Simple, but far from boring – Chicken Salad

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My family likes to put in their requests for things they would like me to make. Maybe it’s that tasty spaghetti and meatballs that my youngest requests almost every day. Often it’s tacos, even though we have them at least three times a month, plus the couple days worth of leftovers from them and sequel meals like nachos, taco soup, and taco salad. I swear sometimes I think we are all going to turn into a bunch of tacos. Lately, my husband has been requesting chicken salad. He loves a good chicken salad. But, my meat and potatoes midwestern guy does not like grapes or any fruit in that chicken salad and you better not try to sneak in any type of nut either. Basically, he likes a traditional chicken salad with lots of mayo, a little celery, a little mustard and of course- yummy chicken. So that’s just what I made. Except this time, I made it a little extra special. Instead of using leftover chicken from an oven roasted chicken or grilled boneless chicken, this time I used leftover fried chicken. Yep, you got it! I picked up fried chicken at Meijer and knew I’d use the leftover chicken for this dish the next day. It’s a great way to get the most out of that fried chicken-this-momma-is-NOT-cooking-tonight-run! The seasoned fried skin adds a little crunch, a little more flavor and a smidgen of sass to the dish. We all really liked it and agreed that this is definitely better than the old traditional chicken salad that I’ve made in the past. Our fried chicken was bone in, so I had to just tear into it and pull off the meat with the fried skin, tearing and cutting it into pieces and discarding the bones. We had both white and dark meat which made my husband happy because he’s a dark meat fan. You could definitely use boneless fried chicken pieces as well, which would make your prep even quicker.

Fried Chicken Salad

Ingredients

2 C cooked fried chicken with skin, removed from bone, either shredded or chopped up.

2 Celery stalks – chopped

1/2 C Mayonaise

1/4 C Miracle Whip

1/3 C Sour Cream

3 TBS Honey Dijon Mustard

2 TBS Relish – or you could just add sliced pickles to your sandwich if you prefer.

Salt and Pepper to taste

 

Directions:

Remove chicken from bone, and shred or chop. Make sure to include the skin.

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In a bowl, combine chicken and all other ingredients.

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Stir to combine.

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Season with salt and pepper as needed. Remember that the fried chicken already has some seasoning in the skin.

Serve on bread or roll with lettuce, tomato, and sliced pickles if you like.

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I served ours on ciabatta rolls and it was wonderful. Sometimes, I like to just eat my chicken salad with bagel chips. Go ahead and dive in!

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Enjoy!

Fried Chicken Salad

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Fried Chicken Salad

Ingredients

2 C cooked fried chicken with skin, removed from bone, either shredded or chopped up.

2 Celery stalks – chopped

1/2 C Mayonaise

1/4 C Miracle Whip

1/3 C Sour Cream

3 TBS Honey Dijon Mustard

2 TBS Relish – or you could just add sliced pickles to your sandwich if you prefer.

Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:

Remove chicken from bone, and shred or chop. Make sure to include the skin.

In a bowl, combine chicken and all other ingredients.

Stir to combine.

Season with salt and pepper as needed. Remember that the fried chicken already has some seasoning in the skin.

Serve on bread or roll with lettuce, tomato, and sliced pickles if you like.

I served ours on ciabatta rolls and it was wonderful. Sometimes, I like to just eat my chicken salad with bagel chips. Go ahead and dive in!

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