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Homemade Chicken Salad – Recipe and Tips

Suburban Jewel Chicken Salad - RecipeChicken salad is one of those quick, easy, and inexpensive meals you can easily make yourself.  Have it your way, and save lots of money, at the same time.

I always make this salad from a leftover chicken meat, most likely chicken breast, after I roast a whole chicken, or cook extra breast to use for Chicken Dip, or sometimes I just buy a ready to eat roasted chicken (if it costs less than doing it myself).  I create a new meal out of the leftovers, such as Chicken Salad, or Chicken Croquettes, Chicken Tetrazzini, or Chicken in Aspic.

I could never figure out why anyone would buy Tuna Fish Salad, Chicken Salad or Egg Salad.  These salads are very simple to prepare, yet quite pricey to purchase ready made, in comparison to the time and ingredients they require,  (not to mention the overload of mayo and salt).

Today I will share a quick recipe for a Homemade Chicken Salad.  I already posted my Tuna Fish Salad recipe, and the Egg Salad recipe will follow in the near future.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cup chicken breast, cooked and chopped
  • 3 Tbs. Light Mayonnaise (I use Hellmann’s Light) (see TIP below)
  • 1 tsp. mustard (Gulden Spicy Brown, is my favorite)
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. black pepper
  • 1 Tbs. peppers (green, orange, yellow, or red) chopped (see TIP below)
  • 1 Tbs. celery, chopped
  • 1 Tbs. onion, chopped

Directions:

  1. Place chopped chicken in a medium size bowl.
  2. Mix Mayonnaise with mustard, salt and pepper.
  3. Mix in the chopped veggies.
  4. Add to the chopped chicken.
  5. Fold in, to combine all ingredients evenly.

Serve plain, with tossed salad, on your favorite bread or roll, or on a bed of lettuce.
Enjoy.

TIP: If you do not like veggies in your salad, you can use garlic powder, or onion powder for flavor, in addition to

salt and pepper.

I personally like the crunchiness of the veggies in my salad.

If yo do not like Mayo, you may use Greek Yogurt, or all mustard.

2 thoughts on “Homemade Chicken Salad – Recipe and Tips”

  1. busymom says:

    I like to make an curried variation to this recipe:

    Add curry powder to taste as well as craisins instead of the onion and peppers. I also skip the mustard.

    For an even lighter version, you can add much less or no mayo, and replace it with plain yogurt.

    It’s good on top of lettuce or in a wrap.

  2. Suburban Grandma says:

    Thank you the suggestions, Busy Mom. I like the idea of the substitution of the usual ingredients, with curry powder and craisins. I have to try this version. Sounds delicious.

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