Yesterday marked the official day of summer which means it’s time to bust out all of your summer recipes! One of my favorite warm weather foods is chicken salad. Whether it’s smeared on a flaky croissant, sourdough bun, traditional rye, or even just as is, I love it!
My mom gave me this super simple recipe, and over the years, I’ve added my little twist to it which my husband thinks is delicious. It’s a win win for me!
Yield: about 8 servings
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
In the meantime, spray your 9×13 or 12×9 corningware or stoneware dish with olive oil or cooking oil.
Add the chicken to the dish (*note: I use skinless, boneless trimmed and ready chicken strips, 1 pack of 8-10)
Next, generously sprinkle the chicken with sea salt, cracked pepper, onion flakes, and a little cayenne pepper (for more heat, add more cayenne)
Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes
*Note: If you’re wanting to make this for dinner, I recommend baking the chicken in the morning, letting it rest for about 20 minutes, and then chopping it up and placing in the fridge so it’s nice and cold by dinner time. You don’t want warm chicken salad. It’s best cold!
Next you’ll need:
Celery, green onion, regular mayonnaise, more sea salt and cracked pepper, and walnuts (optional)
For the celery, I wash and cut 2 stalks of celery the long length and then dice into smaller pieces.
For the green onion, I use 2-3 stalks and chop them up.
Roughly chop a handful of walnuts if you desire that in your salad.
Next I add a cup of mayonnaise. For me it has to be the real deal mayo. Not the light version and definitely not Miracle Whip!
Lastly, combine the chopped chicken with your mixture and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
I let the mixture chill for at least 1 hour to let the flavors blend well together and for everything to be nice and cold for serving.
I use store bought mini croissants and then wash and place butter lettuce on the bottom halves. You could use whatever bread of your choice or eat it sans bread.
It really is the best summertime meal and it works well for get togethers such as bridal or baby showers, summer birthdays, having your in laws over for dinner, the list goes on.