I have been hired to cater a luncheon the weekend of the 31st. The customer has
requested chicken salad, fruit, rolls and chocolate pie for 22 people. The salad, rolls
fruit and pies are a no brainer for me. But chicken salad? I think I may have had it 2
times in my life and neither time was anything memorable--chunks of cold chicken
swimming in mayonnaise and celery--pfffft.
So I did what I always do when I am in a recipe dilemma; I went to www.allrecipes.com
Their recipes are all reviewed by real life cooks that tell the nitty gritty about what they
liked, what they didn't like, what to do different, etc about the recipes.
This chicken salad recipe received 225 rave reviews so I made it last night for our dinner
to taste test it before I make it for the luncheon. Let me just say I renamed it Perfect
because it is! Delicious, colorful, easy, nutritious, and did I say delicious? My only regret
was not doubling it--we ate it all in one sitting and it's supposed to be 8 servings! The
ONLY change I made to the recipe was to use red seedless grapes instead of green. I did
that for 2 reasons: 1) the red grapes would look nicer in the salad and 2) there were no
green grapes in the store.
**I never use canned chicken, by the way. I know some people do, but trust me when I
say you want to get chicken breasts and cook them fresh for this salad. You won't regret
it one bit when you taste this.
PERFECT CHICKEN SALAD
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon poultry seasoning
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 Tablespoon lemon juice (fresh)
3 cups diced, cooked chicken breast meat
12/ cup finely chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped green onions
1 (8 oz) can water chestnuts, drained & chopped
1 1/2 cups diced Swiss Cheese
1 1/2 cups halved seedless grapes
In a medium bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, salt, poultry seasoning, onion
powder, garlic powder, pepper and lemon juice.
In a large bowl, toss together the chicken, celery, green onion, water chestnuts,
Swiss cheese and grapes. Add the mayonnaise mixture and stir gently to coat. Chill
Makes 8 servings.