Chicken salad seems like one of those classic foods. Everyone has their own version, their own family recipe and their own specific proportions of what goes into it. I didn’t really grow up eating chicken salad so I’m not really partial to a certain ingredient or ingredients. I did have a lot of chicken in my freezer that needed to be used so I was searching on Foodily for what I could do with it. They presented me with this recipe from Real Simple. It was just the chicken salad I was looking for.
You see, I received about 4 pounds of Just Bare chicken breasts and tenders last week and I had precisely a week and a half to eat them up before we start the trek to California. Just Bare Chickens are fed natural feed and they are cage-free. You can also plug in a code on their website to find out what farm you chicken came from – mine was from a farm in Little Falls, MN.
The chicken salad is great served over greens for a lunch or a light dinner but is also fantastic stuffed between ciabatta bread, and scooped with crackers for an easy snack.
Recipe from Real Simple
- 1 pound chicken breast or tenders
- 1/2 cup mayonaise
- 1/3 cup prepared pesto
- salt & pepper
- Cook chicken as desired. I poached mine in white wine, water and seasonings.
- Let chicken cool and shred.
- Combine chicken, mayonaise and pesto.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve over greens, on bread or with crackers.
What goes into your chicken salad recipe?