Thursday, April 29, 2010

In the kitchen: Chicken Salad: My way

So I think there are some recipes that every one has the one they think is best. Like lemon bars. Or chocolate chip cookies. And chicken salad.

This is the way I love to make it.
Adapted from Barefoot Contessa and Eat Shrink and be Merry. I combined them both to get just what I like)
A full chicken in my crockpot. (i loooove my crockpot!) The meat with the bone makes the meat so much more tender. If you don't have a full chicken you can do any of the meat with the bone in. So much better than just dried out chicken breasts with some mayo!

Drizzle the chicken with olive oil and cover generously with salt and pepper.

Cook just until done. As in this one was completely thawed out and it cooked on low for 4 hours in the crock pot. You can totally roast it in the oven too. Let it cool and then take all the meat off. Save 4 cups for this recipe and put the rest in the fridge for another meal. (like enchiladas or Hawaiian Haystacks)

Get all your ingredients together.

For the dressing:
1/4 cup mayo
1/4 cup sour cream
1 Tbsp Honey mustard (or 1/2 Tbsp of each mustard and honey)
1/4 tsp salt and pepper
Dash of Worcestershire Sauce
Whisk it all together. And set aside.

Add in:
1 cup diced celery
1 large apple chopped and seeded (i love Gala)
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup chopped red onion (green onion tastes good too)
1/3 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsely (or some dried if you don't have it)

Add the 4 cups of chicken

And mix it up!

The best is to eat it on toasted homemade bread.
Chicken Salad Sandwich
mmmmmmmm! My Favorite!!!

And for dessert.....
Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Cookies
Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Cookies


The Full Nelson said...

sounds yummy! I've never cooked a full chicken in the crockpot...well I've never cooked a full chicken period! Maybe I should try it that way.

Anonymous said...

yummy! I am so trying this out!

LindsayB said...

now THAT is some chicken salad.

tammy said...

You can come and cook at my place any time

tammy said...

You'd have to fight George over the kitchen though....he is like Grandma Stasiuk...loves his kitchen

Amy said...

Yuhuhuuuuummmmmy! Next potluck baby, bring that, mmmm!

Kristin said...

looks so dang yummy!

Carmen said...


chicken-and-rice-recipe said...

That 's look good.
Thanks for sharing! I am definitely going to try this recipe soon :)

Nice post .


Abby said...

Looks awesome! I've never made a chicken salad before - now I'll have to give it a try!

Sandy said...

This post makes me so hungry!!! Can't wait to try the recipe!
I love your new header by the way.

Alysha said...

i JUST ate and you made me HUNGRY!! That looks delicious! Gonna have to give it a try. thanks for sharing :)

Paige Robinson said...

Stop being so talented in the cooking department you!

Emily Busath Murdock said...

I think you're on your way to having the next Pioneer Woman website! It looks so yummy! :)

Tisha said...

Sounds super close to mine, but I put grapes instead of dried cranberries. And I skip the mustard and just add honey because I HATE mustard!

Amy said...

Rhonda I'm going to try cooking my first whole chicken in the crock pot tomorrow. Thanks for the help!