly chopped parsley leaves plus sprigs, for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Freshly ground black pepper

1. Boil the chicken so it's been throughly cooked and shred the chicken. for me it was easiest using 2 forks to pull the chicken.
2. Add all ingredients in a big bowl and mix together.

OVERALL: So I cut back on the mayo because the first time we made this it seemed the chicken is swimming in Mayo, which is nasty as hell. Next time I'll probably use chicken thigh or some more tender meat because the chicken seemed to be a little on the dry side. Very good though. Made me happy.

Last night at a friends house her roommate was making chicken salad, and instead of using Mayo, celery, and walnuts, used yogurt, grapes and apple. Sounds very interesting and I think I might have to try.


Rozmin said...

Hi -- I've tried the yogurt thing and it does work really well. Especially a thicker one, like Greek yogurt. Sour cream works too.

Alyse said...

Does it taste sweeter? I'm going to try but the flavor combos sound so weird to me.

Rozmin said...

It's not really sweet, I wouldn't say. I find plain yogurt to be more tangy than anything, but a thicker one isn't even tangy, it's just creamy and neutral. I used to buy the Fage brand when I lived in the States. It's really good, and you can totally use it as a replacement for sour cream or mayo.

A slightly sweet chicken salad's not necessarily bad ... I like adding raisins, cashews, apples and grapes (maybe not all at once). But yeah, a sweet yogurt would be weird to me too, I think!

Chelsea said...

That chicken salad looks great! I often like to add grapes to mine...nice and refreshing!