Wednesday, June 6, 2012
In my last few weeks of pregnancy, I got on a chicken salad kick. Apparently, I haven't been able to shake it. There's just something so delicious and refreshing about a pile of chicken salad on a bed of lettuce (and don't even get me started about the awesomeness of chicken salad sandwiches).
We've had a chicken salad recipe for years that I've always loved, but recently I had to shake things up a bit. The originally recipe calls for mandarin oranges, grapes, and almonds. I am not a huge fan of mandarins (let's face it...I'm a mandarin hater), so I generally substitute a clementine or naval orange. Then, my grocery store was out of grapes!!! I didn't know such a thing could happen, but apparently it did...to every grocery store in my vicinity. And I thought I had almonds at home, but nope. Time to improvise.
The results were beyond delicious. I think this new version is going to forever replace the old one. Here's the skinny...
Chop up some celery, half an orange, and some pecans. Then, dice up 1-2 cooked chicken breasts. (p.s. - you can use the canned chicken, but I think using freshly cooked chicken tastes soooooo much better.) Finally, wash up some fresh blueberries.
Combine all of these ingredients in a bowl and add some grated onion (dried minced onion is fine) and your favorite form of mayo. I personally use Miracle Whip Light because I'm a Miracle Whip junkie. But that's just me.
Stir everything up, and there you go. Let me tell you, the oranges and blueberries had the incredible bursts of freshness and flavor that really make this salad. But here's a warning...if your husband doesn't like fruit, don't let him see you make it. Apparently (according to Cookie Bandit), fruit doesn't belong in chicken salad.
Pssst....what Cookie Bandit doesn't know is that he ate it, fruit and all, when I hid it in a sandwich, and he liked it!
I'm going to give you the original recipe as well as my new revisions below. Try it...it's delish!
2 cups chopped cooked chicken
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup seedless grapes, cut in half OR 1 cup fresh blueberries
1/2 cup chopped almonds, toasted OR 1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 can (11 oz.) mandarin oranges, drained OR 1/2 naval orange, diced
1/2 cup low-fat mayonnaise or Miracle Whip
1 t. grated onion or dried minced onion
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir to mix. Yields 4 cups.