Chicken Salad is bursting with flavours if made with the right recipe. You can eat chicken salad by itself or you can pair it with sides likes lettuce, avocado; it is ideal for sandwiches. Besides chicken, chicken salad can comprise of a variety of other ingredients such as bacon, sliced apples, nuts, chopped peaches, seedless grapes, fruits, raisins, pineapples, hard cooked eggs, cucumber, peppers, English Peas, olives and a whole lot more. The flavours can also be adjusted by using different spices like cumin and curry.
4 cups diced poached chicken
1 stalk celery, cut into ¼ inch dice
4 scallions, trimmed and thinly sliced or ¼ cup sweet onion cut into ¼ inch dice
1 ½ teaspoons finely chopped parsley
1 cup prepared or homemade parsley
1 cup prepared or homemade mayonnaise
2 teaspoons strained freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 teaspoon kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1.In a mixing bowl, turn together the chicken, celery, scallions and herbs. Set aside.
2.In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, lemon juice, mustard, salt and pepper to taste. Add to the chicken and mix gently until combined. keep cool until ready to serve.
3.Serve on a bed of lettuce with sliced tomatoes, in half an avocado or in a chicken club sandwich made with artisanal bread, crispy smoked bacon, vine-ripened tomatoes and lettuce.
Poached Chicken for Salad
10 sprigs parsley
2 sprigs fresh thyme
1 small onion, cut into halves
1 small carrot, halved
1 stalk celery, halved
3 pounds chicken breasts halves, on the bone and fat trimmed
5 to 6 cups chicken broth, homemade or low sodium canned
1.Place parsley, thyme, onion, carrot, celery, and chicken breasts in a medium saucepan. Cover with the broth, and bring just to a boil. turn down the heat to very low and cover. Poach the chicken for 20 minutes or until firm when touched remove the pan from the heat, uncover, cool the chicken in the liquid for half an hour.
2.Transfer the chicken to a chopping board and keep back the liquid. Bone and skin the chicken and cut the meat into 1 inch cubes. Throw away the bones and skin.
3.Pour off the broth and store, covered, in the refrigerator for 3 days of freeze for later use. Skim off any fat from the surface of the broth before using.
This recipe makes 4 cups cubed chicken or 4 to 6 servings.