Thursday, March 3, 2011

Chicken Salad

I LOVE chicken salad! But I rarely order it at a restaurant because I am somewhat picky about my chicken salad. And I rarely make it for myself because one batch is way too much for just me. So I love a chance to help throw a baby shower so I can make chicken salad. I was asked to bring little sandwiches to a baby shower a couple of weeks ago and my chicken salad on cream puffs paired with these were such a hit!
Again, I forgot to take a picture. This one is courtesy of via google images. This one looks like it has red onion in it. I've never tried it that way, but I think it sounds like a good idea!

Chicken Salad
-2 large cans of chicken--the ones you get at Costco (This may be considered cheating, which I'm totally ok with, but it also keeps the chicken salad from getting too dry)
-1/2 cup mayo
-2-3 Tbs. spicy brown mustard
-1/4 tsp. each salt and pepper
-1/4 tsp. each garlic powder and onion powder
-1 tsp. curry powder
-2-3 Tbs. pickle juice (optional)

-1 apple, finely chopped (Braeburn or Gala are good. Nothing too sweet, nothing too tart.)

Ok, so most things in this are approximated because I don't usually measure with this one. I will give you my best estimates, but I would recommend being conservative, tasting as you go, and adjusting according to your preferences. :-)

-Drain all the liquid off of one can of chicken and half the liquid off the other. Dump chicken into the bowl of a food processor.
-Add mayo, mustard, pickle juice, and seasonings
-Pulse until everything is well blended and chicken is fine, but not mushy
-At this point taste and adjust seasonings to your liking. If the chicken is too dry, add more mayo.
-Once the seasonings are adjusted, fold in finely chopped apple
-Serve on your favorite bread. I would recommend a good croissant, toasted sourdough, or the cream puffs found below!


Grandma Honey said...

You just planned the next shower I'll give! So is that dill pickle or sweet pickle juice you use? Interesting you have pickle juice but no pickles. I think those 2 sandwiches would look so good together.

So do you also make your own cream puffs that you put this chicken salad on?

Julie said...

I use dill pickle juice, but i only add it if I feel like it needs a little extra kick.