Creating the best chicken salad ever is super simple and takes very little time.
You can make a chicken salad that beats Panera any day with just a few ingredients, and about one hour of time.
The Best Chicken Salad Ever:
Recipe For The Best Chicken Salad Ever:
I made enough for a family of 6 since my mother absolutely loves my chicken salad I always take some over to her.
I also made enough to share with my daughter and her boyfriend.
They will be over to visit tomorrow so I wanted to be sure to have some to send home with them.
My husband gets a double serving because I will send some to work with him for his lunch.
Ingredients For The Best Chicken Salad Ever:
Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast or Vegetarian Chicken Substitute 5 Pounds
Celery 6 Large Stalks
Shallot 1 Medium Shallot or to taste
Almonds (optional – leave out for those who have allergies) 3/4 Cup
Dried Cranberry (craisins work well) 1/2 Cup
Mayonnaise (not miracle whip) 1 1/2 Cup or to taste
Herbs Provence (optional)
Cook chicken or veggie chicken as per directions on the packaging but add herbs provence on both sides before cooking.
Be generous with the herbs!
I also salted and peppered the chicken with coarse pepper and pink Himalayan sea salt.
Do this to taste as some people need to reduce salt intake.
Chill the chicken so it is easy to cut.
I like to dice my chicken but you can also pull it apart to shred it.
This is up to you.
Once cut or shredded just toss into a large bowl
Finely chop or mince the shallot.
Toss shallot on top of cooked chicken.
Add celery, cranberry, and almonds into the bowl.
Mix in your mayo, use the amount I suggest or add to taste, some people like a little more, some less.
Personally, I like mine more on the creamy side but just slightly creamy, I want to taste the other wonderful ingredients too.
Make sure everything is thoroughly mixed up.
You want to get a little bit of every ingredient in each and every bite!
Every excellent chicken salad deserves great bread.
I use “everything” ciabatta rolls, while my daughter prefers a croissant.
That is it!
You are done!
Just slice your bread and put the chicken salad on it.
I promise you it will be simply delicious!