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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.

chicken-cutletThis Chicken Croquettes ( Cutlets) recipe is a creative way of making a new meal out of leftover chicken,  or turkey meat.

When I roast a whole chicken for the two of us, I end up with three meals out of that one bird.

First night we have the roasted meat, next day I make Chicken Salad, or Chicken Pot Pie, out of half of the leftover meat.  On the third day I am still able to make these Chicken Croquettes (Cutlets), which I usually end up freezing, because who wants to eat chicken for three days straight.

I use the leftover bones (with some remnants of meat on them), plus the leftover juices in the roasting pan, and some vegetables, to prepare a great soup stock.  You can even freeze it for later use, or make it into a tomato, or vegetable soup.

This recipe makes 4-6 medium size croquettes.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups chicken meat, or leftover turkey, cooked and cut up
  • 1 medium onion, chopped and sautéed
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 carrot, shredded
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 4Tbs. canola oil
  • 2 Tbs. of flour
  • ¼ cup of water, or chicken broth
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbs. fresh parsley, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
  • Canola oil for frying

Directions:

  1. Heat 2 Tbs. of canola oil in a saucepan.
  2. Add chopped onions, shredded carrot, and chopped celery.
  3. Sauté for 5 minutes.
  4. Add minced garlic and sauté one more minute.
  5. Remove vegetables from the pan and add to chopped up chicken.
  6. Add 2 Tbs. canola oil to the sauce pan, heat again.
  7. Add 2 Tbs. flour, and sauté, stirring constantly, until slightly golden.
  8. Add ¼ cup of water, bring to boil, and continue to mix.
  9. Add to chicken mixture.
  10. Add chopped parsley, egg, salt and pepper to taste.
  11. Mix well.
  12. Form oblong croquettes.
  13. Dip both sides in seasoned bread crumbs.
  14. Let rest for a few minutes, until the oil is ready for frying.
  15. Fry lightly 5 minutes per side.

Tip: I serve these croquettes with garlic and parsley mashed potatoes, home made gravy, and a fresh vegetable.

Great way to use up that leftover turkey meat from your Thanksgiving feast!!!!