Need an easy chicken salad recipe? Try this one! This is my mom’s recipe, and anyone who worked full time and raised 6 kids certainly deserves something easy! You can either use chicken breasts or pick up a Rotisserie and you’re almost done! You can put this chicken salad on croissants, make a lettuce wrap, or even eat with crackers. Perfect for school and work lunches. For a berry chicken salad, try this recipe.
- 2 cups homemade or low-sodium store-bought chicken stock (only if using the breasts)
- 2 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, about 1 pound total (my version) or
- 1 Rotisserie chicken works (Mom’s version and you’re almost done!)
- Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
- 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons Miracle Whip (if you prefer, use mayonnaise)
- 1 celery stalk, thinly diced
- 2 medium Golden Delicious apples, cored and cut into 1/2-inch chunks (any apples will work)
Bring stock and 3 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 2 minutes. Season chicken with salt and pepper; add to stock mixture. Simmer, covered, until chicken is cooked through, about 14 minutes. Remove chicken using a slotted spoon; discard liquid. Let chicken stand until cool enough to handle. Cut into 1/2-inch pieces. If using a Rotisserie chicken, omit the above and pull meat off of the chicken.
Stir together mayonnaise, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon pepper, the celery, apricots, almonds, if using, and apple in a medium bowl. Stir in chicken. Refrigerate chicken salad, covered, until cold, about 30 minutes.
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Recipe post by Tisha Johnson Matthews, of Sweet Basil Farm & Gardens. Recipe courtesy of Deborah Rice. Photo courtesy of Savvy Design. Special thanks to J. David Matthews, of Barnesville, Georgia for support and patience with all that I try and test.