I hate to admit it, but I’m sort of a chicken salad snob.
It’s just that… not all chicken salad sandwiches are created equal. In my opinion, McAlister’s Deli has the best chicken salad sandwich, and you can buy a tub that’s nearly identical to it at Sam’s Club. When I was pregnant, I craved the heck out of chicken salad but refused to eat it “just in case.” So the first thing I did when I left the hospital was get a chicken salad sandwich from Arby’s (WHY DID YOU GET RID OF THIS DREAM SANDWICH, ARBY’S?)
Recently, I wanted to try making my own chicken salad sandwiches. The idea was intimidating, I’ll admit. So intimidating, in fact, that I actually refrained from looking up any recipes online out of fear I’d be scared away. Instead, I winged it. And, I’m really pleased with the result.
If you want an easy dinner… look no further. Plus, chicken salad is filled with fruits and vegetables, so you can feel good about putting it on the table.
Easy Chicken Salad Recipe
Note: the below recipe makes about 4 sandwiches
- 1 apple
- 2 stalks of celery
- A few handfuls of grapes
- 1/2 of a rotisserie chicken
- 1/2 cup mayo (I also heard salad dressing works)
- Chop the celery.
- Cube the apple. I peeled my apple, but that may be overkill.
- Cut the grapes into halves or smaller.
- Dice the chicken. TIP: Use a rotisserie chicken you can pick up in the deli of your local grocer. Leave it in the fridge for an hour or so until it’s cool. When it cools down, it’s very easy to skin and dice into nice chunks.
- Mix above ingredients in a bowl with mayo
- Salt and pepper to taste
That’s it! Now you can enjoy this easy chicken salad on its own, as a side, with crackers, or as a sandwich.
Since my kiddo has an oh-so-fun egg allergy, I skipped the mayo and just served him up a plate full of all the good stuff. (Hummus in the middle, because hummus is life).
Let me know if you have any tips of your own! Enjoy!